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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The chapter is actively involved in supporting local middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities. As a direct result of the chapter's assistance from the spring 2011 grants, the Seneca Ridge Middle School Rocketry Club finished in the top 100 out of 678 teams in a nationwide contest in April. Only five teams in Virginia made it, and the school has been invited back to participate in Nationals. The finalists will compete for a share of $60,000 and the title of National Champion. The winning teams also will win an all expenses paid trip to the international air show in London to compete against the United Kingdom and French rocketry winners.
In March, the chapter recognized its monthly award winners. Omar Quintero, president and chief executive officer of Encentric Incorporated, an 8(a) certified information technology services provider, received the chapter's Young AFCEAN Award. Quintero is new to AFCEA and has contributed immensely. He has volunteered at every event so far this year. He was a participant and the top fundraiser for the chapter's Sweat-for-a-Vet Team. In addition, he has been an escort, provided audio/visual support, been at every IT Day bag stuffing, helped with registration and is a member of the Small Business Committee. Col. Paul Patton, USAF (Ret.), is with CACI and received the SuperNOVA Award. Col.
Tysons Corner, VA – February 13, 2012 – AFCEA NOVA, the largest chapter in the AFCEA International family, held its 31st Annual Valentine’s Ball on Saturday. The well-attended event, held at the newly renovated Hilton McLean in Tysons Corner, has long been considered one of the premiere social events within the Washington metropolitan community, and this year was no exception.
“We were extremely pleased by the incredible turnout this year,” said Chuck Corjay, Chairman of the AFCEA NOVA Valentine’s Ball. “We understand this is a tough year for many companies, so we truly appreciate that so many outstanding organizations stepped up and committed to this event, where excess proceeds go towards educational scholarships through the AFCEA NOVA Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are provided to students in the Northern Virginia area studying the hard sciences including mathematics, information technology, computer science, and others – it truly is a great way to give back to our industry and our community.”
The AFCEA NOVA February luncheon featured RADM Jan Tighe, Director of Decsion Superioty for N2N6F4. This was another successful luncheon in our monthly series with 450 people registered. RADM Tighe covered a number of topics including information dominance. She also discussed that the Navy is always looking for ways to enable good decisions based upon collecting information from sensors. Data that is collected should be discoverable without being duplicated.
The NOVA uses any excess proceeds from events to support science and technology at local schools. During the luncheon the chapter presented science teaching awards to Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County and Stafford County for a total of $21,000.
Lt. Gen. Christopher Miller, USAF, deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs, kicked off the 10th Annual Air Force IT Day in February as the keynote speaker by stating that there is no better place to be when it comes to information technology related issues than the chapter. He pointed out that the U.S. Air Force agrees with Secretary Panetta that the key battlefield in the future will be cybersecurity. The mission of the Air Force is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. The bottom line, he noted, is that the Air Force is serious about cyber from an organizational sense. Gen. Miller spoke on declining budgets and force reductions and how efficiencies will be absolutely critical moving forward.