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HAWAII CHAPTER - 05/08/2018

Chapter President Lt. Col. Callistus Elbourne, USAF (l), presents a token of appreciation to May guest speaker Capt. Herman Archibald, USN. The chapter's featured speaker in May was Capt. Herman Archibald, USN, commanding officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific (NCTAMS PAC). The station is the main command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) capabilities provider in the Pacific and, as such, works hard to drive technology trends and improvements throughout the enterprise. Capt. Archibald spoke proudly about how the station has improved the Authorized Service Interruption (ASI) process and was adamant that the service must run information technology networks like a business to "fight like a warfighter." He discussed how network robustness is only restricted by the dollars spent on the networks-the old adage "you get what you pay for." The captain mentioned that commercial satellite communications is a robust industry, and the government should invest more time and effort in learning how it could be transformational for the military. He also said network defense i ... READ MORE


Announcing raffle prizes during the chapter's Spring Gala in May are Kim Matthews-Cranson, vice president of Young AFCEAN affairs (industry) (l), Matthew Deutsch, vice president of Young AFCEAN affairs (government) and Kate Stowe, chair, Spring Gala planning committee. All proceeds supported the chapter's education fund. The chapter hosted its annual Spring Gala dinner dance and silent auction in May at the Doubletree Bedford Glen hotel in Bedford, Massachusetts, to benefit its education fund. The evening included a live feed of the Kentucky Derby with guests rooting for their favorites, followed by dinner, dancing and a silent auction to raise funds for chapter STEM scholarships. Kate Stowe, chair of the gala planning committee, welcomed guests and announced raffle and silent auction winners. Pat Dagle, chapter president, honored four chapter winners of this year's Young AFCEA 40 Under 40 Award, given by AFCEA International to 40 Young AFCEANs for their significant contributions in a STEM field. Chapter winners included Perry Chaffee, vice president of strategy for WWPass; Christina Epstein, technical staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory; Tom Northardt, senior electrical engineer, MIKEL Inc.; and Benjamin Poole, department head, The MITRE Corp.


This year's chapter Fellowship Award winners gather for a group photo at the May banquet.
The chapter held its annual Fellowship Awards banquet in May at the Doubletree Bedford Glen hotel in Bedford, Massachusetts. Bob Chisholm, chapter vice president, education, presided as master of ceremonies. Scholarships of $1,000 were awarded to 24 exceptional high school seniors pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM disciplines. Eleven corporate sponsors participated in the Fellowship Awards program by providing each student with a paid summer internship to afford him or her with practical STEM experience before entering college. Sponsors included Draper Laboratory, General Dynamics, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, The MITRE Corp., Raytheon Co., Booz Allen Hamilton, Odyssey, Oasis, FishEye Software, Riverside Research and Abacus Technology. Gilbert Barrett III assisted Chisholm in presenting the Gilbert A. Barrett Award to Christopher Bossi of Wakefield Memorial High School, Wakefield, Massachusetts. The Barrett Award carries an additional $1,000 scholarship to the top-ranked student amo ... READ MORE


The Leadership Breakfast series features intimate roundtable discussions. The chapter's Young AFCEANs held this year's first event in May. The chapter's Young AFCEANs hosted this year's first Leadership Breakfast in May. Held two to three times a year, the breakfast invites senior leaders from Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) and the surrounding area to discuss their careers with the Young AFCEANs. The May event featured Veronica Ewing, deputy project manager for Mission Command, part of the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T). Ewing focused her presentation on how to encourage more collaboration between government and industry, how to attract candidates to the U.S. Defense Department and how to best balance family, career and health. Audience participation and discussion were enthusiastic. The Leadership Breakfast series provides a professional development forum for junior to midlevel professionals to learn from and network with local government, military, industry and academic leaders in a casual, intimate roundtable style. The chapter's Young AFCEANs look forward t ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - 05/01/2018

Chapter President Lt. Col. Callistus Elbourne, USAF (l), presents an AFCEA Honor Award to Cadet Dexter Manglicmot, Army ROTC, during a May ceremony at the University of Hawaii. Chapter President Lt. Col. Callistus Elbourne, USAF, attended the ROTC Joint Awards Ceremony in May at the University of Hawaii. The colonel presented AFCEA Honor Awards to Cadets Darius DeSpain, Air Force ROTC, and Dexter Manglicmot, Army ROTC.


April luncheon speaker Vice Adm. Charles Richard, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska (l), accepts a chapter coin from Col. Sean Murphy, USAF, chapter president. Vice Adm. Charles Richard, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, spoke to the chapter and a gathering of Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair award recipients in April on the value of pursuing your interests. The admiral commented on the importance of STEM and how impressed he was with the young scientific minds and the extraordinary projects they produced. He proclaimed to each award recipient that he or she has a unique skill set that can be used today. It can be tied to a capability used within the command and control facility. Adm. Richard encouraged the award recipients to be part of the group that can say "it works" because of something they did.


Young AFCEANs and University of Massachusetts Lowell cadets attending their first chapter function join their hosts from Endeavor Robotics for a group photo during an April visit to the company's Chelmsford, Massachusetts, facility. Young AFCEANs and students learned about autonomous control systems and surface vehicles the company develops for defense, law enforcement, energy and industrial users worldwide. Endeavor Robotics hosted a group of the chapter's Young AFCEANs at its Chelmsford, Massachusetts, facility in April as part of the chapter's professional development/education series. Endeavor Robotics is the largest supplier of robots to the U.S. Department of Defense as well as the leading supplier of battle-tested unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) globally. The company partners with U.S. and international defense forces, law enforcement, energy and industrial users to design innovative robotic solutions that support a wide range of missions. Young AFCEANs, including cadets from the University of Massachusetts Lowell who were participating in their first chapter function, learned how Endeavor employs forward-looking technology to develop autonomous control systems and surface vehicles to safely replace manned systems. The Young AFCEANs and students were treated to demonstrations of the company's autonomous self-piloting systems designed to perform repetitive and quantifiable marine ... READ MORE


Col. Nora Marcos, USA (l), and Brig. Gen. Maria Barrett, USA, deputy director of operations, U.S. Cyber Command, speak at the Women in Technology Panel during TechNet Fort Bragg in April at the Crown Complex in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The chapter held the TechNet Fort Bragg Symposium and Exposition over two days in April at the Crown Complex, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Major Gen. Peter Gallagher, USA, director of the U.S. Army's Network Cross-Functional Team, delivered the keynote address. Brig. Gen. Maria Barrett, USA, deputy director of operations, U.S. Cyber Command, spoke at the closing luncheon and participated in the Women in Technology Panel. The 762 people attending the symposium attended continuing education classes, professional development breakfasts, government and industry panels, and track sessions focused on mission command, cyber and multidomain battle. Seventy vendors showcased their latest technological advances in the exhibit hall. The Future Leaders Pavilion hosted a "best of the best" science fair in tandem with the symposium, showcasing the innovative ideas of the top 20 STEM students from across North Carolina competing for best project. The symposium, which added 19 new AFCEA members, c ... READ MORE


Young AFCEANs Jason Seilback, Mallory Arnold, Daniel Sowders, Lauren Beward and Mike Bowen Chapter members got "Kuffed for Kids" in April to support the Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) of Harford and Cecil Counties in Maryland. The annual fundraiser, co-sponsored by the Young AFCEANs and the Professional Roundtable of Harford County, raises money to send BGC kids to a summer camp focused on STEM. Participants got into the spirit of the event by posing as "inmates"-complete with real uniforms from the Harford County Detention Center-who needed to raise "bail funds" for their release. The group raised more than $6,000 for the BGC, enabling a class of kids to attend the weeklong STEM camp at APG's Army Research Laboratory. In addition to the $6,000 in "bail," the event venue, MaGerks Pub and Grille in Bel Air, also donated 15 percent of its dinner sales to the BGC. The chapter thanks everyone who supported its cause.


During a continuing education session at April's TechNet Fort Bragg, Tony Pierce of Cisco touches on the issues facing warfighters in an ever-changing cyber battlefield. The chapter provided volunteer support during this course, one of five that qualified for continuing education units (CEUs). The chapter coordinated with North Carolina Chapter President Paul Reimers to send classroom support in April for TechNet Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Chapter representative James Crawford monitored classrooms and took attendance at five classes approved for continuing education units (CEUs). TechNet Fort Bragg allows experts and leaders across the U.S. Army and Fort Bragg communities to address various sides of tough issues facing the Forces Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Joint Special Operations Command and the Army Special Operations Command. The symposium aims to build solutions and create road maps while providing a unique opportunity to express and debate different opinions. Through an interactive approach, attendees learn about the latest advances in technology. Industry participants displayed products and services to key Defense Department decision makers from the area.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 04/24/2018

Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Stavig, USAF, moderates a first-of-its-kind panel of senior enlisted service members during the chapter's April luncheon. The other panelists are (l-r) Chief Master Sgt. Manuel Matute, USAF; Chief Master Sgt. Bryan Neumann, USAF; and Chief Master Sgt. Peter Franco, USAF. A first-of-its-kind panel of senior enlisted service members focused on talking points from the operations side of the house during the chapter's April luncheon. Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Stavig, USAF, the panel moderator, opened the discussion with, "Let's get excited about cyber!" Giving pain to enemies is the goal, she said, then asking fellow panelists about their passions. Chief Master Sgt. Manuel Matute, USAF, explained that his focus is passing on knowledge to the next generation. Other panelists agreed, including Chief Master Sgt. Bryan Neumann, who said he was passionate about building teams of warfighting airmen. "We need airmen with a warfighting mindset to inflict pain on the adversary. That's why we wear this uniform ... to be in not-so-good places at not-so-good times," he said. The panel also discussed how the Air Force's mission defense teams and cyber protection teams are the primary maneuver force for Enterprise IT as a Service. When the "fixed force" becomes over ... READ MORE

ATLANTA CHAPTER - 04/20/2018

Cadets Juan Trejo (l) and Alexander Henni-Roed receive AFCEA's Honor Award at Georgia Tech's military awards ceremony in April. The chapter recognized two outstanding cadets with AFCEA Honor Awards in April at Georgia Tech's ROTC military awards ceremony. David Landry and Tom Horton, members of the chapter's board of directors, presented certificates and cash awards to Juan Trejo and Alexander Henni-Roed. Annual winners are selected based on military and scholastic excellence.


April guest speaker Tom Fitzgerald, director of engineering at the Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base (c), pauses for a photo with chapter officers (from l) Bill Page, president, Lane Gilchrist, vice president, finance, and Michael Plantenga, secretary. Tom Fitzgerald, director of engineering at the Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, spoke at the chapter's April lunch meeting. Chapter officials attending the meeting were Bill Page, president, Lane Gilchrist, vice president, finance, and Michael Plantenga, chapter secretary.


Eleven teams listen as Eric Wilson, golf course manager, and John DeBerry, U.S. Air Forces Central Command A-6, chief of plans and requirements, give the rules of engagement for the shotgun start of the April fundraiser tournament. Maj. Jeffrey S. Cashion, USA, U.S. Army Central G-35, chapter golf chairman, coordinated an April tournament at Carolina Lakes Golf Course on Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, to raise scholarship funds and to commemorate the retirement of John DeBerry, a notable chapter member. DeBerry, U.S. Air Forces Central Command A-6, chief of plans and requirements, has been a staunch supporter of AFCEA and was the chapter's April luncheon speaker. Eleven four-person teams participated in the tournament, raising more than $1,900 for STEM scholarships. DeBerry, with help from Eric Wilson, golf course manager, gave the golfers their rules of engagement for the shotgun start that morning. The chapter thanks the tournament's corporate sponsors, Salient CRGT, Network Controls and General Dynamics Information Technology.


Col. Neal Bruegger, USAF, chapter president (l), and Master Sgt. Todd Weingeroff, USAF, chapter vice president, international affairs, present the AFCEA International Meritorious Service Award to   Master Sgt. Amanda Bradley, USAF, in April. The chapter honored several award winners and welcomed a guest speaker during its April luncheon at the Ramstein Officers' Club, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Tech. Sgt. David Kimbrough, USAF, received the chapter's Young AFCEAN Emerging Leader Award. Two other chapter members earned recognition from AFCEA International. Master Sgt. Amanda Bradley, USAF, received the Meritorious Service Award, and 2nd Lt. Dillon Andrews, USAF, accepted the Meritorious Rising Star Award for Achievement in Information Technology. Col. Neal Bruegger, USAF, chapter president, introduced guest speaker Derek Sedlack, associate professor of cybersecurity, University of Maryland University College. Sedlack touted the importance of higher education as reliance on information security increases. He warns that understanding of the topic has decreased and cautions against digitally connecting everybody and everything. Sedlack ended by reminding everyone to keep reading and talking to each other.


Maj. James Crenshaw, deputy air and missile defense chief, U.S. Army Central/G-39 and chapter secretary, presents scholastic awards on behalf of AFCEA International to (from l) Midshipman Brooks E. McNeal, Cadet Leon E. Davis and Cadet Aditi R. Tailor at an April ceremony. Maj. James Crenshaw, deputy air and missile defense chief, U.S. Army Central/G-39 and chapter secretary, attended the University of South Carolina (USC) Spring ROTC Awards Ceremony in April at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia, South Carolina. He presented three AFCEA scholastic awards during the tri-service ceremony to the following ROTC students: Midshipman Brooks E. McNeal, Cadet Leon E. Davis and Cadet Aditi R. Tailor. All exceeded the scholastic achievements of their peers in their respective STEM disciplines. Some award winners will be entering their particular branch of service this fall. More than 150 cadets and midshipmen received honors from nearly 50 organizations at the USC ceremony.


John DeBerry, U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) A-6, chief of plans and requirements, speaks to the chapter in April, stressing that The chapter's April luncheon speaker was John DeBerry, U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) A-6, chief of plans and requirements. The theme of the talk was "A Lifetime of Lessons Learned." DeBerry directs the establishment and implementation, including planning and engineering of communications and information systems for AFCENT's area of responsibility (AOR). AFCENT develops contingency plans to support air operations for U.S. Central Command's AOR. DeBerry was chosen to be the combatant command J-6 planner to engineer tactical, strategic command and control (C2) systems and services during Operation Uphold Democracy in 1994 and 1995 in Haiti and in Operation Joint Endeavor, a 1995 peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. His expertise in computer network security expedited the response to the 1998 hacking of Defense Department computers, known as Operation Solar Sunrise. He deployed to Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia, for a year as chief of command, control, communications, computers (C4) ... READ MORE


Keynote speaker Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, USAF, deputy chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C. (c), joins the chapter's STEM scholarship recipients in April for a group photo at the annual ROTC awards luncheon. 1st Lt. Rachele Szall, USAF, presided as master of ceremonies over the chapter's annual ROTC scholarship luncheon in April at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bedford, Massachusetts. This event recognized 21 of the most outstanding ROTC cadets and midshipmen from across the Northeast with $1,000 STEM scholarships. Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, USAF, deputy chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C., delivered a motivational keynote address on the challenges of military service and leadership in today's ever-changing global environment. Col. Amanda Kato, USAF, chapter vice president, ROTC affairs, presented $21,000 in scholarships to the award recipients. Gen. Weinstein then joined Col. Kato in presenting the Gen. Bernard Schriever Award to Midshipman Gabrielle Person of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The award carries an additional $1,000 scholarship and is given annually to the most outstanding cadet or midshipman amo ... READ MORE

BELVOIR CHAPTER - 04/13/2018

Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) Student Chapter leaders (from 2nd from l) Andrew Brant, executive vice president, Evan Colley, president, and Walter Pehrsson, NVCC professor and adviser, gather with Belvoir Chapter President Bill Jones (l) and Jeff Thompson, Belvoir strategic initiatives chair, during the April hackathon. More than 250 students from various colleges and universities converged on the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College for the third annual Innovation Hackathon in April, sponsored in part by the chapter. Students came prepared to lock themselves in for the 36-hour, around-the-clock competition. Challenges were designed to test the skills of those specializing in cybersecurity and secure coding. Event sponsors ranging from small to large business provided the challenges. General Dynamics Information Technology and Rigil Corp., AFCEA corporate members and event sponsors, provided challenges. The chapter, the parent sponsor of the NVCC Student Chapter, was the event's top sponsor. This year, the board conceptualized a challenge-one of the benefits of sponsorship-to address a need for all AFCEA chapters. Students had to create a mobile membership app specific to AFCEA. But before students began their work, they listened to keynote speaker Kenneth Fritzsche of the Offic ... READ MORE


Students work to solve problems during breakout sessions in April at Camp IT. The chapter's Education Foundation and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce's TechMGM, an initiative to leverage the region's technology-related assets, hosted the event. In April, the chapter's Education Foundation and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce's TechMGM hosted Camp IT for area 8th-grade students at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. The students engaged in hands-on demonstrations and breakout sessions and activities on STEM and information technology. Volunteers from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Business and Enterprise Systems (BES) Directorate assisted with and led many sessions providing students real-life applications for their activities. Camp IT also featured keynote speakers from the community and industry. Business, community and civic leaders recognize that for Montgomery to stay on the leading edge of innovation, they need to invest in young people. Having an opportunity to expose middle school-age children to STEM careers and possibilities is just a start. Camp IT also is a great opportunity for students to see how STEM is used in everyday life, academic programs around STEM and how they can bec ... READ MORE

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