Leaders in Industry and Government Receive Honors

AFCEA International recognizes members for their exceptional involvement in technical and intelligence fields.

Mar 03, 2016, 12:13 ET from AFCEA International

FAIRFAX, Va., March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Through its annual awards program, AFCEA International recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals in the communications, electronics, intelligence and information technology disciplines. The awards were presented during WEST 2016 in San Diego.

WOMEN'S APPRECIATION AWARD: Recognizes and honors AFCEA members, regardless of gender, who have gone above and beyond to further the careers of women.
Denise Desien, president, Business Development Technologies
Cmdr. Teresa Duvall, USN (Ret.), U.S. Navy authorizing official division head, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command
Natalie Givans, senior vice president, Booz Allen Hamilton
Charisse Stokes, vice president, Cybersecurity and Network Management, Telos Corporation
Tiffany Tremont, president and CEO, SiloTech Group

DISTINGUISHED YOUNG AFCEAN (DYA) AWARD: Recognizes exceptional performance in leadership and guidance for the Young AFCEAN program; superior technical achievement in the professional arena; a record of going above and beyond at the local AFCEA chapter or regional level; and mentoring provided for other Young AFCEANs.
Phaedra Buddrius, HP Enterprise Services, Tampa-St. Petersburg Chapter
Staff Sgt. Ryan Even, USAF, 721st Communications Squadron, Rocky Mountain Chapter
1st Lt. Adam D. Kelly, USAF, U.S. Air Force, Lexington-Concord Chapter
Staff Sgt. Amy Kern, USAF, U.S. Air Force, Kaiserslautern Chapter
1st Lt. Tristian Mahler, USAF, 461st Air Control Network Squadron, Middle Georgia Chapter
Linh Nguyen, PLEX Solutions LLC, Central Maryland Chapter
SrA Ryan René Rosado, USAF, 75th Intelligence Squadron, Alamo Chapter
Jenifer Spencer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Fort Knox Gold Vault Chapter
1st Lt. Arturo Urquieta, USAF, 30th Space Communications Squadron, Central Coast Chapter

DYA REGIONAL HONOREES: AFCEA Regional Vice Presidents personally select an individual from their region to receive the Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award.
Brent Ahlers, Gartner, Mid-West Region
1st Lt. Monica Ciobanu, The Special Telecommunications Service, Central Eastern Europe Region
Chase Clayton, TEKsystems, Texas Region
Master Sgt. Matthew Collingridge, USAF, 55th Strategic Communications Squadron, Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Region
Mary Ellen Cook, TASC, Maryland Region
Capt. Jamila Gina Evans, USAF, HQ AF Reserve Command, Georgia Region
Nicholas Farinacci, TEKsystems, Western Region
Megan Ham, Apex Systems Inc., Carolinas Region
Patrick Hamilton, Booz Allen Hamilton, New England-Upstate NY Region
Senior Master Sgt. William Hebb, USAF, U.S. Air Force, Central Europe Region
Nhelly Hughes, AT&T Government Solutions, Virginia Region
Kristina Kelly, Blackstone Technology Group, National Capital Region
Capt. Mark Lebedzinski, USAF, U.S. Air Force Space Command, Heartland Region
Capt. Michael Nettis, USAF, PACAF 613th AOC, Pacific Region
Pam Plesz, DDC IT Services LLC, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania Region
Senton Pojani, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services Inc., South Florida Region
Capt. Jesse Wayne, USAF, U.S. Air Force, Mid-South Region

EMERGING LEADERSHIP AWARD: Given for exceptional service to AFCEA at the local and/or international level. Presented to individuals who have demonstrated continuous leadership in Young AFCEAN activities since winning the Distinguished Young AFCEAN award. 
Matthew Carroll, Accenture, Lexington-Concord Chapter
Tim Jahnigen, T2S Solutions, Aberdeen Chapter
Sebastian Leinhos, qedcon GmbH, Bonn E.V. Chapter
Andrea Loper, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Chapter
Mari Spyker, Blackstone Technology Group, Bethesda Chapter
Master Sgt. Paul Vinson, USAF, U.S. Air Force, Kaiserslautern Chapter

YOUNG AFCEAN CHAPTER PROGRAM AWARD: Given to the chapter that has most significantly contributed to the professional development of young AFCEANs by providing a forum of programs and initiatives geared to their unique needs.
Bonn E.V. Chapter
Central Maryland Chapter
Kaiserslautern Chapter
Lexington-Concord Chapter
Montgomery Chapter

MODEL YOUNG AFCEAN PROGRAM AWARD: Presented to AFCEA chapters that that have achieved the goals they have set for establishing chapter programs that encourage young AFCEAN involvement and professional growth.
Aberdeen Chapter
Alamo Chapter
Belvoir Chapter
Bonn E. V. Chapter
Central Maryland Chapter
Dayton-Wright Chapter
Fort Knox Gold Vault Chapter
Hawaii Chapter
Kaiserslautern Chapter
Lexington-Concord Chapter
Montgomery Chapter
Northern Virginia Chapter
Rocky Mountain Chapter
Tampa-St. Petersburg Chapter
Washington DC Chapter

Additional information about the AFCEA awards program is available online.

AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia. The association provides an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security. For more information and to join, visit www.afcea.org.

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