The chapter's focus on supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives continues to have great results. This fall, as part of its Adopt-a-School program, the chapter provided local schools with funding, resources and personnel to improve hands-on scientific education. South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia, was one of those schools and used its grant to promote the rocketry club headed by physics teacher David Azzam. One of the students participating in the rocketry club, Mark Wolter, recently won first place in the physics astronomy category of the South Lakes High School science fair with his entry that examines the effects of shock cord length on rocket decent rate. Wolter will now advance on to the regional competition.
At our core, AFCEA is a member-based association. At the International, Region, and Chapter levels, we draw our strength from the relationships and dialogue between over 30,000 members of industry, government, military, and academia worldwide. We know our members share the value of AFCEA with their peers on a regular basis--which really supports our member recruitment efforts. Toward that end, we'd like to say "thank you" to our members who actively refer colleagues to AFCEA membership. Through the end of June, we're recognizing this peer-to-peer recruiting spirit with a formal individual membership recruiting campaign called "Each One, Reach One."
The Department of the Navy (DON) Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) with the assistance of the chapter hosted an "Innovation Cell Industry Day" in March. This half-day event was the platform for the launch of the Navy PEO EIS Innovation Cell Industry engagement process. The Innovation Cell is designed to bridge the gap between industry innovation and DON enterprise IT acquisition. The goal of the Navy PEO EIS Innovation Cell is to decrease the time for transitioning commercial IT technology to the DON IT environment. This event provided industry with a detailed presentation on the Navy PEO EIS Innovation Cell process and how industry can engage via the Innovation Cell to offer solutions to the department's enterprise IT challenges. The event had more than 500 registrations and was a great success thanks to the hard work and collaboration between PEO EIS and the chapter volunteers.
Women in NOVA (WIN) held its third annual networking social in November. Special guests Nancy J. Harned, executive director, strategic planning and program planning, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research and Technology), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), and Cindy Moran, director of network services, Defense Information Systems Agency, made brief comments and spent the remainder of the evening networking with individuals in attendance. It was a dynamic evening of networking with more than 50 women and men from government and industry.
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The chapter's 7th Annual Joint Warfighter IT Day in September was a great success. Featured speakers included Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman, USA, director, command, control, communications and computers/cyber and chief information officer, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF, chief, Information Dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force; Lt. Gen. Douglas Robb, USAF, director, Defense Health Agency (DHA); Dave Shedd, acting director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); Brig. Gen. Gregory Touhill, USAF (Ret.), Department of Homeland Security deputy assistant secretary for Cybersecurity Operations and Programs; Maj. Gen. Al Lynn, vice director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); John Wilcox, director, Communications Systems/J-6, U.S.
June 20, 2014 - WIN Coffee Talk
Place: at the Sheraton Premier Hotel
Tysons Corner, VA.
The WIN Coffee Talk takes place right before the AFCEA NOVA luncheon with Luncheon w/ Gregory Touhill, DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Operations and Programs
We look forward to seeing you there.
The chapter hosted its 13th Annual Naval IT Day in June. Attracting both government points of contact and industry, the event offered attendees some of the best networking the federal market has. Both small business and large prime contractors benefited from presenters, including Vice Adm. Ted Branch, USN, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance and director of Naval Intelligence, and Terry Halvorsen, acting Defense Department chief information officer, who outlined Naval priorities and answered questions from the audience.
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In June, the chapter hosted the 2014 Golf Tournament at Old Hickory Golf Club in Woodbridge, Virginia. This event provided an excellent opportunity for industry and government points of contact to network, share ideas and have fun. Very successfully, this event raised more than $30,000 for the chapter's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarships and grants.
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On April 29, industry leaders in the federal contracting sector at the chapter's Small Business Breakfast focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the recent changes to the small business contracting laws via the Jobs Act. This event aligned industry leading experts including: Satish Venkatesan, chief executive officer of Technik Incorporated; Kevin Plexico, vice president, Information Solutions at Deltek; Kenyata Watson, associate director, CECOM Small Business; and Ken Dodds, director of policy, planning and liaison, Small Business Administration. The panel engaged in a lively debate and discussion on practical solutions for small businesses that are available in todays federal marketplace.
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The chapter welcomed Maj. Gen. Wendy M. Masiello, USAF, deputy assistant secretary for contracting, as the guest speaker for its April luncheon. Gen. Masiello is responsible for all aspects of contracting relating to the acquisition of weapon systems, logistics, operational and contingency support for the Air Force. The chapter also recognized this year's science fair winners: Aaron Aguhob and Mohamed Adbul Kareem both from Marshall High School. April volunteer and member awards and recognition included: Young AFCEANs Chad Ludwig, Access National Bank, and Rory Williams, KemTech; SuperNOVA Martha Soles, U.S.