The chapter’s May luncheon featured Dr. Eileen Bjorkman, a member of the Senior Executive Service, deputy to the director of air, space and information operations, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She advises the operations director in shaping the work force and infrastructure for operations to test, field and sustain war-winning capabilities. The directorate is responsible for developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) infrastructure for AFMC. As the directorate’s senior civilian, she oversees all test-center activities. She focused on the sweeping changes in information security to cybersecurity. The luncheon corporate sponsors were AT&T, Evanhoe and Associates, JJR Solutions, Northrop Grumman and Segue Technologies. JJR Solutions sponsored the corporate raffle for the scholarship fund.
The chapter wrapped up its small business speaker series with its April luncheon. Panelists included Tom Krusemark, Small Business Administration; Jean Smith, Air Force Materiel Command director of small business, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base; Bill Cox, Procurement Technical Assistance Center; Debbie Tankersley, Northrop Grumman; and David Judson, JJR Solutions. Three enlisted service members also were presented chapter scholarships, and Srujal Sheth, chapter membership vice president, announced that the chapter has more than 550 members. The luncheon highlighted the chapter’s current and upcoming events. The chapter is preparing for a busy spring and summer. The Young AFCEANs (YACs) will continue their Power Breakfasts, which spotlight a local speaker on current business and government topics. They also will be continuing with their Fallen Warrior Park beautification project at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The Daniel J. Curtis Memorial Golf Tournament will be held in June at the Walnut Grove Country Club, Beavercreek, Ohio. This charity event memorializes the former chapter president and supports the chapter’s educational scholarship fund for its local technical students.
The chapter’s Young AFCEANs (YACs) continued their education outreach series with a power breakfast featuring Col. Cassie Barlow, USAF (Ret.), Ph.D., of Wright State Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio. The topic centered on workforce opportunities across Ohio. More than 30 members from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and surrounding business community attended. YACs were also able to speak to mentors. Gartner Inc. sponsored the event.
Scott Fausch of the chapter’s Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) program announced scholarship recipients in April. The AFROTC Scholarship Award Program assists deserving cadets in the completion of their education in communications/computer science, electrical engineering, computer technology, intelligence systems or information systems. This award is separate and distinct from the AFCEA scholarship awards and the AFCEA award for distinguished performance. This year, the chapter awarded three $750 scholarships. Since the program’s inception in 2005, the chapter has given out more than $25,000 in AFROTC scholarships. Cadets Grant E. Champoux, Melissa L. Shaffer and Zachary S. Munoz were selected for the scholarships. Cadet Champoux attends Wright State University and majors in electrical engineering, maintaining a 3.95 GPA. He has been on the dean’s list for six consecutive semesters and recently achieved a physical fitness score of 98.4 out of a possible 100. Cadet Champoux also leverages his nearly 10 years of active-duty Air Force experience as a mentor and liaison to cadets who are new to the Air Force and ROTC. After graduation and commissioning as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, Cadet Champoux plans to pursue a career in cyberspace operations. Cadet Shaffer attends the University of Dayton and majors in computer science. Recognized for her academic excellence, physical fitness and leadership ability, Cadet Shaffer is ranked solidly in the top 5 percent of the cadet corps. After graduation and commissioning as a second lieutenant in the Air Force, Cadet Shaffer plans to pursue a career in cyberspace operations. Cadet Munoz attends Wright State University and majors in computer engineering. Along with maintaining a top GPA and physical fitness scores, Cadet Munoz has held several cadet leadership positions, including his current role as a cadet material management flight commander responsible for 118 cadets across three universities. After graduation and commissioning as a second lieutenant in the Air Force, Cadet Munoz plans to pursue a career in cyberspace operations and eventually leverage computer forensics strengths with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
The chapter focused on the small business defense community around Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio, during its March luncheon. David Hart, chapter president, renewed the chapter's annual commitment to endorsing small business education and participation in the local region. The chapter dedicates one luncheon per year to discuss the local community and the opportunities for small businesses. The luncheon featured two speakers, Wendell Quinton, Enterprise Systems Branch for Budget, Accounting and Decision Support, and Dr. Jeanette Robinson, Small Business Support for Business Enterprise Systems Branch at WPAFB. Quinton focused on the usage small business within his branch. Quinton advises and assists government personnel on the matters that affect small businesses. She aids, counsels and assists various small businesses by providing advice concerning acquisition procedures; information regarding proposed acquisitions; and Request For Information instructions and other ways to compete for federal opportunities. The corporate luncheon sponsors were AT&T, Diversified Technical Services Corporation, Flairsoft Corporation, JJR Solutions, Northrup Grumman, Peeress Technologies and Segue Technologies.
In January, Rick Wegmann, outgoing chapter chairman of the board, announced the 2015 chairman of the board will be Thomas Wells, prominent retired civilian who oversaw the installation of new human effectiveness facilities, school and technologies at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio. Wegmann said the chapter will have a strong, visionary leader with Wells at the helm. Daniel Goddard, vice president of education, announced the 2015 chapter goal for scholarship awards, including enlisted, teacher grants and college, is $20,000. New Chapter President David Hart also announced the regional competition win of a local school and WPAFB team. The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and the Dayton Regional Stem School (DRSS) partnered in the Cyber Patriot security competition. AFIT provided mentors and advisors to the DRSS students. The 2015 chapter officers, who were installed by Regional Vice President Fred Scheyd, held a kickoff to discuss the goals and objective for the new year.
Lt. Gen. William Bender, USAF, chief, Information Dominance, and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, was the guest speaker at the January luncheon. He leads three directorates and supports 54,000 support personnel across the globe. Gen. Bender spoke about the challenges the nation and the world in today's cyber environment. Corporate sponsors were AT&T Government Solutions, Booz Allen Hamilton, Evanhoe and Associates, Iron Bow Technologies, JJR Solutions LLC, Northrup Grumman, Peerless Technologies, Quantrum LLC, Segue Technologies Inc., and the University of Dayton. Outgoing Chapter President Linda Skinner, introduced the 2015 chapter president, David Hart. A scholarship fund raffle sponsored by Exeter Government Solutions raised more than $285.
Linda Skinner, 2014 chapter president, announced the 2015 chapter officers at the January chapter meeting. Officers include Chapter President David Hart, Segue Technologies; Executive Vice President Dennis Drayer, dldc; Vice President, Information, Greg Greening, CDO Technologies; Vice President, Membership, Srujal Sheth, Vana Solutions; Vice President, Programs, Lt. Col. Joseph Wingo, USAF; Vice President, Education, Daniel S. Goddard; Vice President, Chapter Operations, Judy Neher, Celerity Technical Services; Vice President of Enlisted Affairs Master Sgt. Eleanor Blystone, USAF; Vice President of Networking Daniel Marion, JJR Solutions; Treasurer Andy Callahan, Peerless Technologies; Secretary Adrianna Templeton, Bering Straits Native Corporation; and Young AFCEAN Co-Chairs Brent Ahlers and Gartner and Claire Revalee, TekSystems.
More than 200 members gathered for the final chapter luncheon of the year. The sponsors were AT&T, CSC Technologies, Evanhoe and Associates, Northrup Grumman, Peerless Technologies and Segue Technologies. The December chapter luncheon speaker was Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Timothy T. Jex, USAF, commander, 711th Human Performance Wing (HPW). The 711th HPW advances human performance and integration for air, space and cyberspace through research, education, consultation and operational support. The wing operates at seven geographically separated sites; the two major locations are Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The wing's primary mission units are the Human Effectiveness Directorate, the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and the Human Performance Integration Directorate. Gen. Jex oversees more than 2,000 personnel and an annual $300 million budget. He also provides strategic direction for Air Force biotechnology, public health training and aeromedical consultation. Gen. Jex is a native of Scarsdale.
Twenty members of the chapter’s Young ACEANs and the Wright Patterson Air Force Base community planted several trees on a cold snowy November day. They were planted at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in the Fallen Warrior Project (FWP). The supplies and trees were donated with the support of the chapter. Young AFCEAN coordinators in charge of planning and execution for the event were Brent Ahlers, Young AFCEAN co-chair, and Christian Ryan, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/HII and Junior Force president. Committee Members were: Amanda Tompkins; Capt. Caroline Hawkins, USAF; Lt. Gabriel Rivera, USAF; Phillip Falter; Jackie Belka; Claire Revalee (YAC co-chair).
The chapter hosted its December Young AFCEAN Power Breakfast speaker series at First Watch. The speaker was Ramona Vikan of the Ahrens Consulting Group (TACG), who spoke about being a go-getter vs. go-giver. Claire Revalee, chapter co-chair, said more than 20 members attended the ongoing networking event. The event sponsor was Segue Technologies Inc.
The chapter hosted Col. Gregory Schnulo, USAF, commander of the 178th Fighter Wing, Springfield Air National Guard Base, Ohio, at its November luncheon. As commander, he leads the Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) mission and the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group. The Guard base lost its F-16 fighter mission in 2010 and changed over to intelligence missions in 2013. Detachment 3 of the Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Honor Guard presented the colors before the luncheon. The luncheon raffle for the chapter's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarship fund raised $250. Chapter President Linda Skinner made a call for 2015 chapter officer nominations. The luncheon's corporate sponsors were AT&T, CSC, Evanhoe and Associates, Northrop Grumman, Peerless Technologies and Segue Technologies.
The chapter held its Fall Education, Networking and Membership Event in October at the Hope Hotel and Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The guest speaker was Dr. R. William Ayers, associate dean, Graduate School, Wright State University. The event allowed members, government, industry and academia personnel to enjoy light refreshments and casual conversation.
Brig. Gen. Sarah E. Zabel, USAF, director, cyberspace strategy and policy, Office of Information Dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, was the speaker for the August luncheon. As the cyberspace operations and support career field functional manager, Gen. Zabel is responsible for the development of 43,000 officers, enlisted and civilian personnel. She oversees the Air Force cybersecurity program to ensure compliance with all legislative, Department of Defense and joint policies and directives. Additionally, she leads the Air Force in developing cyberspace strategies, policies and enterprise architectures across business, information, weapon system, and defense intelligence mission areas. She has served within the communications and cyber field as the 43rd Communications Squadron commander at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, a computer security evaluator at the National Security Agency, a computer and network programmer, an Air Force Academy instructor and as a staff officer at two combatant commands, the Joint Staff and the Air Staff.
In August, Linda Skinner, chapter president, announced, the chapter had distributed over $14,000 in scholarships for the year for science, technology and teaching tool grants. The chapter’s Young AFCEAN group will be hosting a fundraiser to purchase trees and benches for the Fallen Warrior Program at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. One of the chapter's long time members and supporters was memorialized at the August luncheon. Lt. Col. Dan Bigelow, USAF (Ret.), served the chapter for more than 14 years in various vice presidential capacities. The chapter also highlighted an August Technology Expo that members were welcome to participate with members from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base community. The chapter's next luncheon will feature speaker Brig. Gen. Sarah E. Zabel, USAF, director, Cyberspace Strategy and Policy, Office of Information Dominance, and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.
Former Chapter Vice President Dr. Robert F. Mills, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) professor of electrical engineering, was the guest speaker at the August luncheon. Dr. Mills, a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, spoke on the state of the current industry workforce and the influences of cyberspace. Dr. Mills has taught more than 20 courses at AFIT. The luncheon was sponsored by AT&T, CSC Technologies, Evanhoe and Associates, Illumination Works, Northrup Grumman, Peerless Technologies, SegueTechnologies and Applied Resolutions. The featured spotlight company was Segue Technologies. More than 150 members attended the event.
More than 30 people joined the chapter for its second quarterly Young AFCEAN Power Breakfast of 2014 in July. Lynn Moad, former division chief of the Air Force Materiel Command’s Systems Integration Division, was the guest speaker on "Servant Leadership." The breakfast was a great opportunity for anyone within government or industry to have in-depth dialogue with a local government leader and mentor as well as network with other professionals within the local market. The event was sponsored by TACG, The Ahrens Consulting Group.
The chapter was ecstatic to host former NASA astronaut Mark Brown for its July Luncheon. Brown's presentation coincided with NASA's 45th anniversary celebration of the first moon landing. He discussed the United States' current flight program back to the birth of space flight. Brown's distinguished career spanned more than 20 years as an engineer, U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and NASA astronaut. Brown serves as a member of the Air Force Museum Foundation Board of Managers.
The chapter kicked off the spring season with its membership appreciation event with 70 attendees. The May luncheon speaker was David Drake, technical director, Communications and Information Directorate, National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. NASIC is the Air Force and Department of Defense center of excellence for all-source air and space intelligence. It supports Air Force and joint operational, acquisition and policy-making customers at the national intelligence community level. The Communications and Information Directorate is responsible for procuring, developing, operating and maintaining leading edge communications and information multimedia and application systems for NASIC. It is comprised of 270 personnel controlling $150 million in hardware and software. As technical director, Drake serves as the senior advisor to the commander on all technical aspects of NASIC’s information technology structure.
Linda Skinner, chapter president, announced at the March luncheon that the annual Valentine's Ball raised more than $19,000 for the chapter's scholarship fund. The March luncheon speaker was Thomas Girz, Logistics Sustainment Performance Management (LGS) Division chief, Air Force Sustainment Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As the LGS Division chief, his duties include providing sustainment center performance assessment, metrics reporting and executive decision support. The luncheon sponsors were AT&T, Array Technologies, CDO Technologies, CSC, Deloitte Services, Evanhoe & Associates, Illumination Works, JJR Solutions, Northrop Grumman, Peerless Technologies and Segue Technologies.
The chapter held its annual Valentine Ball Gala to raise scholarship money for the chapter to benefit local colleges and support science and technology teaching tools in local schools. More than 220 attendees participated in the black tie gala with dinner and dancing. The event was attended by the local military community and support organizations. The Volunteer Committee included Danna Plewe, chair; Stephanie Gottschlich, vice chair; Casey Weinstein, sponsorship chair; Cory MacPherson, silent auction chair; and Julie Harris, ops chair. Event sponsors were: Gartner, Cubic, Peerless Technologies, Vana Solutions, Radiance Technologies, Deloitte, Dayton Development Coalition, Winans, CDO Technologies, WSRI, Sawdey Solutions, Dell, CACI, Team Askin, Flairsoft, Segue Technologies, Triune, JJR Solutions and Tek Systems.
The January luncheon kicked off the New Year with the installation of its officers and a state of the base presentation by the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base commander. Col. Cassie B. Barlow, USAF, is the 88th Air Base Wing and Installation commander, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She commands one of the largest air base wings in the Air Force with more than 5,000 Air Force military, civilian and contractor employees. The wing provides support and services to one of the largest, most diverse and most organizationally complex bases in the Air Force including a major acquisition center, research and development laboratories, a major command headquarters, an airlift wing and the world's largest military air museum. The base is home to more than 27,000 employees and is the largest single site employer in the state of Ohio.
In December, the chapter welcomed Dr. Todd Stewart as its luncheon speaker. Stewart serves as the Air Force Institute of Technology’s director and chancellor. He is also a retired major general, United States Air Force. Stewart served for 34 years with the Air Force. His military career included numerous command and staff assignments in positions responsible for combat engineering and installation management, including infrastructure construction, operation and maintenance, energy management, environmental protection and military family housing management at Air Force bases in the United States and around the world. While on active duty, he also served as an associate professor of management at the Air Force Institute of Technology. In his final assignment, Stewart was responsible for developing and implementing long-range plans and programs related to Air Force organizations responsible for systems acquisition, research and development, test and evaluation, depot-level maintenance, supply and transportation. He retired from active service in April 2002. Following his retirement from active service, Stewart held appointments at The Ohio State University (six years) and Michigan Technological University (three years). At both institutions, he led university-wide initiatives to encourage, support and facilitate research and teaching related to all aspects of national security. This included activities related to (e.g.) defense, intelligence, homeland security, foreign relations and international development. While at Ohio State, he founded and served as executive director of the National Academic Consortium for Homeland Security, an alliance of more than 365 colleges and universities. Stewart was also appointed as an adjunct assistant professor of national security affairs at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University. In 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Stewart (with U.S. Senate confirmation) to serve as a member of the National Security Education Board. This board oversees the National Security Education Program, a major federal initiative, established in law and designed to build a larger pool of U.S. citizens with enhanced foreign language skills and a better understanding of the culture, history, economics, politics and government of other countries. In 2011, the secretary of the Air Force appointed Stewart to a four-year term on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He has also served as a consultant to federal government agencies, the state of Ohio, and private-sector organizations, on a variety of national-security and other issues.
Master Sgt. Carlos Frevert, USAF, chapter vice president of enlisted affairs, announced the chapter’s Enlisted Scholarship Assistance recipients for 2013 at the December meeting. Recipients include: Tech. Sgt. Eleanor Blystone, USAF, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT); Master Sgt. Charles Gibson, USAF, National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC); Tech. Sgt. Michael Rich, USAF, AFIT; and Master Sgt. Russell Yakim, USAF, NASIC. Sgt. Blystone was the recipient of the Air Education Training Command (AETC) 2013 General Wilma Vaught Visionary Leadership Award and will compete at U.S. Air Force level. Sgt. Frevert received AETC's Information Dominance Annual Award in Outstanding Cyberspace Systems and will compete at U.S. Air Force level. Capt. Kristen Engle, USAF, won the 3rd Quarter 2013 Air Force Institute of Technology Company Grade Officer of the Quarter.
In November, the chapter hosted a panel forum centered on the "Future of Innovation in the Wright Patterson Air Force Base and Miami Valley Region.” Dave Judson, former chapter president, moderated the event. The panel was comprised of senior leaders from research organizations, universities and military organizations. More than 250 members and attendees were in attendance. The panelists were: Daniel Goddard, director, Air Force Research Laboratory Research Collaboration and Computing Directorate; Les McFawn, director, Wright Brothers Institute; Hugh Bolton, president and chief executive officer, Advanced Technical Intelligence Center; Larrell Walters, IDCAST/University of Dayton Research Institute; Mo McDonald, vice president, Dayton Development Coalition; Jason Parker, director, Wright State Research Institute; and Kerry Taylor, director, Ohio Aerospace Hub.
The chapter announced its 2013 Enlisted Scholarship recipients in November. Master Sgt. Carlos Frevert, USAF, announced this year's recipients received scholarship assistance totaling more than $1,500. The year's recipients are: Tech. Sgt. Eleanor Blystone, USAF; Master Sgt. Charles Gibson, USAF; Tech. Sgt. Michael Rich, USAF; and Master Sgt. Russell Yakim, USAF. The recipients use the assistance to pursue higher education while they are stationed.
The chapter congratulates Keegan Hill, who was selected by AFCEA International as a Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAN. He will go up against other regional winners during the AFCEA West conference for national recognition. Former Young AFCEAN recipients have included Casey Weinstein, Andrea Kunk, Brenda Colton and Clifford Nelson. The Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award recognizes and rewards exceptional performance in four areas: leadership and guidance for the Young AFCEAN program; superior technical achievement in the professional arena; a record of going "above and beyond" at the local AFCEA chapter or region level; and mentoring provided for other Young AFCEANs. The Distinguished Young AFCEAN nominations are graded on the following: <br>- Specific ways the nominee provided leadership and guidance for the Young AFCEAN program at the chapter or regional level <br>- Superior technical achievement in the professional arena <br>- The impact the nominee's other contributions have had on their chapter and the AFCEA community <br>- Mentoring that the nominee provided for others during the award year
The chapter’s Young AFCEANs (YACs) had the honor of having Lt. Col. Richard J. Hughes, USAF, speak at their fourth annual YAC Power Breakfast, which was held in October. These breakfasts serve as a venue for young professionals within the local Dayton community who support government or industry partners to receive mentorship from the region’s key defense leaders. Col. Hughes, who is the commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 643 and professor of aerospace studies at Wright State University, spoke about “Leadership Opportunities Within the 21st Century,” which attracted 16 key defense leaders as well as young professionals. Some of the key focus areas of conversation were: the need for science, technology, engineering and mathematics knowledge and culturally astute leaders who are able to compete at a global scale; future defense priorities and strategies; global threats and the ways to defeat them; and the need for smart leaders who can adapt to the ever-changing world. This event would not have been possible without sponsorship support from the chapter’s industry partner, CDO Technologies Inc. The next YAC Power Breakfast will be held in February of 2014, and the chapter hopes to attract even more young professionals and industry partners.
In October, the chapter’s Young AFCEANs, as a part of their educational military community outreach, welcomed 30 members to listen to guest speaker Lt. Col. Richard Hughes, USAF, commander of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 643 and a professor of aerospace studies at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.
The chapter welcomed Jacqueline Murray of headquarters Air Force Materiel Command as its luncheon speaker in September. Murray is responsible for integrating the modernization of logistics systems capabilities, which support the alignment of logistics and business systems, which ultimately support the warfighter. She pointed out a few years ago we were focused with new information technology strategies, but due to the recent economics, the U.S. Air Force has to exist longer with its core systems. The Air Force is challenged with partnering its logistics information technology strategy with industry to develop products that can support depot and wholesale efficiencies. A raffle was sponsored with proceeds given to the chapter’s Scholarship Fund. Luncheon sponsors were: Booz Allen Hamilton, CDO Tech, CSC, Deloitte, Evanhoe, Flairsoft, JJR Solutions, LDSS, Northrop Grumman, Peerless, Segue Tech and Sumaria.
The August chapter luncheon featured Thomas A. Lockhart, deputy program executive officer for tankers, U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Lockhart focused on the current status of the replacement aircraft for the KC-135. The chapter also recognized its volunteers: Scott Fausch, Scott Anderson, Ramona Vikan, Anthony Taylor, Brenda Colton, Brian Hale, Dan Marion, Jim Ulrich, Kathleen McGuffin, Ashley Ciglotti, Matt Powell Wanda Markowski, Stacie Rembold, Mike Markowski, Keegan Hill, Beth Reed, Stephanie Gottschlich, Danna Plewe, Joe Smith, Jane White, Lisa Donauer and Claire Revalee. The chapter recognized Julie Harris, director of arrangements, for her years of service. Ciglotti is the new director of arrangments. New Lifetime memberships announced were Dennis Gosney and Jacqueline Gamblin. Luncheon sponsors were CDP Technologies, CSC, Evanhoe and Associates, Flairsoft, Illumination Works, Peerless Technologies, Segue Technologies and Sumaria Systems.
The July luncheon kicked off with a robot demonstration from local science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students of Innovators Robotics, FIRST Team 3138. FIRST is an abbreviation meaning "For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology." FIRST is designed to provide an environment to encourage an interest in STEM by challenging the students to build a robot that performs various tasks. Jerald L. Straw was the luncheon speaker and is the unmanned aircraft systems lead, Air Force Research Lab, and the analyst test bed lead, 711th Human Performance Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He coordinates UAS flight test requirements and coordinates with the local community, the state of Ohio, the Federal Aviation Administration and headquarters Air Force to meet those requirements. He leads a cross directorate team of 22 scientists and engineers collaborating with the Alliance for Human Effectiveness and Advancement (AHEAD) Consortium to develop an analyst test bed, providing a realistic man-in-the-loop analyst environment with validated subjective and objective measures and metrics for testing potential analysis capability improvements.
The chapter received the Model Chapter Award from AFCEA International in May. It has received this honor for more than 15 years. The chapter also announced that Casey Weinstein received the Meritorious Service Award. Rick Wegmann received the chapter Medal of Merit. The chapter has been lucky to have winners in both categories for the last five years.
The chapter welcomed Lynn Eviston, the new director of plans and programs, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC/XP), to its June luncheon attended by 250 members. She focused on the new changes coming about after the Air Force's reorganization into five centers. The AFLCMC is one of the largest centers and responsible for more than 1,100 programs in 77 locations. The XP office is responsible for the chief information office, execution of policies and processes to standardize AFLCMC, long-range programming and planning, and center preparedness.
The chapter renamed its charity golf outing for the Chapter Scholarship Fund, held May 20, in honor of Daniel Curtis, chapter president from 2011 to 2013. Curtis passed away earlier this year. The annual event raises funds for the Chapter Scholarship program for local schools and universities. This year’s Silver sponsors were Array Technologies, Evanhoe and Associates, and Illumination Works. The Bronze sponsor was CACI Incorporated and the Grove Sponsor was Deloitte. The event was enjoyed by more than 100 participants from government and industry at Walnut Grove Country Club in Dayton, Ohio.
The chapter welcomed Dayton-raised Ricky Peters, the new executive director of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, as its April luncheon speaker. A member of the Senior Executive Service, Peters grew up in the Dayton area and was educated at Dayton-area universities. He discussed the challenges and areas of growth facing the AFRL with regard to the reorganization of the Air Force into five major centers, and two of them located at Wright-Patterson. Peters is the principal assistant to the commander and the senior civilian executive responsible for managing the Air Force's $2.5 billion science and technology program, additional customer-funded research and development of $2.5 billion and a workforce of approximately 10,400 people in the laboratory's component technology directorates and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
At the chapter’s March luncheon, it honored its newest lifetime member, Bill Fredericks. The chapter also was fortunate to have as its guest speaker Maj. Gen. Earl D. Matthews, USAF. Gen. Matthews is the director, Cyberspace Operations, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. Gen. Matthews discussed their efforts to address sequestration, the future of the Joint Information Environment, changes in cyber education and training, and efforts to relook at civilian cyber career fields. Luncheon sponsors were Array Information Technology, CDO Technologies Incorporation, Computer Science Corporation, Evanhoe & Associates Incorporation, Flairsoft Limited Incorporated, Illumination Works, JJR Solutions LLC, KLSS Incorporated, Network Integrity Systems, Northrop Grumman, Peerless Technologies, Segue Technologies Incorporated and Sumaria Systems Incorporated.
The chapter's 2013 AFCEA Valentine Ball broke record attendance and fundraising goals at the Wright-Patterson Consolidated Club and Conference Center in February. Chaired by Danna Plewe and supported throughout the night by Julie Harris, the event offered great food, charity gaming, a phenomenal silent auction coordinated by Stephanie Gottschlich, a photo booth, cigar and scotch room, and the wonderful sounds of Dan Heath and the Paradise Band, which all made for a night that the chapter won't soon forget. Hitting the dance floor for the night were Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, USAF, commander, Air Force Material Command, and Gen. William McCasland, USAF, commander, Air Force Research Lab, as well as leaders from all areas of the community and service. In all, more than 250 came out to support the educational goals of local students. The chapter owes a special thanks to its sponsors who came out in force to support the event and chapter: Wright-State Research Institute, Illumination Works, Segue Technologies, KLSS, The Triune Group, Gartner, JJR Solutions, Peerless Technologies, SAIC, CACI, CDO Technologies, Cubic, Logos at Work, Tek Systems, New York Life, Sawdey Solutions, Vana Solutions and Ventech. Highlights of the night included when Dave Judson took a moment to recognize the passing of Dan Curtis, 2013 chapter president, and presented his family with the collected writings and prayers that Curtis had prepared and shared with the chapter over the years. In addition, Col. Robert Lyman, USAF, chapter board member, named Linda Skinner, current executive vice president, with an overwhelming vote of confidence by the board. Casey Weinstein, chapter vice president of programs, and Aaron Miller, chapter vice president of operations, announced the renaming of the AFCEA Spring Swing Golf Tournament to the Dan Curtis Memorial Tournament to a round of applause. The big winner of the night, however, was David Hart, who walked away with a 60" TV/Blue-Ray/Smart-TV system.
The chapter held its January luncheon with more than 200 attendees to kick off the new year. The chapter presented the newest Lifetime Member, Maj. Stacie A. Rembold, USAF, with her award. Maj. Rembold is stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In addition, the chapter presented gifts of thanks to the outgoing 2012 chapter officers: Ann Hurley, executive vice president; Brenda Colton, information vice president; Danna Plewe, vice president; Casey Weinstein, vice president for programs; Aaron Miller, vice president for operations; Master Sgt. Daren Zimmer, USAF, vice president for enlisted affairs; Adrianna Templeton, secretary; and Andrea Kunk, treasurer. The new officers for 2013 are: Linda Skinner; Col. Johnson; Srujal Sheth; Casey Weinstein; Aaron Miller; Lt. Col. John Bommer Jr., USAF; Andrea Kunk; and Adrianna Templeton. Luncheon sponsors included Booz Allen Hamilton; Credence Management Solutions; Deloitte; Evanhoe and Associates; Flairsoft Limited; Illumination Works; JJR Solutions; LDSS Corporation; Northrop Grumman; Peerless Technologies; Segue Technologies; and TACG. All proceeds from the event benefit the chapter scholarship fund.
Daniel J. Curtis, president of the Dayton-Wright Chapter, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, at the age of 55. As president of Curtis Consulting and before that at BearingPoint (now Deloitte), he was a tireless advocate for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Curtis was a dedicated volunteer and philanthropist, giving generously of his time, expertise and financial resources to make a difference in the lives of individuals in the Dayton community. One of the original employees of the Dayton Development Coalition, where he was on staff from 1995 to 2002, Curtis played an especially vital role in protecting Wright-Patterson during the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure process. <br><br>Curtis had a long passion for politics and public policy that began when he was a page and then a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives in the 1970s. Ultimately, he rose to become the executive assistant to the legendary Vern Riffe, former speaker of the Ohio House. <br><br>Curtis was about to embark on a second year as president of the Dayton Wright Chapter when he was so quickly taken from us. He held numerous positions throughout his years of involvement in the chapter and was known for his insistence on accountability and responsibility for the chapter's financial funds. He worked closely with others to create an infrastructure that would ensure future growth. Under Curtis' leadership, the chapter launched a new internship program in March 2012 aligned with the region's defense and aerospace sectors to support work force development. Partnered with the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE), the program aims to fulfill defense and aerospace work force development capabilities and reduce university and college recruiting costs for participating corporate partners, while at the same time benefiting the AFCEA chapter scholarship fund. Curtis is survived by his wife Amy (Snyder); his children Kevin, Chelsea and Matthew; and a nephew, Michael. Contributions in memory of Dan Curtis can be made to the AFCEA Educational Fund at the Dayton Foundation, 500 Kettering Tower, Dayton, Ohio 45423.
The chapter welcomed David Garofoli, system program manager, Defense Enterprise Accounting Management Systems, in December. Garofoli discussed the challenges of providing system integration for the program and the challenges of its four contracts. DEAMS is a $1.5 billion ACAT1AM ERP system. More than 250 people were in attendance at the meeting. Luncheon sponsors were AT&T, Booz Allen Hamilton, Computer Sciences Corporation, Deloitte, Flairsoft Ltd., Illumination Works, JJR Solutions, Kratos Defense, LDSS Corp., Northrup Grumman, Peerless Technologies, Quantrum, Segue Technologies, STG, Sumaria Systems, TACG and The Greentree Group. Aaron Miller, chapter vice president for scholarships, announced that the AFCEA scholarship and SOCHE Internship Program have received $3.5 million in funding to support internships.
Dan Curtis, chapter president, announced another proud chapter achievement in November. Aaron Miller has been selected as Regional Young AFCEAN of the Year. This is an award very much deserved. Miller has performed exceedingly well in his position as chapter vice president for operations, reorganizing the chapter's approach to scholarship assistance from top to bottom and completely modernizing its approach. He has also contributed greatly to the rising success of each and every Young AFCEAN (YAC) event this year and already has garnered extensive underwriting for literally all YAC events in 2013. There are only a dozen or so of these awards given around the AFCEA globe, and Miller is the region's Young AFCEAN of the Year. He'll be honored at the December chapter luncheon.
The chapter's Young AFCEANs (YACs) wrapped up their most productive year to date with a hosted event in November: the YAC Year-End Wrap-up. Sponsors were the Wright State Research Institute, Gartner, SAIC, Tek Systems and Cubic. Matt Powell, chapter president of the YACs, chaired the event. It capped a year where attendance reached approximately 100 members. The group held many events, including the YAC Mentorship Breakfast, the Fallen Warrior Memorial sponsorship and luncheon raffles, which generated $3,000 for the chapter's scholarship fund.
In October, the chapter honored one of its founding members, Sam Greenwood. The chapter recognized Greenwood in front of approximately 200 members for his outstanding efforts more than 20 years ago to establish one of the country's largest AFCEA chapters. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson and helped form the chapter. In addition, he established the chapter' s Scholarship Fund and community outreach program.
Terry Edwards, director of communications, installations and mission support, headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command, spoke at the November chapter lunch with more than 200 attendees. Edwards discussed the reorganization from 10 Air Force centers to five. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center was stood up to manage the five new centers and the centralizations and to attain efficiencies. Luncheon sponsors included: AT&T Government Solutions, Booz Allen Hamilton, Computer Sciences Corporpation, Flairsoft Ltd., Illumination Works, JJR Solutions, Kratos Defense, Northrup Gruman, Peerless Technologies, Segue technologies, STG Incorporated, Sumaria Systems and the Greentree group.
The chapter awarded Air Force ROTC scholarship checks for $500 in October to Cadets Bill B. Beard, Tony J. Scott and William A. Sorenson per Aaron Miller, chapter vice president for scholarships. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, USAF, presented the awards. Luncheon sponsors included AT&T, Bering Straits, CSC, Deloitte, Digital Ccncepts, Flairsoft Ltd., Illumination Works, JJR Solutions, Kiser Associates, KLSS Incorporated, LDSS Corporation, Northrup Grumman, Peerless Technologies and Segue Technologies. The support of these companies enabled 32 local Air Force Institute of Technology students to participate in the luncheon and briefings. More than 240 industry and government participants attended the luncheon. Additionally, an Fred Scheyd presented a Science Teaching Tools Award to the chapter to support the local teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
The chapter hosted Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger, USAF, vice commander, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio, in October. The command conducts research, development, test and evaluation, and provides acquisition management and logistics support necessary to keep Air Force weapon systems ready for war. Gen. Wolfenbarger, originally from WPAFB area, was commissioned in 1980 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and began her career in acquisition as an engineer at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. She has held a variety of assignments at headquarters Electronic Security Command and Air Force Systems Command. The general has held several positions in the F-22 System Program Office at WPAFB, served as the F-22 lead program element monitor at the Pentagon and the B-2 System Program Director for the Aeronautical Systems Center, WPAFB. She also has commanded the ASC's C-17 Systems Group, Mobility Systems Wing, and was director of the Air Force Acquisition Center of Excellence. Prior to her current assignment, Gen. Wolfenbarger was the director of the headquarters AFMC Intelligence and Requirements Directorate, where she enabled AFMC to deliver war-winning capabilities through life-cycle capabilities planning, technology development and transition, intelligence integration and acquisition support. She cited this as the Air Force's largest change in 20 years. The Air Force has moved from 12 commands to five. The new command is called the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC).
The chapter's Young AFCEANs (YACs) have been active in the Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) community. Matt Powell, chapter Young AFCEAN chair, said current membership is approximately 100 YACs. Events this year included: Mentorship Power Breakfast with speaker Robert Carl Shofner; Fallen Warrior WPAFB Memorial dedication; and the YAC Year End Social in November to introduce members to scholarship and senior leadership in the community. The YAC Year End Social will be held at El Meson in Dayton, Ohio, and presented by Wright State Research Institute. The YAC-sponsored raffle at monthly luncheons will raise an estimated $3,000 for the chapter this year. The chapter membership also provided volunteers for the Air Force Marathon at WPAFB in September.
Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore II, USAF, commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, spoke at the chapter's August luncheon. The organization is the single center responsible for total life-cycle management covering all aircraft, engines, munitions and electronic systems. The AFLCMC stand-up faces a challenge, "Build ‘one team' culture with a common shared purpose across specialties and geographic boundaries, horizontally integrate and mature processes to fully capture benefits of new construct, field innovative and responsive cross portfolio solutions and reinvigorate a life cycle product support culture while implementing effective governance processes. Continue to meeting mission requirements in a resource constrained environment." The responsibility for AFLCMC is program management and product support for aircraft, engines, munitions, electronics and cybersystems.
The chapter held its September luncheon at the Hilton Hotel featuring Col. Eugene Henry, USAF. As the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) chief of staff, Col. Henry is the commander's primary interface with the staff for the daily headquarters operations. The colonel manages and integrates all activities and facilities of the laboratory headquarters. Through the Commanders Action Group and the Operations Division, he provides executive support and services, manages the center's tasking process, and provides information technology, communication and facility support for the headquarters staff. He also is responsible for center-wide policy for security, logistics and self-inspection. As the Air Force Materiel Command deputy chief information officer for science and technology, Col. Henry is responsible for AFRL information technology, information management and information assurance policy. He manages the Laboratory History Office and the Staff Assistance Visit programs. The colonel is the laboratory's primary liaison to the installation public affairs, protocol and inspector general offices. Prior to the AFRL, he served in the B-2 Air Vehicle Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
The chapter held its July luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn. Rick Wegmann, chairman of the board, chaired the luncheon, which included attendee Lt. Col. Richard Rich Hughes, USAF, commander, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Detachment 643, Wright State University. More than 35 cadets attended the event. Detachment 643 is also the host detachment for several Miami Valley universities and colleges, including Cedarville University, University of Dayton, Wittenberg, Central State, Wilberforce and Sinclair Community College. In 2011, SRC Incorporated provided $1,000 for the AFCEA Scholarship Fund. Steve Duning, assistant vice president/Dayton site director for SRC, and Rick DaPrato, federal account director, SRC, presented the chapter president and Wegmann with another $1,000 donation. In addition, the chapter wished farewell to Terry Holt of The Coffing Company for volunteering her time and lens to photograph the monthly luncheon's distinguished speakers. The chapter also highlighted the groundbreaking ceremony held at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. This park was a collaborative idea between Col. Amanda Gladney and the chapter's Young AFCEANs. The plaque on a simple pillar that marks the area reads: “Duty, Honor, Country. In Honor & Memory of our Fallen Heroes. Land of the Free, Because of the Brave.”
In July, the chapter kicked off an inaugural Memorial Park at the Base. The new Fallen Warrior Memorial Tree Park ground breaking was held in the open field across the street from Chapel 2 (Kittyhawk area). This park, a collaborative idea between Col. Amanda Gladney, USAF, and the chapter's Young AFCEANs, will honor service men and women on their final trip home as part of the Dignified Transfer process, which honors those who have given their lives in service of the United States. The plaque on a simple pillar that marks the area reads: Duty, Honor, Country. In Honor & Memory of our Fallen Heroes. Land of the Free, Because of the Brave. One of the most important things the chapter does as service members is to honor those who have answered the nations call with the ultimate sacrifice. Col. Gladney said at the dedication, “It is a privilege to break ground today and recognize the young men and women of all branches of the military as they make their final trip home.”
The chapter's May luncheon featured guest speaker Col. Brian Parker, USAF, director, Enterprise Financial Systems Division, Electronic Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Col. Parker, an Air Force Institute of Technology graduate, discussed the new changes with the transition to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and discussed the complex realignment of product acquisition and management of fielded systems. In addition, the chapter provided an updated on the annual scholarship fundraiser Golf Tournament to be held at National Cash Register Country Club and sponsored by CDO Technologies. Platinum sponsors include KLSS, Peerless Technologies and The Greentree Group. Gold Sponsors are Segue Technologies, Logos at Work, and Hayward and Henderson LLC. Course sponsors are CACI, Gartner, LDSS and Illumination Works. More than 100 golfers from area industry and government are expected to participate.
The chapter's April luncheon featured David Drake, a defense intelligence senior leader and technical adviser, information technology, Communications and Information Directorate, National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. NASIC is the Air Force and Defense Department Center of Excellence for all-source air and space intelligence. It supports Air Force and joint operational, acquisition and policy-making customers at the national intelligence community level. The Communications and Information Directorate is responsible for procuring, developing, operating and maintaining leading-edge communications and information multimedia and application systems for NASIC. It comprises 270 personnel controlling $150 million in hardware and software. In his role, Drake serves as the senior adviser to the commander on all technical aspects of NASIC's information technology structure. He provides technical leadership for NASIC's planning and execution of all command, control, communications, computers and intelligence information technologies. Luncheon sponsors included: Computer Sciences Corporation, Flairsoft, LTD, Illumination Works, JJR Solutions, KLSS Incorporated, Kratos Technology Solutions, LDSS Corporation, Peerless Technologies, STG Incorporated, Sumaria Systems and URS Federal Systems.
In March, the chapter launched a new internship program aligned with the region's defense and aerospace sectors to support work force development. The chapter partnered with the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) for the initiative. The program aims to fulfill defense and aerospace work force development capabilities and reduce university and college recruiting costs for participating corporate partners. Several contractor organizations in the Dayton community have identified challenges in recruiting and retaining high-caliber interns to fulfill vacant positions within their organizations. To address this problem, the chapter is partnering with SOCHE to launch an internship program. In this partnership, SOCHE will support the recruitment, employment and contracting aspects of aligning interns to specific opportunities through the chapter Internship Program. The chapter will serve as the single point of contact for SOCHE to the defense and aerospace community when marketing and coordinating the internship opportunities. Within the chapter organization, it is recommended that the director of education position serve as the point of contact for SOCHE as well as the individual AFCEA corporate members who wish to take advantage of the AFCEA internship program. It is also envisioned that the director of education will support marketing and recruiting organizations to use the AFCEA internship program. SOCHE will recruit candidates primarily from Southwestern Ohio but also nationally for students interested in relocating or who have ties to the Miami Valley region. SOCHE has proven expertise in recruiting specialized skill areas in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) domains. They currently support the Air Force Institute of Technology, the Air Force Research Laboratory and other commercial areas in recruiting of interns. SOCHE will employ all interns and contract the resources to the corporate partner. The chapter's Internship Program will also leverage other local activities intended to market and recruit young professionals to the Dayton region including Up Dayton, Generation Dayton and the Young AFCEANs. The chapter's point of contact for the program is Aaron Miller, chapter vice president of operations, who can be reached at email@example.com.
In March, the chapter honored Lynn B. Moad, who served the chapter for 20 years as an adviser, leader and honored guest. More than 250 attendees joined the luncheon along with representatives from 15 companies: CACI International, CSC, Deloitte, Flairsoft, JJR Solutions, Illumination Works, Kratos Technology Solutions, LDSS Incorporated, Northrop Grumman, Peerless Technologies, Segue Technologies, STG, Sumaria Systems and The Coffing Corporation. Moad is the systems integration division chief for the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command/A-4, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. This division provides the command/A-4 with enterprise management of the logistics information technology systems portfolio and facilitates transition from the legacy system environment to the Expeditionary Combat Support System. The chapter honored Moad with a plaque and an appreciation gifts for her years of service to the association. She received the AFCEA International Medal of Merit Award in 2009 and served as the chair for the1998 InfoTech Conference and Tradeshow. She is retiring as a civilian with more than 37 years of government service.
The chapter's March luncheon highlighted the sponsors of the chapter's charity black tie event to raise money for its scholarship fund. The chapter thanked the Gold sponsor, Greentree Group, along with the Silver sponsors: Curtis Consulting, Illumination Works, LogosatWork, Science Applications International Corporation and Sansara. Table sponsors included JJR Solutions, Peerless Technologies, CDO, Wright State, CACI, Flairsoft, The Coffing Corporation, Battelle and Battelle, LDSS and Gartner. Additional sponsors were Sawdey Solutions, Segue Technologies, Kratos and Vana Solutions. The chapter provides scholarship for local military and civilian students attending college programs in the communications, science and technology fields.
The chapter continued its annual tradition by hosting the 15th Valentine's Charity Ball. Proceeds benefit the chapter's annual scholarship program for local college students--military and civilian. More than 240 people attended the event, including distinguished guests from industry and the Wright Patterson Air Force Base area. The chapter raised more than $48,000 in scholarship support. Maj. Gen. Edward Mechenbier, USAF, served as a featured guest. A missing in action/prisoner of war (MIA/POW) ceremony was help in recognition of his nearly six years spent as a POW during the Vietnam War. Event sponsors were The Greentree Group, SAIC, Segue Technologies, Illumination Works, Sansara, Logos @ work, Curtis Consulting, JJR Solutions, Peerless, CDO Technologies, CSC, Wright State Research Institute, CACI, Flairsoft, Sawdey Solutions, Coffing Corporation, Battelle and Battelle, Gartner, LDSS, Triune, Kratos and TAD.
In January, the chapter inducted and swore in the new officers for the 2012 year and acknowledged the outgoing 2011 officers for their service. The 2012 officers are: Dan Curtis, president; Ann Hurley, executive vice president; Brenda Colton, vice president of information; Danna Plewe, vice president of membership; Casey Weinstein, vice president of programs; Aaron Miller, chapter operations; Master Sgt. Daren Zimmer, USAF, vice president of enlisted affairs; Bill Grill, vice president of networking; Adrianna Templeton, secretary; and Andrea Kunk, treasurer. Curtis also announced the January table sponsors for the luncheon: CSC, JJR Solutions, Illumination Works, Kratos Technology Solutions, Peerless Technologies, Segue Technologies, STG Incorporated and Sumaria Systems. Whitaker closed by stating that the chapter added or renewed approximately 200 members surpassing the chapter Goal to increase membership by 5 percent.
The chapter kicked off January with guest speaker Col. Rob Lyman, USAF, commander of the 88th Communications Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He previously served as chief of strategy integration in the Air Force Office of Business Transformation. In addition, he was the commander of the 96th Communications Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base along with serving as a White House fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation and participating in multiple combat zone deployments. He has extensive joint experience and is a fully qualified joint specialty officer. He has received several major awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with two service stars.
The chapter closed out its 2011 luncheon speaker series with Russell B. Howard, director of engineering and technical management, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Howard leads the development and implementation of engineering polices and practices spanning science and technology, and research, development, test and evaluation. He discussed the realignment of the AFMC directorates and forthcoming Life Cycle Sustainment Center. In addition, the chapter announced its new officers for 2012. The corporate sponsors for the luncheon were Illumination Works, Kratos Technology Solutions, Peerless Technologies, STG Incorporated and Sumaria Systems.
The chapter's November luncheon featured Brig. Gen. James Haywood, USAF, Headquarters Air Force Material Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Gen. Haywood reviewed the strategic realignment of the AFMC across the entire Air Force and its impacts. The corporate luncheon sponsors were Deloitte, Illumination Works, Kratos Technology Solutions, Peerless Technologies, STG Incorporated, Sumaria Systems and The Ahrens Consulting Group. <br><br>In addition, Julie Eitnaer, chapter vice president of networking, arranged a tour in November led by Thomas Wells, director of 711th Human Performance Wing (HPW), Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The 711th HPW delivers optimized human performance and integration for air, space and cyberspace forces through research, education, consultation and operational support. Its primary mission units are the Human Effectiveness Directorate, the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and the Human Performance Integration Directorate. Among the 30 tour attendees were Jackie Whitacre, chapter president; Thomas Sudkamp, associate provost for Wright State University and chapter board member; Brenda Colton, chapter secretary; and Eitnaer.
The chapter held its September luncheon and highlighted the results of its 2011 "Mulligan" Golf Outing held in August at the NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio. All of the proceeds benefited the chapter's scholarship fund. Steve Barno, event chairman, reported that the outing raised nearly $8,000. Sponsors included CSC, Segue Technologies, Greentree Group, Logos at Work, Serco, ASD International, Digital Concepts Incorporated, Perpetual Tech Incorporated and Sawdey Solutions. In addition, the luncheon featured guest speaker Jeff Hoagland, president and chief executive officer of the Dayton Development Coalition. The coalition is the region's economic development organization and principle public advocate.
The chapter held its August luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Beavercreek, Ohio. The guest speaker was Rep. Michael R. Turner, (R-OH), 3rd Congressional District. The chapter also recognized its newest Life Member, Thomas G. Batty, with a plaque and appreciation gift.
In July, the chapter welcomed Dr. Steven Butler as the luncheon speaker. Butler is executive director, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He advises the AFMC commander in managing all aspects of the command's mission to deliver war-winning capabilities, and aircraft and weapon systems on time and on cost to America's warfighters. The command's 74,000 people manage $59 billion annually in research, development, test and evaluation while providing the acquisition management services and logistics support required to develop, procure and sustain Air Force weapon systems.
The chapter held its 2011 golf tournament at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio, in June. Proceeds benefited the chapter's scholarship fund. MetaSystems sponsored the grand prize: a vacation to Hilton Head. Gold sponsors for the event included CSC, Segue Technologies, Logos at Work, Greentree Group, The Coffing Corporation and ASD Global. In addition, Silver sponsors included CDO Technologies, Serco and Sawdey Solutions. KLSS sponsored the golf cart and practice area; PTI and DCI sponsored the beverages; and MetaSystems sponsored the raffle.
The chapter held its education awards banquet in May to honor members of the U.S. Air Force ROTC Detachment 643 at Wright State University, Sinclair College and Cedarville College with scholarships and awards. Winners included Cadet Jonathan Harris, Wright State University, chapter Honor Certificate Award winner; Cadet Ian McQuaid, Cedarville University, chapter $500 scholarship winner; Cadet Jordan McShirley, Sinclair Community College, chapter $500 scholarship winner; and Cadet Gabriel Luzuriaga, Sinclair Community College, scholarship winner, who was unable to attend the awards ceremony.
The chapter's May luncheon was held at the Hilton Garden Inn and Banquet Center with guest speaker Jeff E. Graham, senior technical adviser, Computational Science and Engineering Office, Headquarters, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Graham also serves as technical director of the Defense Department Supercomputing Resource Center—a fully funded Defense Department activity.
In February, the chapter supported the ninth annual TechFest event by donating a $500 grant, which supports education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Approximately 2,700 youth participated in TechFest 2011, held at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio. Total attendance approached 4,590, and the event featured more than 70 exhibits. Since 2003, more than 20,000 youths ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade have participated in the event.
In April, the chapter presented a $1,000 AFCEA International Science Teaching Tools award to Cindy Running, science teacher at Clinton Massie Middle School, Clarksville, Ohio. In addition, Dr Jo Wildermuth, chapter vice president for scholarships, noted that the chapter would present Running with a matching chapter Science Teaching Tools award. Students are learning about volcanoes and hurricanes, as well as the science behind them. In addition, they learn how to monitor them and predict when they will affect human populations. Approximately 130 students participating in the project include all of the school's seventh graders.
The chapter's March luncheon featured Thomas Wells, director, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In addition, the chapter welcomed new corporate members: Bird Technologies Group and Koehlke Components Incorporated. They received certificates of recognition. The luncheon's sponsors were Flairsoft Limited, Booz Allen Hamilton, The Coffing Corporation, Kratos Tech Solutions, Segue Technologies, Sumaria Systems, Peerless Technologies, STG, Incorporated and JJR Solutions. The chapter also recognized its Valentine's Ball as a sellout event with more than 200 participants attending to support the chapter's scholarship fund.
The chapter kicked off its first luncheon of the year by saluting its outgoing chapter officers: David Hart, president; Craig McComb, executive vice president; Kathy DeMolet, vice president for operations; Billy Grill, vice president for information; Lt. Brice Virell, vice president for membership; Dan Curtis, vice president for programs; Ed Decker, vice president for networking; Tech Sgt. Joel Tanner, USAF, vice president for enlisted affairs; Brenda Colton, secretary; and Ray Reinhard, treasurer. Segue Technologies, STG Incorporated, Peerless Technologies and Sumaria Systems sponsored the event. Jackie Whittaker, the newly elected chapter president for 2011, introduced the new chapter officers. <br><br>The luncheon speaker was Col. Jeffrey Woolston, USAF, deputy director of communications, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Col. Woolston assists the director with all communications and information duties as the senior military communications officer in the command. The colonel supports the warfighting mission by exploiting information technology to ensure system accuracy and access, simplify business processes and unify information flow across command organizations. He manages resources through development and utilization of e-business solutions to eliminate redundancy and inefficiencies in business processes. Additionally, he is responsible for coordinating command communications activities with the Air Force, the Defense Department and industry.
Gerald Freisthler, executive director, Aeronautical Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, served as the guest speaker for the chapter's December luncheon. Freisthler reviewed the upcoming areas of growth for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and how the educational scholarship efforts of the chapter support the area's growing technology needs. The chapter's annual AeroTech Conference and Tradeshow (formerly InfoTech) focuses on these needs and showcases the latest technologies in the area. Sponsors of the luncheon included BAE Systems, BTAS Incorporated, Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, Peerless Technologies Corporation, Segue Technologies Incorporated, Sierra Lobo Incorporated, STG Incorporated and Sumaria Systems Incorporated. David Hart, chapter president, announced that the chapter awarded a total of $25,640 in scholarships during 2010. In addition, the chapter remembered the late Senior Airman Tre Porfirio, USAF, who received the Purple Heart Medal in July 2010 and recognition from the chapter in March 2010. He passed away unexpectedly in December. His commanding officer from the 88th Air Base Wing, Lt. Col. Rick Johns, USAF, paid tribute to his legacy at the luncheon. Senior Airman Porfilio made national news after undergoing ground-breaking medical miracle surgery after an ambush in Afghanistan when he was shot numerous times in the back.
The chapter held its November luncheon at the Hope Hotel at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The event's sponsors were BTAS Incorporated, CDO Technologies, CSC, Illumination Works, Kratos, Peerless Technologies, Sierra Lobo, STG Inc. and Sumaria. Richard Honeywell, Directorate of Logistics, Air Force Materiel Command, served as the guest speaker. In April 2007, he was selected to lead the Air Force's efforts to implement the business capability lifecycle acquisition system and subsequently assigned to direct its Business and Medical Systems Program Office. He was selected in August 2008 to lead the efforts to establish needed Air Force controls for nuclear weapons related materiel and develop positive inventory control and product life cycle management capabilities for the nuclear enterprise.
Douglas Bowers, Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, took chapter members on a Propulsion Lab overview and tour in November. Bowers detailed the directorate's history and contributions. The lab employs many students in science and technology, and the chapter supports the local colleges with scholarships and has provided awards to lab researchers in the past. Bowers also discussed where the next resources would be discovered for fuels as part of an effort to go green. The topics for the tour were varied and discussed in understandable terms with enough technical detail to keep more knowledgeable people excited. A tour of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Propulsion Group showed the ways technology could tackle real world problems faced by troops. Attendees also saw the use of new engines with alternative fuels and how researchers test the emissions and power driven by them. David Hart, chapter president, presented Bowers with a chapter coin following the tour.
The chapter's annual InfoTech Conference and Trade Show in October included an event for Young AFCEANs. The Young AFCEANs hosted a professional reception during the week of InfoTech, which was attended by close to 150 people. The Coffing Corporation presented the reception, and Adecco, TACG, Segue Technologies and F5 also sponsored the event. The conference is the largest educational scholarship fundraiser for the chapter.
In October, the chapter held its 20th annual InfoTech Conference and Trade Show and Career Fair. More than 80 companies exhibited at the four-day event. BTAS Incorporated, the presenting sponsor, provided support to the industry- and Defense Department-backed technical sessions, the conference and a scholarship banquet, which resulted in scholarship awards to five colleges totaling $30,000. The chapter has donated more than $1.5 million in scholarships during the last 20 years. The career fair and seminar series hosted 20 booths and hundreds of attendees. Three hundred banquet attendees received commemorative coins from The Coffing Corporation. Peerless Technology Solutions sponsored guest speaker Gen. Lester Lyles, USAF (Ret.).
The chapter selected Lynn Moad, Systems Integration Division chief, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC)/A-4, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as the guest speaker for the September luncheon. Her division provides AFMC/A-4 with enterprise management of the logistics information technology systems portfolio and facilitates transition from the legacy system environment to the Expeditionary Combat Support System.
In September, the chapter hosted its second annual community event at Fifth Third Field, which is home to the minor league baseball team the Dayton Dragons. The Miller Valentine Group, ManPower Incorporated and the Greentree Group sponsored the event. Young AFCEANs from the Wright-Patterson Air Force community attended along with members of industry. Casey Weinstein, chapter vice president for Young AFCEANs, helped organize the event. The chapter's Young AFCEANs work to impact the local community by mentoring at area schools; hosting technology events; judging science fairs; and hosting mentoring and networking events.
The chapter held its August luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn and featured guest speaker Jacqueline Janning, chief, Business Operations Division, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In her current role, Janning provides leadership and guidance for AFRL science and technology planning, programming, budget and execution; congressional interaction; and enterprise business information requirements that enable AFRL to provide technology to warfighters. Dr. Jo Wildermuth, chapter vice president for scholarships, announced several awards at the luncheon. David Alan Bricker, a junior at Wright State University majoring in electrical engineering, and Kayleigh Elizabeth Duncan, a sophomore at Wright State University majoring in computer science engineering, both won the General Emmett Paige Scholarship for $2,000. Susan Beth Sharp, a teacher at Wittenberg University for graduate math and science education, received the AFCEA STEM Teachers Scholarship for $5,000. The chapter also awarded $500 to the local TechFest event, and it gave $1,500 each to seven local colleges the chapter supports. Brian Osborne, chapter vice president for membership, introduced the chapter's newest corporate members: Dave London and Joe Smith of Tridec Technologies.
In July, the chapter partnered with the National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA) for a joint luncheon. The NMIA, established in 1974, is a joint military intelligence professional association. The chapter welcomed guest speaker David Drake, technical advisor, information technology, Communications and Information Directorate, National Air & Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. NASIC is the U.S. Air Force and Defense Department's Center of Excellence for all-source air and space intelligence. It supports Air Force and joint operational, acquisition and policy-making customers at the national intelligence community level. The Communications and Information Directorate is responsible for procuring, developing, operating and maintaining leading edge communications and information multimedia and application systems for NASIC. It comprises 270 personnel controlling $300 million in hardware and software. As technical adviser, Drake serves as the senior advisor to the commander on all technical aspects of NASIC's information technology structure. He provides technical leadership for NASIC's planning and execution of all command, control, communications, computers and intelligence information technologies.
David Hart, chapter president, continued to work with other chapter leaders during the month of June to integrate chapter goals with its long-term, strategic plan. The plan focuses on five priorities: collaboration, expansion, education, participation and member care. The chapter also announced the sponsors for its annual scholarship golf outing, including JJR Solutions, BTAS, CDO Technologies, Engility, Sawdey Solution Services, Segue Technologies, Stanley, Tripwire, Greentree Group, Manpower and Metasystems. Proceeds from the event benefit the chapter's scholarship fund.
The chapter held its May luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn Pentagon Park in Beavercreek, Ohio. The chapter presented the AFCEA International Model Chapter of the Year award to chapter representatives, Norman Nelson and Dave Judson. The Meritorious Service Award went to Craig McComb and William Dwyer, and the Medal of Merit was awarded to Brenda Colton. Col. Michael J. Stinson, USAF, commander, 88th Communications Group, 88th Air Base Wing, Aeronautical Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, spoke at the luncheon. He commands the largest Air Force base communications unit supporting a major command, numerous tenant organizations and more than 26,000 personnel. He is also responsible for the largest Air Force-owned telephone plant. Col. Stinson entered the Air Force in 1986 as a graduate of the Michigan State University ROTC Program. He is a master communications and information officer and a senior non-rated aircrew member with more than 700 hours of flight time aboard E-4B, EC-130E and EC-135C aircraft, including 40 hours of combat and combat support flying over Haiti, Southwest Asia and the former Yugoslavia.
In April, chapter volunteers Brian Osborne, Casey Weinstein, Julie Eitniear, Cheryl Nicewaner, Terry Holt, Danna Plewe and Dave Hart worked at the chapter's booth at the Defense Department's Acquisition Insight Days Conference. Richard Novak, chapter board member, coordinated the event. The conference provided a one-stop opportunity for the defense acquisition work force throughout the Midwest and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), Ohio, to receive updates on the latest acquisition, technology and logistics topics, attend workshops, and learn more about acquisition and technology requirements. The chapter also hosted its April luncheon with speaker Jack Blackhurst, director, Human Effectiveness Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB.
Approximately 25 chapter members toured the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB) in March. Joseph Sciabica, executive director, AFRL, said he looks forward to collaborating with the chapter on meeting the educational needs of the future work force coming to Wright-Patterson as a result of the 2005 Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). The base expects to acquire more than 1,000 new positions from BRAC. David Hart, chapter president, announced that the chapter's Valentine's Ball raised $14,000 for its scholarship fund. The 2010 chapter scholarship golf committee has named its officers: Steve Barno, chairman for events; Danna Plewe, chair for sponsors; Terry Holt, treasurer; and Bill Grill, Web administrator. The chapter's 20th InfoTech Conference and Tradeshow is scheduled for October 19-21, 2010.
In February, the chapter held its 18th Annual Valentine's Ball, which benefits the chapter's scholarship fund. More than 200 attendees enjoyed dinner, dancing and distinguished guests from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), Ohio. The chapter committee for the 2010 InfoTech Conference and Tradeshow held its first meeting of the year. Andrea Kunk serves as the committee chair. The committee hosts Wright-Patterson AFB's largest conference, the Trade Show and Career Fair. The event is scheduled for October 19-21.
The chapter's January meeting was devoted to electing new officers. They include David Hart, chapter president; Craig McComb, chapter executive vice president; Kathy DeMolet, chapter vice president for operations; Billy Grill, chapter vice president for information; Lt. Brice Virell, USAF, chapter director for officer affairs; Brian Osborne, chapter vice president for membership; Dan Curtis, chapter vice president for programs; Ed Decker, chapter vice president for networking; Technical Sgt. Joel Tanner, USAF, chapter vice president for enlisted affairs; Brenda Colton, chapter secretary; and Ray Reinhard, chapter treasurer. The featured speaker was Brig. Gen. Walter D. Givhan, USAF, commandant, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The institute supports national defense by providing graduate, post-graduate and professional education and research programs for officers and civilians studying pertinent scientific and technical disciplines in the U.S. Air Force and other armed forces divisions as well as foreign services.
The chapter introduced three new board members at the December meeting: Col. Jeffrey Woolston, USAF; Dr. Thomas Sudkamp; and Dr. John Leland. White House Fellow Lt. Col. Rob Lyman, USAF, served as the meeting's guest speaker. He has served in the U.S. Air Force for 17 years, including a tour as squadron commander and deployments throughout southwest and central Asia. The colonel graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He holds qualifiers as a strategist, a joint planner and an air operations officer. He also has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal three times. Col. Lyman discussed the fellowship program, which enables promising leaders to gain first-hand, high-level experience working within an executive department of the federal government. The chapter has been identifying nontraditional methods of educating the local defense community at the chapter's events. David Hart, chapter vice president for networking, has implemented a media campaign to reach out to various groups on the online professional networking site LinkedIn.
The chapter's November meeting featured Maj. Gen. Curtis Bedke, USAF, commander, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as the guest speaker. He manages the U.S. Air Force's $2.1 billion science and technology program as well as customer-funded research and development. He is responsible for a work force of nearly 11,000 people from the laboratory's component technology directorates, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the 711th Human Performance Wing. The AFRL is gaining 1,000 staff members who are moving from Brooks City Air Base, Texas. The U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and the Naval Aeromedical Research also are relocating to the AFRL from Florida. David Judson, chapter president, shared that the December speaker will be Lt. Col. Rob Lyman, USAF, White House Fellow. David Hart, chapter vice president for networking, briefed the meeting attendees on chapter business.
In October, the chapter held its largest annual conference and trade show, InfoTech 2009. The theme for this year's event was "Information...Integral to the Joint Fight." More than 2,600 professionals from industry, government and academia interested in defense information technologies attended. The conference hosted a career fair in which 15 organizations participated, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), Ohio. The event's distinguished speakers included Gen. Donald J. Hoffman, USAF, commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, and Gen. C. Robert Kehler, USAF, commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado. Along with InfoTech, the chapter's activities have helped provide forums to discuss research and development; supercomputing, constructive and virtual modeling, simulation and analysis; operational support systems expertise; and government and industry technical infrastructure at Wright-Patterson AFB and the surrounding area.
The chapter held its largest luncheon of the year in September. More than 250 attendees came to hear Col. Kenneth J. Moran, USAF, program executive officer for both the Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS) and Logistics Information Technology Systems at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The colonel oversees all aspects of program execution and more than 100 legacy logistics information systems. During his presentation, Col. Moran highlighted the redirection of the ECSS in supply and wholesale arenas, the challenges ahead for legacy data cleanup and the goal to reduce shrink loss. The new system is scheduled for implementation in 2010. Chief Master Sgt. John L. Hoffman Jr., USAF, command chief for the Air Force Materiel Command's Aeronautical Systems Center and 88th Air Base Wing, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, presented nine awards to local companies that donated tickets to noncommissioned officers for the Dayton Dragons minor-league baseball games.
In July, Jim Silcott, chapter small business officer, presented Jan Long, a manager at Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC), with a plaque in recognition of ATIC's new corporate membership. Linda Skinner, chapter membership officer, presented a lifetime membership commemorative coin to Lorna Estep, chair of the chapter's board of directors. Skinner also presented a member recruitment and retention commemorative coin to Norman Nelson, chapter executive vice president, for his ongoing efforts. The chapter attended a minor league baseball game, the Dayton Dragons Hometown Heroes Game. During the game, active-duty military who are returning to the Dayton, Ohio, area are recognized. David Hart, chapter officer, orchestrated the ticket sponsorship for the event.
During the July meeting, Norman Nelson, chapter executive vice president, announced that the chapter will meet a chapter goal by holding a joint luncheon with the Ohio Chapter of the National Military Intelligence Association at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), Ohio. The guest speaker will be Joe Sciabica, executive director, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB. Brian Osborne, chapter vice president for the Young AFCEANs, reported another successful membership drive, which resulted in 10 new members. Steve Barno, chair for the Spring Swing golf tournament and fundraiser, noted that more than 100 golfers and sponsors raised $5,000 for the chapter's scholarship fund. The winning golf team was Douglas Gage, Ron Thomas, Brent Gibson and Dallas Strawsburg. Prize winners included Paul Nelson, Don Dawsey and Raul Sierra.
Randy Adkins, director of Air Force Knowledge Now (AFKN), was invited to speak at the chapter's meeting in May. Launched in 2002, AFKN, the U.S. Air Force's largest knowledge management system, has 320,000 registered users. Norman Nelson, chapter executive vice president, welcomed two new corporate members, Advanced Technical Intelligence Center and Illumination Works LLC. Lorna Estep, chair of the chapter's board, was recognized as a new life member. Charles Stewart received the chapter's Julia O'Brian scholarship of $500. Stewart attends Sinclair Community College. He plans to earn a degree in operation management and work in simulation engineering. Brian Osborne, vice president for the Young AFCEANs, announced that the chapter is volunteering at the Air Force Marathon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Chapter members also are participating in the event. Steve Barno, chair for the Spring Swing Golf Tournament, shared that the event helped raise money for the chapter's scholarship program.
William McQuay, a technical adviser at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, discussed next-generation modeling and simulation and distributed collaborative environment technology at the chapter's May luncheon. Wanda and Michael Markowski received lifetime membership certificates from Norm Nelson, chapter executive vice president. He also welcomed a new corporate member, Illumination Works. Nelson and chapter member Brian Osborne attended the Joint Warfighting Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and accepted the Model Chapter of the Year award on behalf of their chapter. They also accepted the Medal of Merit award on behalf of Lynn Moad and the Meritorious Service award on behalf of Ray Reinhard.
In April, the chapter focused on reviewing its 2009 Model Chapter goals. Dave Judson, chapter president, confirmed that the chapter's new Web site will be launched in mid-April. Linda Skinner, chapter director for membership, announced two new programs: "Sponsor an AFCEAN," which allows for sponsored memberships, and "Mentor a Young AFCEAN," which helps young chapter members gain exposure and discover resources within the government and industry community. The chapter's power networking session was held before the meeting. All members of industry, academia, military and government are encouraged to attend in order to expand their knowledge and personal connections. Deb Stanley, Dan Archibald and Billie Common, LDSS Corporation, accepted a plaque in honor of the company's new corporate membership.
In March, Lt. Gen. John L. Hudson, USAF, commander, Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, served as the meeting's featured speaker. As the ASC's commander and the program executive officer for aircraft procurement and modernization, the general leads the U.S. Air Force's center of excellence for development and acquisition of aeronautical systems. The chapter finalized the nominees for the AFCEA International awards. The chapter announced that its new Web site will go live in April. Linda Skinner, chapter vice president for membership, shared that 17 members have joined since February and that the chapter's current membership stands at 621. Jackie Whittaker will serve as the chapter vice president for corporate memberships. The Young AFCEANs held their annual inaugural membership kickoff, which aims at retaining young government, military and industry professionals in the Dayton, Ohio, area. The event drew more than 35 guests.
The chapter invited Ricky L. Peters, deputy director, Air, Space and Information Operations, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to serve as guest speaker at the February meeting. Fred Scheyd, regional vice president, swore in the 2009 officers: Dave Judson, president; Kathy DeMolet, chapter vice president for operations; Dave Garofoli, chapter vice president for information; Dan Curtis, chapter vice president for programs; David Hart, chapter vice president for networking; Linda Skinner, chapter vice president for membership; Joel Tanner, chapter vice president for enlisted affairs; Ray Reinhard, chapter treasurer; Brenda Colton, chapter secretary; and Norman Nelson, chapter executive vice president. Skinner announced that the chapter has more than 600 members and that the chapter's goal for 2009 is to obtain 700 members. Two new corporate members were recognized: LDSS Corporation and Illumination Works LLC. Wanda and Mark Markowski received AFCEA Lifetime Award certificates for their service to the chapter.
The chapter invited James Leftwich, president and chief executive officer, Dayton Development Coalition (DDC), to be the featured speaker at the January meeting. The DDC is the Dayton, Ohio, region's economic development organization and its public advocate. The DDC also executes programs to help support the regional strategic vision. During his presentation, Leftwich addressed the DDC's commitment to helping grow regional defense installations, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Springfield Air National Guard Base and the defense industry. The chapter elected new officers, who will be sworn in at the February meeting.<br><br>
At the chapter's October meeting, Lorna B. Estep, executive director, Air Force Global Logistics Support Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, was named as the chapter's board chairman. Estep replaced Col. Kenneth H. Fielding, USAF, commander, 554th Electronic Systems Group, who recently stepped down from the position. At the chapter's InfoTech conference, Michelle Corcoran, chapter president, and Estep presented a check for $30,000 to the chapter's scholarship fund. The chapter has disbursed approximately $45,000 in scholarships this year. <br>
The chapter held its annual three-day conference, InfoTech, in October. The conference focuses on the technology surrounding Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and its affiliate U.S. Defense Department organizations. The event drew more than 3,000 attendees. The chair of this year's conference was Raymond Reinhard, director of regional operations, Advanced Technology Systems. Sue Payton, assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, was the keynote speaker. The event featured a technology banquet with more than 600 government and industry representatives in addition to a capstone luncheon chaired by Gen. Bruce Carlson, USAF, commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The event featured hundreds of industry exhibitors. Plenary session topics included "Strategic, Functional and Logistics Support to the Warfighter," chaired by Grover Dunn, director of transformation, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. The panel included speakers such as Maj. Gen. John Koziol, commander, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, and commander, Joint Information Operations Warfare Command, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. This year's conference also featured a career fair and interviewing preparation seminars, which were presented by the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Family Support Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit the chapter's scholarship fund.
The chapter selected Lynn B. Moad, chief, systems integration division, Directorate of Logistics and Sustainment, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command/A-4, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as the featured speaker for its September meeting. Moad connected her lecture, "Legacy Deconstruction and Decommissioning for Expeditionary Combat Support System [ECSS]," with the system integration division's role in providing enterprise management of the logistics systems portfolio and facilitating the transition from the legacy system environment to ECSS. Norm Nelson, vice president for corporate membership, announced two new corporate members, Autonomic Resources LLC and the Riverside Research Institute. Nelson emphasized the chapter's focus on increasing its military membership. Craig McComb was named the 2009 chairman for the chapter's largest event, the InfoTech Tradeshow and Conference. Ray Reinhard, the 2008 chairman, shared that the conference has raised $50,000 in sponsorships and that conference attendance is at 95 percent. Proceeds from the conference benefit the chapter's scholarships.
The chapter held its annual membership appreciation event in August at the Hope Hotel and Conference Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Attendees were encouraged to dress in honor of their favorite generation. They were treated to dinner, dancing and karaoke as a sign of appreciation to the members who volunteered their time throughout the year to assist with chapter events. The chapter also welcomed its newest corporate member, NuWaves Engineering of Middletown, Ohio. Jeff Wells, president of NuWaves, was excited about the benefits corporate members receive. Norm Nelson, chapter vice president for corporate membership, presented Wells with a corporate plaque.<br><br>
Brent Gibson, deputy director of the 554th Electronic Systems Group, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), Ohio, was the featured speaker at the June meeting and presented an informative lecture. Ray Reinhard, chairman for the InfoTech Conference and tradeshow, announced the event has received three gold sponsorships-Cisco, IBM and Lockheed Martin-and two silver partnerships-Siemens and the Greentree Group. The tradeshow is the chapter's largest fundraiser for the scholarship program. The annual three-day InfoTech Conference focused on the technology surrounding Wright-Patterson AFB and its affiliate Defense Department organizations. Technical Sgt. Joel Tanner, USAF, reported two new Air National Guard members from Springfield, Ohio, recently joined the chapter. The Air Force National Guard represents one third of the chapter's enlisted members.<br>
The June chapter meeting featured as the guest speaker Lorna B. Estep, a member of the Senior Executive Service. She has been selected for reassignment as executive director, Air Force Global Logistics Support Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The chapter also recognized its international award winners, including Norman Nelson, Computer Sciences Corporation, leadership award winner; Nancy Hearrell, Haverstick, a Kratos Co., Medal of Merit; and Thomas Gucwa, deputy director, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Meritorious Service. Senior Airman Matt Janson, USAF, Springfield Air National Guard, won the Milton E. Cooper/Young AFCEAN Technical Certification Scholarship, a $750 prize.<br><br>
Col. Kenneth Fielding, USAF, chapter chairman of the board, presented a plaque to Debra Foster commemorating her 17 years of chapter support. Col. Fielding made the presentation at a farewell celebration in May marking the transition of Foster's duty station from Wright Patterson Air Force Base (AFB) to Gunter AFB. In addition, the chapter "Spring Swing" golf committee met, and Steve Barno, 2008 chairperson for the event, reported overwhelming corporate support for the scholarship fundraiser. Participating companies are: platinum level-Accenture, Scott Financial Services, CMstat, Qbase, Tybrin, Robbins-Gioia, MTC, The Greentree Group, Kratos (Havestick Government Solutions), General Dynamics Information Technology, Sawdey Solution Services, BTAS, Computer Sciences Corporation, Exeter, SI-International, CDO Technology and Northrop Grumman Information Technology/Defense; gold level-PTI and Superlative Technologies Inc.; silver level-Wyle Information Systems; bronze level-Digital Concepts Inc., CACI, S4 and Peerless Technologies Corporation.
The chapter's April meeting featured guest speaker Jim Salyer, squadron director-enterprise finance, 554th Electronic Systems Group, Wright Patterson Air Force Base (AFB). Salyer discussed the Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System, a software development effort to provide U.S Transportation Command, U.S. Air Force and Air Force Mobility Command with a modern, integrated accounting capability. Norman Nelson, corporate membership vice president, provided a status report on new corporate sponsors, noting the newest corporate members are TPT/CMSTAT, Quantech Services, GlobeTech Exchange and NuWaves Engineering. Also at the meeting, Debra Foster of Wright Patterson received a certificate of appreciation and a plaque with a service medallion commemorating her 17 years of support to the chapter. Foster has served the chapter in various board positions and as a avid volunteer for InfoTech, the chapter's largest trade show and conference.
The chapter held its 18th annual black tie Valentine's Ball in February to benefit the chapter's scholarship fund, which has raised more than $1.3 million since 1981. The Mardi Gras-themed event was co-chaired by Terry Holt, The Coffing Corporation, and Brenda Colton, chapter vice president for publicity. The chapter's silent auction and 50/50 raffle grossed $3,000. Attendees included general level officers, Senior Executive Service members and distinguished military and representation from more than twenty government-interest companies. The ball was made possible by several volunteers who were integral to the event, as well as the presentation of colors, pledge of allegiance and POW/MIA ceremony performance from members of the Wright State University Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps Detachment 643. The guest speaker was Brig. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, USAF, director, Intelligence and Requirements Directorate and special assistant for command transformation to the commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command.
In January the chapter was visited by Gregory L. Garcia, director, Headquarters 754th Electronic Systems Group, Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Alabama. He directs an organization comprising more than 1,700 military, civil service and contractor support personnel with an annual budget exceeding $300 million. The group develops, acquires, sustains and operates worldwide communications-computer capabilities for the U.S. president, secretary of defense, Department of Defense, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and unified combatant commanders to direct military forces. The group's personnel are responsible for operation and support of secure integrated business, logistical, network and combat support information systems valued at more than $15 billion. The chapter recognized Chuck Evanhoe, president and chief executive officer, Evanhoe and Associates Incorporated, as a corporate member, and Capt. Clarence R. Aley Jr., USAF (Ret.), as a lifetime AFCEA member.
In December the chapter convened its annual board of directors meeting, focusing on the topic of membership retention. The chapter was able to exceed its goal of recruiting three members to become lifetime members and the chapter total to 40 lifetime members. Norman Nelson, vice president of corporate membership, said the chapter recruited 10 new corporate members, exceeding its goal by 75% and bringing its corporate membership to 233. The chapter also surpassed its goal for student membership recruitment by adding three new students. At the meeting it was noted that the chapter's oldest member is 75 years old and the youngest is 19 years old, and that the chapter's members reside in a total of fifteen states. Additionally, the chapter also added more than $35,000 in contributions to its scholarship fund from its two largest fundraisers, the InfoTech tradeshow and conference and the Valentine's Ball.
More than 2,500 government, industry and academic professionals in information technology were on hand in October for the annual InfoTech Conference, the chapter's event that has been conducted since 1991. Senior-level guest speakers, business seminars and professional training sessions were on the agenda of the event, as well as an inaugural career fair that drew more than 35 exhibitors, including the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. This year's trade show, centering on the conference theme 'Cyberspace and IT&Flying in Formation,' featured more than 150 booths with displays and demonstrations of the latest in emerging technologies. Guest speakers included Lt. Gen. Robert Elder, USAF, commander, U.S. Cyberspace Command, who delivered the keynote address; and Gen. Bruce Carlson, USAF, commander, Air Force Materiel Command, who spoke at the capstone luncheon. Several high-ranking officials in the information technology field participated in panel discussions. Proceeds from the event go to the chapter's scholarship fund, which benefits seven local universities: Cedarville University, Central State University, Clark State, Edison State, Sinclair College, Wright State University, and University of Dayton. Kathy DeMolet, chapter vice president for education, told event attendees the chapter has contributed more than $1 million in support of scholarships. The chapter raised more than $30,000 this year.
The guest speaker of the November chapter meeting was Richard Reed, chief of the Logistics Support Office (LSO), Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He said the LSO manages and supports a wide variety of logistics programs for the Air Force. He is responsible for the development of Air Force distribution policies for cargo movement, metrics and analysis of the logistics pipeline. Reed explained that he operates the Air Force Air Clearance Authority and manages the Air Force $300 million Second Destination Transportation Account. Additionally he manages the Air Force Materials Handling Engineering Program, the Air Force Packaging Technology and Engineering Facility and implementation of automatic identification technology within the Air Force. Reed was presented with a Wright Brothers coin set by Michelle Corcoran, chapter vice president, in appreciation of his visit. Norman Nelson, chapter corporate membership director, presented Anthony Perfillio, Rendigs, Fry, Kiely and Dennis, LLP, with a new corporate member plaque. Perfilio also is a chapter director and former chapter chairman of the board.
In October the chapter convened its monthly business meeting with the announcement of the 2008 chapter officer slate. New officers include Michelle Corcoran, chapter president; David Judson, first vice president (VP); Norman Nelson, second VP; Gary Aherns, VP programs; Kathy DeMolet, VP education; Linda Skinner, VP membership; Kathy Kracus, secretary; Teresa Macalolooy, treasurer; Brenda Colton, VP publicity; Minda Moore, VP arrangements; Tech. Sgt. Joel Tanner, USAF, VP enlisted affairs; Sheri Osborne, VP awards; Cliff Nelson, VP Young AFCEANS; and Ray Reinhard, VP information technology. The slate will be confirmed at the December board of directors meeting. The chapter also is preparing for its largest tradeshow event of the year, 'InfoTech 2007: Cyberspace and IT-Flying in Formation.' The event showcases high technology in the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, area and benefits the scholarship fund.
Joe Sciabica, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is director of the sensors directorate, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio and spoke at the September luncheon. The directorate specializes in the science and technology needed for superior U.S. air and space systems for reconnaissance, surveillance, precision engagement and electronic warfare. The directorate's primary areas of technology investment include radio frequency sensors and countermeasures; electro-optical sensors and countermeasures; and automatic target recognition and sensor fusion. These technologies are an enabler for information superiority. Sciabica oversees an annual budget of more than $300 million and directs the activities of approximately 1,000 civilian, military and contractor personnel, including scientists, engineers and a support workforce at three different geographical sites. He also spoke of the 1,200-1,500 jobs coming to WPAFB through the Base Realignment and Closure process in the next three years.
In August the chapter hosted its tenth annual Membership Appreciation Social Hospitality (M*A*S*H) Bash at the Hope Hotel and Conference Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The event supports the current membership and seeks to recruit new members and renew current members. Jeremy Smith, chapter membership coordinator, signed up new AFCEANs, including Thomas Corcoran, Tech. Sgt. Gregg K Ryan, USAF, James Kelly and Gottfried Kloimwieder. AFCEA dog tags were given to all attendees and a complimentary dinner buffet was provided. The hotel was decorated to look like the compound on the television show M*A*S*H complete with tents, latrines, showers, Rosie's Bar, a 1941 Army staff car with flags and stars and a mess area. The event even had Tony Packo's sausage like M*A*S*H character Klinger used to order from Toledo.<br>
In July, the monthly officer's meeting and luncheon featured Dr. Alok Das, senior scientist for design innovation at Air Force Research Lab, Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio. Gerald Tritle, chapter president, presented the chapter with its 13th consecutive "Model Chapter of the Year" award. The Milton E. Cooper Scholarship from AFCEA International was presented to 1st Lt. Nathan Taylor, USAF, who pursuing his electrical engineering degree. Zachary Duberstein was the recipient of the $500 Julie O'Brien Memorial Scholarship to use when he begins attending Miami University of Ohio this fall. Also at the meeting, new corporate membership plaques were presented to Lighthouse Technologies, McNamee & McNamee PLL and Sierra Lobo Incorporated. The chapter also congratulated Connie Engler on winning the AFCEA International Meritorious Service Award for her support to them as vice president for membership.
In June the monthly officer's meeting and luncheon featured Michael R. Turner, the Ohio Third District Representative to the United States Congress. Turner serves on the Armed Services Committee, through which he assists Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, located in the district. He provided a broad perspective of the armed forces and industry issues affecting the Miami Valley region. The lunch also featured a gift basket auction with the proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund. Kent Owsley and Steve Barno were recognized for chairing the chapter's golf outing and raising $5,000 for the Scholarship Fund. The Chapter also received news that it won "Model Chapter of the Year" for a large chapter from AFCEA.
The annual Spring Swing golf tournament was held in May as the chapter's spring scholarship fundraiser. The event was held at Country Club of the North (CCN) located in Beavercreek, Ohio, near Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The event saw a substantial increase in the number of golfers and corporate sponsors over last year, with 184 golfers registered. The event was highlighted by a hole-in-one shot by Brigadier General Dennis Samic, USAF (Ret.). The chapter's corporate sponsorship chair, Steve Barno, said they had over fifty-three sponsors providing sponsorships at the Gold, Silver, Bronze and individual levels. Additionally, they had a raffle of two prizes, a limited edition Tiger Woods print and a Ninetendo Wii with a Tiger Woods golf game. The raffle generated more than $1,000 in raffle ticket sales, and the event overall generated $5,000 for the scholarship fund.
In April the monthly officer's meeting and luncheon featured Jon S. Ogg, chapter chairman of the board, as guest speaker. Ogg is a member of the Senior Executive Service and is director of communications and information, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Ogg's role encompasses the duties of chief technology officer, chief architecture officer and chief information officer. He is the command's primary catalyst for e-business transformation, and is responsible for identifying enterprise-wide opportunities as well as facilitating implementation into operations. Ogg said he serves the warfighting mission by exploiting information technology to ensure system accuracy and access, to simplify business processes and to unify information flow across command organizations. He manages resources through development and utilization of e-business solutions to eliminate redundancy and inefficiencies.
The March officers meeting and luncheon featured Thomas W. Krusemark, procurement center representative for the U.S. Small Business Administration, as the guest speaker. Krusemark is responsible for procurement center duties for all Defense Department activities and missions at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, as well as for Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency operations in Cincinnati. Also at the meeting, Gerald Tritle, chapter president, presented Tech Sgt. Michael Fay, USAF, chapter enlisted membership director, with a gold watch for being selected the regional Distinguished Young AFCEAN. Tritle and Norman Nelson, corporate membership diorector, additionally presented a plaque of recognition to new corporate member JELCO Incorporated of Wheeling, Illinois. JELCO provided the chapter with a large plasma screen monitor to display photos for its recent scholarship event.
The Dayton Wright Chapter held its 17th annual Valentine's Ball in February; the event is the chapter's second-largest scholarship fundraiser. The chairman of this year's Italian-themed event was was Brenda Colton of Haverstick Government Solutions, chapter vice president for publicity, while Gerald Tritle, BTAS Inc., chapter president, served as emcee. The chapter's silent auction grossed over $3,000. Attendees included general level officers, Senior Executive Service (SES) members and distinguished military, and representation from more than thirty government-interest companies. The event featured several volunteers who were integral to the event, as well as the presentation of colors, Pledge of Allegiance and POW/MIA ceremony performance from members of the Wright State University Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps Detachment 643. The Italian guest speaker was Anthony Perfilio, chapter Executive Board member and former SES member.
The Dayton-Wright chapter announced its new officers for 2007 at its December meeting. The officers are: president,<b> Gerald (Jerry) Tritle</b>; first vice president, <b> Michelle Corcoran</b>; secretary,<b>Julie Harris</b>; enlisted affairs vice president, <b>Tech Sgt. Michael Fay</b>; education vice president, <b>Kathy DeMolet</b>; arrangements vice president, <b>Debra Foster</B>; publicity vice president,<b> Brenda Colton</b>, awards vice president, <b>Nancy Hearrell</B>; Young AFCEAN vice president,<b> Cliff Nelson</b>; special events, <b>Dan Curtis</b>, yeoman society, <b>Norman Nelson</b>; programs vice president, <b> Michael Bridges</b>; membership vice president, <b> David Judson </b> (corporate and individual); treasurer:, <b>Teresa Macalolooey</b>; InfoTech 2007 chair, <b> Thomas Gucwa</b>; and historian, <b>Diana Schaefer. The new chairman of the board is Jon Ogg. The officers will be installed at the January board of directors meeting. <br>Two Dayton Wright Chapter officers received AFCEA awards: Tech Sgt. Michael R. Fay, USAF, for the Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAN and Clifford Nelson for the Emerging Leadership Award.
The Dayton-Wright Chapter held its November meeting at the the Hope Hotel, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.The guest speaker was Mr. Eric S. Wilson, deputy director of the 554th Electronic Systems Group (ELSG), 554th Electronic Systems Wing, Electronic Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The 554 ELSG provides integrated information technology solutions to help its Air Force customers achieve unsurpassed combat capability, manage transformational change and improve combat effectiveness. Mr. Wilson was presented a Wright Brothers commemorative coin set. <br> <br> Chapter President Dennis Doucet thanked all the chapter members for their suport at the AFCEA InfoTech Conference. Mr. Doucet was presented with a commemorative Wright Flyer coin by the chapter vice presidents for his service to the Chapter for 2006.
The Dayton Wright Chapter held its annual three-day conference called InfoTech. The conference focuses primarily on the technology surrounding Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and its affiliate Department of Defense organizations. The event drew over 2,000 attendees. The event provided the chapter's scholarship fund with over $50,000 for future scholarships. Since 1991 the chapter has contributed over $1,350,000 in support of scholarships and scholastic assistance for students and schools in pursuit of science, technology and engineering programs. This year's 2006 Infotech Conference chairperson was Nancy Hearrell, past publicity chairman. The chapter's efforts increased attendance, booth sponsorship, and event sponsorship by 10 percent over last year's event.
The Dayton-Wright Chapter invited Mr. Thomas S. Wells,HQ AFMC, director of contracting, as the guest speaker at the September 14, 2006 AFCEA luncheon, held at the Hope Hotel Banquet Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.Thomas S. Wells, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the director of contracting, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In his position, he manages AFMC contracting policies, processes, people and technology. The command contracting activity executes nearly half of the U.S. Air Force's total obligation authority to develop, produce and sustain the systems and equipment that assure superior war fighting capabilities for Air Force, joint and allied forces. The command's contracting workforce procures emerging technologies, major weapon systems, spare and repair parts, installation support, and a wide range of contracted services. <br><br><br>