In June, the chapter held another successful Military/Government Career Transition Seminar at the Doubletree in Crystal City, Virginia. The event links those leaving government, civil and military service with speakers who have successfully navigated that transition. The seminar provides lessons, tips and real-life advice in an interactive, dinner forum. Col. Ronald Zich, USMC, chapter vice president for government affairs, hosted the event. Speakers included Diane Bellegarde, vice president of operations, Worldwide Information Network Systems; Col. Dave Scarbalis, USA (Ret.), vice president, SNVC; Capt.
The chapter's June luncheon featured John Garing, director, strategic programs and integration, Defense Information Systems Agency. Garing shared his thoughts and perspective from nearly 40 years of combined military and government civil service with more than 400 luncheon attendees. The chapter recognized Bob Landry and Mike Adams for their outstanding service to the chapter with Super NOVA awards, and Ryan Cox received the Young AFCEAN of the Month Award. The luncheon also served as the formal transition of the chapter's board of directors for the 2010-2011 season. The chapter thanked the outgoing chapter president, Col.
In June, the chapter's Young AFCEANs held the annual Mentor Protégé Night. Over 150 people gathered to network with members of the defense, security and information technology sectors and to hear insight from three distinguished leaders. Featured speakers included Col. Greg Gardner, USA (Ret.), deputy chief information officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Ruby DeMesme, specialist leader, Deloitte Consulting, and former assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force; and Col. Ron Zich, USMC, executive officer, Headquarters Marine Corps C-4. The event included attendees from across government, military and industry who spent the evening connecting with the chapter's early- and mid-career professionals.
The chapter's May luncheon featured Brig. Gen. N. Lee S. Price, USA, program executive officer, Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications (Tactical). She addressed over 400 attendees on the Army's challenges and requirements deploying integrated tactical capabilities to the deployed warfighter. The chapter honored Dick Colver with the Super NOVA Award for his contributions to the chapter and named Maggie Cook as the Young AFCEAN of the Month for her consistency in performing beyond expectations.
In April, the chapter held its ninth annual Naval IT Day Conference. The event served as a forum for Department of the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps leaders to present strategies for information dominance to more than 650 attendees. Highlights of the event included an opening address from the Honorable Robert Work, undersecretary of the Navy, on that service's strategy to integrate afloat and ashore networks to achieve a seamless, integrated enterprise. Rob Carey, chief information officer (CIO), Department of the Navy, discussed the role of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and information security challenges on naval networks. Maj. Gen. George Allen, USMC, CIO, U.S. Marine Corps, discussed the mission and challenges facing the Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Center.
On Thursday, April 1, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced the following flag assignments relevant to the Gov IT community:
RADM Edward H. Deets III will be assigned as Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM), Norfolk, Va. Deets is currently serving as Vice Commander of NETWARCOM
In March, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., USA, Army Chief of Staff, spoke at the chapter's monthly luncheon. Gen. Casey provided an overview of his top three priorities: sustaining the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; building capability as a hedge against the unexpected; and maintaining the right balance with the all-volunteer force.
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In March, the chapter's newly formed marketing and communications special interest group held its first event. Steve Lunceford, a strategic communications professional from Deloitte, spoke about social networking to 40 marketing professionals at the immixGroup Conference Center in Vienna, Virginia.
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The late February chapter luncheon featured Elizabeth A. McGrath, assistant deputy chief management officer and performance improvement officer for the Defense Department. McGrath discussed the Defense Department's efforts to improve business and financial operations across the enterprise. She highlighted the need to better integrate policies, processes and technology across the uniformed services and defense agencies to ensure that the department runs efficiently and effectively. Also at the luncheon, Norris Connelly, chapter president, presented a $20,000 donation to the AFCEA Educational Foundation and a $25,000 grant to the George Mason University Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering.
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In early February, the chapter's Young AFCEANs conducted the second installment of their new Mentor/Protege Roundtable Forum. The forum provides a small group of Young AFCEANs with the opportunity to interact in a relaxed setting with a senior member of the federal information technology community. The Young AFCEANs exchanged ideas, obtained professional advice and asked honest questions in this open forum. This event was hosted by Brig. Gen. Eric Vollmecke, ANG, chief of staff, Headquarters, West Virginia Air National Guard, at his offices in McLean, Virginia.
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