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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.

ROME CHAPTER - 10/12/2019

At the chapter's October event, Fiorella Lamberti, coordinator, communications team, IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group, introduces the chapter’s Women in AFCEA subcommittee and describes the group’s main objectives. The October event represented an opportunity to analyze the initiatives for increasing women's roles in STEM and to support this cultural change, as well as to introduce the chapter's Women in AFCEA subcommittee. Gen. B. L. Carpineto, chief, Italian Army Transmission Command, welcomed all participants, underlining the growing presence of women in the armed forces. The opening remarks were given by Lt. Gen. Antonio Tangorra, ITAF (Ret.), chapter president, and he illustrated how AFCEA is paying more attention to the themes in which education plays a crucial role. Fiorella Lamberti, coordinator, communications team, IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group, introduced the chapter's Women in AFCEA, describing the group's main objectives and the activities in coordination with AFCEA International. Tina Jordan, vice president, AFCEA International, sent a video message with her greetings. Monica Parrella, coordinator, Office for Equality and Equal Opportunity Action at the Italian Prime M ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 04/11/2019

Tanju Karagoz, chapter secretary (l), presents the certificate of appreciation to guest speaker Mehmet Topcu at the chapter's April meeting. At the chapter's April meeting, guest speaker Mehmet Topcu introduced and discussed software-based radio technologies and sample implementations.


At the April event, Col. Sly Cotton, USA (Ret.), chapter president, receives a certificate of appreciation for AFCEA's support of this much anticipated project as Kelly Knitter looks on.   In April, the chapter, along with America's Adopt-a-Soldier, co-sponsored the restoration effort and dedication of the new Augusta Airport military family hospitality suite. The new suite was dedicated in memory of Maj. Gen. Harry Greene, USA.


At the March meeting, Robert Orenbaum, chapter vice president of education, announced that the chapter will continue the General Janet C. Wolfenbarger Scholarship. Gen. Wolfenbarger personally presented the first recipient at a chapter luncheon after her retirement in 2015. Before retirement she served as commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The chapter will again offer the scholarship in 2019 to the child of a parent (civilian or military) associated with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The scholarship was established in recognition of the general's lifelong contributions to the United States and the U.S. Air Force. A true STEM champion and exceptional leader, she worked to cultivate Dayton regional growth, demonstrating drive and determination throughout her academic and professional pursuits. The recipient must be pursuing a STEM-related degree and have recently exhibited strong leadership skills and community involvement. Applicants must ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 03/30/2019

Chapter President Rick Lipsey (far r) and Vice President of Scholarships and Educational Grants Karen Rolirad (2nd to r) present the Best All Female Team, Alamo Heights Army JROTC, with $6,000 in scholarships during the 9th Annual San Antonio Mayor's Cyber Cup in March. The chapter was proud to once again support the 9th Annual San Antonio Mayor's Cyber Cup in which 317 teams competed. The large number of competitors produced the highest quality and quantity of teams in the U.S. Guest speaker Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner, USAF, commander, 24th Air Force and commander, Air Forces Cyber and Commander, Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, explained there's a significant difference between other cities and what San Antonio brings to the fight. "If we would've come in the military today with the capability we had from back when I came in, we would be at the low end of the totem pole. These individuals are much brighter today." San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg added that San Antonio is leading the world and preparing for the jobs of the future by building on the relationships between government, industry and academia. "The CyberTexas Foundation's positive momentum helps our cybersecurity ecosystem as we invest and grow in th ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 03/28/2019

In March, chapter members gather for a spring meeting and dinner. In March, the chapter's individual and corporate members met for a dinner organized by the chapter.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 03/28/2019

Senior Master Sgt. Brandon Lambert, USAF, and David Webb stop to pose for a photo during the chapter's first social networking event of the year in March. In March, the chapter's first Young AFCEAN (YAC) event of 2019 kicked off with a social networking happy hour. Attendees included members of active duty Air Force and Navy, Air Force Reserve, plus representatives from one of our premier local cyber academies, GhostWire Academy. Some new faces joined our veteran YACs as guests from both the military and industry sides of the house. Newly appointed YAC vice president, Shawn Cressman, explained that the Alamo YAC group really does bring together influential and connected people with those that want to grow their network and their professional reach. "Events like this are successful because our veteran members are willing to support mentoring and growing this group." The next scheduled event is a Tech Talk happening April 25th.


Chapter representative Georgia Popp presents Cadet Elijah Paynter, junior ROTC, East Carolina University, the AFCEA International ROTC Honors Award for 2019 in recognition of his achievements in leadership and academics at the March event. In March, Cadet Elijah Paynter, junior ROTC, East Carolina University received the AFCEA International ROTC Honors Award for 2019. This award is in recognition of his achievements in leadership and academics. Paynter was selected by individual professors of military science. Each ROTC program is given the opportunity to nominate a deserving individual. The chapter wishes Paynter the best of luck in his college and military career.


Maj. Gen. James Mingus, USA, commander, 82nd Airborne Division, sets the tone of Technet with a an opening slide. Their mission command statement says, The 2019 Technet Fort Bragg Symposium and Exposition held at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in March was a resounding success. Paul Reimers, president of the North Carolina Chapter, opened the event and laid out the agenda. He introduced Maj. Gen. James Mingus, USA, commander, 82nd Airborne Division. Gen. Mingus discussed issues that concern the warfighter and commanders in the field who need clarity regarding information gathering that gives decision makers timely information to prosecute the contingency. The theme this year was Enabling Mission Command with Emerging Technology. The need to maximize cost effectiveness and intelligently leverage technology is imperative to enabling mission command. TechNet Fort Bragg offered an opportunity for experts and leaders from across the Army and Fort Bragg community to address various sides of the tough, controversial issues facing the U.S. Army Forces Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Joint Special Operations Command and U.S. Army Spe ... READ MORE

BELVOIR CHAPTER - 03/21/2019

In March, don't miss this phenomenal panel of women leaders, featuring Col. Laurie Buckhout, USA (Ret.); Major Gen. Jennifer Napper, USA (Ret.); and Brigadier General Lorna Mahlok, USMC, chief information officer for the United States Marine Corps.  Creating Innovative IT Acquisition Solutions... Defending Tomorrow, Today

The chapter supports the Fort Belvoir, Virginia community, by connecting the government with IT industry professionals. Fort Belvoir, Virginia is home to over 90 diverse tenant and satellite organizations. Chapter members, non-members, government, academia, students and industry members are encouraged to participate in supporting the chapter's mission. There are multiple reasons to attend the AFCEA Belvoir Industry Days 2019 in March but here are the 3 top reasons:

1. Face-to-face interaction. Attendees will get to meet with over 100 vendors and can set up one-on-one meetings with speakers.

2. Grow your network. Make valuable connections within your industry.

3. Attend over 30+ sessions. Hear from top government and industry thought leaders including Army contracting officers from the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS).



March's luncheon guest speaker Brig. Gen. (Sel.) Chad D. Raduege, USAF, director of cyberspace and information dominance, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, spoke on the changing focus of IT operations in the Air Force and the emergence of enterprise IT.<br /> In March, the chapter was honored to have guest speaker Brig. Gen. (Sel.) Chad D. Raduege, USAF. Raduege recently returned to the peninsula from a command tour at the White House Communications Agency and is now the director of cyberspace and information dominance, Headquarters Air Combat Command (ACC), Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. He is responsible for cyberspace and communications policy, resource advocacy and program management supporting the ACC's mission of providing combat-ready forces to deliver dominant combat airpower in support of national security strategy implementation. His team provides critical cyberspace and communications support for the command's 34 wings, 1,300 aircraft, 19 bases and 70 worldwide operating locations with 94,000 active duty and civilian personnel. Raduege talked about the changing focus of IT operations in the Air Force and the emergence of enterprise IT as a Service effort currently being led by the ACC. He also spoke about the ACC command ... READ MORE

WASATCH CHAPTER - 03/20/2019

Joe Riel with 3DS/Solidworks presented The Value of Model-Based Definition at the Hill Air Force Base Technology Expo, Layton, Utah, in March. In March, the chapter hosted its annual Technology Expo on Hill Air Force Base, Layton, Utah. The pre-registrations exceeded 120 participants and another 120+ signed up at the door for the annual event, bringing the number of attendees close to 250. Forty vendors were onsite. Many attendees claimed they came to talk with specific vendors or company representatives because they saw the vendor or company had a booth. Representatives for the local chapter were onsite to discuss why they were members of AFCEA, relate the value of membership and accommodate those who wished to join. The small business office from Hill AFB also was present, with many vendors attending the presentation.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 03/19/2019

Col. Scott O'Malley, USAF, vice commander, 688th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio–Lackland, addresses chapter members and attendees during their March luncheon. The chapter welcomed Col. Scott O'Malley, USAF, vice commander, 688th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, as a guest speaker for the March luncheon. Col. O'Malley began by stating, "The reality is that I only know what is new. My first day on the job was the first day the 688th made the transition from the old ways to the new terrain and infrastructure of the current 688th." In 2013, through a unified command plan, the Department of Defense gave all three services three mission sets. The 688th mission set involves securing, operating and defending the Department of Defense infrastructure. The 688th sees the scope from an operator's tactical view going towards the future of cyber for the Air Force (AF) and ensures it is done in a secured environment. The restructuring of the 688th brought together two additional groups into the command, the 38th Cyber Engineering and Installation Group and the Combat Communications Group under alignment. This brings a cradle-to-grave ap ... READ MORE


Students pose for a group photo in front of the Berlin Wall Memorial at the SkillsUSA Competition in March. In partnership with the Department of Defense Education Activity community and SkillsUSA, the chapter hosted its 2nd Annual SkillsUSA competition in March. Over 120 high school students from the greater Kaiserslautern area signed up to compete in 10 career technical education (CTE) events: engineering technology, information technology services, television video production, TeamWorks, nurse assisting, computer programming, 3D animation, computer applications, advertising design and video game design. The day kicked off with Kaiserslautern High School color guard posting the colors and singing the national anthem. From there, a group photo was taken in front of the Berlin Wall Memorial, kicking off the competition. The students then had four to five hours to work on their individual contests before the judging began. During the judging phase, the Ramstein JROTC Armed Exhibition Team performed their European championship routine for the crowd. Afterwards, the TeamWorks competition, le ... READ MORE


Chapter judges at the 68th Annual Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair in March are (back row l-r) Scott Wigginton; Rick Beard, chapter science fair committee chair; Jeff Sampsell, John Tabler, chapter vice president, industry affairs; and Master Sgt. Alvin Fua, USAF, chapter STEM director. Pictured in the front row are (l-r) Jennifer Lively, chapter director of publicity, Stephanie Luzzi and Paula McPhee. The 68th Annual Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair took place in March at Old Dominion University (ODU). The chapter supports STEM education programs to assist and encourage students and prepare them for careers as future professionals in the industry. The chapter and corporate sponsors presented $1,200 in prize awards to first, second and third place in the senior, junior and team categories. An additional $1,200 for event sponsorship was also provided to ODU's Tidewater Science Congress.


In March, Stephanie Hutch, leader, AFCEA International Women's Subcommittee and Women's Outreach, Greater Boston, welcomed guests to the chapter's "Women in STEM" panel discussion presented in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lincoln Laboratory. Panelists included Melissa Flagg, regional lead, U.S. Army Research Laboratory Northeast; Col. Amanda Kato, program executive officer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Nuclear Command, Control and Communications; Joyce Sidopoulos, a founding member, MassRobotics and community manager, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council; and Gretchen Stewart, director of high performance computing, Intel Corporation. Discussion focused on the important role diversity plays in successful organizations, particularly within or directly supporting the Department of Defense. Topics included how each panelist came to their respective STEM fields; their experiences as "the only woman with a seat at the table"; perceived or act ... READ MORE


At the March luncheon, panelists (l-r) Dave Mihelcic, former chief technology officer for Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); John Dollen, U.S. Cyber Command/J-9; John Hale, chief cloud services, DISA; and Ashley Mahan, acting director, General Services Administration, Secure Cloud Portfolio, FedRAMP, address cloud challenges and successes. The chapter held their Cloud Luncheon in March. The event kicked off with a fireside chat with William E. Marion II, USAF, deputy chief, information dominance and deputy chief information officer at the Air Staff in Washington, D.C. The fireside chat, moderated by Dave Mihelcic, former chief of technology officer for Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) chief technology officer/president of DMMI LLC, was then followed by a panel comprised of John Dollen, U.S. Cyber Command, J-9; John Hale, chief of cloud services, DISA; and Ashley Mahan, acting director, General Services Administration, Secure Cloud Portfolio, FedRAMP. Panelists addressed challenges and successes with cloud adoption, migration and initiatives. In addition, the chapter presented a check to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, D.C. in the amount of $3,000. The donation will be used to purchase 3D printers and supplies.


Chapter President Michael Tague presents Kuan Collins, solutions director, SAIC, with a certificate of appreciation at the March meeting. The chapter would like to give a thank SAIC for sponsoring our first general membership meeting of 2019 in March. The well-attended meeting featured SAIC subject matter expert, Kuan Collins, who spoke about artificial intelligence (AI) and its importance. She explained what AI is, why it's important, and why the U.S. government must not fall behind other countries in this capability. AI is the way of the future. Other countries such as China are heavily investing in AI, so we must not be complacent. As AI capabilities evolve, it will support more business processes. Using AI is as relevant and imperative to competitiveness as the previous efforts to automate business processes and back office functions. Governmental support of AI also ensures that the best and brightest minds will consider government service as a career option.


The Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) 5K team poses before the start of the Enlisted Heritage Hall 5K in March. In March, the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) 'Get Fit' program participated in the Enlisted Heritage Hall (EHH) 5K and Montgomery Half Marathon. The team consisted of young professionals from the military, government and industry, who met up early on Saturday morning in downtown Montgomery, Alabama to run for a good cause. The EHH 5K is an annual event that provides funding to maintain and create new exhibits for the Enlisted Heritage Hall at Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama. Their efforts are critical to preserving enlisted history. The YAACs are proud to support worthy causes and look forward to their future Get Fit events. The next YAAC Get Fit events will be the Centerpoint Half Marathon and 5K on April 6, followed by the Walk for Life on April 27.

BELVOIR CHAPTER - 03/07/2019

Chapter President Bill Jones (l) and Vice President of Small Business Eric Strauss welcome Stephanie Shutt, director, General Service Administration's Multiple Award Schedule Program Management Office, at the March meeting. In March, the chapter hosted Stephanie Shutt, director of the General Service Administration's (GSA's) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program Management Office (PMO), to discuss upcoming changes to GSA's MAS program. Shutt has supported the MAS program for nearly 15 years and currently oversees the agency's $30 billion schedule program, which consists of 24 schedules offering almost every commercial product and service available to agencies government-wide. As PMO director, Shutt provides strategic guidance and direction, ensuring the program continually addresses evolving market forces to provide the federal government with streamlined, value-based contracting solutions. Shutt detailed the two-year, three-phased approach to schedule consolidation and answered questions from AFCEA members on what schedule holders should expect in the coming years. Affected schedules include GSA's IT schedule 70, professional services schedule (PSS), travel schedule and document schedule, plus 20 othe ... READ MORE


Barry Horowitz, department chair, Systems and Information Engineering Department, University of Virginia, provides perspectives on growing systems engineering trends and artificial intelligence during the chapter's Gold Circle Breakfast fundraiser in March. In March, Master of Ceremonies Gerry Fasano, president, Defense Group at Leidos Corporation, welcomed guests to the ninth annual Gold Circle Breakfast, an adjunct fundraiser supporting chapter scholarships, held in conjunction with the March New Horizons Symposium at the Boston Marriott Newton. Fasano began by introducing Sarah Loerzel, Young AFCEAN, who presented a chapter scholarship to Maya Lamm of Lexington High School for winning her school's science fair this year. Fasano then introduced featured guest speakers, Barry Horowitz, department chair, Systems and Information Engineering Department, University of Virginia and Peter Beling, professor and associate chair for research in Engineering Systems and Environment Department, University of Virginia. In recent years, Horowitz has focused his research efforts on design techniques related to cyber-attack resilient physical systems. Beling's research is in the area of decision making in complex systems with emphasis on adaptive dec ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 03/06/2019

At March's meeting, the audience listens to a presentation on the future of aviation software and hardware trends. In March, Aviation Software and Hardware Trends and Winning the Future meetings were held in the social facilities of Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Speaker Vance Hilderman, CEO, Afuzion Inc., addressed future expectations of the sector. Many young engineers and university students also attended this successful meeting.

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