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The chapter has been bringing government and industry together for 75 years! This month, they've welcomed 14 new members. The chapter continues to grow in 2021!

A little over halfway through the year, chapter members wanted to take the opportunity to welcome the 14 newest members!

Robert Juskiewicz, Plantation, Florida, Police Department
Jason Bollinger, Assure C
Phil Soloweszyk, Microsoft Corporation
Col. Hector I.M. Martinez Piniero, USA
James Sullivan, PredaSAR Inc.
Max Kiejdan, PredaSAR Inc.
Roger Teague, PredaSAR Inc.
Marlon Johnson, NXTKey Corporation
Alberto J. Rodriguez, SIXGEN
Thomas Allen, Foresite
Livia J. Martinez, Hollywood, Florida
Patricia Izquierdo, Daasly Inc.
David Durham, Lennar and University of Miami
Cmdr. Stephen Mills, USN, Royal Caribbean Group

Thank you for your membership!

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The chapter held its July 2021 luncheon virtually. Members of the government, civilian and Wright Patterson Air Force Base community participated. The speaker was Col. Ivan Herwick, USAF, commander, 88th Communications Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio. The event topic was 88th Communication Group Capabilities, Restructure and Future Communication Support to WPAFB. The 88th Communications Group provides support to three large installation areas.

The chapter thanked its level sponsors: Diamond Sponsors: Segue Technologies, Bluewater, Definitive Logic and Deloitte; Ruby Sponsor: FTI; and Sapphire Sponsors: Array, Cloud Lake Tech, MACALOGIC and PE Systems.

CZECH CHAPTER - 07/20/2021

At the July award ceremony, Tomas Pribyl, chapter vice president and CEO pf Corpus Solutions, general competition partner; Lubos Fendrych, head of the National Cyber and Information Security Agency; Anna Jungmannova, junior category winner; Brig. Gen. Lenka Smerdova, Czech Armed Forces, pose for a photo. Following the national finals of the Czech Republic's Cyber Security Student Competition organized by the AFCEA Cyber Security Working Group and a wide range of state, academic and professional organizations, which took place online in May this year, a ceremony of results was held in July at the University Club of the University of Defence in Brno.

The formal meeting was opened by the rector, commander of the University of Defence, Brig. Gen. Zuzana Krocova, Czech Army. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the state administration, including Vladimír Dzurilla, government commissioner for ICT and Digitization, Brig. Gen. Lenka Šmerdová, adviser to the chief of the general staff of the Czech Armed Forces; Col. Jiří Vavra, deputy head of cybernetic and information warfare command; Lubos Fendrych, head of the National Cyber and Information Security Agency; and other guests.

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In July, chapter members and attendees assemble for Summer TechExpo at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. In July, the chapter hosted its annual Summer TechExpo July 19-23 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany-the first international AFCEA event since the pandemic, which was expanded for additional KMC area participants. The chapter hosted Lauren Knausenberger, chief information officer for the Air Force, as guest speaker and senior participant for events. The expo included 37 information technology (IT) vendors, and several more attendees and sponsors-as the chapter overcame COVID hurdles. In all, there were over 319 attendees at the expo and several general officers that came by to learn about spotlighted industry.

Throughout the week, industry partners integrated with Air Force senior leaders to understand U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa's (USAFE-AFAFRICA's) requirements and showcased their cutting-edge technology to help the field in warfighting capabilities across the two-continent theaters of Europe and Africa. At the conclusion of the TechExpo, Gen. Jeffrey Harrigi ... READ MORE


Riders and support staff prepare for the Cycling for STEM 32-mile ride in July. The chapter held their Second Annual Cycling for STEM Education event in July. The 32-mile ride to benefit AFCEA's STEM education program was made possible by over 50 cyclists and support staff and sponsors from the Aerospace community. The route was along the beach in Los Angeles before turning inland.


The chapter announced its fall schedule for events to support scholarship and grants for the local community.

The chapter is proud to present these premier events in September! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend one, two, or all three events. Join your friends and colleagues in industry, academia and government for a round of golf, an opportunity to hear about the latest in Industry 4.0 or a night of casino fun.

All of these chapter events support STEM scholarships and teacher grants.

EVENT 1: Monday, September 13, 2021
Daniel J. Curtis Memorial Golf Tournament

Event 2: Wright Information Technology Summit (WITS)
Tuesday and Wednesday, September 14-15, 2021

Event 3: DWAFCEA Casino Night
Evening of Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Check the chapter website for more information:


Sunny Fort Lauderdale in South Florida is the site of many past conferences and events. The chapter's Steering Committee is comprised of exceptional leaders from across industry, academia and government who are familiar with Defense Department business practices, the AFCEA brand and the South Florida community. The chapter extends a warm welcome to the following outstanding volunteers who will ensure the chapter's success:

- John Pugliese, Deep Water Point and TELESME and former U.S. Southern Command chief information officer/J-6
- David Durham, Lennar and University of Miami and former U.S. Southern Command information technology program manager
- Ramon Vega, military liaison to U.S. Southern Command
-Stephen Mills, Royal Caribbean Group and former U.S. Southern Command deputy chief information officer/J-6

The chapter thanks everyone for joining the team!


In July, attendees check out the different technologies, innovations and opportunities on display from the 35 vendors at the Tech Expo. The Tech Expo's return to the ArkLaTex region was met with great success. Hosted at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, in July, the Tech Expo involved 35 vendors and attracted over 170 local attendees as one of the first live events since the pandemic emerged last year. Social distancing restrictions have gradually eased over the last few months, allowing the much anticipated event to occur.

The event featured unique technologies and opportunities to interest and engage attendees. Vendors highlighted products and projects from deployable communication technologies, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality, and cybersecurity. "This was a great event as it was nice to see so many people show up to check out the different technologies, vendors, and organizations. A few of my favorite things was seeing the robot dog from Boston Dynamics chase the bone, going hands-on with VR and getting munitions training on a virtual flight line, and learning about th ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 07/12/2021

In July, Jeff Kendall, chapter vice president, Veteran Support and Military Family Outreach, presents a $6,500 check to Kink and Marcie Friedman of Echo Hill Ranch during their Gold Star Kids Camp. The camp focuses on The chapter's Wounded Warrior and Military Families Endowment Fund Committee had the honor of attending the last day of Echo Hill Ranch Gold Star Kids Camp Session II. Echo Hill Ranch's mission is to provide a safe, fun, relaxing and empowering professional summer camp experience for the children of Gold Star families, immediate family members of a fallen service member who died while serving in a time of conflict or those of first responders. Marcie Friedman, the daughter of Echo Hill Ranch founders Thomas and Minnie Samet Friedman, now runs the camp with her brother, Kinky Friedman. The camp seeks to foster a community and a connection among children and families who have had similar life experiences and are taking similar life journeys, Marcie explains.

Jeff Kendall, chapter vice president, Veteran Support and Military Family Outreach, presented a $6,500 check to support their efforts. "This camp enables children from all over the nation to bond with one another despite t ... READ MORE


Each year, the chapter provides scholarships for high school seniors and college students. The chapter has made recent changes to its $1,000 merit-based scholarships for high school seniors and college students who either have been accepted or are currently enrolled into an accredited degree program majoring in a STEM degree program. The board of directors recently modified the eligibility rules and application process based on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes include expanded eligibility for currently enrolled students and lifelong learners, blended and online programs; and eliminating the need for in-person contact through 100 percent online submissions and virtual meetings.

The application period is January 1 to April 15, each year. Scholarship awardees will be announced by the April 30. An annual awards banquet will be held in May to honor our awardees, present their scholarships and recognize the chapter's corporate and individual sponsors who contributed to STEM fundraisers throughout the year.

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Every year, the chapter opens its merit-based scholarship to students pursuing STEM-related degrees. The chapter provides $1000 merit-based scholarships for high school seniors and college students who either have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an accredited degree program majoring in a STEM discipline, such as aerospace, chemical, computer, electrical, mechanical or systems engineering; chemistry, physics, science or mathematics; computer science, telecommunications, information systems or cyber and information security.

The chapter incorporated lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic impacts on last year's scholarship season. The board of directors voted to expand eligibility to current students, adult and lifelong learners and online programs. Previous requirements involving physical presence or contact can now be done entirely online.

The new scholarship requirements are the following:

Students will email their contact information to with the following attachments in .pdf format, as applicable:

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 06/26/2021

In June, the chapter hosted the webinar, "Can We See the Mathematics Behind Aircraft Design?" This was the second webinar of the month presented by Maj. Musa Yildirim (Ret.). The webinar was user-friendly and not bogged down in concepts and technical terms. Attendees learned the mathematics behind aircraft design and discovered the pervasive nature of mathematics.

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