2013-09-06 / Front Page

Fort Gordon gears up for TechNet

By Nick Spinelli
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

The U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon are preparing to participate in TechNet Augusta 2013, an expo scheduled to be held Sept. 10-12 at the Augusta Marriott Convention Center. The event – sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association – will offer presentations, panels, and track sessions with an overall focus on Army ground forces, including joint component interface, other Department of Defense organizations, private industry, and academia.

According to Eric Gladman, AFCEA public affairs officer, the TechNet Augusta will bring some 1,500 key decision-makers from many of the largest federal contracting corporations in the USA to Augusta, GA seeking new and innovative ideas and government requirements.

“There will be a high level of interest generated by information recently released on the growth expected at Fort Gordon,” Gladman said. “In addition, over 140 exhibitors are expected to showcase products services and solutions in the exhibition hall of the conference.”

Lt. Col. Scott Armstrong, Signal Center G3 (plans and operations), said that the expo is a valuable education and training forum where attendees can earn continuing education units.

“Nine sessions are eligible for Computing Technology Industry Association CEUs,” he said. “ Three tracks offer focused sessions on the theme: Empower, Connect, Dominate. Theater presentations on the exhibit floor include an industry panel, an academic panel, a senior NCO panel, a warrant officer panel, and a Medical Command briefing on medical IT infrastructure.”

Several other panels are planned for the three-day event, featuring guest speakers such as Gen. Dennis Via, U.S. Army Material Command commanding general; and Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon commanding general. Additionally, over 100 exhibitors will be on hand displaying the latest innovations in fields such as radar, satellite, and intelligence gathering systems, as well as rugged computers, wireless technology, and more.

The centerpiece of the expo however, will most likely be the induction of Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence, U.S. Army chief information officer, as a distinguished member of the Signal Regiment. This event will take place Sept. 11 at 9:45 a.m. (see sidebar)

Those interested in attending TechNet Augusta 2013 can find more information about the event – including how to register – at www.afcea.org/events/ augusta/13/intro.asp. In conjunction with TechNet, a golf scramble will be held Sept. 9 at Gordon Lakes golf course. All proceeds will benefit the AFCEA Education Foundation’s grants and scholarships to teachers & students of the CSRA. For more information go to WWW. AFCEAAUGUSTA.ORG

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