Up & Coming Weekly

March 29, 2022

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 20 UCW MARCH 30 - APRIL 5, 2022 e annual TechNet Symposium is return- ing to Fort Bragg with the intent to help build solutions and share best practices that promote valuable results to tech- nology challenges the military faces today. e symposium is hosted by the North Carolina chapter of the Armed Forces Commu- nications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). ey are a non-profit volunteer association of technology professionals that promotes technol- ogy in the military community. e local North Carolina chapter hosts monthly luncheons, golf tourna- ments, professional development classes, college scholarships, STEM grants to local schools and the an- nual TechNet Fort Bragg conference. e president of the local chapter, Marv Gordner, says this has been the biggest exposition in the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg area every year for the past 12 years. In 2020, the conference was canceled due to COVID-19 and last year, it had to be held off base. "is year, we are back at Fort Bragg and right where and when we need to be," Gordner said. e two-day military technology conference will be held at the Iron Mike Conference Center. TechNet Fort Bragg offers an opportunity for experts and leaders from across the Army and Fort Bragg community to address various sides of the chal- lenging, controversial issues facing the U.S. Army Forces Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Joint Special Operations Command and U.S. Army Special Operations Com- mand communities. e topics covered during the conference will address hard-hitting issues facing the military technology community over the next 12 to 18 months. Attendees can pick a specific topic they would like to focus on during the symposium and go to those breakout sessions. ose tracks include Artifi- cial Intelligence, Cloud, Cyber, Data, Small Business and Other. Gordner says there are three main things people can take away from the exposition: Networking, Educa- tion and Giving to a good cause. e AFCEA will use the money raised at the conference for local charity efforts such as local teaching STEM grants, scholarships for high school seniors, and ROTC cadets in college. e keynote speaker will be Brig. Gen. Jeth B. Rey. He is the Director of the Network Cross-Functional Team within Army Futures Command. He is responsible for the continuous improvement of network, com- mand, control, communications and intelligence to enable mission command across the tactical net- work. On Wednesday, April 6, he will be speaking about how the Army is modernizing the tactical network and increasing integration with the strategic network through the Army Unified Network Plan to deliver data-centric capabilities in support of Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) and Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2). "Everyone is welcome from E1 to people with stars on their shoulders. You will make good contacts. You can always learn something," Gordner said. "You can always get that one percent or five percent better every day." Gordner told Up & Coming Weekly that he hopes for at least 700 to 800 people to attend. e conference will take place on Tuesday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 6. Military and Government attend- ees can attend for free, while retired military and non-government at- tendees can attend for $175. Tickets are available at https:// www.technetfortbragg.com/Register. People can also register at the door. EVENT TechNet Symposium returns to Bragg by HANNAH LEE HANNAH LEE, Assistant Editor. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcom- ingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Soldiers learn about exam materials at a TechNet Symposium. (Photo courtesy of TechNet Symposium.)

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