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HAWAII CHAPTER - 07/30/2020

The chapter's June luncheon featured Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., USAF, commander, Pacific Air Forces, who spoke about short-term goals and how industry partners can bolster Defense Department efforts and overcome networking and information assurance challenges.

Gen. Brown talked at length about the need to move away from hardware solutions and focus more on creating a secure, redundant mesh network driven by software solutions that empower decision makers and connect the "right sensor to the right shooter." He also stressed the necessity of improving dialog between industry and war-fighters.

Looking ahead, he recommended that his relief focus on developing relationships with regional leadership, as well as make efforts to more fully understand China's strategic operations. He also recognized the greatest challenges will be in establishing strong, fast connections that allow multilevel access to data regardless of distance, much like commercial information infras ... READ MORE

PALMETTO CHAPTER - 07/08/2020

In July, Lt. Col. Richard Sharpe, USAF, chapter vice president (l), presents Col. Richard Brown, USAF, outgoing chapter president, with the AFCEA International Presidential Certification of Appreciation. The chapter says a fond farewell to Col. Richard K. Brown Jr., USAF, our outgoing chapter president. Lt. Col Richard Sharpe, USAF, chapter vice president, presented Col. Brown with the AFCEA International Presidential Certification of Appreciation. Col. Brown served as chapter president from January 2019 to July 2020. During this period, he oversaw completion of two golf tournaments, three luncheon events and three chapter-awarded $500 scholarships to high school graduates headed to college in STEM programs. He helped initiated a monetary contribution to support the Veterans Endowment at the University of South Carolina - Sumter. This program provides monetary support to deserving veterans seeking degree programs, and the chapter is proudly engaged in yearly support to this program. His position as commander of the 20th Fighter Wing Mission Support Group helped deliver the chapter and AFCEA message to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command, U.S. Army Central and Shaw Air Force Base un ... READ MORE

FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT CHAPTER - 07/05/2020

In July, Chapter President Angela Alexander-Mendoza (l) and Chapter Executive Vice President RIchard Roda (far r) present Nicholas Najar, biology major at Murray State University, with a scholarship check. Given the current worldwide pandemic, STEM has become more relevant than ever. As an organization dedicated to increasing knowledge of STEM, it is imperative to invest in the future. Investing in young people can return huge dividends. Providing educational incentives and opportunities to recent high school graduates not only assists students financially, it also ensures the future of STEM. This year the chapter awarded four students with a $1,500 Lift-Off Scholarship.

Every year the applicants get stronger and more impressive. This year was no exception. The average GPA was 3.9, with an average ACT score of 29. Every applicant was a member of the National Honors Society and heavily involved with volunteer work in their community. Despite the intense competition, four applicants rose to the top. The Chapter's 2020 Lift-Off Scholarship award winners are: Trinity Buchanan, Ethan Haley, Nicholas Najar and Naiya Sims.

Trinity Buchanan is a graduate of South Oldham ... READ MORE

ECUADOR CHAPTER - 06/26/2020

Chapter members pose for a photo. Sitting from l-r: Rafael Tenor Linares, Grad. (SP) Roque Apolinar Moreira Cedeño, Grad. (SP), Carlos Modesto Rodríguez Arrieta, María Dolores Santos Vidal, Valentina Estefania Almeida Terán, Francisco Javier Delgado Villarreal, David Villacis and Col. E.M.T. Avc. (SP) Patricio Roberto Salazar Benavides. Standing from l-r are Capt. de Navío Juan Oscar Mariscal Pérez, Mayor (SP) Patricio Eduardo Chacón Mejía, Mayor (SP)  Luis Lenin Recalde Herrera, Jaime H. Endara, Luis Pazmiño, Francisco Reyes Mena and Bruce Schulte.
In June, members of the new chapter met online for a virtual event. Photo taken at a previous event. In June, members of the first AFCEA chapter in Ecuador and the second in Latin America (after Argentina), enjoyed a virtual meeting.

The festivities began with the Ecuador National Anthem and a memorial to Col. Marco Ernesto Miño Montalvo, who recently passed away. Col. Montalvo was a military and academic leader and a devoted member of AFCEA. Tina Jordan, vice president of membership, AFCEA International, delivered the welcome message. Brenda Puch, corporate development coordinator, AFCEA International, gave the AFCEA International Headquarters message in Spanish.

María Dolores Santos, chapter president, also gave a welcome message and presentation. A group of distinguished speakers followed, including Dra. Rosalía Arteaga, former president of Ecuador and current executive president of the FIDAL Foundation, and Luis Lenin Recalde Herrera, director of the Center for Scientific and Technological Investigations of the Army and dean of the School of Electronic Engin ... READ MORE

CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER - 06/25/2020


The chapter held its annual Awards Night virtually in June with 107 people attending. Jessica Morgenstern, chapter vice president of scholarships, served as master of ceremony, and sponsors helped make the presentations. Nineteen students received scholarships totaling $185,000. At one point in the meeting, the chapter boasted 44 people on the screen in total. This was an impressive group! Each student responded to a thought-provoking question. One student sent an email, which included the following statement of gratitude: "... a huge thanks to all board members and sponsors that have provided me with such an amazing opportunity to advance my education. I am truly grateful to have received this Merit Scholarship, and I am confident that I have what it takes to be an exceptional computer scientist. I am happy to be a part of the AFCEA community and look forward to keeping you updated while in college. Thank you, and I am honored to be a part of this wonderful community."


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