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LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 04/19/2018
April guest speaker Tom Fitzgerald, director of engineering at the Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base (c), pauses for a photo with chapter officers (from l) Bill Page, president, Lane Gilchrist, vice president, finance, and Michael Plantenga, secretary. Tom Fitzgerald, director of engineering at the Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, spoke at the chapter's April lunch meeting. Chapter officials attending the meeting were Bill Page, president, Lane Gilchrist, vice president, finance, and Michael Plantenga, chapter secretary.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 03/15/2018
Col. Erik Quigley, USAF, senior materiel leader for GPS space vehicles, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command (c), pauses for a photo with Bill Page, chapter president (r), and Dan Mathews, vice president, publicity, at the colonel's March presentation. Col. Erik Quigley, USAF, senior materiel leader for GPS space vehicles, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, spoke to the chapter in March. The colonel presented details on the development, production and launch readiness of 10 GPS lll satellites and the acquisition of 22 GPS lllF satellites.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 02/15/2018
Chapter President Bill Page (r) and Col. Stephen G. Purdy Jr., USAF, director of the Space Superiority Systems Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base (2nd from l), honor chapter award winners (from l) Laura Pope, Nicholas Farinacci and Greg Kindred at a February luncheon. Col. Stephen G. Purdy Jr., USAF, director of the Space Superiority Systems Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base, spoke at the chapter's February luncheon. Chapter President Bill Page presented several awards, and Col. Purdy congratulated winners. Greg Kindred received a letter of appreciation for AFCEA support. Also honored were Laura Pope, Women in AFCEA, and Nicholas Farinacci, Emerging Leadership Award.









LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 02/15/2018
Awards Chairman Doug Skinner (l) and Chapter President Bill Page (r) present Nicholas Farinacci of TEKsystems AFCEA International's Emerging Leadership Award at the chapter's February lunch meeting.  Nicholas Farinacci of TEKsystems received AFCEA International's Emerging Leadership Award at the chapter's February lunch meeting. Awards Chairman Doug Skinner and Chapter President Bill Page presented the award to Farinacci. The Emerging Leadership Award is given for exceptional service to AFCEA at the local or international level. It is presented to individuals who have demonstrated continuous leadership in Young AFCEAN activities since winning AFCEA International's Distinguished Young AFCEAN award.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 01/18/2018
Chapter President Bill Page (l) and Scott Beidleman, vice president of programs (r), welcome January speaker Col. Tom Rock, USAF, senior materiel leader for the Range and Network Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base. Col. Tom Rock, USAF, senior materiel leader for the Range and Network Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, spoke at the chapter's January meeting. Bill Page, chapter president, and Scott Beidleman, vice president of programs, attended the meeting.


LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 11/16/2017
Attending the lunch meeting in November are (l-r) Bill Page, chapter president, guest speaker Col. Kevin Massie, USAF, director, Space Defense Task Force, Space and Missile Systems Center, and Scott Beidleman, vice president of programs. Col. Kevin Massie, USAF, director, Space Defense Task Force, and chief, Space C2 Mission Systems Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, presented at the chapter's November lunch meeting.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 10/19/2017
Attending the meeting in October are (l-r) Lt. Gen. John Thompson, USAF, commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, with scholarship winners Cadet Shem Adcock, Air Force ROTC; Midshipman 1st Class John Lazzeroni, Navy ROTC; Cadet Maria Angela Asistio, Air Force ROTC; Cadet Timothy Velasco, Army ROTC; Cadet Miguel Rojas, Air Force ROTC; and Cadet Justin Wynne, Army ROTC; and Chapter President Bill Page. The chapter presented scholarship awards in October.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 09/21/2017
Attending the luncheon in September are (l-r) Mike Plantenga, chapter secretary; guest speaker Col. Brian Bracy, USAF, deputy, Space Defense Task Force; Capt. Christopher Weyers, USAF; and Doug Holker, regional vice president. Col. Brian Bracy, USAF, deputy, Space Defense Task Force, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles, presented at the luncheon in September.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 06/01/2017
Thanks to a grant from the chapter, local students enjoy the hands-on STEM event at the Torrance Airport in April. This year the chapter provided a grant to the Torrance Airport Association (TAA) to help further their school-age science technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach activities. Jim Gates, former chapter president, informed the board that TAA had ramped up their activities to help get kids and teens involved in STEM studies and on educational tracks to fill technical jobs when they grow up. He requested the chapter's help to get a new exciting STEM event off the ground. Specifically, TAA uses the general aviation businesses and other educational resources at the Torrance Airport as a great source of opportunities to get kids interested in aerospace engineering and aviation science. This year, TAA held a hands-on STEM event for local school kids at the Torrance Airport. The event was well attended, with about 100 students participating from four different Torrance schools. All of the kids toured the Collings aircraft and many also visited the control tower. Robinson Heli ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 07/20/2017
Attending the meeting in July are (l-r) Willard Strozier, guest speaker, director, Small Business Programs, Los Angeles Air Force Base; Steve Koeneker, director, Western Operations, ENSCO Inc.; and Col. Scott Beidleman, USAF (Ret.), program director, West Coast Operations, Millennium Engineering. Williard Strozier, director, Small Business Programs, Los Angeles Air Force Base, spoke in July at the chapter meeting. He is responsible for establishing policy for the installation's small business and source development programs, and managing and overseeing daily program operations. He presented updates on the Air Force's Small Business Programs. The program's other presenters included Steve Koeneker, director of Western operations, ENSCO, and Col. Scott Beidleman, USAF (Ret.), program director, West Coast operations, Millennium Engineering.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 06/22/2017
Chapter executives (from l) Bill Page, president, Lane Gilchrist, vice president, finance, and Doug Holker, regional vice president (r), join Col. Jeffrey Stutz, USAF, deputy director, Advanced Systems and Development Directorate, Kirkland Air Force Base, who briefed the chapter about several programs in June. Col. Jeffrey Stutz, USAF, deputy director, Advanced Systems and Development Directorate, Kirkland Air Force Base, briefed the chapter about several programs in June. The directorate's mission is to deliver small, responsive space capabilities to users across the national security space community. The directorate consists of a combined team of more than 700 military, government civilians and contractors responsible for the development, acquisition, launch, demonstration, test and operations of Defense Department and civil space systems.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 12/19/2016
Attending the tour of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in December are (l-r) Doug Holker; Lane Gilchrist; Ed Peura; Linda Herrell; Steve Quilici; Jet Propulsion Lab Deputy Director Larry James; Spencer Bauer; Laura Pope; Larry Davidoff; Steve Staso; and Bill Page. In December, the chapter's board received a personal tour of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. Deputy Director Larry James guided members throughout the facility, providing a glimpse of the various space missions conducted by researchers and scientists. The lab is very active with projects including interplanetary exploration, Mars rovers and earth's climate.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 04/21/2016
Attending the April luncheon are (l-r): Linda Hurrell, Aerospace Corporation; Col. Mike Guetlein, director, Remote Sensing Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center; Nick Farinacci, Teksystem; and Lt. Col. Benjamin Forest, USAF, recruiting service chief of staff. The chapter welcomed Col. Michael A. Guetlein, USAF, director of the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate assigned to the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California as its luncheon speaker in April. He is responsible for a $48 billion space systems portfolio and leads a program team of more than 14,000 government and contractor personnel. He leads the development, deployment and sustainment of the nation's space based infrared detection, targeting and tracking systems, as well as the sustaining and fielding of affordable space and terrestrial weather systems. He presented an overall status of the remote sensing programs he is leading and emphasized the changing nature of the space business. He discussed the impacts to our systems based on other countries access to space and how the Chinese anti-satellite program changed opinions on space being considered a benign environment. He noted that now our systems must be resilient to these new challenges.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 03/10/2016
In March, Eileen Leonhardy from Rockwell Collins presents a check to Adam Feingold, chapter president.   Rockwell Collins made a generous contribution to the chapter in March. It will be put towards the chapter's educational fund for scholarships to local students of ROTC and military members at Los Angeles Air Force Base. Thank you Rockwell Collins!

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 11/19/2015
Bill Page, chapter vice president, programs (l), and Doug Holker, regional vice president (r), greet November speaker Col. David Goldstein, USAF, director, Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate and commander, Phillips Research Site, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. At the chapter's November luncheon, Col. David Goldstein, USAF, director, Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate and commander, Phillips Research Site, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, gave an overview of his directorate's activities based on the rapidly evolving competitive space environment. He said the space environment now is different from a couple of years ago due to heavy commercial investments, the diversity of launch options, cyber and kinetic threats and the recognized importance of maintaining the high ground for U.S. security. Col. Goldstein discussed the challenges of maintaining the nation's space technical superiority and making systems resilient "so we can use them when we need them most." He emphasized that resiliency must be a foundational requirement for new space systems and that the nation's strategic strengths of entrepreneurial spirit and international collaboration will help address these new challenges.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 09/17/2015
Chapter President Adam Feingold welcomes September luncheon speaker Dr. Roberta Ewart, the Space and Missile Systems Center's chief scientist. Dr. Roberta Ewart discussed technology investments and innovation for national security space at the chapter's September luncheon. With an emphasis on government and industry investment in independent research and development, she introduced the government's new push of innovation into the Better Buying Power 3.0 acquisition initiative. Particular to Space and Missile Systems Center and the chief scientist's outreach across many U.S. technology areas, a proposed approach to accelerate technology integration was presented.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 06/18/2015
Chapter President Adam Feingold (l) thanks June luncheon speaker Thomas Becht, the civilian deputy and business manager of the Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base. Thomas Becht, the civilian deputy and business manager of the Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, spoke at the chapter's June luncheon. Becht advises the MILSATCOM director, Robert E. Tarleton Jr., on activities that crosscut acquisition planning, programming, budgeting and operational support for the $40 billion portfolio that includes Milstar; the Defense Satellite Communications System; the Wideband Global SATCOM program; the Advanced Extremely High Frequency program; the Advanced Concepts Division; the Advanced Development Division; the Command and Control System-Consolidated program; and associated Air Force communication terminals and mission control systems. He discussed how the directorate is addressing challenges to military satellite communications, including cybersecurity threats such as interception, jamming and malicious viruses; difficulties with the space communications indust ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 03/19/2015
Speaking at the March meeting is Dave W. Madden (c), executive director, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, with Bill Page (l), chapter vice president, programs, and Adam Feingold, chapter president. The March chapter meeting featured David W. Madden, a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service and the executive director at Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base. Madden is the senior civilian executive and the deputy program executive officer for space. He discussed the declining space budget and identified challenges as well as efficiencies driven by the budget. Madden identified several initiatives that could provide space capabilities at a reduced cost: for example, using existing commercial services to augment military communication requirements. He also pointed out that international services should be re-evaluated for potential capabilities. Madden challenged SMC to continue to be cost-effective as the next generation of space programs begins to be developed and recapitalized.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 02/19/2015
Together at the chapter's February event are (l-r) Bill Page, incoming chapter vice president for programs; Lt. Julie Hansen, USAF; Col. Troy Brashear, USAF; and Steve Quilici, chapter president. Col. Troy Brashear, USAF, is the director of the Advanced Systems and Development Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, and the commander of Space and Missile Systems Center's (SMC's) Detachment 1 at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The directorate's mission is to deliver responsive space capabilities to users across the national security space community and conduct developmental planning, science and technology, and presystems acquisition for the SMC. Col.Brashear leads a combined team of more than 740 military, government civilians and contractors in four geographically separated units responsible for development, acquisition, demonstration, launch, test and operations of Defense Department and civil space systems. Col. Brashear discussed the challenges of blending two organizations together to form the Air Force's premier center for advanced systems and developmental planning when he spoke to the chapter in February. He reviewed the organization's core functi ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 01/14/2015
In January, Lt. Gen. Larry James, USAF (Ret.), deputy director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (c) meets with Chapter Vice President for Programs Adam Feingold (l), of Lockheed Martin and Chapter President, Steve Quilici of SLQ Consulting. In January, Lt. Gen. Larry James, USAF (Ret.), deputy director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) provided the chapter with a year in review for the many accomplishments of JPL in 2014. He also provided updates on various projects and business opportunities in both planetary and earth exploration. A previous vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, Lt. Gen. James paused for a photo with some of the Space and Missile Systems Center's upcoming leaders in the local space and rocket programs.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 09/18/2014
Adam Feingold, chapter vice president of programs (r), greets September guest speaker John Remen, strategic development manager for the Rocket Propulsion Division (RQR) of the Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory. John Remen, strategic development manager for the Rocket Propulsion Division (RQR) of the Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), spoke to the chapter in September. AFRL/RQR is located at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and conducts all space and missile propulsion science and technology efforts for the Air Force. Remen discussed historic, as well as current activities in rocket motor development and testing. The AFRL/RQR has more than 60 years of experience in rocket science and technology that includes work on the F1 engines that propelled the Saturn Moon rockets, to low-thrust electric propulsion thrusters used to maneuver satellites. Among their current projects is the hydrocarbon boost (HCB) engine to replace the Russian-made RD-180 used on the Atlas V, and the development of rocket motors that burn advanced, green propellants with higher performance and much lower toxicity than hydrazine. As they say, they are “the home of real rocket scienti ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 08/21/2014
Steve Quilici, chapter president (l), and Adam Feingold, vice president of programs (r) greet August speaker Col. Bill Cooley, USAF, director, Global Positioning Systems Directorate. Col. Bill Cooley, USAF, director, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, served as guest speaker for the chapter's August meeting. He is responsible for a multiservice, multinational systems directorate that conducts development, acquisition, fielding and sustainment of all GPS space segment, satellite command and control (ground) and military user equipment. GPS accuracy is 6 meters for civilian, and 3 meters for military applications. However, as GPS continues to be upgraded, it is anticipated that within a decade smart phones will have 10-centimeter accuracy. Col. Cooley suggested this will open possibilities for innovative applications that can't even be imagined now. GPS III is about two years behind schedule, in part because of the significant cybersecurity demands placed on it. However, the GPS constellation is in good shape with 39 satellites on orbit. Col. Cooley pointed out ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 07/17/2014
Steve Scott, chapter vice president, membership (l) and Adam Feingold, chapter vice president, programs (r), present a Certificate of Recognition in July to guest speaker Capt. Jeffrey P. Marshall, USN, for his AFCEA lifetime membership. Capt. Marshall is the commanding officer of the Naval Satellite Operations Center, Point Mugu, California. Capt. Jeffrey P. Marshall, USN, commanding officer, Naval Satellite Operations Center, Point Mugu, California, spoke to the chapter in July about the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC), which is a component command of the Naval Network Warfare Command operating under the guidance of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command. NAVSOC provides continuous global narrowband communications, using 13 satellites on-orbit to support the tactical and operational warfighter and strategic and interagency demands.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 05/28/2014
At the Los Angeles Air Force Base Community College of the Air Force graduation ceremony in May, the chapter awards scholarships totaling $3,000 to four airmen.  Pictured are (l-r):  Senior Airman Levi Mburu, USAF, Staff Sgt. Amanda Holmes, USAF, Chapter President Steve Quilici, 1st Lt. Justin Tullos, USAF, and Staff Sgt. Raymond Ball Jr., USAF. At the Los Angeles Air Force Base Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) graduation ceremony in May, the chapter awarded scholarships totaling $3,000 to four airmen. Each airman also received a complimentary one-year AFCEA membership. The recipients of the scholarships were: Senior Airman Levi Mburu, USAF, Staff Sgt. Amanda Holmes, USAF; 1st Lt. Justin Tullos, USAF; and Staff Sgt. Raymond Ball Jr., USAF.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 05/15/2014
Adam Feingold, chapter vice president of programs (l) and Steve Quilici, chapter president (r) with May luncheon speaker Cordell DeLaPena, director, Program Management and Integration Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base. Cordell DeLaPena, a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service, and director, Program Management and Integration Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, spoke at the chapter's May luncheon. He is the primary advisor to the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space for weapon system management, acquisition, integration and analysis. He develops and deploys policies, strategies, processes and tools for these functions across the Space and Missile Systems Center. He is responsible for the training and equipping of more than 900 military and civilian program managers, executing $8 billion annually. They develop, acquire, field and sustain systems in the areas of space superiority, space support, force application and space force enhancement. DeLaPena discussed the challenge that exists to reduce the time of the procurement cycle. Process improvements are being assessed, and he indicated that they need indus ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 04/17/2014
Col. William R. Hodgkiss, USAF (c), director of the Launch Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, joins Dr. Steve Quilici (l), chapter president, and Adam Feingold, chapter vice president of programs, following the colonel's presentation to the chapter in April. Col. William R. Hodgkiss, USAF, director of the Launch Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, presented to the chapter in April. He directs the development, acquisition and sustainment of launch and range systems required to launch national satellites and conduct testing of defense systems at the Eastern and Western ranges. The directorate's mission is to acquire, operate and sustain affordable expendable launch capability providing 100 percent mission success. It serves as the government's insurance agency to assure launch success. It now operates the United Launch Alliance Atlas V and Delta IV and is in the process of certifying the SpaceX Falcon 9 as evolve expendable launch vehicles (EELVs) reliable enough to carry national space assets. Col. Hodgkiss said there would be a competitive EELV request for proposal starting in June 2014.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 01/20/2014
Dr. Wanda Austin, recipient of the Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Leadership and Service Award, is joined by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Doug Holker, AFCEA regional vice president. In January, Dr. Wanda Austin received the inaugural Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Leadership and Service Award from the Pacific Battleship Center (PBC). The award presentation took place aboard the Battleship IOWA in San Pedro. The PBC recognized Austin for her courageous service and leadership in the community and for demonstrating innovation in her field. Members of the Los Angeles aerospace community attended, including Doug Holker, AFCEA regional vice president. The Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Leadership and Service Award, which will be conferred annually, recognizes African American leaders in Battleship IOWA's community who exemplify the trailblazing, courageous service of the late U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Samuel Lee Gravely.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 03/20/2014
Adam Feingold (r), chapter vice president of programs, thanks Col. Christopher Wegner, USAF, deputy director of contracting, Space and Missile Systems Center, for his presentation at the March luncheon. Col. Christopher Wegner, USAF, deputy director of contracting, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles Air Force Base, was the guest speaker at the March chapter luncheon. He supports the Program Executive Office for Space, which encompasses more than 600 contracts valued at $60 billion and provides career development for more than 250 military and civilian contracting professionals. He spoke about current and future contracts at SMC and indicated that their goal is to deliver better value to taxpayers and warfighters by improving the way they do business. Upcoming SMC competitions include the Space Test and Engineering Contract-14; Western Range Modernization Network; Spacelift Range and Network Systems Division Systems Engineering and Integration; Consolidation AFSCN Modifications, Maintenance and Operations; and EELV Phase 1A.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 01/23/2014
Col. Scott W. Beidleman, USAF (l), director, development, planning, Space and Missile Systems, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, joins Spencer Bower, chapter president, and full-scale model of a SENSE Cubesat in January. Col. Scott W. Beidleman, USAF, director of development planning at Space and Missile Systems (SMC), Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is responsible to the commander of SMC for the planning of future space and missile missions across the center. In his talk to the chapter in January, he explained new materiel concepts that are being developed by his directorate to satisfy requirements provided by headquarters Air Force Space Command. He directs an SMC modeling and simulation capability to assess the performance of these concepts. He is also responsible for the planning process for technology investment needs across the center and for conducting project demonstrations. Research, technology and demonstration are the keywords for their activities. Projects include, among others, a commercial hosting demonstration, Advanced Hypersonic Development (AdHD), solar electric propulsion and a Space Environmental NanoSat Experiment (SENSE) to measure and establish background radiation lev ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 12/12/2013
Chapter board members get a close-up look of the anti-jam communications payload for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite at their December board meeting at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, California. (Northrop Grumman photo) The chapter's board members donned clean room apparel for the first time in many years during their December meeting that was hosted by Northrop Grumman at its storied Space Park facilities in Redondo Beach, California. Company representatives gave directors first-hand tours of production high bays for NASA's next-generation space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the fourth anti-jam communications payload for the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. Planned for launch in 2018, the JWST will be the most powerful space telescope ever built. Operating in the near-infrared, it will help scientists understand how galaxies were formed and detect remnants of light from the Big Bang. The AEHF protected Military Satellite Communications Systems (MILSATCOM) payloads are a unique capability Northrop Grumman has developed for assured communications.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 11/14/2013
With the 15 cadets, midshipmen and active duty members who received scholarships at the chapter's annual scholarship luncheon in November are Spencer Bower, chapter president; Col. Steve Staso, USAF, vice president of communications and guest speaker; Eli Cohen, vice president of ROTC scholarships; and Andrea Loper, chapter secretary. The chapter honored the following recipients with scholarships in November.

ROTC recipients: Midshipman 1st Class Celine Doerr, Navy ROTC, industrial system engineering/University of Southern California (USC); Cadet Justin Forsyth, Air Force ROTC, electrical engineering/Loyola Marymount University; Midshipman 1st Class Gaudrimas Matulionis, Navy ROTC, civil engineering/University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Cadet Anthony Portante, Air Force ROTC, computer science/UCLA; Cadet Daniel Seo, Air Force ROTC, computer information systems/USC; Cadet Roger Tran, Army ROTC, biology/USC; and Cadet Jameson Wong, Army ROTC, mechanical engineering/UCLA.

Space and Missile Systems Center recipients: Staff Sgt. Carlos Aviles, 61 MDS, Fire Science/Gulf Coast State; Staff Sgt. Erik Eitrem, SAF/SL, Network Security and Technology/Park University; Staff Sgt. Linsy Ellison, 61 MDS, Health Sciences/Trident University International; Staff Sgt. Dustin Gagnon, SMC/PKE, Cyber Security/Un ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 10/10/2013
Chapter board members at the Discovery Science Center in October are (l-r) Steve Scott, Adam Feingold, Andrea Loper, Laura Pope, Don Tomajan and Spencer Bauer. The chapter continued its annual support of the Discovery Science Center in Southern California with a $2,500 donation in October. The center's mission is to educate young minds, assist educators with teaching science and technology, and to increase public understanding and appreciation of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 08/15/2013
Col. Bob Cox, USAF (Ret.) (c), deputy director, Earth Science Technology Directorate and director of the National Space Technology Applications Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, joins Laura Pope, chapter director, and Spencer Bauer, chapter president, following the colonel's speech at the August meeting. In August, the chapter welcomed. Col. Bob Cox, USAF (Ret.), deputy director, Earth Science Technology Directorate and director of the National Space Technology Applications Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Col. Cox pointed out that in addition to being responsible for 35 Earth-observing, or planetary, spacecraft, the JPL also is involved with numerous non-NASA projects. These include robotics, cyber research, aircraft-borne infrared fire mapping systems, document monitoring systems, robot-assisted microsurgery, medical imaging systems, Internet-based telemedical systems, sensor technology, microelectronics, supercomputing and environmental protection. Col. Cox is responsible for the JPL's technology development, integration and program management for defense, intelligence, civil (non-NASA) and commercial space sectors. He leads a staff of 13 program managers and hundreds of technologists, engineers and scientists that apply the JPL's technologies to solve unique proble ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 05/16/2013
Col. James Planeaux, USAF (c), director, Infrared Space Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, joins Doug Holker (l), regional vice president, and Spence Bauer, chapter president, at the chapter's May meeting. In May, the chapter welcomed Col. James Planeaux, USAF, director, Infrared Space Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles, California. He leads a government program team of more than 650 personnel and more than 9,500 contractor personnel to develop and deploy the nation's space-based infrared (IR) detection, targeting and tracking systems for missile warning, missile defense, battlespace awareness and technical intelligence. His $18 billion space systems portfolio includes the Defense Support Program and the next generation Space Based IR System. These systems are critical for protection against global and theater ballistic missile attacks against the United States, its deployed forces and its allies. Col. Planeaux described how they provide global, persistent, IR surveillance capabilities to our warfighters and the nation. They are now defining the future of space-based IR surveillance.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 04/18/2013
Together at the April meeting are (l-r) Spencer Bauer, chapter president; guest speaker Brig. Gen. Timothy R. Coffin, USA, deputy commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space; and Steve Staso, chapter vice president for communications. Brig. Gen. Timothy R. Coffin, USA, spoke to the chapter in April. He is the deputy commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC Space), United States Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. He assumed duties as the deputy commander on January 14, 2013. Prior to his current assignment, Gen. Coffin served as the deputy commanding general for operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. JFCC Space is responsible for executing continuous, integrated space operations to deliver theater and global effects in support of national and combatant commander objectives. JFCC Space coordinates space operational-level planning, integration and coordination to ensure unity of effort in support of soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors, as well as national security operations and support to civil authorities. They support the tempo and timing of space requirements around the world. Coffin pointed that the biggest user of spa ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 03/21/2013
Spencer Bauer, chapter president, thanks the chapter's March guest speaker, Col. Douglas E. Cool, USAF, deputy director, Space Superiority Systems Directorate, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. Col. Douglas E. Cool, USAF, deputy director, Space Superiority Systems Directorate, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, was guest speaker at the chapter's March luncheon. He spoke on the importance of space situational awareness; the need for offensive and defensive space control; as well as command and control. Space superiority is key to everything else in space and to the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen in flight, said the colonel. Prior to Los Angeles Air Force Base, Col. Cool was chief, strategic and nuclear networks, 653rd Electronic Systems Wing at the Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, where he oversaw the management of more than 300 people and 14 satellite communications terminal programs valued at more than $15 billion. Those programs are vital to the Global Information Grid. He commanded the 501st Combat Sustainment Squadron, leading the 70-member squadron in development, production and sustainment activities for combat training pods, physiologic ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 02/21/2013
Together at the February chapter luncheon are Spencer Bauer, chapter president, and guest speaker Col. William R. Hodgkiss, director of Launch and Range Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. Col. William R. Hodgkiss, USAF, was the guest speaker at the chapter's February luncheon and discussed acquiring and operating expendable launch vehicles providing 100 percent mission success. He is the director of the Launch and Range Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. He directs the development, acquisition and sustainment of launch and range systems required to launch national satellites and conduct testing of defense systems at the Eastern and Western ranges. There are many issues involved in bringing a rocket through a successful launch, and their challenge is to make something very difficult look routine. In 2012, they achieved eight for eight. In 2013 and 2014, they will be even busier. While the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program now includes Atlas V and Delta IV, they are in the process of certifying other boosters to assure they can launch the least risk-tolerant satellites. When it ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 01/13/2013
Guest speaker Col. Janet W. Grondin, USAF, chief, Spacelift Range and Network System Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, joins Spencer Bauer, chapter president, at the January luncheon. Col. Janet W. Grondin, USAF, chief, Spacelift Range and Network System Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles, joined the chapter in January to discuss the status of various contracts, including the Launch and Test Range System (LTRS) Integrated Support Contract (LISC). Col. Grondin leads more than 1,700 government and contractor personnel modernizing and sustaining the world-wide Air Force Satellite Control Network as well as the nation's LTRS located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. As chief, she manages execution of the Spacelift Range System Contract, the Satellite Control Network Contract, and the LTRS Systems Engineering and Integration contract. She is responsible for developing the LTRS Integrated Support Contract and the Space Acquisition Training Office that facilitates standardized training systems for the space enterprise.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 10/11/2011
Chapter members and guests invited to view NASA's donation of the space shuttle Endeavor are (l-r) Noah Feingold; Steve Quilici, chapter vice president; Capt. Mark Kelly, USN (Ret.); Steve Staso, chapter vice president; David Feingold; and Adam Feingold, chapter director. In October, chapter officers Adam Feingold (and his sons Noah and David), Steve Staso and Steve Quilici met with Capt. Mark Kelly, USN (Ret.), commander, STS-134, for NASA's donation of the space shuttle Endeavor to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Chapter members were invited to the ceremony because of the chapter's ongoing support of the affiliated Discovery Science Center.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 06/16/2011
Col. Robert C. Ettinger, USAF (Ret.) (l), joins Steve Scott, chapter president, at the chapter's luncheon in June. In June, Col. Robert C. Ettinger, USAF (Ret.), briefed the chapter on the capabilities and applications of the Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle. In addition, Capt. Steven Weddle, USAF, received the chapter's $3,000 AFCEA/CSC Defense Graduate School Scholarship for use toward his masters of engineering program at UCLA.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 04/21/2011
Gathering together at the April meeting are (l-r) Steve Scott, chapter president; Col. Don Robbins, USAF, chief of the Wideband Global System Branch, Space and Missile Systems Center; Spence Bauer, chapter vice president for programs; and Doug Holker, regional vice president. In April, Col. Don Robbins, USAF, chief of the Wideband Global System (WGS) Branch, Space and Missile Systems Center, briefed the chapter on the current and future state of the WGS. The WGS provides flexible, high-capacity communications for the nation's warfighters through real world operationalization of the system and the associated control systems. The WGS supports the defense communications system; the Army's ground mobile forces, the Air Force's airborne terminals, Navy ships at sea, the White House Communications Agency, the State Department and other special users. It provides an order of magnitude increase in military communications bandwidth, providing high data rate and long haul communications for marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen worldwide.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 03/17/2011
Following his speech at the March meeting, Col. Bernie Gruber, USAF (r), director, Global Positioning Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, joins Tim Hammond, chapter vice president for publicity, and Patty Teschke, chapter vice president for operations. In March, Col. Bernie Gruber, USAF, director, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, briefed the chapter on the current state of the GPS constellation and discussed the goals for the future. The colonel is responsible for a multiservice, multinational systems directorate, which conducts development, acquisition, fielding and sustainment of all GPS space segment, satellite command and control (ground) and military user equipment. The $32 billion GPS program, with a $1 billion annual budget, maintains the largest satellite constellation and the largest avionics integration and installation program in the Defense Department.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 01/20/2011
Eugene Tattini (r), deputy director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks with Steve Scott, chapter president, at the January luncheon. At the January luncheon, Eugene Tattini briefed the chapter on the history, current state and future of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Tattini is the laboratory's deputy director and chief operating officer responsible for the day-to-day management of JPL's resources and activities, including management of the laboratory's solar system exploration, Mars, astronomy, physics, Earth science and interplanetary network programs, as well as all business operations. These activities employ 5,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and business support personnel and generate $1.5 billion in annual revenue.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 10/22/2010
Lt. Gen. John T. Sheridan, USAF (4th from l), commander, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, and Steve Scott (4th from r), chapter president, congratulate the chapter's AFCEA scholarship winners at the October luncheon. At the October awards luncheon, the chapter welcomed Lt. Gen. John T. Sheridan, USAF, commander, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), as the guest speaker. Gen. Sheridan briefly described the changes taking place within SMC's current space programs. The highlight of the event was the presentation of the AFCEA scholarships to senior enlisted and company grade officers based at SMC, as well as ROTC undergraduates from several Los Angeles universities. Gen. Sheridan presented the awards individually to each recipient.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 08/19/2010
Discussing space systems at the August meeting are (l-r) Spence Bauer, chapter vice president for programs; Steven G. Leonard, deputy director, Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS), Missile Defense Agency, Los Angeles Air Force Base; and Doug Holker, regional vice president.  In August, the chapter welcomed guest speaker Steven G. Leonard, deputy director, Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS), Missile Defense Agency, Los Angeles Air Force Base. His organization is responsible for the program operations of four on-orbit satellites and their operations center—demonstrating birth-to-death missile tracking and missile defense operations. Two STSS satellites in 1,350-kilometer orbits each contain a wide-field acquisition sensor and a narrow-field tracking sensor capable of viewing long-wave and short-wave infrared and visible light against backgrounds from Earth clutter to deep space. The Near Field Infrared Experiment satellite collects data for kinetic kill, and it accomplished its first successful mission in 2008 where it demonstrated two-way laser communications at more than 5,000 kilometers. A center in Colorado Springs operates the satellites and integrates data from many sources to plan, execute and evaluate intercept tests. A next-generation ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 07/15/2010
Col. Stephen C. Pluntze, USAF (r), commander, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Systems Group; and Spencer Bauer, chapter vice president for programs, discuss satellites at the July luncheon. In July, the chapter invited guest speaker Col. Stephen C. Pluntze, USAF, commander, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Systems Group (DMSG), Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. DMSG is the U.S. Defense Department's sole operational weather satellite system. The $3.5 billion system equips worldwide strategic and tactical forces with weather and space environmental data for planning and executing aerospace, ground and naval operations. Col. Pluntze is directly responsible for the development, test, acquisition and sustainment of these satellites, sensors and ground systems to meet warfighter requirements. The chapter also presented a Disabled Veteran Scholarship to Carlos Lopez, who served with the U. S. Navy in Bahrain during the Enduring Freedom operations. The Microsoft Employees Association presented Lopez with a $2,500 scholarship, which will aid him in his pursuit of computer science and psychology degrees.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 03/18/2010
At the March luncheon meeting, (l-r) Steve Scott, chapter president; guest speaker Col. David W. Madden, USAF, commander, GPS Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command; Gen. B.P. Randolph, USAF (Ret.), chapter director; and Spence Bauer, chapter vice president for programs, discuss Col. Madden's presentation. Col. David W. Madden, USAF, spoke at the chapter's March luncheon meeting on the current state of the Global Positioning System (GPS) space segment, the operational control segment and the user equipment segment. The colonel is commander, GPS Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command. He is responsible for a multiservice, multinational systems wing that conducts development, acquisition, fielding and sustainment of all GPS space segment, satellite command and control (ground) segment and GPS military user equipment. The $32 billion GPS program, with a $1 billion annual budget, maintains the largest satellite constellation, the largest avionics integration and installation program in the U.S. Defense Department.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 02/18/2010
Dr. Steve Quilici (l), chapter vice president for membership, joins guest speaker Col. Charles H. Cynamon, USAF (c), commander, Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) Advanced Concepts Group, MILSATCOM Systems Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, and Jim Gates, chapter director and past chapter president, at the February meeting. The chapter's February guest speaker was Col. Charles H. Cynamon, USAF, commander, Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) Advanced Concepts Group, Military Satellite Communications System Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center. He is responsible for the advanced technology insertion for the advanced extra high frequency and wideband global SATCOM systems, as well planning for the Defense Department's next-generation satellite communications architecture. Col. Cynamon provided an overview of the current MILSATCOM architecture and capabilities and discussed future plans.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 11/13/2009
At the chapter's annual awards luncheon, held in November, 22 recipients receive scholarships. They include (front row, l-r) Technical Sgt. Ricky Barnett, USAF; Staff Sgt. Tony Eclavea, USAF; Technical Sgt. Lucinda Landry, USAF; Dr. Eli Cohen, chapter vice president for scholarships; Gen. Randy Randolph, USAF (Ret.), chapter director; Lt. Gen. John Sheridan, USAF; Capt. Amy Cardonna, USAF; 2nd Lt. Michael Peepels, USAF; Staff Sgt. Karla Brown, USAF; Senior Airman Elissa Smith, USAF; (back row, l-r) Staff Sgt. Andre Stevens, USAF; Staff Sgt. Roger Lockhart, USAF; Technical Sgt. Byron Lee, USAF; and Staff Sgt. Mark Zuhlsdorf, USAF. Lt. Gen. John Sheridan, USAF, commander, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, served as the distinguished speaker at the chapter's annual awards luncheon in November. The general described the changes occurring within the SMC's current space programs. At the luncheon, 22 senior enlisted and company-grade officers received scholarships, as did ROTC undergraduates at local universities. Gen. Sheridan presented the awards to each recipient.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 09/17/2009
Spence Bauer, chapter vice president for programs, thanks Joy M. White, director of contracting, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, for her presentation on future innovations and changes to improve the contracting process. White served as the guest speaker at the September meeting. Joy M. White, director of contracting, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, served as the keynote speaker at the September meeting. In this role, White advises the program executive officer for space programs on acquisition strategy, contract execution and contracting policies and procedures. She is responsible for more than 600 contracts valued at $60 billion in addition to the career development and training for more than 250 military and civilian contracting professionals. White discussed ongoing initiatives designed to improve the contracting process at the SMC. Topics included multifunctional independent review teams, incentives, peer reviews and organizational conflicts of interest.


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