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SOFIA CHAPTER - 09/26/2017

Deputy Minister of Defense Lt. Gen. Atanas Zapryanov gives the welcoming address for In September, the international conference "Future Armed Forces 2040" began with the participation of more than 140 delegates from 12 countries. This conference is part of the Sofia Chapter's program for 2017 in cooperation with National Defense College under the patronage of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense HE Krassimir Karakachanov. Perspectives for development of armed forces were presented by Chief of Defense Lt. Gen. Andrey Botsev; Maj. Gen. Tsanko Stoykov, Air Force commander; Rear Adm. Mitko Petev, Navy commander; Brig. Gen. Iavor Mateev, Special Forces commander; and Land Forces Commander's Chief of Office, Col. Trifonov. NATO views were shared by Alan Sheffer, director in NATO Science and Technology Organization and of air traffic control by Lt. Col. Sven Szabo.


Col. Walter In September, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and AFCEA presented a $4,000 scholarship to Midshipman Bradley William Reber of Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Midshipman Reber was one of four recipients across the country that received the scholarship.

CZECH CHAPTER - 09/23/2017

The chapter manned a table at the Children´s Day event at the Signal Corps in Lešany in September organized by the Cyber Security Working Group. In September, a Children´s Day event at the Signal Corps in Lešany was organized by the Cyber Security Working Group together with representatives of the Signal Corps of the Czech Army, VTU a.s. and members of the Competition Committee. Many security-related activities for children aged three to fourteen were prepared. Visitors to the chapter's stand could try various tasks from the security and crypto analysis area, both simple and difficult brainteasers, number sequences, word searches, deciphering encrypted messages or just drawing a picture of what they understand about security. Participants could also acquaint themselves with the activities of the Signal Corps and the Czech Chapter, and get information about the Czech Security Competition for secondary schools. More than 400 children visited the booth.


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

CZECH CHAPTER - 09/20/2017

Jason Mical, Fidelis Cybersecurity, shares his experience investigating cyber incidents at the cybersecurity seminar in September. The AFCEA Cyber Security Working Group, in cooperation with the National Cyber And Information Security Agency (NUKIB) and faculty of the engineering department at Czech Technical University, organized another security seminar in September. The event was again dedicated to issues of cybersecurity, mainly to the current state of cybersecurity in the Czech Republic. Representatives of the newly created NUKIB introduced their agency, its competencies and individual workplaces, informed attendees about the implementation of the network information systems directive into the national legislation, presented an amending law on cybersecurity and informed about the priorities of the agency and the Czech Republic in the cybersecurity area. The second part of the seminar contained a number of presentations devoted to the new generation of intrusion detection and prevention systems, advanced persistent threat attacks, forensics and threat analyses. The presenters included an important foreign g ... READ MORE


The chapter hosted its annual Membership and Sponsor Appreciation Event at Packy's in Hope Hotel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Mindy Waldren, individual membership vice president, coordinated the evening with more than 150 in attendance. Members and sponsors were treated to a fun-filled evening of networking and camaraderie. The chapter has sponsored the event for more than 20 years. Other members instrumental to its coordination were President Dennis Drayer; Merry Korn; Brent Ahlers; Ashley Cigolotti; Jeff Hass; Danna Plewe; Matt Powell; Krystin Fakalata; Mike Jerez; Matt Siebert; and Billy Grill.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 09/19/2017

Col. Eric Delange, USAF, commander, 688th Cyberspace Wing, talks cyberspace challenges to chapter members and attendees during the September luncheon. When you take a look outside on the parade field of Lackland Air Force Base, you'll see a beautiful array of the Air Force's achievements; aircraft. But before those planes were out on the parade field, they were simply an idea with a requirement. At the luncheon in September, Col. Eric DeLange, USAF, commander, 688th Cyberspace Wing, explained to the chapter that it took some time before a simple idea with a set of requirements produced the intended effects for the nation's warfighters. Foot soldiers traveled 2.5 miles per hour and when tanks hit the field they went 15 miles per hour. Planes travel at 448 miles per hour and intercontinental ballistic missiles went on to travel even faster at 15,000 miles per hour. "You take into account the time it takes plus overcoming barriers of weather or geography and its terrain. All of these things have an impact on the battlefield and change the calculus of what we are trying to achieve." Col. DeLange described how rapidly changing weather ... READ MORE


Liz Miranda, director, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Integrated Logistics Support Center, addresses the audience at the September luncheon co-hosted with the Tobyhanna Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army. In September, the Pocono Mountains Chapter of AFCEA and the Tobyhanna Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) co-hosted a luncheon with Liz Miranda as the special guest speaker at Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pennsylvania. She related to the capacity crowd the mission of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command's Integrated Logistics Support Center, of which she is the director, and informed all present of the efficacy of the Army Materiel Command's Sustainable Readiness Model (SRM). She also discussed a recently instituted goal to reduce repair time by 50 percent as measured with various performance metrics.


John Fitzgerald of Hewlett Packard Enterprise speaks at the September chapter luncheon. John Fitzgerald, Hewlett Packard Enterprise's account chief technology officer for the Defense Department and Federal Enterprise Business, Americas, spoke at the September chapter luncheon. Fitzgerald gave an overview of modular data centers. He spoke in nonvendor-specific terms because multiple companies have capabilities in this field. Modular data centers are usually prefabricated units that are hyperscalable and portable. Portability, modularity and scalability are among their key benefits. The units are built with power, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and fire suppression, and are meant to be serviceable and manageable. Customized to meet customer needs, units can be built with thermal (Tempest standard) and ballistic shielding. Level 3 seismic standards are incorporated to allow for shipping by various methods, including shipboard, air freight, helicopter and truck. These mobility requirements also can be engineered into the final product to meet user needs. ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - 09/12/2017

Guest speaker Rear Adm. Vincent Atkins, USCG, commander, District 14 (r), receives a token of appreciation from Barry Fong, chapter executive vice president, at the luncheon in September. Rear Adm. Vincent Atkins, USCG, commander, District 14, Honolulu, was the chapter's featured speaker at the luncheon in September. The mission of the United States Coast Guard is to ensure the nation's maritime safety, security and stewardship. The Coast Guard is both a military service and a law enforcement agency. The 14th District's boundaries of responsibility stretch from the Hawaiian Islands and across most of the Central and Western Pacific. The District Commander oversees 25 operational units ashore and afloat throughout the Pacific, which regularly perform missions in maritime safety, protection of natural resources, maritime security, homeland security and national defense. Adm. Atkins mentioned some of the challenges he's faced with one being an aging fleet of cutters. He informed the audience that the District 14 will be receiving several new fast response cutters, as well as a couple of national security cutters. This month, the chapter recognized Technical Sgt. Devonte ... READ MORE


Pat Dagle, incoming chapter president, welcomes golfers to the chapter's annual fall golf tournament in September and thanks them for their participation, which helped raised thousands of dollars to support the chapter's STEM scholarship fund. The chapter held its annual fall golf tournament in September at the Atkinson Country Club, Atkinson, NH. Two flights of golfers from government and industry participated in a shotgun scramble to benefit the chapter's education fund. Pat Dagle, incoming chapter president, welcomed guests to the luncheon and introduced Dave Burke, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, and Tim Ceteras, Rockwell Collins, golf committee co-chairs who acted as masters of ceremony. Burke opened by asking for a moment of silence in remembrance of September 11th and lead participants in a rendition of "God Bless America" to honor those who lost their lives during the horrific event. Burke and Ceteras then awarded prizes to winning teams in each flight and announced raffle prizewinners. They concluded by thanking the golf committee and recognizing several industry sponsors for providing invaluable support to the event, which raised thousands for chapter science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STE ... READ MORE

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