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NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 05/17/2019
The chapter transitioned into the summer with its monthly luncheon held in May. Government and industry officials showed their dedication and proactive business efforts by attending the event, engaging with the keynote speaker and participating in an open-ended and lively discussion. The highlight was Robin P. Swan, director, Office of Business Transformation, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Washington, D.C., who delivered an engaging, direct and informative speech about Army Reform and Futures Command. For those who missed the lunch, no need to fret because here is the rundown on what transpired during the day. Starting off the luncheon on an interactive note, attendees filtered into the Sheraton of Tysons Corner, Virginia, where they had the opportunity to network and expand their business connections. When the main doors opened, it was unclear whether it was the carrot cake or chimes that enticed people to come in. All chapter members should note that there was an update to ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 04/25/2019
Women in NOVA (WIN) panelists and participants (l-r) Kristyn Jones, chapter WIN co-chair; Col. Claire Cuccio, USA (Ret.), president and CEO, SNVC; Eileen M. Vidrine, Air Force chief data officer, Headquarters, United States Air Force; Meg Mitcham, moderator; and Kelly Wenner, chapter board member, pause for a photo following the April discussion, The Risk that Changed My Career. In April, Women in Nova (WIN) conducted a panel discussion: The Risk that Changed My Career. In conjunction with Take Your Child to Work Day, attendees were encouraged to bring their high school-aged child (or older) to the event. A few took up the offer, and it was a well-attended, lively group. The speakers were Eileen M. Vidrine, Air Force chief data officer, Headquarters, United States Air Force; Col. Claire Cuccio, USA (Ret.), president and CEO, SNVC. The moderator, Meg Mitcham, vice president, Reingold, introduced the panelists by asking questions regarding risk-taking. Needless to say, both panelists took the risk. Some of the questions for the morning were the following: Are you a natural risk taker? Why do we take risks? How do risks pay off? Neither of the panelists believed they were taking risks in their career and saw everything as an opportunity. The overall message conveyed the following: Since you never know when the next opportunity will present itself, you must sei ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 02/22/2019
In February, the chapter's Women in NOVA lunch panel gathers for guest speakers' presentations on Innovation and Agility. Pictured (l-r) are Melissa Sathmary, Kristyn Jones,  Patty St. George, senior partner, KPMG Inc., Lt. Col. (P) Anne Wiersgalla, USA, director, Strategic Initiatives Group/Strategic Communications Headquarters Department of the Army, Chief Information Officer/G6 and Lt. Col. (Ret.) Samantha Haberlach, deputy director, Human Capital Management Practice, Definitive Logic. In February, the chapter's Women in NOVA (WIN) lunch panel discussed Innovation and Agility. Our speakers were Lt. Col. (P) Anne Wiersgalla, USA, director, Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG)/Strategic Communications Headquarters Department of the Army, Chief Information Officer/G6 and Lt. Col. (Ret.) Samantha Haberlach, deputy director, Human Capital Management Practice, Definitive Logic. Our moderator, Patty St. George, senior partner, KPMG Inc., introduced the panelists and engaged them in a variety of questions about how their organizations are supporting innovation and the challenges of doing this within the Defense Department policies and regulations. Col. Wiersgalla spoke about innovation in terms of the era of strategic competition. She cited innovations in warfare throughout the ages: fortified buildings, stirrups, gun powder, tanks, airplane, nuclear age and social media. The colonel suggested there is a need to examine how to change the character of war in order to overmatc ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 02/06/2019
In February, chapter members continue their support of local science fairs like this one at Herndon High School, Herndon, Virginia. The chapter continues to support local and regional science fairs. In February, judges from the chapter assisted with science fair judging at Herndon High School in Herndon, Virginia. The judges included Ted Spara, Gerry Lebel, Paul-Michael Ferguson, Bob Landry and Linda Drake. Several first and second place awards were recommended.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 01/18/2019
Stephen Wallace, systems innovation scientist for the Emerging Technologies (EM) Directorate at DISA, was the keynote speaker for the January event. The chapter launched 2019 with a stellar luncheon in January. This event was the place to be for any contractor curious about the most effective strategies to bring emerging technology solutions to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). With over 200 attendees, the atmosphere was vibrant. Networking at the beginning of the event provided a wonderful reconnecting opportunity for colleagues doing business or hoping to do business with DISA. Stephen Wallace was the keynote speaker. Wallace is a systems innovation scientist for the Emerging Technologies (EM) Directorate at DISA, which is a new position at the agency. He presented a clear picture of the organization's focus as it relates to emerging technologies and how best to engage for optimal results. He clarified the steps DISA leadership is taking to reshape the organization to more effectively align with its mission, which is to provide enterprise-level IT capabilities and services to the nation's warfighters, national-lev ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 10/30/2018
The AFCEA Women in Nova (WIN) held a panel in October titled "Business System Reform - What's different this time?" It provided attendees insight from engaging government executives on DOD's recent business reform efforts. The speakers were Greg Little, Business Integration Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), and Nikki Cabezas, project lead, IT and Business Reform Team, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer. The moderator, Ray Miles, strategic account executive, ImmixGroup Inc., provided an introduction describing the complexity of the DOD environment and asked the panelists how their organizations are meeting the challenge of business reform. Little described how his office is using data collection and associated analytics to provide an enterprise capability for the department to help agencies reduce cost and produce customer satisfaction. They are working to provide four financial data capabilities: 1) analytics as a service, 2) data as a serv ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 10/01/2018
Chris Smith, AT&T, moderates a fireside chat during the chapter's Naval IT Day in October with Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett, USN, cybersecurity division director, N2/N6 (c), and Brig. Gen. Lorna Mahlock, USMC, director, command, control, communications and computers, Headquarters Marine Corps. During the chapter's Naval IT Day in October, Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett, USN, cybersecurity division director, N2/N6, and Brig. Gen. Lorna Mahlock, USMC, director, command, control, communications and computers, Headquarters Marine Corps, provided their vision on modernization in a fireside chat, "Restoring Wholeness in Our Naval Force Through IT & Cyber Acquisition,' moderated by AT&T's Chris Smith. The day featured Navy and Marine Corps speakers representing multiple communities-requirements, operations, policy, acquisition and small business. With a common theme of modernizing, the panels opined on how industry can support the Naval services within the bounds of financial and cybersecurity constraints. The keynote featured Dana Deasy, chief information officer, U.S Department of Defense, who spoke about AI, big data and cloud, and his vision for DOD.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 09/21/2018
Jeffrey Schneider, U.S. Defense Department Office of People Analytics, Defense Human Resources Activity (r), moderator of the chapter's September panel on artificial intelligence and machine learning, gathers with fellow panelists. AI/ML! AI/ML! The chant heard around the community was no different from the one at the chapter's September luncheon. The event featured a panel of speakers responsible for large programs grappling with terabytes to petabytes of data. While it was billed as a panel on big data analytics, the speakers quickly shifted gears to talk quite a bit about artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) initiatives. After brief introductions, moderator Jeffrey Schneider, U.S. Defense Department Office of People Analytics, Defense Human Resources Activity, began to navigate the group through a series of insightful discussions. Teresa Smith, chief data officer, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), introduced the AI/ML theme when she talked about having a Christmas deadline to meet AI/ML initiatives. She jokingly talked about working hard to deliver that "present" to her leadership. Representatives across the DLA brainstormed 45 use cases for AI analytics, Smith said, but there is still a lot o ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 05/02/2018
Participating in the chapter's Women in NOVA (WIN) first panel last July are (l-r) Susan Shuryn, Hayley Kinnally (Young AFCEANs), Kelly Wenner (WIN), Lt. Col. Samantha Haberlach, USAF, Tamara Greenspan (WIN), John Koski Jr. and Johanna Curry. The chapter's Women in NOVA (WIN) started a panel discussion series that began in fiscal year 2018. Each panel had government executives sharing their experiences, challenges and expertise on a variety of topics. The series began last July with the cloud, human resources transformation and financial accountability as the topics for individual roundtable discussions with representatives from the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy. Participants could speak with each of the panelists as they rotated through the tables. In October, risk management was the topic with officials from the Army, the Defense Health Agency and industry represented by Thundercat Technology. Speakers shared techniques for identifying, analyzing and communicating risk and methods to mitigate it. Representatives from the U.S. Defense Department, the Marine Corps and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense tackled the topic of Defense Department technology trends in February. The panel discussed the importance ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 05/18/2018
Gary Wang, the U.S. Army's deputy chief information officer/G-6 (c), gathers with chapter leaders and science fair award winners for a group photo at the May luncheon. The chapter honored 12 student award winners from the Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair at its May luncheon. Their work touched on drones, magnetohydrodynamic drives, object detection and an artificial spinal cord as well as combating gerrymandering and helping the blind see. Several students also won other prizes at this fair and at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair. The luncheon's keynote speaker was Gary Wang, the U.S. Army's deputy chief information officer/G-6. After speaking, Wang spent time with the students to learn about their projects. The chapter thanks the students for their contributions to STEM fields, Wang for serving as keynote speaker and chapter leaders for organizing the event to advance STEM education locally.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 11/17/2017
Panelists and others participating in a November chapter luncheon focused on logistics modernization gather for a photo. Members were all feeling especially thankful at the November luncheon-and not just because it was the Friday before Thanksgiving week. This month, the chapter celebrated the future with its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarship schools and enduring freedom by honoring the U.S. Marine Corps birthday with a traditional cake-cutting ceremony. Logistics was the topic of the chapter's November panel. Often, logistics professionals are not appreciated for the hard work they do every day, and the spotlight is pointed toward them when things go awry. But day in and day out, they struggle with old and disjointed systems and policies. Panelists talked about these issues and how they are working to make changes. David Hansen, program manager, Global Combat Support System-Marine Corps, Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO-EIS), started the discussion by pointing out that while modernization is necessary, the Defense Department is not lik ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 10/03/2017
Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, USN, deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare and director of naval intelligence, kicked off the chapter's 16th Naval IT Day in October with an overview of Navy networks and the way ahead. Before lunch was a series of fireside chats and panels focused on the Internet of Things, cybersecurity and Navy network status. The Navy small business office also hosted a session to support and demonstrate small business activities across the service. After lunch, attendees received a Navy budget briefing and two retired flag officers provided candid remarks on future network requirements. The Marine Corps Cybersecurity Division and the Navy Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems led panels explaining their vision, requirements and gaps.


NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 07/19/2017
Women in NOVA attendees and distinguished speakers discussed the cloud, human resources transformation and financial accountability at the roundtable in July. In July, Women in NOVA held their quarterly meeting. More than 50 attendees talked more in-depth about the topics they covered this year including the cloud, human resources transformation and financial accountability. The roundtable of experts featured Lt. Col. Samantha Haberlach, USAF, chief, System Planning and Integration Division, Plans and Integration Directorate, Headquarters United States Air Force; John Koski, Jr., director of information systems and technology, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Operations; Johanna Curry, project officer for the U.S. Army's application migration; and Susan Shuryn, cloud computing lead in the office of the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer. After networking, experts engaged in 15-minute open discussions with small groups. During the discussions Curry clarified the importance of the Army Cloud Computing Enterprise Transformation (ACCENT) program and noted that all ordering on ACCENT will be ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 05/12/2017
The chapter's May luncheon focused on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with a panel discussion led by John Gilligan. Gilligan is the chairman and interim CEO of the Center for Internet Security. Panelists included Randi Kieffer, deputy director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, Cyber Threat Detection and Analysis, (DHS NCCIC); Michael Smith, executive director, DHS Office of Selective Acquisitions; and Paul Morris, chief information security officer (CISO) and executive director, Information Assurance and Cyber Security Division, Office of Information Technology, Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The luncheon recognized Young AFCEAN Kaitlin Bulavinetz of the Meyers Group. Bulavinetz is a frequent volunteer and chair of the chapter's Social Media Team. She is energetic and enthusiastic. The chapter's SUPERNOVA was Wendi Hawk of LookingGlass Cyber Solutions. Hawk is a longtime member and a supporter of chapter luncheons and ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 01/10/2017
Chapter Past President Chuck Corjay (l) presents the AFCEA Special Recognition Gold Eagle Award in February to Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department chief information officer, for his support of the chapter. Halvorsen retires from his post February 28. The chapter's February luncheon featured the Defense Department's chief information officer, Terry Halvorsen, and Gary Wang, deputy chief information officer/G-6. Halvorsen retires from his post February 28. Chapter Past President Chuck Corjay presented Halvorsen the AFCEA Special Recognition Gold Eagle Award for his support of the chapter. Wang discussed the challenges he faces and future investments, including focus areas for fiscal year 2017, such as enterprise services, infrastructure and network modernization. The chapter also recognized the contributions of Young AFCEANs Katie Aceto and Melissa Shaw from Deltek. Aceto has been volunteering at chapter lunches for three years. Recently, she supported the Luncheon Committee and was a registration volunteer. She also has served as the point of contact for Herndon High School in the AFCEA Adopt-a-School Program. Shaw has served the chapter in many capacities for the past four years through the Luncheon Committee, IT Days and the Me ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 11/10/2016
Attending the chapter's November luncheon are Col. Ron Zich (Ret.), USMC; Chuck Corjay; guest speaker Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, director, command, control, communications, computers (C4)/chief information officer (CIO); Chapter President Dave Scarbalis; and Maj. Gen. George Allen (Ret.), USMC. Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, director, command, control, communications, computers (C4)/chief information officer (CIO), spoke at the chapter's November luncheon. Gen. Crall led the chapter in celebrating the Marine Corps' 241st birthday, including the ceremony passing cake from the oldest Marine to the youngest Marine. Marines were on hand to collect toys from attendees for Toys for Tots.The chapter recognized Young AFCEANs Katie Aceto and Melissa Shaw from Deltek. They have both been supporting the luncheon committee in securing volunteers and preparing presentations to help the lunch run smoothly. In addition, Aceto has supported Herndon High School, Herndon, Viginia, in the Adopt-a-School program. Shaw has been active on the Mentor-Protege Committee and volunteers for multiple events. SuperNOVAs were Jerry Hanson and Linda Dinga. Hanson joined the chapter's AF IT Day committee and really burned up the wires for sponsors. Dinga is the director of corporate development for Arena ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 10/21/2016
Rear Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, director of warfare integration for information warfare (OPNAV N2/N6F), meets national anthem signer Emma Lay at the October luncheon. Rear Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, director of warfare integration for information warfare (OPNAV N2/N6F), was the chapter's October luncheon speaker. Adm. Norton was very informative, covering a variety of topics, including Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services system (CANES), Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN), the Joint Information Environment (JIE) and the cloud. The luncheon also highlighted the chapter's very successful adopt-a-school program, including schools from elementary to high school. Eleven schools received checks to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Schools supported the chapter too by having high school student Emma Lay sing the national anthem.


NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 10/21/2016
Past chapter presidents gather at the October meeting, where several key volunteers were recognized. The chapter recognized Sandy Forney, Lloyd McCoy and Adrian Hall in October for their contributions as volunteers. Since 2010, Forney has been the chapter's point of contact for the adopt-a-school program focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at the K-12 level. She spent more than 200 hours planning and developing presentations and meeting with Robinson Secondary School. Forney authored grant applications resulting in more than $20,000 to improve the STEM curriculum there. McCoy has worked tirelessly to help make the chapter's IT Day events successful. He adds value to any situation and is always willing to assist the chapter. McCoy volunteers for multiple events. Hall has been an outstanding IT Day committee member. She contributed greatly to meetings, saving the team time, resolving issues and even securing two speakers for the event. Hall has great people skills and energy. She also stepped up and joined the Sponsorship Outreach Team.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 09/19/2016
Attending the luncheon in September are (l-r) chapter members Diane Holland and Jovan Silva; guest speaker Anette Redmond, director, Army Intelligence Community Information Management; Chapter President Dave Scarbalis; and chapter members Mark Jasen and Justin Davis. The chapter kicked off the luncheon season in September with Annette Redmond as the guest speaker. Redmond is the director of Army Intelligence Community Information Management. A few of the topics she focused on included the operational environment, guidance from the chief, areas to work on, science and technology, the intelligence force structure and a few thoughts on leadership. The luncheon was lead by Chapter President Dave Scarbalis from Computer Associates. Young AFCEANs Justin Davis and Jovan Silva and SuperNOVAs Diane Holland and Mark Jasen were recognized for consistently putting in extra effort for chapter events.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 09/01/2016
Chapter President David Scarbalis (l) and Past President Chuck Corjay (r) welcome speaker Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department chief information officer, to the chapter's Joint Warfighter IT Day in September. The chapter hosted its ninth annual Joint Warfighter IT Day in September. The conference provided an unparalleled opportunity to hear from and meet senior military and civilian leaders from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the combatant commands, the military services and U.S. Defense Department agencies. Among the speakers were Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department chief information officer; David Bennett, Defense Information Systems Agency chief information officer and director of operations; and Maj. Gen. Linda Urrutia-Varhall, USAF, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency director of operations. Speakers also were present from Military Health System and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The speakers engaged the audience and discussed their priorities and upcoming opportunities. On the sidelines, Young AFCEANs and senior chapter members continued to network with each other. Included in the events that took place during the day was the popular Small Business Networking Sess ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 09/01/2016
Chapter small business members (r) greet a U.S. Air Force flag officer at the Small Business Program kickoff networking event in September. The largest portion of AFCEA's largest chapter is "small": Seventy percent of chapter members are with small businesses. Accordingly, the chapter places a premium on its support to small business members. It kicked off this year's Small Business Program with a networking event in conjunction with September's Joint Warfighter IT Day. Tables and chairs were provided at no additional cost for small businesses and large firms to informally gather and discuss requirements and map capabilities and opportunities for teaming. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the Army Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) staff attended to promote their valuable services. October brought a breakfast with the topic "Staying Out of Jail: Government Security and Accounting Compliance," and next up is the chapter's Defense Enterprise IT Small Business Forum. Government leaders and program managers (PMs) from the Program Executive Offices at the Army, Navy and Air Force ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 06/10/2016
James Lloyd, assistant to the director, Office of Small Business Programs for the Office of the Secretary of the Army and the program manager for the Veterans and HUBZone Small Business Programs, speaks to the chapter in May. The chapter's Small Business Committee hosted it final two events of the program year in May and June. In May, the chapter hosted James Lloyd, assistant to the director, Office of Small Business Programs for the Office of the Secretary of the Army and the program manager for the Veterans and HUBZone Small Business Programs. Lloyd explained the Army's successes in increasing small business utilization as well as some insights to upcoming Army small business opportunities and regulation changes. In June, the chapter hosted a panel with Diana Hughes, director of the Office of Small Business Programs at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA); Matt Clifford, NGA's deputy information security officer and deputy director of the cybersecurity office; and Adam Satterfield from the NGA chief information officer's innovation team. Panelists highlighted NGA's efforts to reach more small businesses and fielded questions from attendees. The 230 total attendees appreciated the format of ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 07/19/2016
Government executives from the U.S. Defense Department participated in a panel discussing cyber health and wellness at the Women in Northern Virginia Cyber Health and Wellness Expo in July. The panelists, Greg Garcia, chief information officer, Army Corp of Engineers; Col. Darby McNulty, USA, Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems; and Adarryl Roberts, director, Defense Business Systems Center of Excellence, Defense Logistics Agency, were led by moderator Nirali Shah Chawla, director, Advisory Services Practice, KPMG. Panelists discussed the challenges governments, companies and critical infrastructures are facing in an increasingly challenging cybersecurity environment. The dialogue then transitioned to personal health and well-being. The combination was a true balance-of-life conversation. In addition to an informative panel discussion, the following health and wellness vendors shared information on a variety of health-related topics: Potomac River Running, ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 02/03/2016
The chapter's Small Business Committee hosted an education event on multiple-award contracts (MACs) and GSA Schedules – Winning and Benefits, on February 3. Attendees were able to learn about the latest on MACs and governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs) from a government/industry panel providing their insights in this growing area for small businesses. The outstanding line-up of presenters included Harrison Smith, Office of Procurement Operations, Courtney Fairchild, president, Global Services and Matthew Hummer, director of analytics and professional services at Govini.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 02/10/2016
Marilyn Thomas, deputy chief management officer, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force served as a panelist during the February presentation on the value of networking. In February the chapter hosted a lively panel discussion on the value of networking. Professional instructor Gale Paige, "the Queen of Networking," moderated a panel of government and industry executives who shared their stories and insights. Panelists included Marilyn Thomas, deputy chief management officer, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force; Michael Sorrento, director, cyber capabilities and compliance, Office of Information Dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force; Gale Paige, president of Complete Professional Connections; and Kristyn Jones, director, KPMG Federal Advisory Practice. After the event, a networking happy hour was hosted by the chapter's young AFCEANs.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 11/13/2015
Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC (c), poses with several other Marines who attended the November event. In November, the chapter hosted newly promoted Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, who assumed the duties of director, command, control, communications, computers (C4), Headquarters Marine Corps/chief information officer (CIO) of the Marine Corps in July. Gen. Crall placed a heavy emphasis on the Marine Corps network, its vulnerabilities and the standardization of the application development process.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 10/14/2015
Chapter President Ryan Cox addresses the audience at the October event. The chapter hosted an unprecedented cross-service event focused on small business. Victor Gavin, the Navy's program executive officer (PEO) for Enterprise Information Systems (EIS); Terry Watson, the Army's deputy PEO EIS; Herbert Hunter, chief Enterprise Services Division for the Air Force's PEO Business Enterprise Systems; and their program managers delivered insights about small business opportunities at their organizations. An instructional Shark Tank-themed presentation and three afternoon tracks enabled small businesses to engage one on one with program managers from each of the services, participate in matchmaking with large prime contractors that support each PEO, and hear from Small Business Program leaders with the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Air Force and Navy PEOs. The event was a highly successful engagement between the three Defense Department information technology-buying organizations and AFCEA's small business members.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 10/09/2015
Gary Wang, Army deputy chief information officer/G-6 (c), meets representatives from 13 schools at the October luncheon. At an October luncheon, Gary Wang, Army deputy chief information officer/G-6, talked about defense priorities and the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) investment in U.S. classrooms. The chapter's Adopt a School kickoff was announced, with 13 schools represented by teachers, administrators and AFCEA sponsors. STEM grant checks were presented to the schools to fund classroom activities, clubs, software, tablets and technology tools.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 09/02/2015
Adm. Michelle Howard, USN, vice chief of naval operations, kicks off the September event. In September, the chapter hosted its 8th Annual Joint Warfighter IT Day. The content-rich day kicked off with a keynote address from Adm. Michelle Howard, USN, vice chief of naval operations, followed by a presentation from Janice Gover-Jones, chief information officer, Defense Intelligence Agency. Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel, USAF, vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), then engagingly took to the podium to speak in detail about getting smart with DISA's pricing model as it relates to cost transparency, control and contracting efforts. She stated that “DISA is working closely with mission partners to help them better understand cost drivers, which shall enable sound purchasing decisions and ultimately result in cost savings.” A small-business networking session was included where small businesses were granted an opportunity to present their capabilities in an informal setting, and potential teaming opportunities were discussed.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 06/07/2015
The inaugural Corjay Scholarship winner, Alyssa Ciardiello, meets the scholarship's namesake, Chuck Corjay. In June, the chapter's Educational Foundation honored the 41 winners of the 2015-16 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarship awards. The scholarship winners were students with exemplary backgrounds of service to the country and community, academic accomplishment and commitment to pursuing degrees in STEM technical fields that support national security. Since its inception, the AFCEA NOVA Scholarship Program has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to more than 400 recipients. This year, the chapter introduced a scholarship named for one of its founding members, Chuck Corjay, that will exist in perpetuity. Corjay, over many years, has symbolized what it means to be a volunteer, leader and patriotic citizen. He has given back to the community in many ways, but he has been especially devoted to fostering the education of young men, women, and veterans in STEM. This year's Corjay Scholarship award winner is Alyssa Ciardiello, who is attending Embry-Ri ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 03/26/2015
The Department of the Navy (DON) Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), with the assistance of the chapter, hosted Innovation Cell Industry Day in March. This half-day event was the platform for the launch of the Navy PEO EIS Innovation Cell Industry engagement process. The Innovation Cell is designed to bridge the gap between industry innovation and DON enterprise IT acquisition. The goal of the Navy PEO EIS Innovation Cell is to decrease the time for transitioning commercial IT technology to the DON IT environment. This event provided industry with a detailed presentation on the Navy PEO EIS Innovation Cell process and how industry can engage via the Innovation Cell to offer solutions to the department's enterprise IT challenges. The event had more than 500 registrations and was a great success thanks to the hard work and collaboration between PEO EIS and the chapter volunteers.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 04/16/2015
Mark Wolter, a student at South Lakes High School, holds his first place science fair entry in April. Wolter participates in his school's rocketry club, which is funded with help from a chapter grant. The chapter's focus on supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives continues to have great results. This fall, as part of its Adopt-a-School program, the chapter provided local schools with funding, resources and personnel to improve hands-on scientific education. South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia, was one of those schools and used its grant to promote the rocketry club headed by physics teacher David Azzam. One of the students participating in the rocketry club, Mark Wolter, recently won first place in the physics astronomy category of the South Lakes High School science fair with his entry that examines the effects of shock cord length on rocket decent rate. Wolter will now advance on to the regional competition.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 11/06/2014
Women in NOVA's November networking social drew more than 50 women and men from government and industry. Women in NOVA (WIN) held its third annual networking social in November. Special guests Nancy J. Harned, executive director, strategic planning and program planning, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research and Technology), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), and Cindy Moran, director of network services, Defense Information Systems Agency, made brief comments and spent the remainder of the evening networking with individuals in attendance. It was a dynamic evening of networking with more than 50 women and men from government and industry.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 09/04/2014
Lt. Gen. Douglas Robb, USAF, director, Defense Health Agency (l) greets Chuck Corjay, chapter past president and chair, Joint Warfighter IT Day, during the vent in September. The chapter's 7th Annual Joint Warfighter IT Day in September was a great success. Featured speakers included Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman, USA, director, command, control, communications and computers/cyber and chief information officer, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF, chief, Information Dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force; Lt. Gen. Douglas Robb, USAF, director, Defense Health Agency (DHA); Dave Shedd, acting director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); Brig. Gen. Gregory Touhill, USAF (Ret.), Department of Homeland Security deputy assistant secretary for Cybersecurity Operations and Programs; Maj. Gen. Al Lynn, vice director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); John Wilcox, director, Communications Systems/J-6, U.S. Special Operations Command; and Christopher Miller, program executive officer of Defense Healthcare Management Systems. The chapter attracted hundreds from the Washington, D.C., area to this one-d ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 06/11/2014
Terry Halvorsen, acting Defense Department chief information officer, delivers morning keynote at the chapter's Naval IT Day in June. The chapter hosted its 13th Annual Naval IT Day in June. Attracting both government points of contact and industry, the event offered attendees some of the best networking the federal market has. Both small business and large prime contractors benefited from presenters, including Vice Adm. Ted Branch, USN, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance and director of Naval Intelligence, and Terry Halvorsen, acting Defense Department chief information officer, who outlined Naval priorities and answered questions from the audience.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 06/05/2014
Sam Jones (r), golf tournament chair, presents a check to Ron Zich, chapter president, in June. In June, the chapter hosted the 2014 Golf Tournament at Old Hickory Golf Club in Woodbridge, Virginia. This event provided an excellent opportunity for industry and government points of contact to network, share ideas and have fun. Very successfully, this event raised more than $30,000 for the chapter's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarships and grants.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 04/29/2014
Robert S. Katz, chief chaos conquistador at Katz Global Strategies (l) moderates the distinguished panel during the Small Business Breakfast in April. On April 29, industry leaders in the federal contracting sector at the chapter's Small Business Breakfast focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the recent changes to the small business contracting laws via the Jobs Act. This event aligned industry leading experts including: Satish Venkatesan, chief executive officer of Technik Incorporated; Kevin Plexico, vice president, Information Solutions at Deltek; Kenyata Watson, associate director, CECOM Small Business; and Ken Dodds, director of policy, planning and liaison, Small Business Administration. The panel engaged in a lively debate and discussion on practical solutions for small businesses that are available in today's federal marketplace.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 04/18/2014
Science fair participants join with Maj. Gen. Wendy M. Masiello, USAF, deputy assistant secretary for contracting, at the April luncheon. The chapter welcomed Maj. Gen. Wendy M. Masiello, USAF, deputy assistant secretary for contracting, as the guest speaker for its April luncheon. Gen. Masiello is responsible for all aspects of contracting relating to the acquisition of weapon systems, logistics, operational and contingency support for the Air Force. The chapter also recognized this year's science fair winners: Aaron Aguhob and Mohamed Adbul Kareem both from Marshall High School. April volunteer and member awards and recognition included: Young AFCEANs Chad Ludwig, Access National Bank, and Rory Williams, KemTech; SuperNOVA Martha Soles, U.S. Cyber Command; Lifetime Member Mike Riha, Avanco International; Val Lyons, CACI, a Large Business Sponsor.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 03/25/2014
Christopher Fornecker, director, Center for Government-wide Acquisition Contracts, addresses the chapter at a small business event in March. The chapter's Small Business Education Sub-Committee sold out another wonderful event in March. Attendees were clued into the upcoming Alliant LB and SB recompete procurement just now shaping up. Bloomberg Government gave an insightful presentation into MAC & IDIQ trends and an outlook forecast. Olessia Smotrova-Taylor followed up with best practices for winning task order work. The chapter thanks its speakers: Christopher Fornecker, director, Center for Government-wide Acquisition Contracts; Miguel Garrido from Bloomberg Government; and Olessia Smotrova-Taylor from OST Global Solutions. Finally, the chapter thanks its location sponsor Access National Bank for supporting the cause.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 03/14/2014
Col. Ken Blakely, USA, commander, Command and Control Support Agency, joins Ron Zich, chapter president, following the colonel's speech at the March luncheon. The chapter hosted its March luncheon and featured Col. Ken Blakely, USA, commander, Command and Control Support Agency, who spoke to attendees about Army priorities and industry support. The chapter also recognized Young AFCEAN's Fiona Wass with Deltek and Tim Patch with Sagent Partners. SuperNOVA's were also recognized and included Cara Odlen, ANU Professional Training, and Dave Fraley, Paragone Solutions. Congratulations to the awardees.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 03/19/2014
In March, the chapter recognized one of its members as an AFCEA International award winner. Chuck Giasson, seen here with his wife at the 2014 chapter Valentine's Ball, is recipient of the Educational Foundation Special Award of Merit. Congratulations to Chuck Giasson, recipient of the AFCEA Educational Foundation Special Award of Merit. This is a richly deserved award reflecting many years of dedicated service and support to science, technology, engineer and mathematics education across AFCEA with outstanding results. An anticipated presentation will be at the AFCEA Cyber Symposium June 24-25 in Baltimore.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 03/18/2014
Speakers address attendees during a panel on the Program Executive Office – Enterprise Information Systems at the chapter's March Army IT Day. Attended by more than 800 government and industry professionals, the chapter's Army IT Day in March was a great success. U.S. Army officials covered many topics, which included organization changes within the Army information technology community (Cyber Command, Network Enterprise Technology Command, Defense Information Systems Agency, Program Executive Offices and G-6), data center migration, status and the future of the Joint Information Environment, applications movement to the data center and/or the cloud (Defense Department or industry), cyber status and priorities, procurement opportunities, and the Army's challenges in maintaining and defending the network. Attendees also enjoyed the rapidly growing small business breakout sessions, where program managers and acquisition professionals spoke about upcoming opportunities.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 02/12/2014
In February, Luke Howe (r) of Sagent Partners received a Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award from Kent R. Schneider, president and chief executive officer, AFCEA International. At WEST in February, chapter member Luke Howe with Sagent Partners received the AFCEA International Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) Award. Howe serves as president of the chapter's Young AFCEANs. He has been an active volunteer since March 2009 and quickly became involved in support of chapter events and the AFCEA scholarship program. Luke has supported all chapter IT Days by helping identify sponsors, acquire speakers and support event logistics. Howe also assisted with the Valentine's Day Ball, the Mentoring Program with the George Mason University subchapter and a large variety of Young AFCEAN initiatives. Since 2011, Howe has been the Pentagon Shuttle Captain for the chapter, coordinating transportation between the Pentagon to the chapter event site. Howe works closely with the chair of the chapter's Wounded Warriors Program to raise funds and educate attendees on the importance of supporting Wounded Warriors. Howe received recognition as a chapter Super NOVA and a Distinguishe ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 02/12/2014
Ryan Cox (r), Oracle, receives the Emerging Leadership Award from Kent R. Schneider, president and chief executive officer, AFCEA International, at the WEST event in February. Chapter member Ryan Cox with Oracle won the National Capital Region Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) Award in 2011 for exemplary leadership as a chapter Young AFCEAN (YAC). At WEST 2014, Cox received the Emerging Leadership Award from AFCEA International, which recognizes former DYAs who have demonstrated continuous leadership. As a member of the chapter, Cox served as YAC president, and as a result of his performance, he was elected to the chapter board in 2012. Cox served successfully as vice president of information, where he initiated innovative member communications, most notably the NOVA Communicator eNewsletter, and led the adoption of social media for advertising and member coupling. Cox chaired the chapter's committees for Small Business, Sponsorship and Schedules, and was selected for the 2013 Corjay Award, the highest chapter honor not often given to younger members. In 2013, Cox was elected as vice president of special activities, managing the chapter's largest events wi ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 01/09/2014
The chapter holds a small business education event, Navigating the New Normal: Tools for the Trade, in January. On January 9, the AFCEA NOVA Small Business Committee hosted its first education event of the year, Navigating the New Normal: Tools for the Trade. John Sammartino, head of contracting activity for the Defense Intelligence Agency, kicked off the meeting by discussing contracting officers' view of sequestration trends, including firm fixed price; lowest price, technically acceptable; best value evaluations; rise of protests; and other inclinations of federal procurement. Alexa Tsui with Technik Inc., reviewed the most relevant market intelligence tools, including Bloomberg Government, Govwin and Govini. Tsui was followed by Amy Kirschenbauer from BiDS Consulting, who discussed processes from BD to Capture and the tactics that win.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 12/11/2013
Keynote speaker Lt. Gen. Michael J. Basla, USAF, and Chuck Corjay, event lead, gather for the 12th Annual Air Force IT Day in December. This year's 12th Annual Air Force IT Day held in December covered important issues ranging from cyber capabilities within the Air Force to how changing budgets in 2014 will affect acquisition and program management. It also touched on how the Air Force is handling new technologies such as cloud computing, mobility and social media. More than 800 top-level professionals attended the event from government, industry and academia.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 10/21/2013
Teri Takai, chief information officer, U.S. Defense Department, addresses the chapter at its Women in NOVA Fall Networking Social in October. The chapter's Women in NOVA (WIN) group hosted the second annual Fall Networking Social in October with special guests Teri Takai, chief information officer (CIO), U.S. Defense Department, and the 2013 Heroines in Technology (HIT) finalists. More than 120 attendees had the opportunity to meet, mingle and network with public and private sector professionals and to hear Takai share her experiences in the private sector as the CIO for the States of Michigan and California and her vision, priorities and perspectives on the Defense Department's Joint Information Environment. Takai also addressed other Defense Department CIO top priorities such as mobility, data protection and insider threat.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 11/15/2013
Semper Fi. In November, the chapter celebrates the U.S. Marine Corps' birthday. At the chapter's November luncheon, it celebrated the U.S. Marine Corps' birthday, and attendees heard upcoming Marine Corps priorities from Robert S. Jack II, deputy director for command, control, communications and computers/deputy chief information officer, U.S. Marine Corps. The chapter also honored Bill Krayer with ThunderCat Technologies as the month's Super NOVA, and Cara Ogden, ANU Professional Training, as the Young AFECAN of the Month.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 11/20/2013
Panel members at the November Small Business Breakfast are (l-r) Robert S. Katz, panel moderator, Katz Global Strategies; Linda Cureton, former chief information officer (CIO) for NASA; Roger Baker, former CIO for Veterans Affairs; Nitin Pradhan, former CIO for the Department of Transportation; and Bob Otto, former CIO for the U.S. Postal Service. The chapter's Small Business Committee is off to a strong start this year. The first breakfast was held in November and covered the 10 do's and 10 don'ts when marketing yourself to the federal government. The dynamic event had more than 120 people attend and was paneled by four former chief information officers and moderated by Robert Katz.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 10/04/2013
Brig. Gen. Brian M. Killough, USAF, director, Warfighter Systems Integration, addresses the chapter in October. The chapter's October luncheon featured Brig. Gen. Brian M. Killough, USAF, director, Warfighter Systems Integration. The chapter also recognized the October Young AFCEAN, Rob Lehman with ZAI, and the October Super NOVA awardee, Don Carmichael with WYLE.


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