Grumling, Cory Lindo, Susie Macke, Gary
Murakami, Shelley Rowley, Donna Russell
and Eddie Sandell.
Speaker Discusses Acquisition
The chapter hosted a breakfast at the
Double Tree Bedford Glen Hotel, Bedford, Massachusetts, in May. Bud Vazquez,
chapter president, welcomed participants
and introduced featured guest speaker
Richard Lombardi, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition. Lombardi provided an update on
the Air Force budget to attendees, noting
that the service is facing tough choices.
It must absorb billions in reductions by
seeking efficiencies, eliminating redundant
capabilities and cutting overhead while
balancing capability, capacity and readiness. Lombardi emphasized that initial
requirements and strategy will determine
program success or failure, so it will be
even more critical for the Department of
Defense and industry to continue to communicate openly and often.
Air Force Base CCAF
At the Los Angeles Air Force Base Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)
graduation ceremony in May, the chapter
awarded scholarships totaling $3,000 to
four airmen. Each airman also received a
complimentary one-year AFCEA membership. The recipients of the scholarships
were: Senior Airman Levi Mburu, USAF;
Staff Sgt. Amanda Holmes, USAF; 1st Lt.
Justin Tullos, USAF; and Staff Sgt. Raymond Ball Jr., USAF.
Marine Captains Receive Awards
The chapter presented the 123rd quarterly Electrical & Computer Engineering
and 25th annual Joint C4I AFCEA John
McReynolds Wozencraft academic honor
awards in June at the historic Hotel Del
Monte McNitt Ballroom to two Marine captains, Capt. Douglas Columbus, USMC, and
Capt. Kevin McMullen, USMC, who earned
two Master of Science degrees.
Recognizes Local Students
In May, the chapter’s Education Foundation hosted its Annual Awards Luncheon
in conjunction with the Montgomery
Information Technology Summit (MITS).
The chapter awarded High School Information Technology Summer Internships to
five graduating high school seniors: Evan
Brand, Taylor Hopper, Jared Hunter, Guill-ermo Ravelo and Jayron Wilkerson. Each
winner received a $2,500 college scholarship, an HP laptop and a 10-week paid
internship with one of the following companies: Array Information Technology,
LOS ANGELES—At the Los Angeles Air Force Base Community College of the Air Force
graduation ceremony in May, the chapter awards scholarships totaling $3,000 to four airmen.
Pictured are (l-r): Senior Airman Levi Mburu, USAF; Staff Sgt. Amanda Holmes, USAF; Chapter
President Steve Quilici; 1st Lt. Justin Tullos, USAF; and Staff Sgt. Raymond Ball Jr., USAF.
MONTEREY—Together in the first row (l-r) at the Electrical & Computer Engineering and 25th
annual Joint C4I AFCEA John McReynolds Wozencraft awards presentations in June are Larry
Reeves, chapter president; Joint C4I awardee Capt. Kevin McMullen, USMC; Vice Adm. Ronald
Route, USN (Ret.), president, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS); and Electrical & Computer
Engineering awardee Capt. Douglas Columbus, USMC. In the second row are Paul Cutt,
chapter member; Dr. John Arquilla, chairman, Defense Analysis, NPS; Dr. Dennis Volpano,
professor, computer sciences, NPS; Cmdr. Thor Martinsen, USN, program officer, electrical
and computer engineering and applied mathematics, NPS; Dr. Douglas Hensler, provost,
NPS; Dr. Phil Durkee, dean, Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, NPS; and
Dr. Sherif Michael, professor, electrical engineering, NPS. The new AFCEA clock award was
admired by the 30 other awardees and many attendees at the Spring Quarter ceremony.
Taylor Hopper (2nd from
r) accepts his High School
Information Technology Summer
Internship award from Charisse
Stokes (far l), director of the
chapter’s Education Foundation.
Alongside Hopper are Lt.
Col. Leonard Boothe, USAF,
chapter president, and Hopper’s
corporate sponsor, Jon Dittmer
of Array Information Technology.
MONTGOMERY—Gerard Crawford (c), a
rising senior at Troy University, accepts his
Education for Industry scholarship, presented
by Stokes (l) and Lt. Col. Boothe in May.
MONTGOMERY—In May, Dena Moncrief
(c) accepts a $2,500 robotics donation
on behalf of Floyd Middle Magnet School’s
Technology Student Association from
Stokes (l) and Lt. Col. Boothe.