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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In January, U.S. Army leaders shared their vision, challenges, requirements and insight at the 9th Annual Northern Virginia Chapter's Army IT Day. There were 19 distinguished speakers, including Lt. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sorenson, USA, chief information officer/G-6; Lt. Gen. James H. Pillsbury, USA, deputy commanding general, Army Materiel Command; the Hon. Dean G. Popps, acting assistant secretary of the Army and Army Acquisition Executive; Brig. Gen. Steven Smith, USA, chief cyber officer; and Brig. Gen. Ronald M. Bouchard, USA, deputy chief of staff/G-6, U.S. Army Forces Command.
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In November, the chapter celebrated the U.S. Marine Corps' 234th birthday. Maj. Gen. George Allen, USMC, director for command, control, communications and computers (C4), and chief information officer, U.S. Marine Corps, served as the keynote speaker. He shared his vision for the Marine Corps Enterprise Network and discussed the need to reduce information technology (IT) operations and to support costs through hardware and software virtualization. The general encouraged industry to help solve serious IT challenges with next-generation solutions, including "green" IT solutions to reduce power consumption, rugged and deployable hardware components and solutions to improve IT service management. The event also featured a Toys for Tots station where attendees contributed to the annual U.S.
Lt. Gen. William T. Lord, USAF, chief of warfighting integration and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., served as the keynote speaker for the chapter's September meeting. The general discussed the U.S. Air Force's strategic priorities and outlined the mission to support warfighter capabilities. He encouraged industry to engage with government and military partners to meet U.S. Defense Department needs. The meeting, which drew more than 500 attendees, also recognized the family of the late Capt. Bob Williams, USCG (Ret.), an active member of the chapter who also served a term as chapter president. The chapter's contributions to the Northern Virginia Community College Pathways to Baccalaureate program were noted.
Chuck Corjay, a past chapter president and a current board member, welcomed scholarship winners and their families to the annual scholarship banquet, held in August. Forty-one recipients received scholarships totaling $158,000.
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