AFCEA is an international organization that serves its members by providing a forum for the ethical exchange of information. AFCEA is dedicated to increasing knowledge through the exploration of issues relevant to its members in information technology, communications, and electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities, and other government entities with components supporting these missions.
The Alamo Chapter of AFCEA supports this mission by fostering strong, trusted relationships with government organizations and industry partners who are both local and global in their support of US national defense, and in collaboration with allies/coalition partners, academia, and civic organizations.
Alamo AFCEA plans/executes monthly and annual events that promote professional development for those serving in the cyber operations/ defense, communications, computer, command, control, intelligence and electronic warfare disciplines. To this end, the chapter provides financial (scholarships and grants), advisory and professional mentorship support for STEM Education at all levels - K-through collegiate graduate-level studies - as well as military veteran support in our Wounded Warrior & Military Families Endowment Fund and other civic support activities.
“Alamo AFCEA brings together over 1,200 professionals from industry, government, and academia who share a commitment to improving our national defense and homeland security through innovation and collaboration. With the largest installation in DoD, San Antonio is home to a unique blend of operational expertise in cyber, intelligence, education, and medical IT from across the military services. We host ethical dialogues with government and industry leaders, provide unmatched professional development opportunities to our members, and pay it forward to the next generation through STEM education scholarships and grants. I invite you to join our team today.” -Richard Lipsey, President
We Hope You Joined Us for the 2019 Alamo ACE Conference
The 2019 Alamo ACE took place November 18-21, 2019 at La Cantera Resort & Spa, and brought together over 2,700 military and industry leaders in the cyber, ISR, medical IT and education/training career fields for a Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament followed by three days of keynote presentations, panel discussions and ethical information-sharing, a trade show/exhibit hall, free and discounted IT training for military personnel, and fundraising activities benefiting wounded warriors.
2016 - Present - Rick Lipsey
2011 – 2016 - Bill Morrow
2008 - 2010 - M. Clarke Englund
2006 - 2008 - M. Clarke Englund
2004 - 2006 - Karl Kabanek
2002 - 2004 - Jerry Lazarof
2001 - 2002 - Frank Richardson
1999 - 2001 - Larry Cardinal
How to Volunteer
Volunteering with a nonprofit can be among the most rewarding experiences you'll ever have. And volunteering with a professional organization, such as the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, can benefit your career and networks of business contacts.
Great events like the Alamo ACE and monthly luncheons don't just happen on their own. Neither does the ability to award nearly $150,000 in STEM scholarships and teaching grants, expand the chapter's support for wounded warriors and military families, or to see your (or your company's) name and photo in Signal magazine. All of these stem from the passion and time willingly spent by Alamo AFCEA volunteers to contribute to our community.
Our nonprofit can only be as strong as its base of volunteers.
If you're interested in deepening your involvement with Alamo AFCEA, we always have room. We're a large chapter with no fewer than nine board-level committees, and a number of smaller subcommittees associated with those functions. If you have even a few hours to spare each month, it's easy to make a difference!
Check out the list of positions below, and let us know where you'd like to lend a hand by completing the form at the bottom of this page.
A small number of people are needed to help write, review and edit nomination packages for submission to AFCEA International. Awards are submitted on a seasonal basis, so volunteers are needed only a few times a year for a few days at a time prior to nomination deadlines.
Attributes: Skillful writer or editor, enjoys word-smithing and polishing nomination packages.
Active-duty members of Alamo AFCEA are eligible for these positions. Our goal is to expand membership and involvement from the Army, Marines, Coast Guard and other services -- and we're bringing programs to all aspects of Joint Base San Antonio to support that goal.
Volunteers of many descriptions to help document and promote Alamo AFCEA activities and initiatives.
Attributes: Enjoys writing and/or photography. Organized and self-motivated, detail- and deadline-oriented. Flexibility to attend a range of AFCEA activities on a quarterly basis.
Signal Magazine: Read/understand Signal Magazine guidelines for monthly chapter submissions; discuss/coordinate coverage with committee VP; take accurate notes from keynote speakers or other events.
Military City USA Radio (webmaster): Working knowledge of Wordpress platform; post guest bios with appropriate photos and logos to website weekly; promote on social media; update podcasts weekly. Maintain photo galleries and other touches to ensure up-to-date, accurate website.
Photography: Photographers are needed for all kinds of reasons. Help to illustrate our submissions to Signal Magazine each month and create up-to-date visual archives on our chapter website and Facebook pages. Photos are also needed for marketing materials and updates. Whether you use a camera phone or a high-end DSLR is immaterial; an eye for composition and focus and the ability to share your work (with background details needed for captions) in a file-sharing system with the VP/communications and team is essential. Everybody loves a great photo!
Social Media: Extroverted personality who understands and makes appropriate use of various social platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Enjoys social communication and promoting chapter initiatives in business-friendly manner. Can devise or contribute to social media editorial calendar in collaboration with committee chair; ability to measure and grow engagement monthly a plus.
Alamo AFCEA members who are 40 or younger comprise this group. Young AFCEANs provide a number of critical functions and often operate in a "shadow" position for vice presidents/committee chairs. Volunteers eager to learn and be mentored, to share ideas and creativity, propose and contribute solutions on a variety of fronts are always needed.
Event Registration and Setup: Volunteers needed to help with registration, fund collection, and setup/tear down at monthly luncheons.
Attributes: Organized and punctual, able to attend events regularly with an early show or late departure time. Friendly and welcoming while working at registration table.