In March, professor Michele Capasso greeted the members of chapter along with other prominent international personalities, both military and civil, in the Maison Mèditerranée, the headquarters of an institution founded and run by Capasso on the coast of the Gulf of Naples. Italo Biddittu, an internationally known palaeontologist and finder of the famous homo cepranensis, ran the ceremony, which covered the history of human communication from its origins until present day and coincided with the chapter's 50th anniversary.
Kent Schneider, president and chief executive officer of AFCEA International, celebrated the birthday with a speech and a nameplate. Lt. Col. Guido Giordano, ITAF, and Elpidio Iorio awarded him with Maccus Atellanus, a copy of an original masterpiece that is in the Louvre in Paris.
Keynote speaker Brig. Gen. Gregory Brundidge, USAF, discussed cybersecurity. That same morning, AFCEA International and F.M. signed an agreement for cooperation that gave girth to the first international school for security of air traffic software on the premises of Maison Mèditerranée in full accordance with current regulations of the European directive ESARR6 (2008). Such agreement was reached two years after a memorandum of understanding signed in 2010 by Cdr. Robert Howell, RN (Ret.), former general manager of AFCEA Europe, and Capasso.
In the afternoon, at the Pozzuoli Aviation Academy, air traffic cybersecurity topics were discussed by prominent personalities in this field. At the end of the conference, officers and warrant officers were awarded for having participated in the first AFCEA Challenge.
The following day, the conference took place in the premises of the National Centre for the Formation of Public Administration (Formez Italia, Bagnoli), where the President S. Amalfitano underscored the importance of cybersecurity and the need to extend participation to training activities in the aviation field and public administration.
At the end of the day, Gen. S.A. Giuseppe Marani (Ret.) took over the direction of the chapter from the former president, Col. Giordano.
The celebrations of the 50th anniversary ended with a visit to the Prehistoric Museum of Pofi guided by its director Biddittu. An introduction of National Institute of Human Palaeontology followed. The centenary anniversary of its foundation (1913-2013), will hopefully be accompanied by public and private donations in order to modernize and update the premises of the new center located in Anagni.
Rome municipality, sponsor of the chapter's anniversary event, sent an official delegation to transmit the wishes of Gianni Alemanno, Rome mayor. Upon formal request from Col. Giordano, the Capitol offered to Schneider hospitality for the upcoming NATO Communication & Information Agency meeting in October.
At the conclusion of the conference, Schneider said goodbye to all the guests after the gala dinner held in the medieval Pofi tower.