The chapter's September luncheon series featured Lt. Gen. William T. Lord, USAF, chief of warfighting integration and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. Gen. Lord brings more than 30 years of Air Force leadership experience to his current role, where he leads five directorates and two field operating agencies consisting of more than 1,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel supporting a portfolio valued at roughly $17 billion. He identified his biggest challenge: striking a balance between the numerous opportunities availed through ongoing technical innovation (Web 2.0, mobile devices, cloud computing and enterprise solutions) and the demands of security, fiscal constraints, law, policy and regulation.
In June, the chapter served as a presenting sponsor for the 2010 Become a Pilot Family Day and Aviation Display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The sponsorship enables continuing educational programs offered by the Smithsonian and its Udvar-Hazy Center, including its Emmy and Telly award-winning Flight School episodes, which were underwritten by the chapter and developed by the Fairfax County Public Schools and the Smithsonian. The family day featured more than 60 vintage, recreational, military and home-built aircraft that were flown in for the event and displayed outside the center's huge Boeing Aviation Hangar. This year, the display also included vintage fire and safety vehicles and automobiles.
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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