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AFCEA NOVA Introduces the 2016-2017 Board of Directors

The Northern Virginia chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association has elected new members to its 2016-2017 Executive Board. Mr. David Scarbalis, Industry Solutions Director of CA Technologies, has been elected to serve as President for the coming year. 

AFCEA NOVA is the largest Chapter in the AFCEA International family with approximately 7,200 members and an equal number of nonmember associates and friends in industry, government & academia.

The 2016-2017 AFCEA NOVA Board of Directors includes:

AFCEA NOVA supports the Children's Science Center Lab

Will you help name our robot?

Our new robotic arm has lots of personality and performs many tasks. It just arrived and it already feels like part of the Children's Science Center Lab family - but it is missing a NAME!
Visit the Lab before Labor Day and write your idea for our robot's name on an entry form in the Inspiration Hub Gallery for a chance to win a Birthday Party at the Lab!



Contest is for children 12 years old and under.
One entry per child please.
Winner will be announced on September 19th.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Cyber Health and Wellness Expo Features Expert Panel

Government executives from the U.S. Defense Department participated in a panel discussing cyber health and wellness at the Women in Northern Virginia Cyber Health and Wellness Expo in July. The panelists, Greg Garcia, chief information officer, Army Corp of Engineers; Col. Darby McNulty, USA, Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems; and Adarryl Roberts, director, Defense Business Systems Center of Excellence, Defense Logistics Agency, were led by moderator Nirali Shah Chawla, director, Advisory Services Practice, KPMG. Panelists discussed the challenges governments, companies and critical infrastructures are facing in an increasingly challenging cybersecurity environment. The dialogue then transitioned to personal health and well-being. The combination was a true balance-of-life conversation.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Chapter Concludes Small Business Program Year

The chapter's Small Business Committee hosted it final two events of the program year in May and June. In May, the chapter hosted James Lloyd, assistant to the director, Office of Small Business Programs for the Office of the Secretary of the Army and the program manager for the Veterans and HUBZone Small Business Programs. Lloyd explained the Army's successes in increasing small business utilization as well as some insights to upcoming Army small business opportunities and regulation changes.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: The Value of Networking Discussed at February Panel

In February the chapter hosted a lively panel discussion on the value of networking. Professional instructor Gale Paige, "the Queen of Networking," moderated a panel of government and industry executives who shared their stories and insights. Panelists included Marilyn Thomas, deputy chief management officer, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force; Michael Sorrento, director, cyber capabilities and compliance, Office of Information Dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force; Gale Paige, president of Complete Professional Connections; and Kristyn Jones, director, KPMG Federal Advisory Practice. After the event, a networking happy hour was hosted by the chapter's young AFCEANs.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Small Business Committee Hosts Event on Multiple-Award Contracts

The chapter's Small Business Committee hosted an education event on multiple-award contracts (MACs) and GSA Schedules – Winning and Benefits, on February 3. Attendees were able to learn about the latest on MACs and governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs) from a government/industry panel providing their insights in this growing area for small businesses. The outstanding line-up of presenters included Harrison Smith, Office of Procurement Operations, Courtney Fairchild, president, Global Services and Matthew Hummer, director of analytics and professional services at Govini.

Read the full story on SIGNALOnline at http://www.afcea.org/signal/chapternews/index.cfm?action=details&id=3405

SIGNAL Magazine Update: USMC Gen. Speaks at Chapter Luncheon

In November, the chapter hosted newly promoted Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, who assumed the duties of director, command, control, communications, computers (C4), Headquarters Marine Corps/chief information officer (CIO) of the Marine Corps in July. Gen. Crall placed a heavy emphasis on the Marine Corps network, its vulnerabilities and the standardization of the application development process.

Read the full story on SIGNALOnline at http://www.afcea.org/signal/chapternews/index.cfm?action=details&id=3348

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Chapter Hosts Cross-Service Small Business Forum

The chapter hosted an unprecedented cross-service event focused on small business. Victor Gavin, the Navy's program executive officer (PEO) for Enterprise Information Systems (EIS); Terry Watson, the Army's deputy PEO EIS; Herbert Hunter, chief Enterprise Services Division for the Air Force's PEO Business Enterprise Systems; and their program managers delivered insights about small business opportunities at their organizations. An instructional Shark Tank-themed presentation and three afternoon tracks enabled small businesses to engage one on one with program managers from each of the services, participate in matchmaking with large prime contractors that support each PEO, and hear from Small Business Program leaders with the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Air Force and Navy PEOs.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Army Deputy CIO Presents to Chapter

At an October luncheon, Gary Wang, Army deputy chief information officer/G-6, talked about defense priorities and the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) investment in U.S. classrooms. The chapter's Adopt a School kickoff was announced, with 13 schools represented by teachers, administrators and AFCEA sponsors. STEM grant checks were presented to the schools to fund classroom activities, clubs, software, tablets and technology tools.

Read the full story on SIGNALOnline at http://www.afcea.org/signal/chapternews/index.cfm?action=details&id=3346

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Chapter Hosts 8th Annual Joint Warfighter IT Day

In September, the chapter hosted its 8th Annual Joint Warfighter IT Day. The content-rich day kicked off with a keynote address from Adm. Michelle Howard, USN, vice chief of naval operations, followed by a presentation from Janice Gover-Jones, chief information officer, Defense Intelligence Agency. Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel, USAF, vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), then engagingly took to the podium to speak in detail about getting smart with DISA's pricing model as it relates to cost transparency, control and contracting efforts.

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