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Col. Discusses Strategic
Lt. Col. Jeff Etienne, USA, product director for Defense-Wide Transmission Systems
(DWTS), was the guest speaker at the chapter’s November luncheon. He discussed the
eight major strategic, long-haul and base
support communications programs, how
the DWTS team works to manage these
diverse programs and the requirements
from major stakeholders ranging from the
Army G- 4 to the CIO/G- 6. “I like to compare DWTS to being like a Sprint, AT&T
or Verizon carrier. We provide long-haul
communications worldwide, a SATCOM
network that enables logisticians to remotely connect to their critical networks stateside,” Col. Etienne said. He highlighted the
real-life applications of DWTS programs.
Recently, DWTS deployed more than 20
Combat Service Support Very Small Aperture Terminals (CSS VSATs) as part of the
Operation United Assistance response to
the Ebola outbreak in North Africa. Col.
Etienne expressed a desire to move away
from sole-source contracting in the interest
of encouraging competition.
Luncheon Features Technical Adviser
The chapter held its November luncheon
at the Hilton Garden Inn, Beavercreek,
Ohio. Attendees enjoyed networking with
members from large and small businesses
and university, military and civilian organizations. A skydiving jump was raffled
off, with proceeds going to the chapter’s
scholarship fund. The luncheon speaker
was David Drake, technical adviser, Information Technology, Communications and
Information Directorate, National Air
and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC),
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
His presentation focused on the protection of air, space and cyber systems. Rick
Wegmann was announced as an honorary
chairman of the board. Eleanor Blystone,
chapter vice president, enlisted affairs,
announced that the chapter is still offering scholarship awards to enlisted personnel to assist with college costs for science,
technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM) degrees. The program has been
successful over the years by providing support to the enlisted community around
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
In December, the chapter hosted
its annual holiday party for members and guests at the Hanscom
Air Force Base Minuteman Commons. Bud Vazquez, chapter past president and board chair, opened the festivities
by presenting a certificate of appreciation to Neil McGarry from Harpoon Brewery,
marking its beer as the official beer of the chapter in recognition of the support the
company has provided over the past few years. Kate Stowe followed as master of
ceremonies, welcoming distinguished guests and narrating the presentation of the
chapter’s Unsung Hero awards. These awards recognize the outstanding but unheralded contributions recipients made to their respective organizations during the
year. Honorees included Linda Grasso, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
(AFLCMC)/HBA; Richard Tetreault, AFLCMC/HNS; Timothy Martin, 66th Security Forces Squadron; William Howe, AFLCMC/AQ; Chief Warrant Officer 4 Robert
Hallinan, USA, Army National Guard; and the chapter’s own unsung hero, Al Shoemaker, chapter historian and perennial volunteer.
Heralded at Holiday Party
Bud Vazquez (l), chapter past
president, and Mary Ann Carlson,
chapter president, present a
certificate of appreciation to
Neil McGarry, Harpoon Brewery,
at the December social in
appreciation of Harpoon’s
support of the chapter.
LEXINGTON-CONCORD—Carlson (l) presents
the chapter’s Unsung Hero Award to Al Shoemaker,
chapter historian, at the December holiday social.
Michael Vogel, USAF, commander, 66th Air Base Group,
addresses guests at the chapter’s holiday social in December.