marketing, Intermatica, gave an overview
of the company’s solutions for satellite terminals, and David Moss, government services director for Thuraya, described the
network, products and solutions, focusing on encryption. Following a demonstration of a video surveillance system
equipped with a Thuraya satellite terminal
IP+, Drew Harris, government services
director, Thuraya, illustrated how sensors
allow early identification and transmission
of threats-related information. Emanuele
Ceci, Intermatica’s head of sales, concluded
by describing the operational use of a system receiving satellite signals through an
external directional antenna.
The chapter’s December luncheon
offered members and the community the
opportunity to wrap up 2014 in a charita-
ble and fun-loving manner. Each year, the
chapter honors Hope Children’s Home.
Founded in 1968, the home has been a
refuge for children in the Tampa Bay
area, rescuing nearly 5,000 children, from
infants to age 18. For more than 40 years,
Hope Children’s Home has taken children
in and tried to make a difference in their
impressionable lives. The chapter’s annual
Hope Children’s Home Christmas event
fills the room with holiday cheer as the
children sing Christmas carols. Audi-
ence members are encouraged to become
involved in the merriment with lots of
dancing and singing. Members present
the children with gifts from their Christ-
mas lists, and the chapter gives a mon-
etary donation to the home.
Chapter Installs New Officers,
Welcomes Luncheon Speaker
The chapter’s 2015 kickoff included
officer installation; the newest president
ROME—The management desk for “DEFENSECOMMS: The Latest Advanced Technologies in
Satellite Communications, Voice and Data” in December includes (l-r): David Moss, government
services director, Thuraya; Robert Demers, Thuraya; Lt. Gen. Pietro Finocchio, ITAF (Ret.),
chapter president; and Claudio Castellani, president, Intermatica.
ROME—Audience members listen to presentations at DEFENSECOMMS in December.
Hope Children’s Home children
sing Christmas carols to the
chapter at the December luncheon.
TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG—Col. Russ Smith,
USAF, deputy J- 6, U.S. Special Operations
Command (SOCOM), is installed as 2015
chapter president at the January luncheon.
TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG—January luncheon
speaker Tony Coomes (far r), Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (AISR)
Transport Infrastructure Action officer, Chief
Information Officer Division, SOCOM, talks to
members of industry following his presentation.
at the event in December.