AFCEA, a non-profit, non-lobbying group founded in 1946, is the international association for Communications, Electronics, Intelligence and Information Systems professionals. It has over 35,000 individual members in more than 131 chapters worldwide who are government, military, industry and academic leaders, managers and technicians. Member career fields include computer, communications, electronics, intelligence and related disciplines that support command, control, communications, computer systems and intelligence (C4I), acquisition, logistics, research and development and other business functions. AFCEA's 12,000 corporate members include the world's leading designers, planners, integrators and manufacturers of C4I and dual-use (Commercial and Defense) security systems.
AFCEA plays a key role in national security by encouraging and facilitating ethical, interactive dialogue and cooperative relations among the Department of Defense, civil government, academe, and private industry. AFCEA International and local chapters (such as the Dayton-Wright Chapter) sponsor conferences, exhibitions, technical symposia and panels, paper presentations and speakers dealing with national security and C4I issues.
AFCEA’s Dayton-Wright Chapter has nearly 600 members. For over 18 years, the Dayton Wright Chapter has won numerous awards recognizing its success, and is proud of the many volunteers who have been recognized significant awards from AFCEA International.
The Dayton-Wright Chapter supports to the Greater Dayton Region through its STEM education assistance awards that encourage interest, study, and careers in the scientific and engineering disciplines necessary for sustaining the National Defense capability of the United States. Since 1990, the chapter has contributed over $1,500,000 in support of scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing technical degrees; scholastic assistance to military enlisted personnel enrolled in technical studies; Science Teaching Tools Awards to outstanding teachers; awards to Air Force Institute of Technology graduate students for research excellence; outreach programs to minority junior and senior high school students encouraging and preparing them for technical undergraduate study; sponsorship of area high school students in AFCEA’s annual National High School Science Fair Award Competition; and annual contributions to its Dayton-Wright Chapter Technical Education Assistance Endowment