Proud to serve with America's Heroes.  Please consider bringing a donation with you to AFCEA's Federal ID Forum and Homeland Security Conference next week.  Following is the just-issued communication from LtGen Shea:


Text of the letter:

To our Conference Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Attendees,

Welcome to the 2017 Federal Identity Forum and AFCEA Homeland Security Conference! There is not much that has been standard about preparations for this year’s event. Since 9/11, those who support and defend our nation’s security continue to stand on high alert. And yet, it is not counter-terrorism that has propelled us into our most immediate challenge, but nature itself, reminding us that the most vital mission that we can support is the preservation of life.

Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have called “All-Hands-On-Deck” to accomplish the many missions of our government. But, our conferences will go on as scheduled, because our AFCEA mission also continues. And, in the spirit of our mission, AFCEA and those we support and serve can use this opportunity to come together in action.

This coming week, when we meet at the Washington Convention Center to discuss our theme “Detect, Enforce, Secure: Partners Serving Our Nation”, we invite you to consider joining AFCEA, DELL Corporation, Evermay Consulting Group, and others who have chosen to donate to the AFCEA Hurricane Relief Fund directly benefiting the recovery of schools, students, and teachers in areas devastated by the hurricanes.

AFCEA International’s Education Foundation and the San Antonio AFCEA Chapter will collect, oversee, and distribute the funds collected. Donations will be collected during our event at the AFCEA booth (#307) on the exhibit floor. All donations collected at the Hurricane Relief booth will be recognized during our conference, and we will share the story of your generosity with our stakeholders. Keep an eye on the large screen over the entrance to the hall.

I would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Cedric Sims for his idea and the initiative promoting this call to action. As a native Houstonian and career civil servant in the Homeland Security field, he certainly understands the impact of the storms and the importance of those called to serve. His interest coincided with a call from our AFCEA chapters to take similar collective action. I know he joins me in expressing our pride and appreciation to this team of teams, on task, in the communities so impacted by these storms.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

LtGen Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)
President and CEO
AFCEA International