NEWS | Dec. 15, 2017

Professional organizations promote consistent growth and modernization

By Sgt. Cory Leatherman U.S. Army Central

A communications NCO from U.S. Army Central was recognized this month for his outstanding job performance. 

The Palmetto Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, a non-profit organization that links military members worldwide with civilian counterparts in the private industry, recognized Sgt. VonAaron Green, USARCENT communications NCO Dec. 4 with a one-year membership.

Nearly every career field in the Army has an association like AFCEA that helps keep the Army on par with their civilian equivalents in terms of technology and processes. These professional organizations give members an opportunity “…to be able to bring their capabilities, look at education, look at technological advancements, and know exactly how and where these should be applied to assist with (Department of Defense) operations requirements.” said Lt. Col. Dwyke Bidjou, the AFCEA Palmetto Chapter president and USARCENT deputy chief of information operations. 

Bidjou also highlighted multiple forums that take place, some of which cater to specific crafts. 

“There's a National Reconnaissance Office Industry day, Defense Intelligence Agency Industry Day, and several others,” he said. “We're really trying to link in both ARCENT and (Air Force Central) personnel as part of the Shaw Air Force Base community to attend and build their educational knowledge.” 

This interaction helps service members lean forward on available technologies and best practices to more effectively meet their mission requirements, while also supporting the Army’s goals of modernizing its systems and processes.