SIGNAL Magazine Update: Young AFCEAN Honored - Fri, 21 Sep 2012

The chapter honored Derek M. Heese as the Young AFCEAN of the Month for September. Heese is currently the director of Defense Department sales for RedSeal Networks, a leading provider of proactive security management solutions that enable enterprises to continuously audit and monitor information technology compliance and risk to eliminate cyber attacks. Heese has been a member of the chapter since 2008 and began serving in volunteer roles this year, including managing the escorts for the Naval IT Day and assisting in its setup. In addition, he has signed up to manage the escorts for all IT Day events going forward to ensure continuity. He continues to search for other ways to serve our community and looks forward to a life long relationship with AFCEA. The chapter congratulated Heese at its meeting and thanked him for his continued support.

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SIGNAL Magazine Update: Chapter President on Upcoming Year - Thu, 20 Sep 2012

In September, Chris Cusano, chapter president, discussed his goals for the coming year. He is focusing the chapter leadership on adding value to individual members, corporate members and sponsors through the enhancement of the chapter's existing programs and the development of innovative initiatives. These efforts will keep the chapter member-centric and help attract new members and event participants. Some notable initiatives include Women In NOVA (WIN), an internship program and processes to improve chapter operations. Cusano's other priorities for the chapter include leader development, improving communications and enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) support.

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SIGNAL Magazine Update: Panel on Health IT - Tue, 28 Aug 2012

The chapter's 5th Annual Warfighter Support IT Day in August concluded with a panel of distinguished requirements experts spanning the Interagency Program Office (IPO), the Defense Department/Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Interagency Program Office and the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agency (OSEHRA) to discuss the issues, challenges and priorities impacting the health information technology industry. Moderated by Lt. Gen. James B. Peake, USA (Ret.), M.D., the event panel included: Barclay P. Butler, Ph.D., director of the IPO; Capt. Michael Weiner, USN, director of clinical informatics at the IPO; Susan Perez, program manager, integrated electronic health record, Defense Department/VA IPO; and Dr. Seong K. Mun, Ph.D.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Emerging Leaders Connect with Mentors - Thu, 14 Jun 2012

Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., USAF, director, Defense Information Systems Agency, addressed the chapter's emerging leaders in June at the Sheraton Premiere in Tysons Corner for the Spring Mentor Protégé Dinner. Gen. Hawkins encouraged the group to think about their careers in terms of three-dimensional chess and to always anticipate the next five steps in their development as a way to get an edge. Valuable nuggets like these from our more than 40 mentors are what make these events, held twice a year in the spring and fall, so sought after among Young AFCEANs in the National Capitol Region.

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SIGNAL Magazine Update: Award Winners Recognized - Fri, 08 Jun 2012

In June, the chapter named Alexa Tsui as recipient of the Young AFCEAN Award. She is a sales and account manager at Bloomberg Government. She has really stepped up and been an active participant in a number of capacities this year. She helped with Bag stuffing for Navy IT and Air Force IT days, volunteered to work the Wounded Warrior Booth for Navy IT Day, ran the AFCEA membership booth for several luncheons, served on the auction committee for Heroines in Technology and served on the Mentor/Protégé planning committee. In addition, the chapter recognized Greg Kipper as the June SuperNOVA. Kipper is a consulting futurist specializing in emerging technologies/cyber security for General Dynamics AIS.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Inaugural Women In NOVA Event - Fri, 08 Jun 2012

Approximately 70 women, ages 18 to 82, attended the chapter's WIN Inaugural Event held in June at the Tysons Corner Sheraton. Women in NOVA (WIN) is a new committee within the chapter that focuses on supporting, improving and increasing women's participation, relevance, impact, opportunities and recognition within the chapter and the greater AFCEA community. The committee's board introduced the new organization and its goals and objectives, and invited attendees to help shape and grow the organization's success by sharing ideas on how future participation and participants can leverage WIN to benefit themselves, their business and the community at large. <br><br>The event's theme, “WIN Leveraging AFCEA for Success,” fit the event well.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Awards Recognize Outstanding Chapter Members - Wed, 23 May 2012

The chapter's May Young AFCEAN Award winner is Amy Earnest. She is a business development associate at NOVA Corporation, a Navajo Nation-owned (tribal) 8(a) company providing information technology and telecommunications services. Earnest has been an active chapter volunteer for almost every event, including the luncheons, every IT Day, the Golf Committee, the Mentor/Protégé Committee and anywhere else she is needed. In addition, she accomplishes all these tasks by travelling from Pennsylvania. The May Super NOVA recipient is Dave Fraley. After returning from being deployed in Afghanistan, Fraley was instrumental to the success of this year's Army IT Day. He was a key driver for the theme and program description and acquiring high-level speakers.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Adopt-A-School Winner Announced - Tue, 01 May 2012

In May, the chapter's Educational Grant program and the Adopt-A-School program gave students at Lake Braddock Secondary School the opportunity to work with Samsung Galaxy tablets in the Advanced Programming class. These students have been using the Adobe Flash Professional software to create apps that introduced them to working with the touch functionality of tablets, including zooming and dragging objects. Students programmed the apps and went through the process of deploying and testing the app on the tablet. For several years now, there has been a steady decline in the number of students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in programming.

SIGNAL Magazine Update: General Gives Enterprise Email Update - Mon, 30 Apr 2012

The chapter's luncheon for April featured Maj. Gen. Steve Smith, USA, director, U.S. Army Chief Information Office/G-6 Cybersecurity Directorate. Some of the topics he covered included an update on the Defense Department enterprise email program, data center consolidation, supply chain risk management, mobile devices, certifications and compliance. Future dialogue topics for industry include the next generation of authentication, memory forensics and machine-to-machine anomalies. In addition to Gen. Smith, the luncheon included representatives from Women In NOVA (WIN).

SIGNAL Magazine Update: Annual Executive Round Table Held - Tue, 24 Apr 2012

The chapter's annual Executive Round Table held in April is among the most important and exclusive events that it holds each year and is a key membership benefit offered only to corporate table holders. The Executive Round Table was a not-for-attribution and no-press event featuring frank discussions with U.S. Defense Department acquisition executives from the armed forces about the challenge presented by the budget and what industry can do to help the department respond to this challenge.