The chapter's Women in NOVA (WIN) group hosted the second annual Fall Networking Social in October with special guests Teri Takai, chief information officer (CIO), U.S. Defense Department, and the 2013 Heroines in Technology (HIT) finalists. More than 120 attendees had the opportunity to meet, mingle and network with public and private sector professionals and to hear Takai share her experiences in the private sector as the CIO for the States of Michigan and California and her vision, priorities and perspectives on the Defense Department's Joint Information Environment. Takai also addressed other Defense Department CIO top priorities such as mobility, data protection and insider threat.
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The chapter's October luncheon featured Brig. Gen. Brian M. Killough, USAF, director, Warfighter Systems Integration. The chapter also recognized the October Young AFCEAN, Rob Lehman with ZAI, and the October Super NOVA awardee, Don Carmichael with WYLE.
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In September, the chapter held its inaugural 5k benefiting veterans scholarships, which will be a yearly event in the future. Attracting more than 200 supporters, the event featured a live DJ and a dance fitness group to kick off the early race at the Fairfax Corner shopping plaza. The runners, media and local business donated funds and in-kind support to make this event a success. The chapter already is in the planning stages for next year and looks forward to seeing attendees there.
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The chapter kicked off its luncheon season in September with Maj. Gen. Steven Smith, USA, outlining U.S. Army priorities from his perspective in his role as the senior military adviser to the assistant secretary of the Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Ron Zich, chapter president, also addressed chapter initiatives for the year. Lastly, the chapter presented Stephanie Spano with the September Super NOVA Award and Sarah Williams with the Emerging Young AFCEAN Award.
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In September, the chapter held its 6th Annual Joint Warfighter IT Day in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Headlining the event was Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., USN, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offering insights on the U.S. Defense Department's move to enterprise services under the Joint Information Environment (JIE) with information technology being a key to meeting Defense Department budget reductions. Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF, A-6/chief information officer (CIO), discussed cyberthreats, commenting there is no peacetime in cyberspace and discussing how the standards-based JIE will offer help to counter these threats. Lt. Gen.
In August, Women In NOVA (WIN) hosted a breakfast panel that brought together key government and industry leadership to discuss the topic of the Convergence of Cyber and Physical Security. Panelists engaged in a lively dialogue around this critical yet often underappreciated topic addressing the challenges currently being faced within the federal government. Defense Threat Reduction Agency representative Bill Austin recognized the challenges associated with securing a broad range of facilities from both the physical structure requirements as well as network accessibility to the sites. To further that dialogue, Roberta Bobbie Stempfley of the Department of Homeland Security identified the uniqueness of each critical infrastructure site and the cyber vulnerability of aging systems. A different exposure, presented by Col.
AFCEA NOVA Partners with the March of Dimes for Heroines in Technology:
Heroines in Technology® is a black-tie gala that recognizes and honors women in the technology community for their dedication to community service. Since its inception, Heroines in Technology has honored 72 “heroines” and raised more than $1.4 million to support the March of Dimes. The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner and a silent and live auction.
In July, the chapter's board of directors thanked all its volunteers with an evening of food, fun and fellowship in recognition of their extraordinary volunteer efforts, which make the chapter a great success. While the chapter is grateful for all volunteers, there are two who stood out and received awards. First, the chapter recognized Brig. Gen. Bruce Bohn, USAF (Ret.), with the chapter's Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented for his length and depth of service to the chapter. Gen. Bohn is a man who goes above and beyond the norm and sets an example for other volunteers to follow. Also, the chapter congratulated Ryan Cox for receiving the Corjay Award, which is presented each year to the volunteer who epitomizes the spirit of volunteerism to AFCEA.