the Czech Ministry of Defense, international and Czech associations and armed
forces from around the globe.
Chapter Gets Ready to Close Out
High School Cyber Competition
The second round of the Czech National High School Cyber Security Competition, organized by AFCEA’s Czech Cyber
Security Working Group and a number of
government, academic and professional
organizations, ended in March. Nearly
265 students met all the criteria for the
selective second round of competition, in
which they suggested solutions to various
complex security tasks. Among 30 finalists, 19 were rated as having very good
to excellent knowledge. Detailed results
are published at www.kybersoutez.cz. The
second-round winner, Tomas Rottenberg,
is a third-year student at Boskovice High
School. The Prosek Technical Secondary
School in Prague has the greatest number
of students advancing to the finals. In
April and May, the chapter prepared for
the finals, which took place June 1 in Brno
during the International Fair of Defense
and Security Technologies. The winners
will have the opportunity to qualify for
the autumn European finals in Spain.
Navy SEAL Now Protects
K- 9 Working Dogs
Retired Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch,
accompanied by his dog, presented an
inspirational message to chapter members in February. Members packed the
Dayton Racquet Club to hear Hatch
speak about his time in the SEALs, sharing hard-earned life lessons focused on
resiliency. Hatch, who was wounded in
the leg during a mission, began the combat dog program for the SEALs. After
retiring, he founded the Spikes K9 Fund,
which provides bullet-resistant and stab-proof vests for police K-9s. The fund is
named for Spike, one of the most memorable dogs on Hatch’s last deployment.
After Hatch’s presentation, David Hart of
the skydiving team Fastrax coordinated
with Spikes K9 Fund to donate a vest to
the Middletown, Ohio, police department
for its canine Koda.
Meeting Goes to the Cloud
In March, the chapter hosted a general membership meeting at the Saber &
Quill in Fort Knox, Kentucky. The event
featured guest speaker Donald W. Hewatt,
director of workload and cloud practice,
U.S. Public Sector, DXC Technology (
formerly Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services). He spoke about cloud services,
emphasizing that they are evolving along
with Defense Department objectives.
These services encompass three solutions: infrastructure as a service, software
as a service and platform as a service.
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provides
CZECH—Josef Prokes, director,
Czech Office for Personal Data
Protection, discusses the EU’s
new General Data Protection
Regulation at a March workshop.
CZECH—Jakub Kolacek (2nd from r), a second-round
finalist in a national high school cybersecurity competition
organized by AFCEA and other groups, pauses after the
March contest for a photo with Dr. Lenka Sosnovcova (r),
Mnichovo Hradiste High School director; Tomas Pribyl (l),
president, European Cyber Security Excellence Center;
and Petr Jirasek, AFCEA regional vice president.
CZECH—In March, a crowd gathers to hear the implications of a new EU requirement.
CZECH—Col. Frantisek Ridzak, CZAF, chief, Czech Signal Corps, opens the C4ISTAR
conference in March. (Photo by Alice Stysova, Czech Ministry of Defense)
DAYTON-WRIGHT—The dog of retired
Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch accompanies him
to a February chapter meeting. Hatch spoke
about his time in the SEALs and Spikes
K9 Fund, which he founded to provide
protection vests for working dogs.
DAYTON-WRIGHT—Hatch shares at his
February presentation that he has oriented
his life around training and caring for