of untapped resources and talent. Stephens
provided some ideas on how to identify and
use those resources and talents. A question-and-answer session and networking followed
Marine Corps CIO Leads
Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, director, command, control, communications,
computers ( C4) and chief information officer (CIO), spoke at the chapter’s November
luncheon. Gen. Crall led the chapter in celebrating the Marine Corps’ 241st birthday,
including the ceremonial passing of cake
from the oldest Marine to the youngest
Marine. Marines were on hand to collect
donations for Toys for Tots. The chapter recognized Young AFCEANs Katie Aceto and
Melissa Shaw from Deltek, who support the
Luncheon Committee in securing volunteers
and preparing presentations to help lunches
run smoothly. In addition, Aceto has supported Herndon High School in Herndon,
Virginia, in the Adopt-a-School Program.
Shaw has been active on the Mentor-Protégé
Committee and volunteers for many events.
SuperNOVAs were Jerry Hanson and Linda
Dinga. Hanson joined the chapter’s Air Force
IT Day Committee and “really burned up
the wires for sponsors.” Dinga is the director
of corporate development for Arena Technologies and leads event execution for the
chapter’s small business program.
Luncheon Features Admiral,
Rear Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, director of warfare integration for information
warfare (OPNAV N-2/N-6F), was the chapter’s October luncheon speaker. Adm. Norton was informative, covering a variety of
topics, including the Consolidated Afloat
Networks and Enterprise Services system
(CANES), the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN), the Joint Information Environment (JIE) and the cloud.
The luncheon also highlighted the chapter’s successful Adopt-a-School program,
including schools from elementary to high
school. Eleven schools received checks to
support science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM) education. High
school student Emma Lay sung the national
anthem at the luncheon.
Course Covers Visibility,
Automation in Evolving
Steve Thamasett, security field solutions
architect, CDW-G, gave an AFCEA credit
certifications course in October on visibility and automation in the evolving security
landscape. As cyber attacks become more frequent and sophisticated, the window to identify, process and protect from these attacks
continues to shrink. This class covered the
need to extend infrastructure visibility and
consolidate data to enhance threat identification and increase automated threat response.
Thamasett discussed the evolution of cyberthreats and the steps organizations need
NORTHERN VIRGINIA—Attending the chapter’s November luncheon are (l-r) Col. Ron Zich,
USMC (Ret.); Chuck Corjay; guest speaker Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, director, command,
control, communications, computers ( C4) and chief information officer (CIO); Chapter
President Dave Scarbalis; and Maj. Gen. George Allen, USMC (Ret.).
NORTHERN VIRGINIA—Marines collect for Toys
for Tots at the chapter’s November luncheon.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA—Rear Adm.
Nancy Norton, USN, director of warfare
integration for information warfare (OPNAV
N-2/N-6F), meets national anthem signer
Emma Lay at the October luncheon.
PALMETTO—In October, (l-r) Rashmi Patel and Steve Thamasett from CDW-G explain the
evolution of cyberthreats and the steps organizations can take to adequately prevent, detect
and respond to attacks.
PALMETTO—Brig. Gen. Greg Brundidge,
USAF (Ret.), speaks to the chapter
in October on “Perspectives on the
Government: IT Industry Interface.”
PALMETTO—Gen. Brundidge (l) receives
a check for $100 in his name for the
charity Building Homes for Heroes from
Chapter President Col. Stamatis Smeltz,
USAF, at the October event.