SIGNAL Magazine Update: Speakers Gather for Holiday Luncheon

Holiday spirit was in the air at the chapter's December luncheon. Attendees toasted to a successful year for the largest AFCEA chapter. The speaker and guest of honor was Tony Montemarano, Senior Executive Service, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), who asserted that DISA missions are critical to national defense and cannot be disrupted regardless of external factors such as Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), funding cuts and organizational challenges. He also asked that industry continue to help develop and support secure, interoperable network-centric solutions, which are inherent in all DISA sponsored initiatives. Relying on its industry partners, both large and small, enables a successful and innovative collaboration that serves the mission and ultimately supports the warfighter. <br><br>The chapter enjoyed another successful Army IT Day in December with a slate of speakers and panels that provided invaluable insight into the information technology needs of the U.S. Army. Keynote speakers and panel members included: Mike Krieger, acting Army chief information officer/G-6; Maj. Gen. Rhett A Hernandez, USA, commander, Army Cyber Command; Mary Lynn Schnurr, director, intelligence community information management, Army Intelligence Chief Information Officer; Brig. Gen. Ben Hodges, USA, deputy commander of Regional Command; Maj. Gen. Mark Bowman, USA, acting deputy chief information officer/G-6; Brig. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock III, USA, 335th Signal Command (Theater)(Provisional)/Army Central Command/G-6; Brig. Gen. Jennifer L. Napper, USA, commander, Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army); Maj. Gen. Susan Lawrence, USA, special assistant to the vice chief of staff, Army; Brig. Gen. Lee Price, USA, command, control, and communications (tactical); Col. Michael Williamson, USA, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology; Col. Chuck Hoppe, USA, project manager, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical; Col. John Morrison, USA, LandWarNet/Battle Command director.<br><br>Honors that day were also given to Maj. Chad Rogers, USA, DISA, as Young AFCEAN of the Month and to Mary Jo Lampe, Science Applications International Corporation, as SuperNOVA Volunteer of the Month.

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