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Joao Araujo, country director and CEO of Thales Portugal (c), receives the 2017 AFCEA Medal for Outstanding Services in December from Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT N (Ret.), regional vice president, Atlantic Region, and chapter chairman (r), and Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT N (Ret.), chapter president. Joao Araujo, country director and CEO of Thales Portugal, received the 2017 AFCEA Medal for Outstanding Services at the December chapter general assembly in Lisbon, Portugal. The medal recognized the significant personal support and active participation of the Thales Group in chapter activities. Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT N (Ret.), regional vice president of the Atlantic Region and chapter chairman, presented this award with Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT N (Ret.), chapter president.


Young AFCEAN Chair Mary Allison Yourchisin (r) presents a check to Hope Children's Home Director Dr. Mike Higgins in December. In December, the chapter helped the nonprofit Hope Children's Home celebrate the holidays by raising donations within the chapter. The chapter's Young AFCEANs played a big role as well by shopping for the children and checking items off their wishlists. The Hope Children's Home is a local organization that has cared for more than 5,000 abandoned, abused, neglected and orphaned children from newborn to 18 years old since 1968. The chapter partners with the home to provide the children with gifts for Christmas each year.

SAN DIEGO CHAPTER - 12/19/2017

U.S. Marine Corps sentries sort gifts attendees brought to support the Toys for Tots drive at the December chapter luncheon. Continuing a tradition began two decades ago by past President Dave Grundies, the chapter held its December luncheon at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar Officers' Club. More than 70 participants brought gifts for a Toys for Tots drive and gave them to the Marine sentries who were "guarding" the entrance. The luncheon featured speaker Col. Jason Woodworth, USMC, commanding officer of MCAS Miramar, who covered various topics related to the base and San Diego, including energy self-sufficiency, water use, firefighting and future integration of electric vehicles and driverless technology. Participants also enjoyed the 10-year tradition of the holiday poem reading by AFCEA Regional Vice President Shirley Adams, who reworded "The Night Before Christmas" to honor the contributions of last year's chapter executive committee.


Chapter President Col. Sean Murphy, USAF (c), and Janel Nelson, chapter vice president of academics (2nd from r), present grants of $1,000 each in December to teachers Mason Kyle of Fort Calhoun Junior-Senior High School and Lee Stover of Burke High School. The chapter's seventh annual holiday mixer in December was a chance to give back to the general membership and program sponsors. The event was held at the Patriot Club on Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base. Chapter President Col. Sean Murphy, USAF, presented the chapter's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grants at the mixer. The grants bolster STEM programs in area schools.


Chapter members enjoy community and food at the December luncheon. The chapter held a membership luncheon in December. After a meal provided by the Ramstein Officers' Club, Col. Robin Gibson, USAF, chapter president, opened the event by presenting awards to Airman 1st Class Ian Spaulding, USAF, Young AFCEAN Emerging Leader; Rashmi Patel, Outstanding Cycle 4 STEM Sponsorship; 1st Lt. Joel Stiffler, USAF, Distinguished Young AFCEAN; and Tech. Sgt. Nathaniel Juarez, USAF, Meritorious Rising Star. Guest speaker Lt. Col. Brad Bowyer, USAF, commander, 313th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron (313 EOSS), introduced AFCEA members to the unit's mission. The 313 EOSS provides global reach through passenger and cargo transportation as well as aeromedical evacuation. The EOSS relies on the Global Decision Support System (GDSS) II enclave. The $5.5 million system is the squadron's primary means of logistics command and control. Cyber technicians such as Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Cissna, USAF, are essential to ensure that the mission continues uninterrupted. Sg ... READ MORE

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