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Opportunity to Host an Exchange Student From Spain

Would you like your children to make friends with a child from Spain? Would you like to learn more about Spanish culture? Perhaps you just want to practice your Spanish (a little). You can do all of these things and more by hosting a student from Spain this summer. Big Ben Centre, a prestigious second language school in Albacete, Spain, is sponsoring a summer program to help their students learn outside the classroom by living with an American family June 29 – July 26.

Please consider hosting a student. Just follow your normal family routine and the student can experience American family life beyond what they see on TV. You will receive 100 Euros (about $139) per week towards expenses. Spanish families are very loving and close knit. The students are well-mannered, open-minded, and eager to learn from their host families. They range in age from about 14 to 18.

Women in NOVA “FY14 Federal Outlook” Event

WIN’s 4 February 2014 – “FY14 Federal Outlook” breakfast was attended by over 65 people. It was a unique and intimate opportunity to hear guest panelists, Sharon Jones, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, DISA, Lucian Niemeyer, recently retired Professional Staff Member, Committee on Armed Services for the U.S. Senate, and George Meyers, Managing Partner, The Meyers Group, share their valuable insights and experience. The morning was full of lively discussion, questions and answers. When moderator Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch asked the panelists to leave the group with one message, each provided advice based on their unique perspective:

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Star Member Receives Special Award of Merit - Wed, 19 Mar 2014

Congratulations to Chuck Giasson, recipient of the AFCEA Educational Foundation Special Award of Merit. This is a richly deserved award reflecting many years of dedicated service and support to science, technology, engineer and mathematics education across AFCEA with outstanding results. An anticipated presentation will be at the AFCEA Cyber Symposium June 24-25 in Baltimore.

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SIGNAL Magazine Update: Army IT Day Content Packs the House - Tue, 18 Mar 2014

Attended by more than 800 government and industry professionals, the chapter's Army IT Day in March was a great success. U.S. Army officials covered many topics, which included organization changes within the Army information technology community (Cyber Command, Network Enterprise Technology Command, Defense Information Systems Agency, Program Executive Offices and G-6), data center migration, status and the future of the Joint Information Environment, applications movement to the data center and/or the cloud (Defense Department or industry), cyber status and priorities, procurement opportunities, and the Army’s challenges in maintaining and defending the network.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Colonel on Army Priorities and Industry Support - Fri, 14 Mar 2014

The chapter hosted its March luncheon and featured Col. Ken Blakely, USA, commander, Command and Control Support Agency, who spoke to attendees about Army priorities and industry support. The chapter also recognized Young AFCEAN's Fiona Wass with Deltek and Tim Patch with Sagent Partners. SuperNOVA's were also recognized and included Cara Odlen, ANU Professional Training, and Dave Fraley, Paragone Solutions. Congratulations to the awardees.

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SIGNAL Magazine Update: Young AFCEAN Awarded DYA at WEST - Wed, 12 Feb 2014

At WEST in February, chapter member Luke Howe with Sagent Partners received the AFCEA International Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) Award. Howe serves as president of the chapter’s Young AFCEANs. He has been an active volunteer since March 2009 and quickly became involved in support of chapter events and the AFCEA scholarship program. Luke has supported all chapter IT Days by helping identify sponsors, acquire speakers and support event logistics. Howe also assisted with the Valentine's Day Ball, the Mentoring Program with the George Mason University subchapter and a large variety of Young AFCEAN initiatives. Since 2011, Howe has been the Pentagon Shuttle Captain for the chapter, coordinating transportation between the Pentagon to the chapter event site.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Young AFCEAN Recognized as Emerging Leader - Wed, 12 Feb 2014

Chapter member Ryan Cox with Oracle won the National Capital Region Distinguished Young AFCEAN (DYA) Award in 2011 for exemplary leadership as a chapter Young AFCEAN (YAC). At WEST 2014, Cox received the Emerging Leadership Award from AFCEA International, which recognizes former DYAs who have demonstrated continuous leadership. As a member of the chapter, Cox served as YAC president, and as a result of his performance, he was elected to the chapter board in 2012. Cox served successfully as vice president of information, where he initiated innovative member communications, most notably the NOVA Communicator eNewsletter, and led the adoption of social media for advertising and member coupling.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: NOVA Small Business Navigates the "New Normal" - Thu, 09 Jan 2014

On January 9, the AFCEA NOVA Small Business Committee hosted its first education event of the year, Navigating the New Normal: Tools for the Trade. John Sammartino, head of contracting activity for the Defense Intelligence Agency, kicked off the meeting by discussing contracting officers’ view of sequestration trends, including firm fixed price; lowest price, technically acceptable; best value evaluations; rise of protests; and other inclinations of federal procurement. Alexa Tsui with Technik Inc., reviewed the most relevant market intelligence tools, including Bloomberg Government, Govwin and Govini.

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