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BELVOIR CHAPTER - 11/07/2022

The chapter is preparing for AFCEA Belvoir Industry Days, taking place on November 7-9, 2022. All sessions will be in-person at the Westfields Marriott, Chantilly, Virginia.

This year's theme, "Zeroing In on Cloud, Data, and the Unified Network," highlights the ongoing need to align evolving technology and strategy to meet the needs of the U.S. Army and Department of Defense.

The agenda features updates from Program Executive Offices across Fort Belvoir, guest keynotes, Industry Innovation sessions and networking opportunities to connect with colleagues. Exhibits and interactive displays allow industry representatives and Fort Belvoir program personnel to share information, updated requirements and capabilities. The chapter welcomes members, nonmembers, government, academia, students and industry members to join Industry Days 2022.

Registration is now open. https://www.fbcinc.com/e/AFCEABelvoir/default.aspx

CZECH CHAPTER - 09/13/2022

The Czech Cyber Team poses for a photo at the September event. The European Cyber Security Challenge 2022 (ECSC 2022), the European championship for up-and-coming hackers and cybersecurity talent, took place in Vienna in September.

Since the first European Championship seven years ago, the ECSC has become an international success story. In cooperation with 29 European nations and the European Network Security Agency (ENISA), the competition model for cybersecurity talents and young talent has been a permanent fixture in the European region.

This year, the European championship title will be awarded for the eighth time, and the championship records an international participation record. More than 18,000 young talented people from all over Europe participated in the national cybersecurity challenges in 2022 to qualify for the final in Vienna. This makes the ECSC the largest and most important young cybersecurity talent competition in all of Europe.

The participation of additional guest teams from the United States, Canada, Is ... READ MORE

GREATER OMAHA CHAPTER - 09/09/2022

Courtney Nichols, lead Emerging Leader, checks in Kelley Cardinale, Team: Far from Par, at the chapter's 20th Annual Golf Tournament in September. In September, the chapter held its 20th Annual Golf Tournament. The tournament boasted 16 teams and generated approximately $8,000 to support the chapter's scholarship and grants program.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 09/01/2022

In August, students attending AFCEA Education Day listen to industry partners' briefing sessions. An awesome AFCEA Education Day was enjoyed by all attendees! In August, students had the opportunity to walk the vendor floor at the Department of Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower conference held in Montgomery, Alabama. Additionally, the students heard from amazing seasoned and young adults currently working in STEM careers.

The chapter's special guest was Tinesha Ross, rocket scientist/engineer, United Launch Alliance. Ross has been launching rockets for 23 years. A high-school counselor told her that she didn't have the means to go to college and pursue a degree in engineering. That comment fueled her to dream big and achieve her goals.

MIDDLE GEORGIA CHAPTER - 08/30/2022

In August, Aleanna Shealey and Will Shirey receive $1,000 scholarships toward STEM-related degrees. In August, the chapter was proud to present four scholarships to area students to assist in their pursuit of STEM-related degrees. The chapter, in partnership with local industry and Air Force members, takes pride in offering scholarships to deserving students to help them achieve their goals of higher education.

MONTGOMERY CHAPTER - 08/28/2022

Kyna McCall-Paster, chapter president (l), and Charisse Stokes, Mid-South regional vice president and director of TechMGM, attend 2022 Innovate AFITC in August. In August, the chapter co-sponsored with TechMGM and the secretary of the Air Force/chief information officer A-6 for the 2022 InnovateAFITC "Hackathon" and Cyber Challenge Competition. Seven teams made their final pitch in the areas of logistics, education and hospitality.

GREATER OMAHA CHAPTER - 08/25/2022

In August, Staff Sgt. Jaedon Resto, USAF, chapter vice president of programs (l), shakes hands with Col. Jason Mobley, USAF, commander, Defense Information Systems Agency Field Office, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Col. Mobley presented Sgt. Resto with a DISA Field Office CC coin for doing an excellent job keeping the luncheon on track despite the lack of electricity, which was eventually restored just before the luncheon began.�
In August, Col. Jason Mobley, USAF, commander, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Field Office, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, spent time with the chapter discussing some of DISA's initiatives.

Col. Mobley talked about DISAWORKS, which he likened to the Air Force's AFWERX program, where the goal is to foster a culture of innovation by bringing in academia, industry and others to collaborate and think of new ideas. This approach is a game changer. Col. Mobley commented that as the military continues to move toward all things web, there needs to be increased trust. With the cloud, the Department of Defense realized the necessity to leverage data cloud services. This allows everyone to access the data all of the time. Col. Mobley touched on DISA's pilot for a zero-trust architecture-the Thunderdome initiative uses integrated access via Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) to establish exactly who has access. Authorized users via ICAM gain access to multipl ... READ MORE

LEXINGTON-CONCORD CHAPTER - 08/20/2022

First place winners for 1st Flight with a score of 56 First Lts. (l-r) Nick Orfitelli, Josh Wu, Rudra Patel, and Hasel Suharli pose for a photo at the June event. The chapter held its annual Elmer J. Fuller Memorial Golf Tournament in June at the Marlboro Country Club, Marlboro, Massachusetts. This event honors Fuller, a Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB) senior civilian and staunch AFCEA supporter who served as past chapter president and board chairman. Two flights from government and industry participated in a shotgun scramble. A luncheon followed with special recognition to Claire Goulet, long-time vice president of operations and the chapter's indisputable "powerhouse," who announced her retirement from the EXCOM at the end of this year. Golf committee co-chair Dave Burke, Hanscom AFB, and Kathy Devereaux, S4 Inc., awarded trophies to Flight 1 and 2 winners as well as individual contest winners (e.g., closest to the pin, longest putt, etc.). They also announced raffle winners and concluded by thanking the golf committee's overall coordinator, Jeff Katz, planning committee volunteers and the numerous sponsors whose support helps raise thousands ... READ MORE

GREATER OMAHA CHAPTER - 08/20/2022

Jeffrey Weeks, senior vice president and chief information officer, First National of Nebraska, Omaha Nebraska, stands with Courtney Nichols, the chapter's lead Emerging Leader, in July after an Emerging Leaders Tech Tour (held in May). Jeffrey Weeks, senior vice president and chief information security officer, First National of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska, met with Courtney Nichols, the chapter's lead Emerging Leader, in July after a May Emerging Leaders Tech Tour. Nichols presented Weeks with the chapter's newly developed chapter coin in thanks for his efforts organizing/conducting the tour. "It was a pleasure to spend time with like-minded folks concerned with information security," said Weeks.

The Greater Omaha Chapter's new coin was designed by Sarah Arvizu-Barcelo Quiroz, the wife of one of the chapter treasurers, 1st Lt. Lenin Quiroz, USAF. Sarah Quiroz is a graphic designer who majored in visual communications. She spent upwards of 12 hours pinning down the concept and designing the coin. The chapter wanted a design that captured the organizations that support them locally yet has a definite patriotic tie-in-all in the shape of Nebraska!

ROME CHAPTER - 08/19/2022

In June,  Simonetta Cheli, ESA director of Earth Observation and ESRIN facility chief; Roberto Formaro, ASI; Lt. Gen. Angelo Gervasio, director of Teledife; Massimo Comparini, CEO of Thales Alenia Space Italia; Luigi Pasquali, CEO of Telespazio; Giovanni Sylos Labini, president of the Osiris Consortium; and Brig. Gen. Danilo Morando, deputy chief of the 2nd Department of General Staff, hold a panel discussion during the June chapter-organized conference on Earth Observation. In June, the chapter organized a conference titled "Earth Observation: Solutions for the Technological Growth and Economic Recovery of the Country," held at ESA-ESRIN European Space Agency in Frascati. The conference focused on new technologies and solutions in the field of Earth observation. The first part of the event hosted a round table attended by distinguished guests, representatives of the main stakeholders in the field, who discussed state-of-the-art methods and perspectives of Earth observation. These presenters included Simonetta Cheli, ESA director of Earth Observation and ESRIN facility chief; Roberto Formaro, ASI; Lt. Gen. Angelo Gervasio, director of Teledife; Massimo Comparini, CEO of Thales Alenia Space Italia; Luigi Pasquali, CEO of Telespazio; Giovanni Sylos Labini, president of the Osiris Consortium; and Brig. Gen. Danilo Morando, deputy chief of the 2nd Department of General Staff. The second part of the conference was devoted to the speeches.

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SAN DIEGO CHAPTER - 08/17/2022

In August, students and board members pose for a photo. Front row (l-r): Kayla Xu, Nadeen Youhanan, and Rita Kamal; Back row: Terry McKearney, executive vice president for education, Gloria McKearney, scholarship chair, Shannon Yeow, Nrmin Adeeb, Ella Perry, Joe Eastham, Olivia Kries and Matt Beekman, chapter vice president. Not pictured: Jack Johnson and Kaitlyn Naputi. San Diego County students were awarded scholarships from the chapter in August at the University Club atop Symphony Towers. Matt Beekman, chapter vice president, and Terry McKearney, executive vice president for education, presented the awards to the students, while Gloria McKearney, scholarship chair, gave a short summary of each student's achievements. The students were urged to return home after completing their studies and contribute to the many leading-edge high-tech industries in San Diego. During the reception, AFCEA board members talked to the students and their families about the importance of STEM careers supporting the security of our nation.

Students were awarded the scholarships due to their outstanding academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community service and commitment to majoring in STEM fields in college. Students appreciated being able to network with other students and AFCEA STEM professionals before going off to college.

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