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The chapter's 2018 membership and sponsorship appreciation event was held in December at the Hope Hotel at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The holiday event has been held annually for over two decades for the members and sponsors in appreciation of their support and participation in the chapter. Many new individual and corporate members were added among the one hundred attendees. The chapter plans to hit the ground running in 2019 with these hot aerospace event topics: Artificial Intelligence, Autonomy and Trusted Systems; The Changing Nature of Installation Mission Defense; Mission Assurance and Cyber Defense; Cybersecurity; Defensive vs Pro-Active; AI and Deep Analytics; Where Do We Find the Bodies to Do Tomorrow's Cyber?; Cyberspace - What does it really mean?; Where does it start, Where does it end?; What's in S&T Futures for: Comm, Cyber, Electronics and Emerging Technologies?; USAF's Emerging Mission in Cyber Spaces; STEM Today and Cyberspace Tomorrow.

ROME CHAPTER - 10/12/2019

At the chapter's October event, Fiorella Lamberti, coordinator, communications team, IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group, introduces the chapter’s Women in AFCEA subcommittee and describes the group’s main objectives. The October event represented an opportunity to analyze the initiatives for increasing women's roles in STEM and to support this cultural change, as well as to introduce the chapter's Women in AFCEA subcommittee. Gen. B. L. Carpineto, chief, Italian Army Transmission Command, welcomed all participants, underlining the growing presence of women in the armed forces. The opening remarks were given by Lt. Gen. Antonio Tangorra, ITAF (Ret.), chapter president, and he illustrated how AFCEA is paying more attention to the themes in which education plays a crucial role. Fiorella Lamberti, coordinator, communications team, IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group, introduced the chapter's Women in AFCEA, describing the group's main objectives and the activities in coordination with AFCEA International. Tina Jordan, vice president, AFCEA International, sent a video message with her greetings. Monica Parrella, coordinator, Office for Equality and Equal Opportunity Action at the Italian Prime M ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - 10/08/2019

Attendees at the AFCEA Hawaii Cyber Intelligence Breakfast in October, enjoy panelists from several U.S. government agencies. In October, the chapter hosted a special breakfast and panel discussion co-hosted by the Intelligence, Cyber and Young AFCEAN committees. Panelists included the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard and the National Security Agency.

LONDON CHAPTER - 10/03/2019

Air Commodore Nick Lloyd (Ret.), deputy chief information security officer and head of cyber security plans and engagement, Maersk, formally hands over to Jacqui Chard as the new chapter president. At its October meeting, the chapter held its Annual General Meeting and election of chapter officers. Jacqui Chard, deputy director, National Cyber Security Center, was warmly welcomed as the new chapter president by the outgoing president, Air Commodore Nick Lloyd (Ret.), deputy chief information security officer and head of cyber security plans and engagement, Maersk. After the formalities were completed, Lloyd gave a presentation on the lessons learned by his company from the June 2017 NotPetya malware cyber attack.

BELVOIR CHAPTER - 09/25/2019

Chérie Smith, program executive officer for enterprise information systems, engages with industry following her presentation at the chapter's September kickoff luncheon. The chapter kicked off our season with the annual update from Chérie Smith, program executive officer for enterprise information systems (PEO EIS). In her overview, Smith addressed changes to the organizational structure and highlighted the new leadership teams at Army Enterprise Systems Integration Program (AESIP), General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS), Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army (IPPS-A), Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (DCATS), Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) and Enterprise Services (ES). PEO EIS is responsible for managing and providing the information technology network and business systems that soldiers and the U.S. Army need to operate every day. Smith laid out her priorities for the year ahead to meet this mission: talent management, stakeholder management, ERP Integration and Network Integration. She stressed the importance of building and maintaining relationships while having the right people, in the right place at the righ ... READ MORE


ROTC award recipients pose for a photo at the September meeting. Lt. Gen. John Thompson, USAF, commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California; Scott Beidleman, chapter president; and Steve Staso, chapter vice president of scholarships, presented ROTC cadets with awards at the September 2019 lunch/meeting.


At the September luncheon, Jessica Salyer, deputy executive director, Air Force Research Laboratory, speaks to the chapter on current and future workforce efforts. The chapter welcomed Jessica Salyers, deputy executive director, Air Force Research Laboratory, as its September guest speaker. At the chapter's monthly luncheon, Salyers spoke to a packed house and provided the roadmap and strategic plan for the laboratories. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is located at over nine bases, and 11,000 employees provide research and development for the Air Force. AFRL executes $2.7 billion in science and technology, $2.4 billion in customer funding and $1.6 billion in non-science and technology funding. AFRL is looking to the next generation of workforce employees with the Workforce Agility Study and Pilot program. In conjunction with the Air Force Science and Technology Strategy 2030, AFRL is examining the question, "Who Will We Be Tomorrow?" and set up three objectives. Objective one: to develop and deliver transformational strategic capabilities. Objective two: to reform the way science and technology is led and managed. Objective three: to ... READ MORE


Portia Crowe, cyber electronics activities advisor, Science and Technology, Network Cross-Functional Team, Army Futures Command, and Lt. Col. Brandon Baer, USA, program manager for the U.S. Army's integrated tactical network, discuss the U.S. Army's future network changes at the September luncheon. In September, Team Tobyhanna was honored to host Portia Crowe, cyber electronics activities advisor, Science and Technology, Network Cross-Functional Team, Army Futures Command, and Lt. Col. Brandon Baer, USA, program manager for the U.S. Army's integrated tactical network. During a luncheon hosted by the chapter, the guest speakers discussed the U.S. Army's network modernization strategy, including cyber, data convergence, the integrated tactical network (ITN) and sustainment. The ITN will include the fielding of systems from existing programs of record as well as systems resulting from prototyping and experimentation in operational units so that informed requirements for the future can be established. The ITN will be fielded in two-year increments beginning in fiscal year 2021.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 09/17/2019

Maj. Gen. Timothy Lunderman, USAF, Air National Guard assistant to the commander, 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, and Senior Airman Christine Parks, USAF,  ceremoniously cut the Air Force's 72nd birthday cake during the chapter's September luncheon. The chapter welcomed Maj. Gen. Timothy Lunderman, USAF, Air National Guard assistant to the commander, 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The luncheon was located at Lackland Air Force Base and served as a beautiful backdrop to help celebrate the Air Force's 72nd birthday. Gen. Lunderman began by thanking those who served in the Vietnam War. He went on to say that he would not be where he is today without their dedicated service. The general assists the commander on the behalf of the Air National Guard with cyberspace capabilities, aiding the combatant commander with trained and ready cyber forces which plan and conduct cyberspace operations. He has been integrally engaged with the National Guard Bureau, Department of Defense Joint Staff, United States Cyber Command, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, the National Reconnaissance Operations Center and interagency leadership. With regard to the integration of the 24th and the 25th Air Force ... READ MORE


Participants join in a group photo at conclusion of the annual Young AFCEAN (YAC) 5K Family Fun Run for STEM in September. The chapter's Young AFCEANs, led by race director William Keller, Booz Allen, sponsored its Annual 5K Family Fun Run for STEM in September at the Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington, Massachusetts. A large field of runners and walkers, from toddlers to seniors, participated in this event to benefit the chapter's Educational Fund with proceeds backing scholarships in STEM disciplines. Top finishers received awards, and several raffle prizes were gifted to participants at the post-race celebration. Overall race winners included Brian Schneider for the men with a time of 19:05. For the women, Gina D'Addario ran away with a finish of 19:31.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 09/11/2019

In September, Col. Jeff Sorrell, USAF, chapter vice president of military affairs, briefs attendees on the AFCEA organization during a community outreach visit to Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. Members of the chapter visited Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, and leadership from the 17th Training Group to promote AFCEA as the professional organization of choice for military personnel training and working in the intelligence field.  Representatives from the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps intelligence training units attended, along with representatives from Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas. Col. Jeffrey Sorrell, USAF, deputy director for operations and communications, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command (AETC), opened the luncheon with welcoming comments and introduced distinguished guests including Col. Robert Ramirez, USAF, vice commander of the 17th Training Wing; Col. Tony England, USAF, commander of the 17th Mission Support Group; and Maj. David Cote, USAF, commander of the 17th Communications Squadron. Col. Sorrell, who also serves as the chapter vice president of military affairs, briefed attendees on the AFCEA organization. Chapter President Ri ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - 09/10/2019

Attendees of the September event prepare to hear the guest speaker's presentation. Col. Glen M. Genove, USAF, is the deputy chief information officer and chief, C4 Strategy, Integration, Resources and Requirements Division, Headquarters U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. He is responsible for C4 support across the largest regional combatant command enabling joint and coalition operations. In this capacity, he leads U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's (USINDOPACOM's) digital strategy, technology roadmap, C4 resourcing and requirements programs supporting 375,000 joint warfighters at the headquarters, four component commands, four subunified commands and all joint task forces. Additionally, Col. Genove manages a $58 million information technology portfolio and oversees USINDOPACOM's cybersecurity, information and knowledge management, and command records programs to optimize operational effectiveness and efficiency throughout the full range of military operations.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 09/10/2019

Nate Guagenti, a solutions engineer at Perched, provides instruction on the Elastic Stack to members and attendees at the chapter's Lunch and Learn in September. Training and lunch is free to members. The chapter held a Lunch and Learn at the Gateway Club on Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The program has been revived by Charles Brice, chapter vice president of education, to provide members a platform for learning, while exposing nonmembers to the benefits of AFCEA as a professional organization. The training provided members and attendees an overview of the Elastic Stack. Lunch and Learn opportunities are open to members and nonmembers, space permitting. Brice has an extensive lineup of training scheduled for this year's Alamo ACE (AFCEA Chapter Event)The chapter's annual conference will be held on November 18-24, 2019.


Winners of the Golfers from government and industry joined a shotgun scramble in September at the Atkinson Country Club, Atkinson, New Hampshire, to benefit the chapter's education fund. John Barrette, golf committee co-chair for industry, welcomed guests to the post-tournament luncheon and thanked industry sponsors for their invaluable support of the event, which raised thousands to support the chapter's STEM scholarships. Phil Blanchard, golf committee co-chair for government, awarded prizes to winning teams and announced raffle-prize winners. Barrette concluded by thanking golf committee volunteers and sponsors.

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