AFCEA Meeting Announcement



Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association

Hampton Roads Chapter

December Meeting


December 11, 2001

Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m.

Location: Bayside Enlisted Club, Langley AFB

Menu Selections: Cost: $9.00; Option 1: Pasta Lover's Treat; Option 2: Stuffed Tomato w/ Seafood Salad

Reservations: Call Glenda Bluhm, (757) 494-5909, <mailto:> NLT noon, December 7, 2001 to make your reservation

Speaker: VADM Herb Browne, USN (ret), President and Chief Executive Officer, AFCEA International

Topic: Vision for AFCEA International

Joint Meeting with the Tidewater Chapter: This month's meeting is a joint meeting with the Tidewater Chapter. It is an opportunity to join with fellow AFCEANS and learn more about the future of our Association from our new International President

Longevity Awards. We will be presenting longevity awards (5, 10, 15 year pins) at this meeting. The list of members slated to receive awards is attached to this announcement.

  Dec2001Pins - click here

Scholarship Awarded. Congratulations to Ryan O'Dawe, a student at Old Dominion University. He was selected by the board to receive a $2,500 scholarship.

Scholarships Available. The Hampton Roads Chapter of AFCEA is offering scholarships to qualified college students and high school students in the local area. If you know potential candidates, direct them to our web site <> under the Awards section.

Just say no to no shows.  If you sign up to come to the luncheon but later find you can't attend, please call to let us know. We give the club an expected number of attendees for the luncheon. If our estimate is out of line with the actual number in attendance, we are charged a premium for the no shows. Please help us control costs.

Invite your colleagues to the AFCEA meeting. Our meetings are not members' only events. When you receive this newsletter, please give it wide dissemination in your organization. The purpose of AFCEA is to provide a venue where industry and government can meet in an ethical forum to discuss topics of mutual interest. To keep the Chapter healthy, we need to get the word out to people in local military, government and industry organizations.

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AFCEA Award Nominations: It's time again to begin the nomination process for AFCEA International Awards. The Association awards a number of prestigious awards to members at the annual meeting in June. Nominations are due in the spring, but it's not too early to begin the nomination process. Each nomination will require an endorsement from the Chapter Board, so it is important to begin the nomination process well in advance. Here is a brief summary of the awards that are available:

      GENERAL JAMES M. ROCKWELL AFCEAN OF THE YEAR AWARD - CRITERIA: Nominee must be a member of AFCEA who has made significant contributions toward furthering the goals and objectives of the Association, specifically during the past year.

      ADMIRAL JON L. BOYES MEDAL FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO AFCEA - CRITERIA: Nominee must be a member of AFCEA who has made significant and longstanding contributions to the Association. This Award is specifically intended to recognize service and activities in support of the Association over a sustained period of time.

      THE AFCEA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - CRITERIA: Nominee must be a member of AFCEA who has made significant contributions to Information Technology (IT) over a sustained period of time.

      BENJAMIN H. OLIVER GOLD MEDAL FOR ENGINEERING - CRITERIA: Nominee must be a member of AFCEA. This Award is intended for a senior representative of the professional communications, electronics, intelligence and information systems community. Justification should detail superior scientific or technical accomplishments which support AFCEA's mission, goals and objectives in these disciplines.

      AFCEA LEADERSHIP AWARD - CRITERIA: Nominee must be a member of AFCEA who has consistently demonstrated superior leadership qualities. Supporting rationale should document specific examples of outstanding leadership performance, both in AFCEA (at any level of Association activity) and in the professional community.

      AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY - CRITERIA: Nominee must be a member of AFCEA who has made exceptional contributions in the intelligence arena.

      MEDAL OF MERIT - CRITERIA: Nominee must be a member of AFCEA. This Award is twofold, recognizing both longstanding and dedicated service to the Association, combined with professional excellence in the fields of communications, electronics, intelligence and information systems.

      MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD - CRITERIA: Nominee must be a member of AFCEA. Nominees will be judged on a record of Association contributions, in combination with exceptional professional performance in the fields of communications, electronics, intelligence and information systems. (NOTE: AFCEA contributions will be more heavily weighted in the decision process.)

These awards are a recognition of achievement and service for our colleagues in the C4I field. If you know of prospective recipients within the chapter, contact a board member or go to the AFCEA International web site ( to get more details and submit a nomination on-line.

About our speaker VADM Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.) has taken the helm as AFCEA International’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Admiral Browne comes to the association with a wealth of experience in both the commercial and military realms.

After his 36-year naval career, the Admiral joined GRC International, an AT&T company, where he served as Vice President of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Applied Technologies.

Admiral Browne’s distinguished military career included work in various aspects of the Navy and the joint arena. He retired in 2000 from the position of Deputy Commander in Chief of the U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM), Colorado Springs, Colorado. During his two-year tour with USSPACECOM, the Admiral directed the daily operations of an 800-person staff that was responsible for the organization with its 25,000 employees worldwide. He established computer network defense as a new mission area and increased the number of professionals by more than 150 to work specifically in this area.

Prior to his work at USSPACECOM, Admiral Browne was the Commander of the U.S. Third Fleet, San Diego, where he directed a $25 million renovation of the fleet’s command ship, setting a new standard for afloat command and control (C2). He also established the Third Fleet as the leader in U.S. Navy C2 systems experimentation.  As Deputy Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the Admiral was the Chief Operating Officer for a 200 ship and 2,000 aircraft organization with an annual budget of $1.6 billion.

Admiral Browne brings to AFCEA more than 10 years of senior-level experience in C2 systems integration in aircraft, command ships and space systems. His management experience includes work as a technical solution provider, intelligence systems architect, space requirements planner, aircraft and space systems operator and financial manager.  As a technical solutions provider, he decreased the time between technical development and operational employment of Navy C2 systems by 30 percent. In the intelligence arena, Admiral Browne chaired a review of the intelligence community’s $1.5 billion tasking, processing, exploitation and dissemination program on the future U.S. imagery architecture. The Admiral also coordinated the U.S. Defense Department’s military satellite communications requirements for information security and initiated the requirement to coordinate terrestrial procurement with on-orbit capability. The Defense Department accepted his road map for space requirements as its standard.

Admiral Browne accumulated more than 5,000 hours as an aircraft navigation, communications and weapons control systems operator.  In his work with space systems, the Admiral’s responsibilities included the Navy’s space surveillance network and the ultrahigh frequency military satellite communications constellation.  While serving in the Navy, the Admiral received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.

What do you want to know?  One of the goals of AFCEA is to keep our members informed of new developments in the C4ISR field. We do that in part through our selection of speakers. If you have specific interests you want addressed, or know of speakers that you think would be of interest to our membership, please contact our Plans and Programs Chairman, Byron Spearman, at (757) 444-4315. 

Are you a member?  If you are receiving this newsletter and participating in chapter events, but are not a member of AFCEA, please consider joining.  A portion of the dues paid by each member affiliated with the Hampton Roads Chapter is returned to the chapter.  Additionally, members receive Signal, the journal of the association.  Membership is $25 for individuals. Full time students can join for $5. Contact membership services at <mailto:>, visit the AFCEA web site at <> or call toll free at 800-336-4583.