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DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - 12/04/2019

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.

AUGUSTA-FORT GORDON CHAPTER - 01/26/2019

The teachers receiving the chapter's STEM teaching tool grant are (l-r) Susan Harding (Grovetown Elementary), Gail Snipes (Lakeside Middle School), Catherine Douglas (Lake Forest Hills Elementary), Carly Gilchrist (Goshen Elementary School), Jason Stark (Cyber Academy), Ester Blake (Chukker Creek Elementary) and Alicia Miller (Lewiston Elementary). Recipients Shannon Burnett and Erica Cox were unable to attend. Nine teachers from the Central Savannah River Association (CSRA) area received STEM teaching tool grants to assist with furthering their classroom projects at the chapter's January meeting.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 01/24/2019

Chapter members partake in the first training session of the year in January. The F5 Certification Bootcamp gives trainees applicable tools to assist with obtaining certification in F5's BIG-IP Application Delivery Services as well as receiving continuing education credit if they hold additional certifications. The chapter hosted its first training session of the year in January with a two-day F5 Certification Bootcamp. Vice President of Education Charles Brice explained that the course was created to give the membership and community access to valuable training that would benefit them, the stakeholders and the nation. Course attendees received applicable tools to assist with obtaining certification in F5's BIG-IP Application Delivery Services as well as receiving continuing education credit if they held additional certifications. The course housed 17 attendees. Eight attendees became members before the course had been completed, adding to the membership arm of the chapter. Brice explained that in the future, members and partners would be surveyed to determine critical training needs while leveraging partnerships that help develop and facilitate appropriate and relevant training for members. Future topics may include defensive cyber techniques and applications, cloud data management and ar ... READ MORE

DAYTON-WRIGHT CHAPTER - 01/20/2019

January 2019 speaker Col. Lori L. Winn, USAF, commander, 88th Communications Group at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, (c), pictured with President David Dodds (l) and Program Vice President Joni Ahlers. The chapter hosted Col. Lori L. Winn, USAF, commander, 88th Communications Group at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as their January luncheon speaker. In the spirit of the Super Bowl, Col. Winn kicked off her presentation to military, civilian and industry partners with "Offense wins games and Defense wins championships." Col. Winn represents thousands of users on hundreds of platforms. Multidomain platforms are a team sport, she iterated. Fusing multidomains with cyber operations is at the heart of the game. Cyber threats are changing the face of the everyday for warfighters. The characteristics of war are changing, and asymmetric threats are now a part of that battlespace. The battlespace is global and must be addressed as such. Data is vulnerable and multidomain operational thinking is the new world. All data is vulnerable. Bio threats jeopardize the water supply and air dominance is constrained. Industry can help with the people, the processes and the technology. Winn urg ... READ MORE

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - 01/18/2019

Stephen Wallace, systems innovation scientist for the Emerging Technologies (EM) Directorate at DISA, was the keynote speaker for the January event. In its usual fashion, the chapter launched into 2019 with a stellar luncheon in January. This event was the place to be for any contractor curious about the most effective strategies to bring emerging technology solutions to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). With over 200 attendees, the atmosphere was vibrant. Networking at the beginning of the event provided a wonderful opportunity for colleagues doing business or hoping to do business with DISA to reconnect after the holiday season. After a delicious meal, the keynote speaker for the event, Stephen Wallace, took to the stage. Wallace is a systems innovation scientist for the Emerging Technologies (EM) Directorate at DISA, which is a new position at the agency. His presentation was straight to the point and presented a clear picture of the organization's focus as it relates to emerging technologies while also articulating how best to engage for optimal results. As he began the presentation, he wanted to clarify the ste ... READ MORE

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 01/17/2019

Col. Russ Teehan, USAF, portfolio architect of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (2nd from r), presented at the January lunch/meeting. Pictured with him are (l-r) Douglas Holker, AFCEA regional vice president (l), Scott Beidleman, chapter president 2019, Bill Page, chapter president 2018, and Julie Ann Phinney at the January lunch/meeting.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 01/15/2019

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, USAF, deputy commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, addresses membership and attendees of the chapter's January 2019 Lunch. Learn. Network. event. Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, USAF, deputy commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, kicked off the very first luncheon of 2019 for the chapter in January. He began by discussing an initiative to facilitate an Air Force-wide arrangement to offer complimentary digital student memberships to all cyber and intelligence initial skills students. "It's important to get young folks excited about this business, and it's an important relationship to grow and nurture from the very beginning." The training and talent management of future airmen continues to require innovative thinking. Gen. Weatherington then led into how the "ecosystem" will be a platform as a service. "We are not piecemealing each individual capability, but establishing a foundation." The general said it's not just about building an app, but building a platform. He explained that the IOS and backend capability needs to be built first and then the apps can be built so people can fo ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 01/14/2019

Rear Adm. Mario C. Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), looked back at the achievements of 2018 and the upcoming projects of 2019 at the chapter's New Year's dinner in January. In January, members of the chapter's governing bodies and technical committees, along with their families, gathered for the traditional New Year's dinner at the restaurant of Ordem dos Engenheiros in Lisbon. The chapter's president, Rear Adm. Mario C. Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), looked back at the achievements of 2018 and the upcoming projects of 2019.

NORTH CAROLINA CHAPTER - 01/09/2019

Chapter President Paul Reimers (r) presents a chapter polo shirt to guest speaker Gary Khoury, U.S. Army territory manager, Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector, in thanks for his presentation at the January 2019 networking luncheon at the Iron Mike Conference Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The chapter met in January at the Iron Mike Conference Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to hear speaker Gary Khoury, U.S. Army territory manager, Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector. The topic was Reaching the Cloud: From Development/Testing to the Tactical Edge.

HAMPTON ROADS CHAPTER - 01/08/2019

Hallie Balkin, program attorney for Program Executive Office Command and Control, Communications, Computers at SPAWAR Headquarters, gives a presentation on the other transaction authority process at the chapter's January luncheon. The chapter's first luncheon of 2019 was a great success. The January keynote speaker was Hallie T. Balkin, program attorney for Program Executive Office Command and Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Headquarters. Balkin delivered an engaging yet informative presentation on the other transaction authority process.


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