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ALAMO CHAPTER - 07/01/2017

Brig. Gen. Mark Weatherington, USAF, director of cyberspace operations for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command, addresses chapter attendees during the July What does Air Combat Command have to do with cyber? Brig. Gen. Mark Weatherington, USAF, provided clarity to this question at the chapter's July luncheon. As director of cyberspace operations for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command, Gen. Weatherington provides integrated command, control, communications and computers (C4) capabilities to support the full spectrum of assigned missions and facilitate the vital information sharing and command and control needs of both commands. He asserts that just as air power has become increasingly relevant to the warfighter for every year in the last century, so too will cyber power have that same impact and legacy in the next 100 years. "For the next century, cyber will be more relevant to the outcome of engagements, battles and wars," he said. Gen. Weatherington stressed that at every level, Cyber Command must be able to communicate concisely. Operational integration of tactics, techniques and procedures (TT ... READ MORE


Chapter executives (from l) Bill Page, president, Lane Gilchrist, vice president, finance, and Doug Holker, regional vice president (r), join Col. Jeffrey Stutz, USAF, deputy director, Advanced Systems and Development Directorate, Kirkland Air Force Base, who briefed the chapter about several programs in June. Col. Jeffrey Stutz, USAF, deputy director, Advanced Systems and Development Directorate, Kirkland Air Force Base, briefed the chapter about several programs in June. The directorate's mission is to deliver small, responsive space capabilities to users across the national security space community. The directorate consists of a combined team of more than 700 military, government civilians and contractors responsible for the development, acquisition, launch, demonstration, test and operations of Defense Department and civil space systems.


Chapter President Col. Sean Murphy, USAF (r), congratulates Sonny Ashford, director of business development and marketing, Software Engineering Services (SES), Bellevue, Nebraska, who accepts the Carpino Collaborative Team Excellence Award at the June State of the Chapter luncheon. The award recognizes a program sponsor that best demonstrates volunteerism, participation, initiative and citizenship in support of the chapter over the program year. Chapter President Col. Sean Murphy, USAF, provided an overview of the chapter's general health and accomplishments for the 2016-17 board of directors term at June's State of the Chapter luncheon. Col. Murphy highlighted how the chapter remains engaged, representing its needs to AFCEA International, with a special focus on recruiting new sponsor partners. A key challenge Col. Murphy discussed is the chapter's financial status. He emphasized the reprioritization of objectives to better posture the chapter for future operations. The year's chapter recognitions were reviewed. In addition to being a Medal of Merit recipient, the chapter received a Meritorious Service Award, a coveted Chairman's Superior Performance Award and a Model Chapter Award. Col. Murphy concluded by touching on the chapter's major calendar events as well as goals for the 2017-18 term, encouraging general membership participation and increased support.


Scott Edinger of Edinger Consulting Group speaks at the chapter's June luncheon. The chapter switched things up during its June luncheon by bringing in Scott Edinger of Edinger Consulting Group to discuss leadership for revenue growth. Some of the world's leading organizations hire Edinger to formulate and implement growth strategies, lead change and create cultures where innovation thrives. His latest book, The Hidden Leader: Discover and Develop Greatness Within Your Company, is a best seller, and was selected as one of the best business books of 2015. He is also co-author of The Inspiring Leader and the Harvard Business Review article Making Yourself Indispensable, called a "classic in the making." Edinger is a regular contributor to Forbes and the Harvard Business Review as well as an affiliate faculty member for the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. During the luncheon, Edinger touched on some common misunderstandings between salespeople and executive-level leaders when it comes to growing revenue and executing strategy. He also di ... READ MORE

NAPLES CHAPTER - 06/21/2017

Professor Pasquale Daponte, Universita degli Studi del Sannio, with his collaborator, engineer Mariella Riccio (l), attend the chapter's June Military Metrology for AeroSpace. The chapter held its third Military Metrology for AeroSpace workshop in June in parallel with the fourth IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Aerospace. This year, the event was a collaboration with Stefano Debei, professor of measures at the University of Padua; Silvia Ullo, professor of signal theory at the University of Sannio; and Chapter President Dario Nicolella. The event was held at Palazzo Zacco at Prato della Valle in Padua, and attendees were welcomed by Col. Carlo Libanori. Among the speakers were professor Pasqualino Boschetto, president of the Engineers Association in Padua; Capt. Daniele Ferrante of the army logistics command's multipurpose experimentation center; Capt. Jacopo Paoli, ITAF; Dr. Pasquale Lavacca of the Carabinieri army command in Rome; Lt. Col. Fabio Grandi, chief of the Italian Army Aviation Test Centre; Capt. Dr. Konrad Wojtowicz, professor at the Military University of Technology in Warsaw, Poland.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 06/20/2017

Maj. Gen. Garrett Yee, USA, acting director of Cybersecurity Directorate, Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6 (r, center), cuts the ceremonial cake with Spc. Aery Jackson, USA, 236th Signal company, Texas Army National Guard (l, center), in honor of the Army's 242nd birthday during the chapter's June monthly luncheon. At its June luncheon, the chapter welcomed back to San Antonio Maj. Gen. Garrett Yee, USA, acting director of Cybersecurity Directorate, Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6. The general kicked off the event by reviewing the history of the Army and the founding of the Signal Corps, which celebrated its 157th birthday on June 21. The chapter wished the 120-plus attendees a happy 242nd birthday to the U.S. Army with a cake-cutting ceremony that brought the youngest soldier, Spc. Aeryka Jackson, USA, to help Gen. Yee. San Antonio, known as Military City USA, is home to every branch of service and has one of the nation's largest active and retired military populations. "We have tremendous capabilities in San Antonio. Over 20 Army bases have already migrated over to Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS), to include Joint Base San Antonio," Gen. Yee said. These types of innovative, consistent improvements will make the network stronger and more effective. "We are continuously ... READ MORE


Women share their career experiences at the first Women in the Industry (IT) luncheon in June. The chapter's Women's Outreach Committee hosted its first Women in the Industry (IT) luncheon in June at the HRC Complex at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The luncheon attracted 27 attendees, who came together to network and share their experiences with other women in the information technology field. As part of the Women in AFCEA initiative, Joy Begley, the chapter's women's outreach leader, coordinated this first event, which the chapter plans to hold annually. The program included an interactive activity called Networking Jeopardy. After the team-building activity, Begley shared insights about her experiences in the industry and opened up the floor for other women to share their stories. Several women shared how they began their journey and the great things they are doing in support of the Army. At the end of the conversations, the women discovered how closely bonded they really are, and it was an uplifting experience. Begley thanks Jenifer Spencer, Mandi Septer, Nikki Beatty, Kim Kimbroug ... READ MORE


Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF (Ret.), former Air Force chief information officer (CIO), speaks at the June chapter luncheon. Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF (Ret.), spoke at the June chapter luncheon. Gen. Basla, senior vice president and U.S. Air Force client executive at CACI International, which sponsored the luncheon, praised AFCEA as a professional organization and strongly encouraged nonmembers to join. He made a generous personal donation for anyone at the luncheon to do so. He thanked the local community of soldiers, Defense Department employees, contractors and their families for the sacrifices they make in the fight against U.S. adversaries. Gen. Basla not only presented a history of AFCEA but also explained how collaboration between the government, industry and academia has contributed to more effective methods, technology and weaponry to prosecute the many conflicts the country has faced in the 70 years since AFCEA was established. AFCEA is crucial to the development of technologies, including cyber. Through coursework, training and networking, the brightest and best share ideas and collaborate t ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - 06/13/2017

Guest speaker Anabel Chotzen (c) is presented a small token of appreciation by Executive Vice President Barry Fong (r) and Dee Smith, programs vice president, at the chapter meeting in June. In June, the chapter welcomed Anabel Chotzen as its featured speaker. The topic was "Adapting to Change and Thriving in a Volatile Marketplace." Being able to adapt to change and learning how to thrive in uncertain times is very applicable and timely with the fast pace changes in technology, the country's current administration and the constantly changing world. It applies to all federal agencies, cybersecurity and technology companies. Chotzen said westerners often fear change. The Chinese symbol for crisis and opportunity is the same. The word for change in the Hawaiian language is "Ho'ololi. The Hawaiians believed in the importance of embracing change. Chotzen then told the chapter about the seven dynamics of change, the process of change, the reasons people resist change, ways to assess the difficulty of acceptance of change and strategies for getting others to accept change. Being an outstanding communicator is critical during times of change. Most people are not very good list ... READ MORE

ROME CHAPTER - 06/13/2017

In June, the Department for Automated Information Systems (ReSIA) of the Italian Air Force hosted a workshop organized by Huawei with the chapter titled, "eLTE in Emergency Operational Theatres." A global leader in telecommunications, Huawei focused the event on eLTE Rapid, the wide band trunking system featuring rapid deployment and also illustrated a real field test during the disaster occurred in Rigopiano in January. Chapter President Lt. Gen. Antonio Tangorra, ITAF (Ret.), opened the conference, thanking ReSIA for the warm hospitality. Col. Michele Devastato, ITAF, ReSIA commander, introduced the department that is a benchmark for information technology and cyber defense systems development and training. Riccardo Leonelli, Huawei sales vice president, presented the company, an ICT leader at the global level, which provides Italian phone operators with its technology. Huawei invests about 10 percent of its revenues in research and development to reduce the digital divide, defi ... READ MORE

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