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MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 05/22/2018
Accepting chapter scholarships at the chapter's May Education Foundation luncheon are (l-r) Asia Mitchell, Nyaesia Thompson, John Scott Dennis, Luis Sarmiento, Emily Cosgrove, Kaela Williams, Henry Petters and Harris Washington. The chapter hosted its annual Education Foundation luncheon in May to recognize and reward nine outstanding students from the Montgomery, Alabama, River Region. The luncheon took place in conjunction with the chapter's annual information technology conference, the Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS), at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center in Montgomery. The luncheon drew a full house from industry, government and the military. Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, presided over the luncheon with the assistance of Chapter Vice President Col. Kyna McCall, USAF. Richard Aldridge, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama, not only attended the luncheon but also helped hand out awards during the ceremony. The chapter awarded $7,500 in scholarships as part of its High School Information Technology Summer Internship Program. Three graduating high school sen ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 05/22/2018
Chapter President Brian Knott (c) welcomes Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) presenters Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO), Business and Enterprise Systems (BES) Directorate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama (l), and Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt, USAF, PEO, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks (C3I&N), to the May event. The chapter hosted the 25th annual Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS), themed "Capability @ Speed of Need," in May at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center in Montgomery, Alabama. Brian Knott, chapter president, and F.R. Schnell, U.S. Air Force Business and Enterprise Systems (BES) and MITS government liaison, opened the conference. A welcome from Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean followed. The conference featured assorted presentations from speakers such as Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO), BES, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex; Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt, USAF, PEO, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks (C3I&N); Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel, USAF, director of information technology acquisition process development in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition; William Marion, Air Force deputy chief information dominance and deputy c ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/12/2018
Tija Brown, Young AFCEAN Advisory Council president, presents Tom Wojszynski, Southeast regional manager for Google Cloud, a token of appreciation at the April Business Over Breakfast, hosted by the chapter's Young AFCEANs. The chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted a Business Over Breakfast seminar in April featuring guest speaker Tom Wojszynski, Southeast regional manager for Google Cloud, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Montgomery, Alabama. Wojszynski discussed machine learning in the Google Cloud with a diverse audience of service members, civilians and industry professionals. He opened by providing a brief overview of his experience in the military and at Google. Wojszynski credits his success in part to his natural curiosity, and Google, he noted, appreciates curiosity as it lends itself to innovation. He discussed how Google uses innovation within the company for improvement. For example, Wojszynski said Google has the best big data processing because its cloud environment enables Google to expose big data platforms to world. This gives businesses the ability to process data in ways they never could before. He went on to discuss how Google is using machine learning in many of its consumer products, such as ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/13/2018
Students work to solve problems during breakout sessions in April at Camp IT. The chapter's Education Foundation and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce's TechMGM, an initiative to leverage the region's technology-related assets, hosted the event. In April, the chapter's Education Foundation and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce's TechMGM hosted Camp IT for area 8th-grade students at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. The students engaged in hands-on demonstrations and breakout sessions and activities on STEM and information technology. Volunteers from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Business and Enterprise Systems (BES) Directorate assisted with and led many sessions providing students real-life applications for their activities. Camp IT also featured keynote speakers from the community and industry. Business, community and civic leaders recognize that for Montgomery to stay on the leading edge of innovation, they need to invest in young people. Having an opportunity to expose middle school-age children to STEM careers and possibilities is just a start. Camp IT also is a great opportunity for students to see how STEM is used in everyday life, academic programs around STEM and how they can bec ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/07/2018
Master Sgt. Brandy Silvers, USAF, crosses the finish line at the Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5K in April. The chapter's Young AFCEANs participated in the event supporting local and international causes. The chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council "Get Fit" program participated in the eighth annual Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5K in April. The team of young professionals from the military, government and industry braved the rain on an early Saturday morning in Prattville, Alabama, to run for a good cause. All proceeds from the event support local and international student missions hosted by Centerpoint Fellowship Church. This year, students are expected to volunteer in Honduras, Peru, Mexico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Atlanta. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds supports Stella's Voice, an organization that seeks to provide housing, education and hope for orphans in Moldova to prevent them from becoming victims of human trafficking. The Young AFCEANs are proud to support worthy causes and look forward to future "Get Fit" events.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 03/10/2018
Two members of the chapter's Young AFCEAN In March, participants in the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council "Get Fit" program completed the Enlisted Heritage Hall (EHH) 5K and Montgomery Half Marathon. The team consisted of young professionals from the military, government and industry, who met early on a sunny Saturday morning in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, to run for a good cause. The annual event provides funding to maintain and create new exhibits for the EHH at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama. The EHH houses exhibits and artifacts honoring the contributions of enlisted airmen throughout aviation history. The Young AFCEANs are proud to support worthy causes and look forward to future Get Fit events, including the Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5K in April.




MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 01/31/2018
Chapter President Brian Knott (r) presents Col. Kyle Reybitz, USAF, deputy program executive officer (PEO) for Business and Enterprise Systems (BES), with a token of appreciation for speaking at the chapter's January meeting. The chapter hosted a January luncheon with guest speaker Col. Kyle Reybitz, USAF, deputy program executive officer (PEO) for Business and Enterprise Systems (BES), at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama. Col. Reybitz spoke to a full house of military, industry and government personnel on the state of the BES. First, he gave an overview of the BES and highlighted some successes. He then discussed plans to update strategic goals. Col Reybitz also covered some of the guidance that has come down from headquarters about cloud migration and the push for agile development that will drive change across the enterprise. The luncheon also served as an opportunity to formally install this year's elected chapter officers: Brian Knott, president; Col. Kyna McCall, USAF, vice president; Tija Brown, Young AFCEA Advisory Council president; Charisse Stokes, director, Education Foundation; Candace Akerson, secretary; and Cheryl Brown, treasurer. The chapter welcomes all new and returning offi ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 01/11/2018
Young AFCEAN Tija Brown presents Maj. Kevin Deibler, USAF, commander, 689th Network Operations Squadron, a token of appreciation for speaking at the chapter's January breakfast. In January, the chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted a Business Over Breakfast seminar with guest speaker Maj. Kevin Deibler, USAF, commander, 689th Network Operations Squadron, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Montgomery, Alabama. Maj. Deibler opened by sharing that cyber is the mesh that connects other domains. He provided a brief overview of the Air Force Space Command organization chart as it pertains to cyber and explained the day-to-day operations in the squadron. Maj. Deibler closed by talking about the path forward for the Joint Information Environment. A question-and-answer session and networking followed the presentation.


MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 10/21/2017
Young AFCEANs attending the Nitty Gritty 5K in October are (l-r) Brandy Silvers; John Brown; Tija Brown; Charisse Stokes; Dylan Stokes; and Adam Vencill. In October, members of the chapter's Young AFCEANs (YACs) "Get Fit" program participated in the Nitty Gritty 5K. The team consisted of young professionals from the military, government and industry, who met up Saturday morning in Prattville, Alabama to run/walk for a good cause. The Nitty Gritty 5k was sponsored by the YMCA of Prattville, which focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA also provides opportunities to give back and support its neighbors. The YACs are proud to support worthy causes and look forward to enjoying more fun and fitness at future "Get Fit" events.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 10/12/2017
In October, Teresa Macalolooy shares tips for starting a business at the Young AFCEAN breakfast seminar. In October, the chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted a Business Over Breakfast seminar featuring guest speaker Teresa Macalolooy, CEO of Macalogic, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Montgomery, Alabama. Macalolooy discussed three things to consider if you want to start your own business. The first thing she talked about was knowing what you want to do. She emphasized that it is best if you can align what you know with what people want. The second thing you should do is plan. Macalolooy mentioned that she sets aside time every Sunday to plan her week. She said you should consider the largest issue you have and then consider every item linked to that all the way down the line. A good plan will help you envision the path to achieve your goals. Third, Macalolooy told the YAACs you need to ask. Ask people you respect what their thoughts are, what else might be useful. Then you need to be willing to let them help you, even when you don't think it will be helpful. Finally she reminded the audience to ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 09/14/2017
Tija Brown (l) thanks guest speaker William Walski, lead scrum master, Array Information Technology Inc., for his presentation at the Business Over Breakfast seminar in September. In September, the chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted a Business Over Breakfast seminar featuring guest speaker William Walski, lead scrum master, Array Information Technology Inc., at the Hilton Garden Inn in Montgomery, Alabama. Walski discussed agility versus rigidity in shaping the development environment. He opened by explaining how agile development differs from traditional waterfall development. For example the waterfall methodology puts a lot of value in the planning upfront, while the agile methodology is about taking measured risks that are influenced by customer needs. The advantage to taking small measured risks is the understanding that some will fail, but the impact of failure will be smaller and the team will learn from them. Walski emphasized that part of the problem is these small failures leading to future success rarely get support. This is a cultural problem within management and teams that needs to be addressed. Getting through the failures and seeing the success is ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 08/30/2017
Charisse Stokes (front, c), the chapter's Education Foundation director, speaks at the Diversity in STEM Educators Forum in August. The chapter's Education Foundation hosted two events with Women in AFCEA in August to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and career choices for young men and women. The first event was a Diversity in STEM Educators Forum featuring Essye Miller, the Defense Department's deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity as the guest speaker. The breakfast was held at Embassy Suites in Montgomery, Alabama. Government, military, industry and community leaders and educators attended. At the event, Miller discussed the importance of diversity in STEM and the need to draw more diverse people into the field. The Education Foundation also held a High School Education Day, inviting more than 700 local high school students to the Air Force Information Technology Conference and escorting them around the vendor floor to learn about careers in information technology in the military and industry. As part of Education Day, there was also a special Women in ST ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 08/29/2017
Brian Knott, chapter president (r), presents Essye Miller, the Defense Department's deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity, a token of appreciation for speaking at the annual awards banquet in August. The chapter hosted its annual awards banquet in August to recognize the outstanding contributions of key members. The event took place at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel at the Convention Center in Montgomery, Alabama, and drew a full house of military, industry and government personnel. The following individuals were recognized with chapter-level awards: Tech. Sgt. Joshua Hinshaw, USAF, Young AFCEAN of the Year; Cynthia Crews, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Government AFCEAN of the Year; and Tija Brown, Copper River Information Technology, Industry AFCEAN of the Year. Additionally, the following individuals were recognized for their recent awards from AFCEA International: Master Sgt. Carlton Young, USAF, Meritorious Service and 40 Under 40 awards; Master Sgt. Brianna Oberg, USAF, 40 Under 40 Award; Tommy Pope, Sumaria Systems Inc., Meritorious Service Award; and Jason Frye, AFLCMC, Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAN of the Year. The chapter also was the recipien ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 08/16/2017
Guest speaker Arthur G. In August, the chapter hosted a luncheon featuring guest speaker Arthur G. "A.G" Hatcher, director, cyber capabilities and compliance, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force at the Arrowhead Country Club, Montgomery, Alabama. He spoke to a full house of military, industry and government personnel on mission, challenges and opportunities. He opened by discussing an overview of the nine major areas he is responsible for including IT budget reporting, IT system compliance, contracting, innovation and more. He then went on to discuss the challenges, such as the need to modernize on a limited budget and the need to be more agile. Finally, Hatcher talked about the opportunities industry and government have to improve, for example finding ways to simplify cybersecurity implementation without compromising the rigor of system security. The luncheon also served as an opportunity for the chapter to recognize some outstanding achi ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 05/23/2017
Chapter President Brian Knott (r) and Charisse Stokes, the chapter's Education Foundation director (c), present an Array scholarship and internship in May to Nicholas Homsher (2nd from l), with Richard Aldridge, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell-Gunter Annex, Alabama (2nd from r), and an Array representative.  In May, the chapter hosted its annual Education Foundation luncheon to recognize and reward 12 outstanding students from the Montgomery, Alabama, River Region. The luncheon took place in conjunction with the chapter's annual information technology conference, the Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS), at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center in Montgomery. The luncheon drew a full house from industry, government and military. Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, presided over the luncheon with the assistance of Senior Master Sgt. Neil Stewart, USAF, chapter vice president. The chapter was honored to have Richard Aldridge, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama, not only attend the luncheon but also assist in handing out awards during the ceremony. The chapter awarded $15,000 in scholarships as part of its High School Information Technology Summer In ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 05/23/2017
Maj. Gen. Cedric George, USAF, deputy director of resource integration and logistics chief information officer (CIO) (r), moderates a panel that includes John Koski, director of information systems and technology for the SAF/FM CIO (c), and Col. Kjall Gopaul, USAF, deputy director, Air Force Personnel Operations Activity, at May's Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS). In May, the chapter hosted the 24th annual Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center in Montgomery, Alabama. The theme of this year's summit was "Accelerating Data-Driven Decisions." Chapter President Brian Knott and Cynthia Crews, MITS 2017 government liaison and chief of contracting for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell-Gunter Annex, opened the conference, and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange extended a welcome. The conference featured an assortment of presentations from a variety of speakers, including Richard Aldridge, program executive officer, Business and Enterprise Systems (PEO/BES), Maxwell-Gunter Annex, Alabama; Maj. Gen. Cedric George, USAF, deputy director of resource integration and logistics chief information officer (CIO), Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess Jr., USA (Ret.), Auburn University's senior co ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/27/2017
Joseph Sifer, AFCEA International's chairman of the board, receives a token of the chapter's appreciation from Brian Knott, president, for speaking at the April luncheon. In April, the chapter hosted a luncheon featuring guest speaker Joseph Sifer, AFCEA International's chairman of the board, at Arrowhead Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama. He spoke to a full house of military, industry and government personnel on the topic of AFCEA International's "Past, Present and Future." Sifer opened by discussing some of the challenges AFCEA was experiencing when Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), became president and CEO. AFCEA had diluted its focus on chapters and regions in the United States with an overly aggressive international expansion, stretching AFCEA too thin. Sifer explained how Gen. Shea set about correcting this, right-ending strained financials and refocusing efforts on the regions and chapters around the nation, recognizing the tremendous talent at the local level. Gen. Shea, his team and members of the board recognized the need to address these challenges and did, refocusing on core AFCEA capabilities. They now are aggressively looking into ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/13/2017
Business Over Breakfast guest speaker Braxton Weimer, a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley, discusses financial planning with the chapter's Young AFCEANs in April. In April, the chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted a Business Over Breakfast seminar featuring guest speaker Braxton Weimer, a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Montgomery, Alabama. Weimer spoke to a room of service members, civilians and community partners about financial planning. He opened by providing a general overview of investments and the difference between stocks and bonds. Weimer said all money has a purpose and its purpose must be understood to select the best investment options. The investment vehicle selected must match the time horizon when money will be needed. He discussed the building blocks for financial security, such as having three to six months of wages in an emergency fund, acquiring legal documents like a will and durable power of attorney, and reducing high-interest debts. He ended with encouragement to save early and save often. Following the presentation, Weimer conducted a brief question-and-answer session, and audience members ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/01/2017
The Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5K team running for charity in April includes (from l) Gena Howard; Lee Ann and Jim Bradley; Adam and Heather Vencill; and Brandy Silvers. In April, the Young AFCEAN Advisory Council's (YAAC's) Get Fit program participated in the seventh annual Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5K. The team consisted of young professionals from the military, government and industry who met up early on a sunny, warm Saturday morning in front of the YMCA in Prattville, Alabama, to run for a good cause. Proceeds from the event support local and international missions. This year, students are expected to volunteer in Atlanta, Honduras, Peru, Mexico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds goes to support Stella's Voice, an organization that seeks to provide housing, education and hope for orphans in Moldova to prevent them from becoming victims of human trafficking. The chapter's Young AFCEANs are proud to support worthy causes and look forward to future Get Fit events.


MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 03/10/2017
During the chapter's March Job Shadow Day, a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant (front, c) shows Robert E. Lee High School students how to remotely shut down a computer. The chapter's Education Foundation hosted a Job Shadow Day in March for students of the Robert E. Lee High School IT Career Academy. The Job Shadow Day is an academically motivating activity designed to expose high school students to information technology careers in the real world. This exposure shows students the benefits of learning about information technology in the classroom by demonstrating the lessons' applications outside of the academic environment. Students also connect what they learn in the classroom to real jobs that align with their career paths, ensuring they graduate better prepared for the work force and postsecondary education. The Job Shadow Day started in downtown Montgomery with office tours and orientations from local businesses Array, Indrasoft and ICS. The students then transitioned to Maxwell Gunter Annex for lunch with Herbert Hunter, director of staff, Business Enterprise Systems (BES), and Col. Michael Jiru, USAF, deputy director of BES. Then, students t ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 02/24/2017
At the chapter's February luncheon, Midsouth Regional Vice President Tom Gwaltney (l) formally installs 2017 elected officers (l-r) Brian Knott, president; Senior Master Sgt. Neil Stewart, USAF, vice president; Cheryl Brown, treasurer; Candace Akerson, secretary; and Charisse Stokes, director, Education Foundation. Dr. Panayotis "Pano" Yannakogeorgos, dean of the Air Force Cyber College, was the guest speaker for the chapter's February luncheon at Wynlakes Country Club, Montgomery, Alabama. Yannakogeorgos spoke to a full house of military, industry and government personnel on "Cyber Activities, Opportunities and Challenges." First, he stated some of the reasons that the United States has a cyber problem, including that systems deploy without proper security controls and that prosecution of cyber crime lacks consistency. Yannakogeorgos said part of the problem is that a lot of cyberspace is out of the country's jurisdiction, so prosecuting foreign cyber attacks is difficult, if not impossible. He then went on to discuss how Defense Department and Air Force guidance and education are working to fill the gaps, with the goal of preventing the cyber equivalent of Pearl Harbor or 9/11. The luncheon also served as an opportunity to formally install the chapter's elected officers for 2017: Brian Knott ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 12/01/2016
Eric Sloan, chapter president (l), presents guest speaker Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO) for Business and Enterprise Systems (BES), with a token of appreciation at the December chapter luncheon. In December, the chapter hosted a luncheon featuring guest speaker Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO) for Business and Enterprise Systems (BES), at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama. Aldridge spoke to a full house of military, industry and government personnel on the "State of the BES." He discussed some reorganizations BES is going through, including the creation of a position for a director of staff, chief of operations and other efforts to move the organization toward a more Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework. Aldridge also talked about the need to consolidate data and use it for more condition-based maintenance. He further emphasized that 2016 was the busiest year for the Air Force since 1968, and with the budget decrease coming in 2018, it is more critical now than ever to take risks to realize all the potential of the information age. This will require a change in the risk-adverse culture of the Air Force. The strategic goa ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 10/27/2016
Boyd Stephens (l), founder of Netelysis and speaker at the chapter's October Business Over Breakfast seminar, receives a token of appreciation from the chapter's Adam Vencill. In October, the chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted a Business Over Breakfast seminar featuring guest speaker Boyd Stephens, founder of Netelysis, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Montgomery, Alabama. Stephens spoke to a room of service members, civilians and community partners on the topic of "Hacking Montgomery, Gunter and Maxwell (MGM)." First, he informed the audience about the difference between cracking and hacking. Cracking is an attempt to access a system without permission, while hacking is seeking intimate knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of a system. Thereby, hacking the MGM is really about learning the talents and inner workings of the area. It is about finding out who and what a community really is. He mentioned that success is about finding talent in the community and bringing it out; it is about creating momentum. The MGM community has a lot of untapped resources and talent. Stephens provided some ideas for how to identify and utilize those resources and talent ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 08/30/2016
The chapter celebrates award winners and guests in August, including (l-r) Eric Sloan, chapter president; Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF (Ret.); Jason Frye, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Young AFCEAN of the Year; Tommy Pope, Industry AFCEAN of the Year; Master Sgt. Carlton Young, USAF, Government AFCEAN of the Year; and Todd Strange, mayor of Montgomery, Alabama. In August, the chapter hosted its Annual Awards Banquet to recognize the outstanding contributions of key members. The event took place at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Montgomery, Alabama, and drew a full house of military, industry and government personnel. The following individuals were recognized with chapter-level awards: Jason Frye, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Young AFCEAN of the Year; Master Sgt. Carlton Young, USAF, Government AFCEAN of the Year; Tommy Pope, Industry AFCEAN of the Year; and Candace Akerson, Air University, Montgomery AFCEA Chapter President's Award. Additionally, the following individuals were recognized for their recent awards from AFCEA International: Senior Master Sgt. Neil Stewart, USAF, Meritorious Service Award; Capt. Jesse Wayne, USAF, Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAN of the Year; and Charisse Stokes, Distinguished Women in AFCEA Award. The chapter also was the recipient of the 2015 Model Chapter Award. Before ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 05/24/2016
Brig. Gen. Cedric George (l), USAF, deputy director of resource integration, deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protection, receives a token of appreciation from Chapter President Eric Sloan at the annual Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) in May. In May, the chapter hosted the annual Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center in Montgomery, Alabama. The theme of this year's summit was "Portfolio Management in a Cloud Environment." The conference featured an assortment of presentations from many speakers, including Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO), Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex, Alabama; Brig. Gen. Cedric George, USAF, deputy director of resource integration, deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protection; Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess Jr., USA (Ret.), senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs, Auburn University; Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, USAF, commander and president, Air University (AU), Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama; Maj. Gen. Dwyer Dennis, USAF, PEO, command, control, communications, intelligence and networks (PEO/C3I&N), Hanscom Air ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 05/24/2016
Recognizing Jade Teel (c), a scholarship recipient from Loveless Academic Magnet Program in Montgomery, Alabama, at the May Education Foundation luncheon are (l-r) Brian Knott of Array; Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation; Richard Aldridge, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama; and Eric Sloan, chapter president. In May, the chapter hosted its annual Education Foundation luncheon to recognize and reward twelve outstanding students from the Montgomery, Alabama, River Region. The luncheon took place in conjunction with the chapter's annual information technology conference, the Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS), at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center in Montgomery. The luncheon drew a full house from industry, government and military. Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, presided over the luncheon with the assistance of Chapter Vice President Senior Master Sergeant Neil Stewart, USAF. The chapter was honored to have Richard Aldridge, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama, not only attend the luncheon but also assist in handing out awards during the ceremony. The chapter awarded $15,000 in scholarships as part of its High School Information Technology Su ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/16/2016
In April the Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5K team consisted of (l-r) Suzanne Carter, Raya Ward, Erik Matlack, Adam Vencill, Mark Jones and Trey Lasane. In April, the Young AFCEAN Advisory Council's (YAAC) “Get Fit” program was busy. They participated in the 6th Annual Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5K. The team consisted of young professionals from the military, government and industry, who got up early on a sunny Saturday morning in front of the YMCA in Prattville, Alabama to run for a good cause. The Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5K is an annual event that is hosted by the Centerpoint Fellowship Church with all proceeds going to international missions and Stella's Voice. Two weeks later, the YAACs joined the 15th annual Walk for Life in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. The Walk for Life is sponsored by the Joy Life Foundation, which provides free mammograms and breast cancer screenings to medically underserved men and women in Alabama. The YAACs are proud to support worthy causes and look forward to their future “Get Fit” events.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/08/2016
The Chapter Education Foundation Director Charisse Stokes receives the Women in AFCEA Award from Regional Vice President Tom Gwaltney at the April luncheon. In April, the chapter hosted its monthly luncheon, which featured Richard Aldridge, program executive officer (PEO) for the Business and Enterprise Systems (BES), as the guest speaker. The luncheon was held at the Wynlakes Lakes Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama. Eric Sloan opened the luncheon and handed the floor over to Tom Gwaltney to recognize Charisse Stokes for her outstanding achievement of winning the Women in AFCEA award. The award recognizes Stokes dedication to mentoring, promoting and growing women in AFCEA. Aldridge addressed a full house of military, government and industry personnel about his vision for the future BES. He emphasized that he is an unconventional choice for an unconventional portfolio and went on to share how his wide and varied professional experiences provide him the kind of broad scope required to manage BES. In addition Aldridge talked about the importance of being authentic and building trust based on relationships both within BES and with indu ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 08/08/2015
Team YAAC pauses for a group photo before the run in August. In August, the chapter's Young AFCEANs participated in the Run for Education 5K as part of their “Get Fit” program. The 5K run was sponsored by Project Perseverance, the Omega Iota Iota chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, and Up and Running Inc. Run proceeds supported scholarships and mentorships in the River Region of Alabama. Team YAAC did well in the event, with Chapter President Kameke Mitchell and Chapter Education Foundation Director Charisse Stokes placing among the top three women's finishers. Team YAAC is already looking forward to supporting more good causes via local runs n 2015.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 08/06/2015
Capt. Jesse Wayne, USAF (r), receives his Young AFCEAN of the Year award from Chapter President Eric Sloan at the August luncheon. In August, the chapter hosted its Annual Awards Luncheon ceremony to recognize the outstanding contributions of the chapter's key members. The event took place at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama, and drew a full house of military, industry and government personnel. The following individuals were recognized with chapter-level awards: Capt. Jesse Wayne, USAF, Young AFCEAN of the Year; Master Sgt. Patterson Collins, USAF, Government AFCEAN of the Year; Dr. Joe Besselman, Industry AFCEAN of the Year; and John Hardt, Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, the following individuals were recognized for their recent awards from AFCEA International: Cheryl Brown, Medal of Merit; Kameke Mitchell, Meritorious Service Award; Denise Baylor, Small-Business Person of the Year; Adam Vencill, Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAN of the Year; and Master Sgt. Neil Stewart, USAF, Emerging Leadership Award. The chapter also was the recipient of the following awards: 2014 Model Ch ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 05/19/2015
Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, USAF, commander and president, Air University, speaking at the May information technology summit. In May, the chapter hosted its annual Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Montgomery, Alabama. The event drew a record number of attendees, surpassing 840 conference registrants. This year's summit featured various speakers discussing the topic "Breaking the IT Cost Curve—Creating a New Paradigm." The conference kicked off with a welcome by Chapter President Eric Sloan and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange. Following were presentations by Robert Shofner, program executive officer, Business and Enterprise Systems (BES); Dr. Tim Rudolph, chief technical officer, Air Force Integrated Information Capabilities, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC); and Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, USAF, commander and president, Air University, among others. Ralph DiCicco, deputy acquisition chief information officer, Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), moderated a panel on the topic "Changing the USAF Paradigm to Mobile First," which fe ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 04/16/2015
Tom Wojszynski, senior manager, Google Cloud,  explains cloud platform technology to Business Over Breakfast attendees in April. In April, the chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted a Business Over Breakfast featuring Tom Wojszynski, senior manager, Google Cloud, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Montgomery, Alabama. Wojszynski spoke to a combined civilian and military audience about Google's Cloud Platform technologies and Google's challenges with addressing cloud requirements for the Defense Department. He discussed the evolution of Google's infrastructure technologies into its current Cloud Platform offerings. One of the key features of Google's Cloud Platform infrastructure is that automatic failover and data replication are designed into the system from the beginning, ensuring that hardware failures can be addressed without the loss of functionality for Google's customers. Wojszynski also mentioned Google's massive recurring investments in its own infrastructure, including $3.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014. These capabilities are used by major customers such as Snapchat and Netflix, which have significant ba ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 06/18/2015
The chapter's June Business Over Breakfast guest speaker, Boyd Stephens, founder of Netelysis, presents In June, the chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted a Business Over Breakfast seminar featuring guest speaker Boyd Stephens, founder of Netelysis, on the topic “The Rise of the Silicon Black Belt Tech Corridor.” The event was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Montgomery, Alabama. Stephens spoke to a full house of military, industry and government professionals and kicked off his presentation by discussing start-up ventures. One of his first efforts related to start-ups came after seeing a premier networking space with software developers and engineers in Austin, Texas. Stephens said he brought this innovative idea back to the local chamber of commerce, and soon a similar workspace was established in his area. Multiple other requests for workspaces came from this initial effort. Stephens also mentioned the RISE start-up conference he attended, which offers prime platforms for start-ups to promote their company products and services. He also discussed the importance of bootstrapping and the pa ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 03/10/2015
Speaking to luncheon attendees in March is Timothy Nixon, director, Business Sustainment Systems Division, Air Force Program Executive Office Business Enterprise Systems, Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama. In March, the chapter held its monthly luncheon, welcoming guest speaker Timothy Nixon, director, Business Sustainment Systems Division, Air Force Program Executive Office Business Enterprise Systems, Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama. Nixon outlined priorities for the division's mission success, including deploying an enterprise-resource planning application for Air Force civil engineers under the NexGen program; enabling integration across portfolio programs to enhance program execution; and developing an application modernization road map. He also highlighted a recent success story: the Deliberate Crisis Action Planning and Execution Segment (DCAPES) program. Despite significant personnel reductions, DCAPES continues to successfully execute this critical Acquisition Category 1 program. Finally, he outlined plans to make Gunter Annex the information technology center of the South by pulling together all local en ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 05/19/2015
At the chapter's annual Education Foundation luncheon in May, Qwenshana King (2nd from l) receives an Education for Industry scholarship from Charisse Stokes (l), director of the chapter's Education Foundation, alongside AFCEA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.) (2nd from r), and Robert Shofner, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama. In May, the chapter hosted its annual Education Foundation luncheon to recognize and reward nine hard-working students in the Montgomery, Alabama, River Region. The luncheon took place in conjunction with the chapter's annual information technology conference, the Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS), at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center in Montgomery. The luncheon drew a full house from industry, government and the military. Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, presided over the luncheon with the assistance of Chapter Vice President Master Sgt. Neil Stewart, USAF. The chapter was honored to have Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of AFCEA International, not only attend the luncheon, but also assist in handing out awards during the ceremony alongside Robert Shofner, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama. The chapter awarde ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 02/13/2015
An airman from Gunter Annex volunteers at Camp IT in February, assisting a student during a hackathon session. In February, the chapter partnered with Alabama State University (ASU), the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, the Alabama Department of Transportation, Montgomery Public Schools and the IT Advisory Council for Robert E. Lee High School's IT Academy program to conduct the annual Camp IT student-recruiting event at ASU, Montgomery, Alabama. Camp IT is a hands-on, interactive half-day event designed to educate rising high school freshmen about the exciting and vast array of career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to motivate them to kick-start their career planning at an early age by attending the IT Academy. The event opened with presentations by Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, president, ASU; Maj. Charlie Grover, USAF; Kevon Chesson and Christopher Royal, IT Academy teachers; and an interactive Google Hangout session from Google headquarters in California with Tom Wojszynski, senior manager, Google Cloud Platform Team. Charisse Stokes, director of t ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 02/19/2015
Brandon Allen, independent financial adviser, Integrity Agency Corporation, discusses tips for a successful financial future with Business Over Breakfast attendees in February. In February, the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) kicked off the 2015 Business Over Breakfast series with featured guest speaker Brandon Allen, independent financial adviser, Integrity Agency Corporation. The event, hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn, Montgomery, Alabama, drew a full house of young military, government and industry personnel. Allen spoke about strategies for building a strong financial future and covered a wide range of financial advice: Pay off existing debts; save for an emergency fund; contribute to a 401(k) or similar employee match program; invest in a well-balanced portfolio; and ultimately align investment strategies and risk with a target retirement date. He then stressed the importance of working with a financial planner who will commit to fiduciary responsibility. During a follow-up question-and-answer session, Allen mentioned that individuals will likely find fiduciary standards with a fee-based independent financial adviser— ideally with someo ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 02/28/2015
Team YAAC smiles before heading off into the Centerpoint 5K and Half-Marathon races in February. In February, the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) participated in the fifth annual Centerpoint 5K and Half-Marathon races as part of YAAC's GET FIT program. Team YAAC consisted of various young professionals from military, industry and government who met bright and early at local Centerpoint Fellowship Church in Prattville, Alabama, to run for a good cause. The Centerpoint run is an annual event hosted by the Centerpoint Fellowship Church and all proceeds go toward funding mission trips. Team YAAC is proud to participate in this run each year and looks forward to their next scheduled runs as part of the GET FIT series, including the Hyundai Marathon/Half-Marathon/5K in March and the Walk of Life in April.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 12/11/2014
Col. Michael Jiru, USAF, senior materiel leader and chief of the Enterprise Logistics Systems Division, Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, speaks to Business Over Breakfast attendees in December about leadership. The chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) hosted its final installment of the 2014 Business Over Breakfast series in December, bringing in guest speaker Col. Michael Jiru, USAF, senior materiel leader and chief of the Enterprise Logistics Systems Division, Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex. Col. Jiru shared his thoughts on leadership with a crowd of professionals from industry, military and government. He began the discussion by referencing his early years in the Air Force working at the Sacramento Air Logistics Center as a structure engineer for F-111 aircraft. During this first assignment, he learned the importance of the trust subordinates must have in a leader. Good leaders also know their personality traits, as determined through a Myers-Briggs test, Col. Jiru said. In addition, they listen to those with more experience and find senior mentors to look up to who can help enable growth and prosperous leadership. The colonel ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 12/09/2014
Students from the Tuskegee Institute Middle School (TIMS) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club, along with Dr. Melvin Lowe, educational director for Macon County's Career and Technical Education Center (back row, far l); William Graham, TIMS principal (back row, 2nd from l); and March Knight, computer essentials teacher at TIMS (back row, 2nd from r), accept a Chapter Initiative Grant in December from Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation (back row, far r). In December, the chapter's Education Foundation donated $18,408 in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related funding to the Macon County School System. Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation, presented a $5,000 robotics donation and a $13,408 Chapter Initiative Grant to Macon County Schools during a presentation at Tuskegee Institute Middle School (TIMS). Students from TIMS' Future Business Leaders of America club as well as March Knight, computer essentials teacher at TIMS, William Graham, TIMS principal, and Dr. Melvin Lowe, educational director for Macon County's Career and Technical Education Center, attended the presentation. The robotics donation will support the 37-student Macon County robotics team, which plans to compete in the BEST Competition series, among other robotics competitions. The Chapter Initiative Grant will fund the purchase of new Dell computer systems and monitors as well as finance an upcoming STEM-driven compet ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 10/16/2014
The Wetumpka High School Robotics Team accepts a donation from Charisse Stokes (first row, far r), director of the chapter's Education Foundation, in October. In October, the chapter's Education Foundation awarded a robotics donation of $5,000 to the Wetumpka High School Robotics Team. The team accepted the donation presented by Charisse Stokes, director, Education Foundation. Led by Dr. Virginia Vilardi, the team is a diverse group of more than 50 high school students ranging from freshmen to seniors. Most recently, the team participated in the War Eagle BEST robotics competition, placing first in the overall competition and taking home eight more awards. The team is now preparing for the second round of BEST competition, South's BEST, at Auburn University at Montgomery. The chapter's Education Foundation is proud to support this hard-working group of students and looks forward to watching the team build on its already-impressive STEM-driven skill sets.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 12/06/2014
Team YAAC gathers before heading out into the Jingle Bell 5K run in December. In December, as part of the ongoing GET FIT Program, members of the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) "jingled" their way to the finish line in the 25th Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk at Huntingdon College. Team YAAC, represented by military, industry and government participants, finished the 5K race strong. The YAACs were proud to participate in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk again this year in support of the Alabama Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, which focuses on finding a cure for arthritis. The Jingle Bell Run/Walk was the final fitness event in Team YAAC's 2014 GET FIT Program. The chapter YAAC is already planning future events as part of GET FIT 2015, including the Centerpoint Half-Marathon/5K in February, the Hyundai Half-Marathon in March and the Walk of Life supporting breast cancer awareness/research in April.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 12/04/2014
Charisse Stokes, director of the chapter's Education Foundation (l), inducts the 2015 chapter board members at the luncheon in December. In December, the chapter hosted a luncheon featuring guest speaker Col. Ronald Jobo, USAF, at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama. Col. Jobo, deputy program executive officer (PEO), Business and Enterprise Systems (BES), spoke to a full house of military, industry and government personnel on the topic "State of the BES." Col. Jobo emphasized the crucial role of the BES in sustaining and managing more than 165 U.S. Air Force applications and centered his discussion around the potential new mantra for the PEO BES: "Without the PEO BES, the USAF will grind to a halt." He also briefly discussed BES priorities for 2015, dividing them into three subgroups: programmatic, strategic and technical. Col. Jobo mentioned that Robert Shofner, USAF, PEO BES, is heavily involved in the Secretary of the Air Force's "Bending the Cost Curve" initiative regarding Air Force spending on information technology. He mentioned a strong push for one information technology infrastructure across the D ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 11/22/2014
Master Sgt. Cheryl Chowning, USAF, finishes the Turkey Burner 5K strong in November. In November, the chapter's Young AFCEANs participated in the 14th annual Turkey Burner 5K as part of their Get Fit program. Team YAAC was proud to be a part of this charitable run that supports the Montgomery Area Food Bank by collecting donations of canned goods from race participants to help feed those in need in the community. The run took place in Montgomery, Alabama, and all members of Team YAAC finished the race strong. Team YAAC runs/walks in the Turkey Burner annually and boasted an impressive team this year consisting of 18 participants. Team YAAC is already looking ahead to form teams for upcoming local races, including the Jingle Bell Run in December and the Hyundai Half-Marathon/5K runs in March 2015.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 11/19/2014
Members of industry and military network during the membership mixer in November. In November, the chapter hosted its annual membership mixer at local venue the Alley Bar in Montgomery, Alabama. The event drew a full house of local and visiting members of industry, government and military personnel, many of whom were in town to attend a vendor exchange forum event at Gunter Annex earlier that day. The mixer provided a prime opportunity for various AFCEA members from across the country to network and served as a great learning experience for nonmembers who were looking to join the organization. Mixer guests had the opportunity to network not only with each other, but also with various leaders from Gunter Annex, including Robert Shofner, program executive officer (PEO) for Business and Enterprise Systems (BES); Col. Ronald Jobo, USAF, deputy PEO, BES; Richard Lombardi, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition); and Randall D. Culpepper, PEO, Combat and Mission Support. Overall, the evening was a success, and the chapter looks forward to wo ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 11/19/2014
The Prattville Girl Scouts Robotics team proudly accepts a donation from Charisse Stokes (far r), director of the chapter's Education Foundation, in November. In November, the chapter's Education Foundation provided a robotics donation valued at $800 to the Prattville Girl Scouts Robotics Club in Prattville, Alabama. The Girl Scout troop is currently building a robot named Victor in preparation for upcoming competitions in Athens, Georgia, and Huntsville, Alabama. The troop is led by Laura Puranen and consists of seven girls who make time after a full day at school to dedicate to tailoring and upgrading Victor. The chapter's Education Foundation is proud to support this bright group of girls and looks forward to watching their continued success as they pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) interests.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 11/06/2014
Christopher Royal, IT Academy instructor (r), presents Charisse Stokes, the chapter's Education Foundation director (l), with a certificate of appreciation for speaking at the IT Academy Open House in November. In November, Lee High School's IT Academy hosted its annual open house event and featured guest speaker Charisse Stokes, the chapter's Education Foundation director, to discuss the benefits and path to pursuing a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree/career. The event took place at Lee High School and kicked off with a formal dinner immediately followed by student speeches and a presentation by Stokes. Stokes spoke to the audience of current and prospective students and their parents regarding the benefits of a career in STEM. She emphasized to students the importance of hard work, tenacity and practice to achieve success in life. Stokes encouraged students to fully utilize the opportunities presented to them through the IT Academy, in the forms of various certifications they can obtain and more, to set them on an advanced track to a successful future upon high school graduation. Students and parents were receptive to Stokes' motivating presentation. During ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 10/15/2014
Jada Meadows, a teacher at George Washington Carver Elementary (back row, far r), and her students accept a Science Teaching Tools Grant from the chapter's Education Foundation in October. In October, the chapter's Education Foundation was proud to award Science Teaching Tools Grants for educational-related funding to two deserving schools within Alabama's River Region. Jada Meadows and her third-grade students at George Washington Carver Elementary received a Science Teaching Tools Grant of $1,000 to fund the purchase of Lego building bricks and associated educational materials. Meadows plans to incorporate the Lego bricks into an architecture-related project that will dually enable students to gain experience with basic engineering and mathematics principles. Dr. Erinn Camille Floyd and students from Macon County proudly accepted a Science Teaching Tools Grant of $1,500 to fund the purchase of Lego Mindstorms robotics kits to continue the promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education among students. Macon County students will use the robots to learn about programming, engineering and technology in preparation for upcoming competition ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 10/09/2014
Col. Ronald Jobo, USAF, deputy program executive officer for business and enterprise systems at Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, speaks to Business Over Breakfast attendees regarding In October, the Montgomery Chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) hosted a Business Over Breakfast event featuring Col. Ronald Jobo, USAF, deputy program executive officer for business and enterprise systems at Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex. Col. Jobo spoke to a full house of military and industry professionals on the topic "Leading in a Time of Change." Col. Jobo began his presentation by engaging with audience members to form a collective definition of the word change. He then explained the significance of understanding change and being a good leader who is able to adapt to an ever-evolving environment. Col. Jobo then turned his discussion to focus on the roles of leaders and their purpose of influencing people to work toward a collective mission. He emphasized the importance of a leader developing a strategy for mission success and concluded his discussion by offering advice for YAAC audience members to be successful leaders. After a brief question-and-answer sessio ... READ MORE

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 10/29/2014
Montgomery, Alabama, Mayor Todd Strange speaks to luncheon attendees in October regarding cyber in the River Region. In October, the chapter hosted a luncheon featuring Montgomery, Alabama, Mayor Todd Strange at local venue Arrowhead Country Club, drawing a full house of professionals from military, industry and government. Strange discussed local cyber initiatives, including plans to collaborate on a cyber-focused center with Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast, USAF, commander, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, and vice commander, Air University, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base. According to the mayor, working with Gen. Kwast and the local military community provides an opportunity to link information technology and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs with local River Region universities, thereby retaining graduates in Montgomery for information technology-related jobs. The mayor wants to instill cyber training into the universities' curriculum, as it will complement the training needs of local military organizations. Strange continued his information technol ... READ MORE


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