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 chapters young AFCEANs.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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 DISAs pricing model as it relates to cost transparency, control and contracting efforts.
In June, the chapter's Educational Foundation honored the 41 winners of the 2015-16 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarship awards. The scholarship winners were students with exemplary backgrounds of service to the country and community, academic accomplishment and commitment to pursuing degrees in STEM technical fields that support national security. Since its inception, the AFCEA NOVA Scholarship Program has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to more than 400 recipients. This year, the chapter introduced a scholarship named for one of its founding members, Chuck Corjay, that will exist in perpetuity. Corjay, over many years, has symbolized what it means to be a volunteer, leader and patriotic citizen.
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 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.