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Lt. Col. Scott McLaughlin, USAF, commander, 1st Combat Communications Squadron, discusses lessons learned from the Advanced Battle Management Systems On-Ramp 4 at the April event. The chapter's April Virtual Luncheon was shared with other European chapters and included some members joining in via conference rooms (with social distance spacing). The chapter also had Maj. Gen. Erich Staudacher, GEAF (Ret.), AFCEA Europe's general manager, join in along with several colonels, commanders and titans of industry!

Initiating the luncheon, Lt. Col. Jason "Cueball" Simmons, USAF, chapter vice president, called upon the chapter for volunteers to partner with local Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools for STEM support through the chapter's supported Community Partnership Program ( The program unites professionals with local DoDEA schools, to bring their STEM expertise into classrooms. In addition, Col. Keith Repik, USAF, chapter president, noted accolades to the entire chapter for being selected as an AFCEA Model Chapter, to Col. Simmons for an AFCEA International Meritorious Service Award, to Ken Robinson for an AFCEA Ex ... READ MORE

BELVOIR CHAPTER - 04/16/2021

In April, the chapter announces its first Kevin Carroll Scholarship for Excellence. The chapter is honored to announce the first annual Kevin Carroll Scholarship for Excellence. The Kevin Carroll Scholarship for Excellence is the most prestigious scholarship offered by the chapter's Education Program. Kevin's legacy of service, leadership, mentoring and empowering others lives in this scholarship.

Kevin spent his life serving and supporting others. He was dedicated to his family, friends, colleagues and especially the American warfighter. He spent the majority of his adult life serving the people. He began his career serving as an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army and attending college. Kevin's civilian career began in the U.S. Coast Guard as a contract specialist. He eventually moved back to the Army, rose through the ranks and ultimately retired from the Senior Executive Service, where he led the Army's Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems.

Education was one of the pillars of Kevin's success. He obtained his undergraduate and ... READ MORE


Chip Downing, senior market development director of aerospace and defense at Real-Time Innovations (RTI), is the main speaker for the chapter's April event. The world is on the cusp of an explosion for new autonomous systems that will host fleets of land, sea, air and space vehicles. How will these systems safely and securely emerge, grow and scale to the opportunity and promise of this new world?


The chapter's Educational Outreach Office has announced its scholarships are open and they are taking applications. The deadline for applications is June 1st. Information can be found on the Chapter Scholarship page at

Scholarships are available to any High School Seniors and Undergraduate College Students who might be interested.

Education is an AFCEA core value. The chapter, in partnership with the AFCEA Educational Foundation, presents an average of $35,000 annually in scholarships, grants and awards to students and teachers in K-12 STEM- and cyber-related programs, ROTC programs, traditional university degree programs, professional development and other educational areas. The following are some of the many scholarships available: General Janet C. Wolfenbarger Scholarship, Daniel J. Curtis Memorial Scholarship and Undergraduate Scholarships.

CZECH CHAPTER - 04/09/2021

The chapter's CzechCyberTeam (an AFCEA student club) won the qualifiers of MIDNIGHT SUN Capture the Flag (CTF) competition ( in the AFCEA category and will attend the finals in Sweden.

Midnight Sun CTF is one of the world's largest CTF events. In 2021, 662 teams from 87 countries took part. The chapter's team scored 882 points and placed 42nd in the overall standings.

A CTF competition provides the opportunity for teams (or individuals) to challenge and compete in the art of computer security. In the simplest case, the team gathers points by finding and exploiting vulnerabilities to gain access to hidden or protected data, known as the "flag".


In April, the chapter, together with AXIANS Portugal, organized a Web Forum on the theme "Women and the Challenge of the Digital Agenda," under the Women in AFCEA program, which brought together about 40 participants. Underrepresentation of women in the STEM fields is a major global concern, not only as a fundamental human right, but also as a cornerstone of the modern economy that can provide sustainable and inclusive growth. To rationalize this matter, the moderator, Luisa Teixeira, presented updated data that demonstrated the imbalance in the number of women who develop their activity in the areas. The remaining participants in the debate, Carmo Palma and Teresa Romão, gave testimony as to their experience in the business context and in the academic sphere, explaining with tools and practices that can be followed to promote gender equality in the work environment.


Denise S. Baylor, director, Small Business Programs, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, and Program Executive Officer for Business and Enterprise Systems, Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Alabama, is the guest speaker for April's Small Business Breakfast. The chapter was proud to host Denise Baylor, director, Small Business Programs, Air Force Program Executive Office (PEO)-Business and Enterprise Systems as the guest keynote speaker for its April Small Business virtual breakfast event.

Throughout the hour-long event, Baylor provided a wealth of knowledge, suggestions, and advice on what the Business and Enterprise Systems (BES) directorate needs and how small businesses can best identify business opportunities. Overall, the directorate runs 136 programs ($1.2 billion portfolio), serves more than 2,100 personnel (3.3 million users) across three states and looks to small business for innovation as well as agile and affordable solutions to meet warfighter needs for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base/Gunter Annex, Randolph Air Force Base, and Hanscom Air Force Base, in support of the Air Force's mission. "We run the systems that run the Air Force," said Baylor about PEO-BES as she clarified that the BES Dir ... READ MORE


Rear Adm. Brian Corey, USN, addresses ROTC scholarship winners in April and urges them to set high standards for themselves and others under their command; commit to the pursuit of excellence in every endeavor; and never stop training/learning to prepare themselves to adapt quickly to the rapid changes they are sure to face in today's military environment. The chapter recognized 21 of the most outstanding ROTC cadets and midshipmen from across the Northeast with $1,500 scholarships at its annual ROTC scholarship ceremony held virtually in April. First Lieutenant Pat Backus, USAF, master of ceremonies, welcomed all and introduced Rear Adm. Brian Corey, USN, program executive officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, U.S. Navy. The admiral delivered a motivational keynote address on his career experiences and the challenges of military service, urging cadets/midshipman to set high standards of excellence; be rigorous in their mission planning; prepare their minds by "getting in the zone" to execute; and commit to life-long learning, noting that in today's world, they will experience rapid changes and must be prepared to adapt. Backus then recognized each scholarship winner. They included: Cadet Max Ellsworth, USAF, Boston University (BU); Cadet Alexandar Rosenthal, USA, BU; Midshipman Jonas Escobar, USN, BU; Midshipman Leo Kah ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 04/03/2021

In April, the chapter organized a webinar on 5G Technology & Applications in Vertical Sectors. In the webinar, participants discussed general information about civil mobile communication technologies and the place of 5G among mobile communication technologies and its differences from other technologies. In addition, attendees explained new ways of doing business and capabilities that will come into our lives with 5G. Presenters also provided information about the progress of 5G installations in the country and in the world, activities of the manufacturers and the current situation as well as current studies and future predictions regarding the use of 5G in the military field.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 04/02/2021

The aftermath of Winter Storm Uri that hit Texas in February left many in the Lone Star State without power and water. The nonprofit organization WISH for OUR HEROES (W4OH) is a national 501(c)(3) dedicated to assisting the men and women of the U.S. active-duty military, and in some cases, veterans. W4OH started with the goal of providing one wish for every deserving military member. There are no requirements. Military members simply need to be on active duty at the time the wish is submitted. The organization's priority has always been to grant basic needs or emergencies first.

When Winter Storm Uri left many military members and their families without essential resources and dealing with the storm's damages, W4OH stepped in. On behalf of AFCEA International, the chapter's Wounded Warrior and Military Families Endowment Fund, Jeff Kendall, endowment fund chair and chapter vice president, veteran support and military outreach, presented Jeff Wells, CEO and founder of W4OH, w ... READ MORE


In March, Lt. Col. Kate Stowe, USAF; Command Sgt. William Hebb, USAF; Mike McGinley, Google; and Jerry VanDeWiele, Defense Acquisition University-Dayton, all current AFCEANS (and former young AFCEANS) help the chapter's Emerging Leaders kick-off the first in a series of planned, new mentorship events. The chapter's Emerging Leaders hosted the first in a series of Mentorship events in March. Virtual panelists included Lt. Col. Kate Stowe, USAF, reservist, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force/AQR; Command Sgt. William Hebb, USAF, 66th Air Base Group, Hanscom Air Force Base; Mike McGinley, defense & information technology partnership lead, Google; and Jerry VanDeWiele, professor of systems engineering and program management, Defense Acquisition University-Dayton. All of these former Young AFCEANs (YACs) offered career advice and reminisced about their experiences with AFCEA. During their discussions, a common theme emerged: Focus on the importance of establishing and maintaining relationships/connections and a personal network. AFCEA taught them to share ideas, open doors, build collaborative solutions to problems and assist with career advancements. Each member panelist credited AFCEA with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, placing them in good stead for professional ... READ MORE

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