Continuing to build their reputation as a Model Chap- ter–Large Program, the Alamo Chapter’s Young AFCEANs (YACs) are focused on strengthening con- nections between uniformed military members and
industry—a goal that brings value to both sectors in San
Antonio, which is home to 211 military missions. The
evolving slate of Alamo programs and activities, in both
2013 and 2014, was designed to better support the life and
career needs of the armed forces members.
For example, Young AFCEANs have engaged in a number
of industry tours during the past two years, getting an insider’s look at companies and facilities that include the Defense
Information Systems Agency, the Center for the Intrepid,
the Southwest Research Institute, Rackspace, Dell Computer Corporation and Oracle Corporation. Industry tours
are arranged to help early-career technologists and active-duty information technology professionals gain a broad
understanding of private-sector opportunities they may
want to pursue down the line, as well as how various businesses operate—a concept that is often outside the experience of those who have spent their careers in the military.
Along the same lines, the Alamo YACs launched a new
program in 2014 dubbed a “business crawl.” Modeled after
the more well-known “bar crawl” concept, participants
boarded buses and traveled between the offices of seven
government services and defense contracting companies
along a central business corridor in San Antonio. Those
attending—some of whom traveled from the East Coast to
take part in the event—brought résumés and business cards,
and many made vital connections throughout the tour.
Because continuing education is a key part of career
advancement, the Alamo YACs also have staged a number
of Lunch & Learn events on topics ranging from the weap-onization of cyberspace to the development of mobile apps
from concept to market.
Among the highlights of the year is the annual Mentor-Protégé Night, which further expands the interaction between
military and industry professionals by connecting “under 40”
AFCEANs directly with seasoned mentors from both the public and private sectors. The event promotes open discussion
about how to navigate career hurdles, lessons learned from the
mentors and the skills and qualities that one must develop to
be a leader in his or her field. The event also is open to students
from local universities who are pursuing degrees in the science,
technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
The chapter marked a new milestone in 2014 by
announcing the first winners of the Young AFCEA Technical Innovation Award: Master Sgt. Kelly Bales, USAF, and
2nd Lt. Joshua Chambliss, USAF.
“Alamo Young AFCEANs continue to lead in connecting
military, academia and industry by creating and strengthening programs that support synergistic relationships,” Emily
Rausch, YAC leader, said.
2015 promises to be another year of evolution, including
more Lunch & Learn programs at San Antonio’s military
installations, sponsorship of new events at Brooke Army
Medical Center’s Warrior and Family Support Center and
a cyber “capture the flag” competition that will draw teams
from industry, the University of Texas–San Antonio, and
the 24th and 25th Air Forces.
Alamo Young AFCEANs
Strengthen Military Connections
Participants of the industry tour had a chance
to experience a fun architectural feature at
Rackspace’s offices: a slide!
The Alamo Chapter’s Young
AFCEANs take an industry tour
of Rackspace in October 2014.
Young AFCEAN Advisory Council Report