who think it’s not possible can realize that
it is,” she said.
Chapter Names New Leader
The chapter announced a new president in
July. Rick Lipsey, vice president of programs,
took the helm from Bill Morrow, who was
the chapter’s president for six years. Morrow
said the chapter’s growth has been a phenomenal success. He noted that one of the
chapter’s biggest accomplishments was giving
back to the community $700,000 in scholarships and educational funding. Lipsey takes
over with a few key items in the queue. “
Reaffirming [that] AFCEA is the professional
organization for cyber, communications and
the intelligence communities and helping
their professional development is key,” he
said. Lipsey wants to continue spurring innovation, reaching out to young people and
tapping into the diversity that the city of San
BES Directorate PEO
Speaks to Chapter
Richard T. Aldridge, program executive
officer (PEO) for business and enterprise systems (BES) and director of the BES Directorate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex,
Alabama, briefed the chapter in July. The
$800 million BES portfolio comprises more
than 150 programs and 2,100 military, civil
service and contractor support personnel
at four U.S. bases, including Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Aldridge served
as a satellite engineer, a systems engineer, a
program manager and a professional military educator in the active and Reserve components of the Air Force before entering
civil service in 2006. Before arriving at the
directorate, he was the executive director of
the Air Force Network Integration Center
and part of the 2012 cohort of the Defense
Senior Leader Development Program. In his
present role, Aldridge facilitates collaboration and decision making across a network
of organizations to ensure that directorate
programs align with Air Force and Defense
Department strategies; meet warfighter and
business needs; and leverage commoditized
infrastructure and common computing environment hosting solutions.
Networking at the Ballpark
The chapter’s Young AFCEANs (YACs)
paired baseball and networking at a June
Dayton Dragons game at Fifth Third Field.
The Dayton Dragons are a Class A minor
league baseball team affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. Shumsky Enterprises provided
a suite for more than 20 chapter attendees.
The suite offered the chance for networking
outside of the business community. The YACs
are always exploring a variety of outlets for
networking, and the chapter has hosted several other networking events at the ballpark.
Air Force Senior Leader
Shares 3 Keys to Success
In June, the chapter’s Young AFCEANs
held a Power Breakfast seminar, part of a
continuing series. The featured speaker was
R. Carl Shofner, deputy director, strategic
plans, programs, requirements and analyses,
Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command.
ALAMO—David Colbert, principal contracting officer, Defense Health Agency, speaks at the
chapter’s July luncheon.
ALAMO—Attending the chapter’s July screening of The Computers are (back row, l-r)
Dillon Watkins; Steven Russell; Rick Riney; Emily Rausch; Bethany Reese; Mark Robles;
(front row, l-r) Kevin Weiss; Jennifer Bodin; Tiffany Tremont; Ryan Rosado; Natasha
Martinez-Robles; and Jason Swint.
ALAMO—Past President Bill Morrow (r)
congratulates Rick Lipsey, former vice
president of programs, who took over as
chapter president in July.
DAYTON-WRIGHT—Richard T. Aldridge,
program executive officer for business
and enterprise systems (BES) and
director of the BES Directorate, Maxwell
Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama,
addresses more than 100 chapter
members about the BES portfolio in July.
DAYTON-WRIGHT—Young AFCEAN Chair Kameke P. Mitchell holds a welcome
placard in the Shumsky Enterprises suite at the June baseball outing.