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In January, the chapter hosts its Small Business Breakfast with guest speaker Stacy Watson, Enterprise Solutions Division director of Army Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS). In January, the chapter's Small Business Committee hosted a breakfast with Stacy Watson, Enterprise Solutions Division director of Army Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS). An acquisition program of the U.S. Army, CHESS manages a number of federal contract vehicles and enables both the U.S. Army and other federal agencies to conduct procurement for a variety of information technology hardware and services. CHESS implements a large quantity purchasing strategy to allow the U.S. Army to purchase information technology (IT) solutions at the lowest possible cost.

At the breakfast, Watson provided an overview of the CHESS program as well as details on how small businesses can conduct business with the U.S. Army. Additionally, she provided information on existing and upcoming CHESS contract vehicles and how small businesses can utilize them. She also provided information on the federal acquisition process, waivers to the process, procurement authorizat ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 01/15/2023

In January, chapter members attend the Annual General Assembly Meeting. In January, the chapter held their Annual General Assembly Meeting at the corporate member ASELSAN AS facilities. Chapter officers summarized last year's activities, and budgetary and activity decisions were made for next year. New chapter officers and audit board members also were selected.

HAWAII CHAPTER - 01/10/2023

As guest speaker for the chapter's January luncheon, Jared C. Voneida, USMC, commander, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Regional Field Command Pacific, shares DISA Pacific priorities for preparedness within the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. The commander for the Defense Information Systems Agency Regional Field Command Pacific was the first guest speaker for the chapter's 2023 Luncheon Series in January at Hale Ikena on Ft. Shafter.

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 12/23/2022

Chapter officers pose for a photo with Mustafa Yaman, deputy general manager of ASELSAN AS, in December. Chapter officers visited the office of Mustafa Yaman, deputy general manager of the Communications and Information Technologies Sector of ASELSAN AS. During the meeting, attendees evaluated contributions of AFCEA to corporate members, especially in terms of being a gateway to the international platform. In addition, ASELSAN AS, which is the chapter's most important corporate member, has also been the locomotive of the Turkish defense industry in electronic and defense systems. Finally, participants discussed what can be done to promote the company on international platforms.

EL PASO CHAPTER - 12/16/2022

Guests attend the AFCEA El Paso Chapter Networking Happy Hour in October. The chapter hosted a networking event in October with over 40 business professionals in attendance.

The chapter board members and professionals from across the region gathered to enjoy refreshments and get reacquainted. "We are eager to have the chapter back up and running after a hiatus due to COVID-19," said Chapter President Andrew Hair. "With Fort Bliss, the UTEP Aerospace Center, Western Technical College (WTC), and a burgeoning tech industry, this region is ripe with potential. It was great seeing some of El Paso's leaders come together to network and discuss future events and ambitions."

The entire southwest region is a technology corridor rich with pioneers in cutting-edge fields such as 3D printing, defense manufacturing, aerospace, energy and artificial intelligence. The chapter aspires to strengthen relationships between lead innovators in private industry, military and academia to harness a talent pipeline and ecosystem that creates more regional jobs and ... READ MORE

BELVOIR CHAPTER - 12/15/2022

The December joint-chapter event is the only known hackathon for fifth graders that has participants from public schools, Department of Defense Education Activity grant schools and Department of Defense schools all working simultaneously on virtual challenges. In December of 2022, two chapters from AFCEA, Belvoir and Rockbridge Shenandoah, hosted a virtual hackathon in six Virginia elementary schools. This was the second occurrence of a hackathon for fifth-grade elementary students held in what is envisioned as an ongoing annual event. The event is designed to promote cyber education and awareness, introduce the participating students and teachers to coding and spark interest in future hackathons, coding and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) activities.

The first year of the hackathon was held with only Belvoir Elementary School, a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant school and reached 150 students and a handful of teachers. In 2022, participation in the hackathon included 400 students and over 30 faculty and educators. The hackathon included not only Belvoir Elementary School but also Quantico's Crossroads Elementary School-a Department of Defense (DoD) school-and four public schools in Roc ... READ MORE

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