AFCEA NOVA Luncheon January 13, 2017

DCGS Family of Systems at OUSDI Panel
Chair: John Snevely, Lead for Program Integration, Assessment & Acquisition Synchronization, ISR Infrastructure Directorate
AF DCGS: Col Kristofer Gifford
DCGS-A: COL Rob Collins
DCGS-N: CAPT Mark Kempf
DCGS-SOF: Mr. Jim Pettigrew

AFCEA NOVA Luncheon December 2, 2016

Speaker: Gregory Touhill, Federal Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Management & Budget, Executive Office of the President

Moving from Thanksgiving into the very busy Holiday Season, many find themselves reflecting on what they are thankful for and what they are looking forward to. The December Luncheon provided much of both. AFCEA NOVA was very thankful our speaker, Gregory Touhill, could fit us into his incredibly busy schedule as he shoe-horned us in before a meeting at the White House. It led to a slightly different schedule of events at the luncheon and validated the phrase: “the early bird gets the worm”. Those attendees that arrived early got some one on one time with Mr. Touhill and those that did not…..did not.

AFCEA NOVA's ADOPT A SCHOOL PROGRAM is looking for VOLUNTEERS for the 2017 Herndon High Science Fair

AFCEA NOVA’s ADOPT A SCHOOL PROGRAM is looking for VOLUNTEERS for the 2017 Herndon High Science Fair!

Date: January 26th from 3-6ish. The snow date is Feb 2. We will have light refreshments for you as well. Also, I really need to know very soon if you can make just Jan 26 (on time) or the snow date Feb 2 or BOTH (hopefully).

Contact: Chris George, I will serve as your contact as the judges coordinator and you will receive more information in December and January. My e-mail is Please see below to complete your confirmation in a Google doc tiny url or QR reader code. Please make an effort to do this by December 1st – the sooner the better. Again thank you so much for your interest and support for our high school scientists!

Please use this tiny URL or QR code to sign up via a Google form:

AFCEA NOVA Luncheon October 21, 2016

Speaker: BGen Dennis Crall, Director C4/CIO of the Marine Corps


This was a common refrain heard throughout the room at Thursday’s luncheon. The luncheon started with the viewing of the Marine Corp birthday message from the Commandant of the Marine Corp, General Robert B. Neller. It is a compelling message and if you weren’t able to be at the luncheon, you can view it here. Thursday marked 241 proud years for the United States Marine Corp and those in attendance were fortunate to celebrate it with BGen Dennis Crall. After an amazing National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, the audience was able to witness the cake cutting tradition to celebrate another year of proud tradition. All and all, the entire opening to the lunch provided a lot of goosebumps and national pride after what was a crazy week in our nation’s capital.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Marine Corps CIO Leads Birthday Celebration

Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, director, command, control, communications, computers (C4)/chief information officer (CIO), spoke at the chapter's November luncheon. Gen. Crall led the chapter in celebrating the Marine Corps' 241st birthday, including the ceremony passing cake from the oldest Marine to the youngest Marine. Marines were on hand to collect toys from attendees for Toys for Tots.The chapter recognized Young AFCEANs Katie Aceto and Melissa Shaw from Deltek. They have both been supporting the luncheon committee in securing volunteers and preparing presentations to help the lunch run smoothly. In addition, Aceto has supported Herndon High School, Herndon, Viginia, in the Adopt-a-School program. Shaw has been active on the Mentor-Protege Committee and volunteers for multiple events.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Chapter Honors Key Volunteers

The chapter recognized Sandy Forney, Lloyd McCoy and Adrian Hall in October for their contributions as volunteers. Since 2010, Forney has been the chapter's point of contact for the adopt-a-school program focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at the K-12 level. She spent more than 200 hours planning and developing presentations and meeting with Robinson Secondary School. Forney authored grant applications resulting in more than $20,000 to improve the STEM curriculum there. McCoy has worked tirelessly to help make the chapter's IT Day events successful. He adds value to any situation and is always willing to assist the chapter. McCoy volunteers for multiple events. Hall has been an outstanding IT Day committee member.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Luncheon Features Adm., Adopt-a-School Program

Rear Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, director of warfare integration for information warfare (OPNAV N2/N6F), was the chapter's October luncheon speaker. Adm. Norton was very informative, covering a variety of topics, including Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services system (CANES), Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN), the Joint Information Environment (JIE) and the cloud. The luncheon also highlighted the chapter's very successful adopt-a-school program, including schools from elementary to high school. Eleven schools received checks to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Schools supported the chapter too by having high school student Emma Lay sing the national anthem.

AFCEA NOVA Luncheon September 16, 2016

Friday was Opening Day for the AFCEA NOVA Luncheon Series! This fall has a great line up of speakers and leading it off was Annette L. Redmond, Director, Army Intelligence Community Information Management, Army Intelligence Chief Information Officer. After an amazing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner that would rival any of those at a ballpark, Ms. Redmond graciously shared her insights on the challenges and needs of the US Army as we move into the new Cyber domain.

Ms. Redmond stressed that Army leadership feels that READINESS is the #1 priority as she described the Army Intelligence 2020 Plan and gave us insight into the priorities for their 2025 plan. Ms. Redmond also discussed the challenges the Army faces and points of emphasis going forward in GFY17, particularly around integration with ICITE and trust. The question session was lively and were answered in depth. After review, her slides will be available to the membership.

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