For over 40 years the Department of Army has administered an intern program which takes individuals from entry level positions to positions of mid-level management. Through on-the-job training and formal classroom instruction thousands of civilian employees have been trained in a variety of career fields. Many of Army's senior-level civilian leaders are products of the intern program. The Department of Army's management intern positions are permanent, full time Civil Service positions for which recruitment is currently being conducted!
In March, Brig. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., USAF, director, infrastructure delivery, Office of Warfighting Integration, and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., served as the keynote speaker. He discussed the Air Force information technology infrastructure's history and current and future initiatives as well as the effects cyber will have on the next generation of information technology capabilities.
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In March, the chapter sponsored its annual Naval Information Technology Day, which serves as an opportunity for industry professionals to engage in dialogue with senior leaders of the Department of the Navy. Civilian and military leaders from the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps shared their vision and plans for exploiting technology to provide Naval forces with information superiority in expeditionary warfare. Department leaders explored the operational trends, warfighter experiences and maritime strategies that underpin needed capabilities, including maritime domain awareness, effective expeditionary coalitions, improved network capacities, enhanced multilevel security, and information interoperability across government and nongovernment agencies.
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In February, the chapter hosted a small business breakfast. The topic was "Acquisition Oversight: Delivering Capabilities Within DoD." The panel members shared their respective organizational goals, priorities and strategies. Panel members representing the U.S. Air Force said that the service branch is working to ensure the incorporation of standardized requirements into acquisition activities. Panel members speaking on behalf of the U.S. Army shared that it is working on transforming into a joint, network-centric, interoperable, knowledge-based warfare base. The U.S. Defense Department's Business Transformation Agency, Defense Business Systems Acquisition Executive (DBSAE) also had members represented on the panel.
The chapter's 29th Annual Valentine's Ball, held in February, was attended by nearly 700 industry, military, and federal government telecommunications and information technology professionals. Proceeds from the Valentine's Ball benefit educational scholarships through the chapter's scholarship fund. Scholarships are available to students studying the hard sciences, including mathematics, information technology and computer science.
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At the chapter's January luncheon, Keith E. Seaman, deputy director, Defense Business Systems Acquisition Executive, Business Transformation Agency (BTA), served as the featured speaker. He outlined his role within the BTA during his presentation. The chapter honored six local school districts with Science Teaching Tools Awards, which promote effective science teaching and enhancement of the capabilities for schools. The counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Stafford, Loudoun and Prince William and the city of Alexandria received the awards.
Brig. Gen. Michael J. Basla, USAF, vice director, command, control, communications and computer systems/J-6, Joint Staff, who has been nominated for promotion to the rank of major general, provided an overview of the Joint Staff's perspective on information sharing and its effect on warfighters at the chapter's monthly luncheon in October.
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The chapter's featured speaker at the September luncheon was Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., USN, deputy chief of naval operations, communication networks/N-6. Adm. Harris discussed how the Naval Network Environment roadmap enables transitioning to a common computing environment for both afloat and ashore communications from current programs such as information technology for the 21st century (IT21), Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) and Outside Contiguous United States (OCONUS) Navy Enterprise Network (ONE-Net). According to Adm. Harris, the Navy intends to employ a common operating environment for networks and architectures based on industry best practices.
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sorenson, USA, director and chief information officer/G-6, Office of the Army, delivered a keynote address during the chapter-sponsored Army Information Technology Day in July. The event drew an audience of greater than 900 attendees, with Lt. Gen. Sorenson's address an added benefit.<br><br>
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The chapter's Young AFCEANs committee collected $22,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project during the chapter-sponsored Army Information Technology Day in July. Katie Gladhill, chair for the Young AFCEANs, contacted Chuck Giasson, who represents the Wounded Warrior Program through the Northern Virginia Roundtable. A committee was created to collect donations during the one-day event for the wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Chuck Corjay, special assistant to the president for chapter affairs, was the master of ceremonies and made frequent announcements throughout the day. Several large individual and corporate donations were made, and Kent Schneider, president and chief executive officer of AFCEA International, pledged $10,000 in addition to the day's final total of $12,000.