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ALAMO CHAPTER - 05/15/2018

Col. Michael Cote USAF, 25th Air Force A6, addresses chapter members and attendees during May's luncheon. Col. Michael Cote, USAF, opened the chapter's May luncheon by detailing his two jobs in the U.S. Air Force. He is the 25th Air Force A6 where he helps Maj. Gen. Mary F. O'Brien, USAF, commander, 25th Air Force, with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and cyber support. Col. Cote is also the 625th Air Communications Squadron (ACOMS) commander where he is in charge of a unit responsible for cyber operations defense happening in the 25th Air Force. The mission of the 25th Air Force is to execute worldwide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to protect and defend the United States and its global interests. Col. Cote shared the vast footprint the 25th Air Force has in cyberspace, which consists of more than 3,100 cyber personnel in 116 units. The majority of those units supports ISR, with only a small number contributing to traditional communication support. Col. Cote outlined his priorities as A6 to include the integration of five Mission Defense Teams, improv ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - 05/08/2018

Chapter President Lt. Col. Callistus Elbourne, USAF (l), presents a token of appreciation to May guest speaker Capt. Herman Archibald, USN. The chapter's featured speaker in May was Capt. Herman Archibald, USN, commanding officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific (NCTAMS PAC). The station is the main command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) capabilities provider in the Pacific and, as such, works hard to drive technology trends and improvements throughout the enterprise. Capt. Archibald spoke proudly about how the station has improved the Authorized Service Interruption (ASI) process and was adamant that the service must run information technology networks like a business to "fight like a warfighter." He discussed how network robustness is only restricted by the dollars spent on the networks-the old adage "you get what you pay for." The captain mentioned that commercial satellite communications is a robust industry, and the government should invest more time and effort in learning how it could be transformational for the military. He also said network defense i ... READ MORE


Elkton High School senior Olayide Ashiru, chapter scholarship recipient, accepts her award at the chapter's May scholarship dinner from former Chapter President Mike Bowen (l) and guest speaker Larry Muzzelo, deputy to the commanding general, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. The chapter held its eighth annual scholarship awards dinner on in May at the Water's Edge Event Center in Belcamp, Maryland. The event offers a chance to recognize and celebrate local students and educators who are recipients of chapter STEM grants and scholarships. This year, the chapter presented three Science Teacher Toolkit Awards; five scholarships, tools, equipment and mentors (STEM) grants; two Community College Transfer Scholarships; and six high school graduate scholarships. For this academic year alone, the chapter has obligated more than $80,000 in awards, which includes scholarships, educator awards and funds donated to STEM programs for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties. This total includes a new $8,000 Cyber Defense Certificate Scholarship for Harford Community College, formally announced and accepted at the awards dinner. Since its inception, the chapter has provided more than $354,000 in education funds. The average weighted GPA for the student ... READ MORE

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