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JBER IT Expo
The chapter, in coordination with FBC
Incorporated, sponsored the 7th Annual IT
Expo at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in
Alaska. The event brought vendors together
to provide information on their products
to the military sector in Anchorage. Cisco
and McAfee provided presentations on current information technology issues, awarding continuing education units for those in
attendance. The night prior to the expo, FBC
hosted an evening social event for vendors
and AFCEA Alaska members at the Glacier Brewhouse, a popular restaurant. Alaska
Communications and Verizon started the
upcoming 2015 STEM fundraising cycle by
presenting sponsorship checks to Lt. Col.
David Elder, USA, chapter president. The
2015 STEM event will be held in April of
Annual STEM Night
The chapter, in cooperation with the University of Alaska–Anchorage (UAA), held
its annual STEM night in April at Gorsuch
Commons on the UAA campus. Bob Whicker, the director of the Consortium for Digital Learning at the Association of Alaska
School Boards, was the keynote speaker. He
described real-world projects throughout
rural Alaska, where students are collecting data for NASA, flying unmanned aerial
vehicles, measuring ice depths, forecasting
earthquakes and participating in other projects that serve their community’s needs. Lt.
Col. David Elder, USA, chapter president,
presented seven STEM grant checks for
$1,000 each to Kathy Baker from Anchorage Christian School, Kayla Wind from Big
Lake Elementary School, Bryan Schneck
from Faith Lutheran School, Katie Schroeder
from Mears Middle School, Gerald Cyphert
from Wasilla High School, Scott Hickox from
Girdwood K- 8 School and Michael Backus
from Twindly Bridge Charter School. STEM
sponsors this year were Alaska Communications, GCI, Teamsters, Copper River IT and
New Horizons Telecom Incorporated. Lt.
Gen. Tom Case, USAF (Ret.), UAA chancellor, provided the facilities for the evening.
Science Teaching Tools Award
Goes to Navy School
In May, the Military Naval Lyceum Almi-
rante Storni in Misiones won the 2013
About 2,000 visitors and exhibitors visited the Bonn
town hall for the 28th AFCEA Bonn TechExpo in May.
The event was bigger than ever before, with 111 exhibitors showing their solutions for the armed forces and
homeland security organizations. This year’s symposium focus topic was interoperability. High-ranking speakers of the German armed forces, NATO, federal police and academia presented their views and solutions on this topic. Maj. Gen. Erich Staudacher,
GEAF, chapter president, stated: “All the technological solutions are important, yet the
lack of communications makes interoperability a challenging task.”
BONN E.V.—Maj. Gen.
the 28th Bonn
TechExpo in May.
Another Successful TechExpo
BONN E.V.—Hundreds of interested visitors listen to the TechExpo symposium in May.