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STUTTGART CHAPTER - 04/02/2019
In April, Chapter President Col. Robin Gibson, USAF, addresses luncheon attendees and introduces the guest speaker, U.S. Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy. The chapter had the honor of hosting Dana Deasy, chief information officer, U.S. Department of Defense, as the guest speaker for a luncheon in April. Much appreciation for corporate sponsor, M.C. Dean, for supporting this event. The luncheon was well attended, and the chapter hopes to maintain the interest. They are looking for volunteers to assist with future events.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 09/13/2018
Col. Robin Gibson, USAF, U.S. European Command, deputy J-6, helps energize the newly re-formed chapter in September with a slideshow of photos from past events. After an extended period of inactivity, the chapter hosted a September luncheon in conjunction with a C4I Symposium at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. The luncheon featured Col. Robin Gibson, USAF, U.S. European Command, deputy J-6, as the guest speaker. Col. Gibson energized chapter members and guests as she highlighted the significance of organizations such as AFCEA. She discussed the various ways that AFCEA chapters collaborate on solutions for the U.S. Defense Department and contribute to the community with STEM programs and scholarships. The chapter intends to have monthly luncheons and will rotate the venue to accommodate all area organizations.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 05/21/2015
Col. Jeremiah Boenisch, USAF, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) J-6 director, addresses scholarship recipients and luncheon attendees in May. The annual Stuttgart STEM Scholarship Competition and Awards luncheon was held in May. More than $12,000 was awarded to six graduating seniors and two teachers from Patch High School. The chapter hosted Col. Jeremiah Boenisch, USAF, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) J-6 director, as the guest speaker. He delivered a motivational speech encouraging students and other attendees to set and write down goals so that a daily reminder will keep them on track to succeed. The students' science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects were on display, allowing attendees the opportunity to meet the students and discuss their projects. The projects included building and programming a remote-operated robot; constructing a tremolo box; creating an LED 10-light circuit board; producing a portable 12-volt solar battery charger; and designing generators based on cell biotechnology. All participants presented impressive projects, and all were awarded with scholarship funds fo ... READ MORE

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 02/05/2015
The chapter had record participation at its Winter Tech Expo in February. The chapter hosted its annual Winter Tech Expo in February and welcomed a record of more than 40 vendors. In addition to the many excellent vendor booths, this year's event included seminars focused on collaboration solutions and cybersecurity, with presentations including: How Avaya Application Driven Networking will transform DoD UC service delivery; Cisco's Collaboration Solutions for DoD; Raytheon: An Interconnected Approach to Cyber Situational Awareness; and Tech Now: Cyber Situational Awareness (SA) Seminar. Thank you to all the participants and attendees that contributed to making this year's Winter Expo a recording breaking event!

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 01/22/2015
Gregory T. Nardi of Cloudera Government Solutions speaks about The chapter is planning exciting events for 2015 and is pleased to welcome its new chapter president, Capt. Ramberto "Rambo" Torruella, USN, deputy chief information officer, United States European Command. The chapter kicked off the year with a January luncheon focused on Enterprise Communications Collaborations featuring Gregory Nardi of Cloudera Government Solutions as the guest speaker. Nardi's presentation, "The Enterprise Data Hub, The Future of Data Management," identified the three challenges of communications collaborations as visibility, compliance and security, and maximizing infrastructure to be able to do more with a limited budget. He provided examples of how various platforms impact a user's ability to access information to complete a task or mission. He shared an overview of an efficient data platform that interconnects; is open sources and open standards; conducts storage and processing in the same cluster; and offers flexible deployment. The goal of such a system ... READ MORE

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 05/16/2014
Maj. Gen. Robert Wheeler, USAF, deputy chief information officer, secretary of defense staff, speaks at the chapter's May luncheon prior to the awards ceremony. He discussed what he considers the keys to success: passion, persistence and performance. In May, the chapter held its annual scholarship competition with students from the Stuttgart community. Students presented projects of scientific or technical nature dealing with communications, physics, multimedia and mathematics. The chapter awarded a total of $12,500, which included a $2,500 donation from GDIT. The chapter was honored to host Maj. Gen. Robert Wheeler, USAF, deputy chief information officer, secretary of defense staff, as the guest speaker for the awards luncheon.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 03/18/2014
Michael C. Ryan, director, Interagency Partnering, Headquarters U.S. European Command, speaks at the chapter's March luncheon. In March, the chapter welcomed guest speaker, Michael C. Ryan, director, Interagency Partnering, Headquarters U.S. European Command.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 02/28/2014
Chapter president Roger Carpenter (l) presents Larry K. Huffman, principal director for operations, Defense Information Systems Agency, with a chapter coin to thank him for speaking at the February luncheon. In February, the chapter welcomed guest speaker Larry K. Huffman, principal director for operations, Defense Information Systems Agency. The chapter hosted students from the local Patch Barracks High School who participated in the Cyber STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Initiative.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 01/24/2014
Roger Carpenter, chapter president, presents Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF, chief, information dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, with a chapter coin to thank him for speaking at the January luncheon. In January, the chapter welcomed Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF, chief, information dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. The general briefly discussed the cyber domain, the current threats of terrorism and cyberspace, and the challenges of cyberspace. Gen. Basla shared an inspiring story from his recent visit to the Wounded Warrior Cyber Center, where wounded warriors are earning professional certifications and transitioning to cyber specialties allowing them to continue their service and helping services meet the requirement for more cyber professionals. He stressed the need for innovation and unifying capabilities as well as working with coalition partners to overcome resource constraints. Gen. Basla and Brig. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, U.S. European Command J-6, discussed examples of unification efforts amongst the services and specifically in the European and African theaters. Upon conclusion of remarks, the general answered questions f ... READ MORE

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 12/17/2013
Maj. Gen. Brett T. Williams, USAF, director of operations, J-3, U.S. Cyber Command, discusses cyberspace operations at the December luncheon. The chapter's December luncheon featured Maj. Gen. Brett T. Williams, USAF, director of operations, J-3, U.S. Cyber Command. The general explained cyberspace operations, specifically how operating in cyberspace is very different from doing cyber. He elaborated on what it means to conduct cyberspace operations and outlined the Defense Department Information Network Operations (DoDIN), Defensive Cyberspace Operations (DCO) and DCO Response Actions(DCO-RA). He accepted questions from the audience and in closing stressed the need for officers and professionals who understand and are experienced in all three areas of cyberspace operations.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 10/08/2013
The chapter's October luncheon featured Brig. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, USA, director J-6 command, control, communications and computers/cyber, United States European Command (EUCOM). The general opened with a thought provoking video presentation of “Did You Know?/Shift Happens,” highlighting shifts occurring worldwide. He shared the Supreme Allied Commander Europe's priorities, stating, "In terms of preserving strategic partnerships and sustaining trust in a post-ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] environment, anticipate an increase in requests for not only maneuver forces but also cyber forces." He discussed EUCOM and the U.S. Africa Command's demonstrated ability to work together, establishing the Europe Joint Information Environment (JIE) as the first in the Defense Department to make the shift. His additional topics included: Joint Cyber Center threat vectors, posture and vulnerabilities; and joint exercises, specifically the success of the recent Combined Endeavor an ... READ MORE

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 09/13/2013
Chapter leadership participating in the September golf tournament are (l-r) Whitney Myrus, Wayne Henry, Micheal Young and Michael Flynn. The chapter hosted the 11th annual golf tournament in September. The event gave participants an opportunity to enjoy a day out of the office with colleagues and friends at the Stuttgart Golf Course in Kornwestheim. The event raised approximately $2,500 for the chapter's Scholarship Fund. The chapter's corporate sponsors' contributions included: sponsored holes, trophies for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams, a drink cart and goodie bag items. Special thanks to the following corporate sponsors: M.C. Dean, Verizon, General Dynamics Information, Hyperion and DRS.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 09/04/2013
Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Nally, USMC, director, command, control, communications and computers/chief information officer (CIO), Marine Corps, and deputy, Marine Forces Cyber, discusses the Joint Information Environment (JIE) and illustrates the current, future and end state for JIE operations at the September luncheon. In September the chapter had the privilege of welcoming Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Nally, USMC, director, command, control, communications and computers/chief information officer (CIO), Marine Corps, and deputy, Marine Forces Cyber, as the luncheon speaker. Gen. Nally highlighted the commandant of the Marine Corps' priorities and his CIO priorities and stressed that deployed personnel are of the utmost importance. He explained initiatives facilitating these priorities and how industry partners can assist. Gen. Nally introduced the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN) Unification Campaign Plan as the roadmap for transition from the contracted Navy Marine Corps Internet (NMCI) to a government owned and operated environment. The MCEN will provide unified network processes and services to facilitate a tactical, strategic and operational advantage by providing Marines the same capabilities and standardized tool sets both at garrison and deployed locations. Gen. Nally included an explanation o ... READ MORE

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 08/20/2013
Cameron Chehreh, chief enterprise engineer and cloud ready professional, Intelligence Solutions Division, General Dynamics Information Technology, addresses the chapter in August. He stressed the importance of mission enablement and understanding how the cloud enables missions. The chapter hosted Cameron Chehreh, chief enterprise engineer and cloud ready professional, Intelligence Solutions Division, General Dynamics Information Technology, as the guest speaker at its August luncheon. Chehreh's presentation defined cloud computing to synchronize the conversation, outlined what industry predicted adoption would be, detailed the reality of the current state of cloud computing and focused on the opportunities to support missions for the way ahead. Following his presentation, attendees posed questions and participated in a group discussion with Chehreh and Brig. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, Director, J-6, C-4/Cyber, U.S. European Command.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 07/23/2013
Previewing exhibits during the Summer Tech Expo VIP walk in July are (l-r) Command Master Chief Richard O'Rawe, USN, senior enlisted adviser for the Defense Information Systems Agency-Europe; Col. John Stack, USA, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart commander; and Roger Carpenter, chapter president. The annual Patch Barracks Technology Expo, hosted by the chapter in July, allowed the military technical community a venue to see the latest mission focused technologies while networking with peers and industry leaders. More than 70 vendors demonstrated the latest in cloud computing, ruggedized technologies, satellite communications, audio-visual equipment, distance learning, green printing solutions, data storage and management, engineering/information technology products and much more.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 06/04/2013
Roger Carpenter, chapter president presents Col. Richard Price, USA, commander of the Defense Information Systems Agency-Europe, with a chapter coin, shirt and plaque as tokens of appreciation for speaking at the June luncheon. In June, Col. Richard Price, USA, commander of the Defense Information Systems Agency-Europe, delivered an overview of the Department of Defense's Information Technology (IT) future, the Joint Information Environment (JIE). He explained the JIE is a secure joint information environment, comprised of shared IT infrastructure and enterprise services, and a single security architecture to achieve full spectrum superiority, improve mission effectiveness, increase security and realize IT efficiencies. The JIE is operated and managed by the Unified Command Plan (UCP) using enforceable standards and specifications and common tactics, techniques and procedures. Col. Price cleared up misconceptions about the JIE, stating it is not a program of record, turnkey solutions or an independent way of doing things. He outlined the phases, governance and near-term capabilities of the Enterprise Operations Center, providing the audience an understanding of what is ahead and steps required to achieve i ... READ MORE

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 04/23/2013
In April, Col. Sean Broderick, USAF, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) J-6, shares plans for the first Enterprise Operations Center to be created at Patch Barracks. The chapter was honored to have Col. Sean Broderick, USAF, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) J-6, speak at its April luncheon. Col. Broderick discussed key current issues and highlighted successes of current initiatives. He explained how the U.S. European Command and AFRICOM are proving that the Joint Enterprise Network (JEN) works. He provided an overview of what the Enterprise Operations Center will provide and shared a timeline for implementation. He discussed how DISA Enterprise Email services and capabilities have been demonstrated and remarked that the transition was seamless. Col. Broderick also discussed the criticality of equipping allies and coalition partners, and he referenced the successes AFRICOM's experience providing a "Harmony Web" that enables partners and supports collaboration. Col. Broderick addressed current garrison and deployed communication requirements and challenges and also highlighted the recent successes of the initiatives. He provided attendees an idea of ... READ MORE

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 05/07/2013
Gathering at the May scholarship presentation are (l-r) Cmdr. and Mrs. Williams with their son Diego Williams, scholarship recipient; Matthew Watson, scholarship recipient; Dyan Rehwaldt, scholarship recipient; Sam Milford, chapter vice president for programs; Vice Adm. Charles Martoglio, USN, deputy commander, U.S. European Command, guest speaker; Olaf Bergeson, scholarship recipient, with his parents; and Morgan Mahlock, scholarship recipient, with her mother, Lt. Col. Mahlock, USMC. At the May luncheon, five students from the Defense Department Dependents Schools (Europe) Patch High School in Stuttgart, Germany, were presented more than $12,000 in scholarships. Proceeds from chapter events as well as $2,500 from corporate sponsor GDIT support this annual scholarship competition that encourages student interest in communications, physics, multimedia and mathematics or other relative electronic and technology fields. The student winners and projects were as follows: Olaf Bergeson (Electromagnetic Pulse Device); Dylan Rehwaldt (Electronic Game System); Matthew Watson (Electric Motor Kit); Morgan Mahlock (Frictionless Wind Turbine); and Diego Williams (Autodesk Maya). Each student gave a PowerPoint overview presentation to the panel of judges and demonstrated their project. Vice Adm. Charles Martoglio, USN, deputy commander, U.S. European Command, was the guest speaker for the luncheon, after which he and Tony Walk, project manager, GDIT BICES Europe, presented the ... READ MORE

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 01/30/2013
Chapter executive members hosting the Winter Tech Expo in January are (l-r) Wayne Henry; Albert Hill, regional vice president; Dr. Joe Page; Belita Smith; Master Sgt. Don Blackmon, USAF; Maj. Ruben Rodriguez-Figueroa, USA; and Senior Master Sgt. Steve Schwerdtfeger, USAF. The chapter recently co-hosted its Winter Tech Expo at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany. In partnership with the Defense Information Systems Agency-Europe, it hosted more than 30 vendors showcasing everything from the latest in cyber, cloud computing, data storage/protection, digital imaging, mobile devices, media converters, optical equipment, satellite solutions, unified communications, video network infrastructure, VTC systems and much more. All profits to the chapter go toward its scholarship program, which last year awarded more than $15,000 to high school students and teachers in the Stuttgart area.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 11/13/2012
Roger Carpenter (l), chapter president presents Timothy Bootle, infrastructure senior manager for outside the contiguous United States, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Systems Center Atlantic, with a chapter coin and golf shirt as tokens of appreciation following his presentation to the chapter in November. Timothy Bootle, infrastructure senior manager for outside the contiguous United States, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), Systems Center Atlantic, provided an overview of SPAWAR and the organization's strategic plan in November. He explained that SPAWAR's mission is to rapidly deliver and support solutions that enable information dominance for naval, joint, national and coalition warfighters. Bootle highlighted SPAWAR's vision, goals and values, emphasizing that the right people are the organization's most important asset. He referenced the delivery of more than 16,000 MRAPs and 8,000 M-ATVs integrated with command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and information technology capabilities as one of SPAWAR's many successful projects delivering innovative solutions with speed, quality and agility. In closing, he expressed his gratitude to AFCEA and shared that he was once a recipient of an AFCEA scholarship. He stressed ... READ MORE

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 10/30/2012
Chapter members attend an October event, which included an executive overview of IBM Research and Development, IBM Global Technology Outlook, IBM Storage Portfolio, IBM PureSystems, and a Pure Systems Demo and Lab Tour, as well as a luncheon provided by IBM. In October, chapter members toured the IBM Research and Development Center Complex in Böblingen, Germany.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 06/19/2012
The chapter recently welcomed Alfred Rivera, director for computing services, U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), as its guest speaker. Rivera is responsible for the operations and sustainment of DISA's 14 Systems Management centers and processing centers located worldwide. Prior to assuming this position in October 2003, Rivera was the DISA computing services chief technology officer. His combined experiences with the Army as a systems engineer, satellite engineer and senior systems engineer and his recent positions in DISA give him an educated and in-depth understanding of critical command and control systems supporting combatant commanders as well as mission critical logistics, financial, personnel readiness and medical health systems supporting the department's services and agencies. Rivera discussed DISA's Enterprise Services and Computing and Network Defense (Net Defense) initiatives. He explained how data services ride on the Global Information Grid and how the Gl ... READ MORE

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 09/14/2012
Jim Condon, vice president, International Division, DRS, pauses with DRS teammates between holes at the chapter's Golf Classic in September, which raised funds for education. The chapter hosted its 10th annual Golf Classic in September. The event gave participants an opportunity to enjoy a day out of the office with colleagues at the Stuttgart Golf Course in Kornwestheim. The event raised approximately $2,000 for the chapter's Scholarship Fund. Event contributions from corporate sponsors included, sponsored holes, trophies for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last place, as well as Ladies and Men's longest drive and closest to the hole awards, a drink cart and golf balls and tees. Special thanks to the following corporate sponsors: DRS, General Dynamics Information Technology, Hewlett Packard (HP), and John Sciancalepore with Intervest International Incorporated.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 04/26/2012
The chapter took a ride in April to visit the Raisting Satellite Earth Station complex and Telehouse. In April, the chapter sponsored a professional development trip with support from Emerging Markets Communications (EMC). The staff ride went to Raisting, Germany, which is home of the Raisting Satellite Earth Station complex and Telehouse—one of the largest satellite communications facilities in Germany and the world.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 04/24/2012
Cindy Moran, Director of the Network Services Directorate at the Defense Information Systems Agency, addresses a full house at the Swabian Special Events Center in April. Cindy Moran, director of the Network Services Directorate at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), served as the guest speaker at the chapter luncheon in April. Moran encouraged the audience with a vision of the future, outlining issues DISA has working with coalition forces, reduced budgets and cloud computing. The chapter received the Harry C. Ingles Award for chapters that have most significantly contributed to the goals of AFCEA. In addition, Gus Anderson, chapter corporate vice president and program manager for DRS, won the much-coveted Regional Meritorious Service Award for his work with the chapter's corporate sponsors.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 02/09/2012
Roger Carpenter (r), chapter president, welcomes senior leaders to the February Tech Expo, including Col. Richard Price, USA (c), commander, Defense Information Systems Agency Europe, and Dr. Joe Page, chapter secretary. In February, the chapter co-hosted the Fall Tech Expo with more than 40 vendors showcasing everything from the latest in satellite and video teleconferencing to naturally flame retardant military clothing. All profit to the chapter go toward its scholarship program, which last year awarded more than $30,000 to high school students and teachers in the Stuttgart area.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 01/19/2012
Dr. Kai Simon, associate director at Gartner Deutschland, keeps attendees focused as he talked about global trends at the January luncheon. In January, the chapter hosted its first luncheon for 2012. Dr. Kai Simon, associate director, Gartner Deutschland, serves as the guest speaker and provided attendees with an analysis of market trends and the impacts they will have on how we do business.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 10/25/2011
Col. Mark C. Luchs, USAF, director of communications and chief information officer, U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, addresses the chapter on the changing threats in Europe and Africa at the October luncheon. In October, the chapter held its luncheon at the Swabian Special Events Center on Patch Barracks. Col. Mark C. Luchs, USAF, director of communications and chief information officer, U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, served as the guest speaker.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 10/25/2011
Roger Carpenter (l), chapter president, and William Kroelinger (r), CSC site manager at the Defense Information Systems Agency Europe, present Sgt. Nicholas Andersen, USMC, with the AFCEA/CSC Defense Technical Certification Scholarship in October. In October, the chapter named Sgt. Nicholas Andersen, USMC, a special signals communicator stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, as the recipient of this year's AFCEA/CSC Defense Technical Certification Scholarship. Sgt. Andersen impressed the Selection Committee with his application and received a $2,000 scholarship. He is the special intelligence communications chief for U.S. Marine Corps Forces – Europe and Marine Corps Forces – Africa. The sergeant deployed multiple times in support of operation Iraqi Freedom. Since enlisting, Sgt. Anderson has completed a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology management, and he is working toward a Master of Science degree in information security and assurance. He has also earned several technical certifications. Sgt Anderson said, “As a community, it's important to foster a culture of continuous improvement so our skill sets don't atrophy, and that we strive to be technical experts in our field.”

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 09/16/2011
In September, the chapter hosts their 9th annual golf tournament featuring more than 50 golfers and many prizes. The event raised approximately $1,335 toward next year's scholarships. In September, the chapter hosted their 9th annual golf tournament featuring more than 50 golfers. The event raised approximately $1,335 toward next year's scholarships.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 08/03/2011
Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett, USA, director, Defense Information Systems Agency, speaks to the chapter in August. Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett, USA, director, Defense Information Systems Agency, addressed the chapter at its August luncheon. He focused on the unique operational environment that exists and the technical challenges of the future.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 07/28/2011
During the 2011 Summer Tech Expo in July, Roger Carpenter (l), chapter president, presents a new chapter coin to Dieter Zechai, secretary of the Bonn Chapter. The chapter's 2011 Tech Expo took place in Stuttgart, Germany, July 27-28, 2011. The event attracted more than 500 visitors, including Rolf-Dieter Zechai, Bonn Chapter secretary, and a group of three ROTC students from the United States. Zechai was visiting as part of the AFCEA Europe outreach program in Germany. The ROTC students were in Stuttgart under the auspices of the AFCEA Educational Foundation ROTC Experience Tour and were co-sponsored by AFCEA and Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN, the supreme allied commander, Europe, and commander of the U.S. European Command.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 09/17/2010
Helping raise scholarship funds at the chapter's 8th annual Stuttgart AFCEA Golf Classic in September are (l-r) Michael Smith, Paul Stancik, Aaron Unger and Dr. Joe Page. The team finished first in the field with a score of 11 under par. In September, the chapter hosted the 8th annual Stuttgart AFCEA Golf Classic. All the profits raised from this event will go toward the chapter's annual scholarship fund, which has provided more than $60,000 in cash and U.S. savings bonds over the past six years to deserving high school seniors and teachers from the Stuttgart area. The chapter raised more than $3,500 for its scholarship fund at this year's annual tournament.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 01/26/2010
At the January chapter luncheon, Brig. Gen. Gregory L. Brundidge, USAF (l), director, European Command (EUCOM) J-6, presents an AFCEA Lifetime Membership certificate to Sgt. 1st Class Rodolfo Fuentes, USA.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 08/12/2009
Col. Michelle Fraley, USA, outgoing chapter president, thanks Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett, USA, director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and commander, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations, for speaking at the chapter's August meeting. In August, the chapter invited Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett, USA, director, Defense Information Systems Agency, and commander, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations, to serve as guest speaker. He spoke of the importance of keeping current with technology and the challenges of Internet safety. The event's attendance was one of the largest in recent history.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 05/20/2009
Walter Fritz, Patch High School, receives a $1,000 Science Teaching Tools Award in July from Col. Michelle Fraley, USA, chapter president. Fritz will use the award to purchase equipment for science-related programs. The chapter's May meeting focused on scholarship presentations. Four high school students received $10,000 in savings bonds, and a local teacher received a $1,000 Science Teaching Tools Award to purchase equipment for technology and communications classes.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 03/05/2009
During the March meeting, Kathleen Miller (r), director for procurement, Defense Information Systems Agency, accepts a plaque from Col. Michelle Fraley, USA, chapter president, for her continued support of the chapter. Kathleen Miller, director for procurement, Defense Information Systems Agency, served as the guest speaker at the chapter's March meeting.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 01/28/2009
Col. Michelle Fraley, USA, chapter president, opens the VIP tour at the January tech expo. Col. Fraley recognized local volunteers and student attendees and thanked all participants for their hard work. In January, the chapter cosponsored the Stuttgart Patch Barracks Tech Expo with Defense Information Systems Agency Europe. More than 30 companies participated in the event.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 12/16/2008
Chapter members tour the IBM plant, located in Boeblingen, Germany, in December. IBM staff members explained trends in research and development as well as the latest in IBM's technology. In December, the chapter was invited to tour the IBM plant, located in Boeblingen, Germany. Information during the tour included trends in research and development, advancements in IBM's technology and a lab tour of the plant.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 09/14/2008
In September, Rob Maldonado (l), Katalina Liliu (c) and Oswald Dioses accept their awards as the golf tournament and fundraiser's winning team. The chapter sponsored its annual golf tournament in September to raise funds for high school scholarships. The fundraiser was well attended by chapter members and their guests.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 07/20/2008
James Ricks (l), a senior at Patch High School on Patch Barracks, accepts a $3,000 savings bond from Chris Ratliff (r), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Europe Field Office, for his first-place presentation at the chapter's annual scholarship competition in July. The chapter held its annual scholarship award presentation luncheon in July. Chris Ratliff, Defense Information Systems Agency, Europe Field Office, was the guest speaker. He compared his experience as a student learning about technology to what students are facing today as technology continues to rapidly advance.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 02/22/2008
Lt. Gen. Charles E. Croom Jr., USAF, director, Defense Information Systems Agency and commander, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations, addresses the February luncheon about technology challenges facing the military forces. The chapter's February luncheon meeting featured guest speaker Lt. Gen. Charles E. Croom Jr., USAF, director, Defense Information Systems Agency and commander, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations. The luncheon featured a large turnout of attendees, who heard Gen. Croom discuss new technologies being introduced to the military forces. The general also addressed challenges facing Internet security.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 09/14/2007
Jason Makowski (l) accepts one of the raffle items he won from Dr. Joseph Page Jr., chapter secretary and scholarship event organizer, at the September Golf Classic, which benefitted the chapter's scholarship fund. The chapter held its fifth annual Golf Classic on Friday, 14 September 2007, at the Stuttgart Golf Club in Kornwestheim. Proceeds are used to support the Stuttgart Chapter of AFCEA Scholarship Program.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 07/10/2007
At the July luncheon, the 2007-2008 chapter executive board members were introduced and congratulated for their efforts throughout the year. In July the chapter sponsored a luncheon featuring Bill Schlichter, the European Central regional vice president for AFCEA. Schlichter delivered an overview of his work and also discussed changes in technology over the past 30 years. During the luncheon, the chapter's executive board members for 2007-2008 were introduced to include the new chapter president, Col. Michelle M. Fraley, USA, commander, Defense Information Systems Agency-Europe. The new board also includes Mary Benko, chapter tech expo coordinator; Maj. Teri Centner, chapter vice president (VP); Dr. Joe Page, chapter secretary; Brandi Ottinger, chapter membership VP and Web master; Wayne Henry, chapter treasurer; Cristina Page, chapter publicity and awards VP; 1st. Lt. John Amann, chapter programs coordinator; Capt. Ted Schroemer, chapter tech expo coordinator; 1st Lt. Dave Dougherty, chapter tech expo liaison; and Master Sgt. Brian Kentta, chapter VP for Young AFCEAN and scholarships.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 05/23/2007
At the June scholarship luncheon, Col. Mike Curry, USA (l), chapter president, presents Dr. Jospeph T. Page Jr., chapter secretary, with a lifetime membership in AFCEA.  
In May the chapter sponsored a scholarship luncheon featuring Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Verbeck, USAF, director of command, control, communications and warfighting integration, Headquarters, U.S. European Command. A longtime AFCEA supporter, Gen. Verbeck addressed the luncheon and discussed various aspects of his duties and experiences. Also during the luncheon, the chapter presented four savings bonds totaling $10,000 for first- through fourth-place student winners and joined together to congratulate a new lifetime member, Dr. Joseph T. Page Jr, chapter secretary.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 02/23/2007
Gathering for the February guest presentation are (l-r): Brig. Gen. Thomas Verbeck (far left), Director of Command, Control, Communications and Warfighting Integration, Headquarters, U.S. European Command; Vice Admiral Nancy Elizabeth Brown (2nd to the left), Director for C4 Systems (J6) The Joint Staff; MG Marilyn Quagliotti, Vice Director of DISA (2nd from right) and COL Mike Curry (far right), Commander of DISA-Europe and President of the Stuttgart Chapter were among those present at the 2007 AFCEA luncheon in February.  
Vice Adm. Nancy E. Brown, USN, director for command, control, communications and computer systems (C4)/J-6, the Joint Staff, spoke in February at Patch Barracks, Germany. More than 100 attendees came to Adm. Brown's featured guest presentation, joining with several other VIPs present for the event.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 01/31/2007
Brig. Gen. Thomas Verbeck (l), USAF, director of Command, Control, Communications and Warfighting Integration, Headquarters, U.S. European Command, and Col. Mike Curry (r), USA, commander of DISA-Europe and Stuttgart Chapter president, listen to one of the many vendors at the Winter Technology Expo presented by AFCEA Stuttgart in January.
The Stuttgart Chapter sponsored the Winter Technology Expo in January at Patch Barracks, Germany. Over 30 professional firms were on hand to promote the latest emerging techologies and opportunities. Despite the winter weather, the one-day event attracted almost 300 visitors. Attendees included Stuttgart Chapter members and other communications and intelligence personnel from the greater Stuttgart community, including HQ USEUCOM, DISA-Europe, the new AFRICOM and other groups.

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 11/15/2006
Col. Mike Curry, USA, commander of the Defense Information Systems Agency-Europe and president of the Stuttgart Chapter, enjoys a light moment with Mary Ann Elliott, chairman of the board for Arrowhead Global Solutions, during the Stuttgart Chapter's professional development tour to the Raisting satellite communications facility.  The Stuttgart Chapter recently sponsored a professional development staff ride to Raisting, Germany. Raisting is located in Bavaria about an hour's drive from Munich. A U.S. firm, Emerging Markets Communications (EMC), purchased this satellite communications facility from Deutsche Telekom. Raisting is one of the three largest teleport facilities in the world and also is the host to Germany's major national and international fiber backbone ring. More than 40 participants attended the tour, which included members of the Stuttgart Chapter of AFCEA and other communications personnel from the Stuttgart community.


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