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ALAMO CHAPTER - 09/21/2018

San Antonio Spurs analyst and former forward Matt Bonner (2nd from r), the emcee of Whiskey & Wishes, with Cleveland Cavalier and former Spur George Hill (r), announce the chapter's $5,500 donation in September to grant the wish of a local military family. Chapter representatives Szu-Moy Toves (l) and Jeff Kendall (2nd from l) presented the donation at the annual fundraiser to Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Shelton, USAF (c), accompanied by her best friend (3rd from l). Wounded Warrior and Military Families (W2MF) Committee Chair Jeff Kendall and committee member Szu-Moy Toves presented $5,500 to Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Shelton, USAF, during Whiskey & Wishes, an annual event that raises money for local military families struggling with hardship. San Antonio Spurs analyst and former forward Matt Bonner, guest emcee, announced that Wish for Our Heroes would match the chapter's donation. Sgt. Shelton received $11,000 toward a turney seat for her 6-year-old daughter.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 09/20/2018

Douglas Holker, AFCEA regional vice president (l), and Brig. Gen. Philip Garrant, USAF, vice commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base (r), present chapter scholarships in September to local ROTC cadets and midshipmen, including (from l) Cadet Joe Nguyen, Midshipman David Sniffin, Cadet Gabriel Feingold and Cadet Kristen Peet. Scholarship recipient Cadet Adam Ha is not pictured. Brig. Gen. Philip Garrant, USAF, vice commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, presented checks to cadets and midshipmen from local ROTC units at the chapter's September scholarship luncheon. Midshipman David Sniffin, Cadet Joe Nguyen, Cadet Gabriel Feingold, Cadet Kristen Peet and Cadet Adam Ha received scholarships from the chapter.

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - 09/20/2018

Douglas Holker, AFCEA regional vice president (l), and Brig. Gen. Philip Garrant, USAF, vice commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base (r), present scholarships at the chapter's September awards luncheon to Gloria Dees (2nd from l) and 2nd Lt. Alejandara Mejia, USAF. Recipient 2nd Lt. Marcy Gouri, USAF, was not present. Brig. Gen. Philip Garrant, USAF, vice commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, recognized three master's degree recipients at a September awards luncheon. The general awarded chapter scholarships to 2nd Lt. Alejandra Mejia, USAF, and Gloria Dees. Recipient 2nd Lt. Marcy Gouri, USAF, was not present.


ALAMO CHAPTER - 09/18/2018

Chapter Executive Vice President Dave Kovach (l) presents a coin to Brig. Gen. George Reynolds, USAF, 25th Air Force vice commander, as a token of thanks for speaking at the chapter's September luncheon. Brig. Gen. George Reynolds, USAF, vice commander of the 25th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, covered a broad range of topics as guest speaker at the chapter's September luncheon. The general began his speech by stating: "It is comforting to know that our Air Force is the most powerful, technologically advanced, agile and lethal fighting force the world has ever known. This capability is a direct reflection of the airmen who make up our service, from the most senior leader to the newest basic training cadet. Each and every airman is a professional warfighter, leader and wingman." He then spoke about trends and comparisons over the last 18 years between the United States and China and how social media and education have affected who leads the charge in technology. When sharing his experience living in New York and working at the Council on Foreign Relations, Gen. Reynolds says he realized "there are many people who do not know the military." He continued that "organ ... READ MORE

STUTTGART CHAPTER - 09/13/2018

Col. Robin Gibson, USAF, U.S. European Command, deputy J-6, helps energize the newly re-formed chapter in September with a slideshow of photos from past events. After an extended period of inactivity, the chapter hosted a September luncheon in conjunction with a C4I Symposium at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. The luncheon featured Col. Robin Gibson, USAF, U.S. European Command, deputy J-6, as the guest speaker. Col. Gibson energized chapter members and guests as she highlighted the significance of organizations such as AFCEA. She discussed the various ways that AFCEA chapters collaborate on solutions for the U.S. Defense Department and contribute to the community with STEM programs and scholarships. The chapter intends to have monthly luncheons and will rotate the venue to accommodate all area organizations.

HAWAII CHAPTER - 09/11/2018

Chapter President Lt. Col. Callistus Elbourne, USAF (l), presents a token of appreciation to Burt Lum, strategy officer for the Hawaii Broadband Initiative, after his September presentation. The chapter's September luncheon speaker was Burt Lum, strategy officer for the Hawaii Broadband Initiative. A longtime supporter and collaborator with the industry and government sectors, Lum was adamant about how Hawaii needs to look at its critical data infrastructure to stay competitive for the future. He briefed the chapter on the Hawaii Broadband Initiative, which includes establishing the infrastructure to deploy a 5G network. A 5G network can provide more bandwidth, low latency and low power consumption. The Hawaii initiative started about 10 years ago as the Broadband Task Force with the key objectives to identify and form a forward-looking vision for the state's data needs. It looked to create a one-stop broadband authority, stimulate demand for broadband service and welcome trans-Pacific fiber cabling to Hawaii. Funding still must be approved and allocated. Because of this delay, Lum explained that many of today's cables for trans-Pacific broadband bypass Hawaii, and the ... READ MORE

LEXINGTON-CONCORD CHAPTER - 09/10/2018

First-place winners in the September golf tournament's second flight are (l-r) Connie Gath and Tom, JC, and Paul Corcoran. Golfers from government and industry joined a shotgun scramble in September at New Hampshire's Atkinson Country Club to benefit the chapter's education fund. The annual fall golf tournament raised thousands to support STEM scholarships. Craig Leiby, golf committee industry co-chair, welcomed guests to the post-tournament luncheon and thanked industry sponsors for supporting the event. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Dave Burke, golf committee government co-chair, awarded prizes to winning teams and announced raffle prize winners. Burke concluded by thanking golf committee volunteers and asking for a moment of silence in memory of Marie McClanahan, who chaired the chapter's diversity program for several years and supported countless events as a tireless volunteer.




PALMETTO CHAPTER - 09/07/2018

Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of AFCEA International, kicks off the chapter's September luncheon with a favorite quote to lead into a discussion about global security. The chapter welcomed AFCEA International's president and CEO, Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), who spoke at a September luncheon about global security, emphasizing China. He talked about China's plans to confront the United States militarily and economically and in areas such as education, space, intellectual property and global power influence. The Chinese have acquired many U.S. military and R&D plans to advance their developments and further their grand plan, Gen. Shea said. He also talked about threats the United States faces from several terrorist groups that demand the nation's attention and resources. At the same time, Russia's determination to be an influential world power broker while advancing its own agenda should not be underestimated, the general said.


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