presented Unsung Hero Awards to recipients who made outstanding but unheralded
contributions to their respective organizations in 2016. Steve Wert, program executive officer (PEO) for Battle Management,
AFLCMC; Maj. Gen. Dwyer Dennis, PEO,
C3I and Networks; Col. Alfonso La Puma,
USAF, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center
Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Directorate (AFNWC/NC); Col.
Roman Hund, USAF, commander, 66th Air
Base Group; Sue Angell, director, Acquisition Center of Excellence; and Lt. Col. Dana
Sanders-Udo, Massachusetts Army National
Guard, joined Hiltz and Vazquez in the presentation ceremony. Unsung Heroes included Keith Taylor, Battle Management, AFLCMC; Ira Zigalbaum, C3I and Networks;
Jessica Casserly, 66th Air Base Group Public
Affairs; Deb McKenna, Acquisition Center
of Excellence; Beth Rogers, AFNWC/NC;
Tanya Rioux, Massachusetts National Guard
Bureau Homeland Security Institute; and
Matt Carroll of AFCEA. Capt. Setterberg
thanked Raytheon for its generous sponsorship of the event and Harpoon Brewery for
Chapter Tours NASA’s
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
In December, the chapter’s board
received a tour of NASA’s Jet Propulsion
Laboratory. The lab’s deputy director, Larry
James, guided members through the facility, providing a glimpse of the various space
missions that researchers and scientists
conduct. The lab is very active with projects involving interplanetary exploration,
Mars rovers and Earth’s climate.
Requirements for the
Brig. Gen. David T. Isaacson, USA, U.S.
Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)
deputy chief of staff, G- 6, spoke at the
chapter’s November luncheon. He discussed the Army’s plans and programs
to win in a war of increasing complexity. Agility, adaptability and strong expeditionary skills are all requirements for the
modern warfighter. He stressed the need
for industry to provide simple solutions
that improve interoperability in a more
defensible network that requires baked-in
cybersecurity. Gen. Isaacson quoted the
secretary of the Army: “Readiness is the
John Thompson, USAF, commander,
Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center (far l), joins Bud Vazquez, New
England-Upstate New York regional
vice president (far r), in congratulating
chapter Unsung Heroes (l-r) Tanya
Rioux; Matt Carroll; Jessica Casserly;
Mark Billingham (accepting for Ira
Zigalbaum); Beth Rogers; Keith Taylor;
and Deb McKenna in December.
LEXINGTON-CONCORD—Attending the holiday social in December are the Massachusetts
National Guard’s (l-r) Lt. Col. Dana Sanders-Udo; 1st Sgt. Helon Wyllie; Rioux, state family
program director; 1st Sgt. Shane Rioux; and Staff Sgt. Jacques Parent.
LEXINGTON-CONCORD—Gen. Thompson offers best
wishes to guests at the holiday social in December.
LOS ANGELES—Attending the tour of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in December are (l-r) Doug Holker; Lane Gilchrist; Ed Peura; Linda Herrell;
Steve Quilici; lab Deputy Director Larry James; Spencer Bauer; Laura Pope; Larry Davidoff; Steve Staso; and Bill Page.