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Upcoming Events


2018 Cyber Security Workshop

Cyber security is in the forefront of the DoD acquisition community. It is particularly challenging for the non-Information Technology (IT) community to understand, capture, and interpret cyber security requirements. The Test & Evaluation (T&E) community needs to develop strategies for “bolting-on” and “baking-in” cyber security into legacy systems and new acquisition programs; all while executing T&E activities of non-IT systems. This workshop provides the opportunity to share experiences, lessons learned, and generate new ideas on cyber security from “Requirements to Test & Evaluation” amongst experienced T&E professionals.

March 6 - Pre-Workshop Tutorials

March 7-8 - Workshop Plenary and Technical Track Sessions

Ramada Plaza Beach Resort

1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


Technical Symposium

To all Emerald Coast Chapters of the International Test and Evaluation Association and the Assocation of Old Crows:

We are having an exciting techical symposium at the Bayview Club on 29 Sep from 1230 to 1630 with social afterward.  Please join us for important speakers covering F-35, Cyber, Autonomy and other critical technologies.

There is no cost for the symposium but a tax-deductible donation for the ECC ITEA Scholarship is greatly appreciated.


Recent Events



On 28 April 2016, the Emerald Coast Chapter hosted Dr. Don Davis of the Georgia Tech Research Institute for a presentation of emerging autonomy and robotic technologies in military and commercial applications at the Boathouse Landing restaurant in Valparaiso, FL near Eglin AFB.  Dr. Davis' presentation, "From Swarming Autonomous Systems to Trusting Unstrustworthy Robots", provided an excellent overview of autonomous and robotic systems research of interest to the weapons and test community.  The event was well attended and received high praise from attendees which include many ITEA non-members.



On 6 August 2015, the ECC of ITEA hosted a Technical Exchange dinner with industry partner PCI Strategic Management providing the keynote address. Their briefer was Mr. Andy Overbay, Florida Site Manager for DoD operations. Mr. Overbay briefed ITEA members on his company's participation in the USAF Bending the Cost Curve (BTCC) Plug Fest (PFP) industry event hosted by AFEI on 20 January 2015 to promote collaboration and technical development around open system architectures. PFP expands competition and implements a new agile acquisition strategy for information systems acquisition. An important objective of PFP is to use robust, objective "plugtests" as the basis for awarding open system acquisition prototype funds.

The solicitation this year was for vendor software that plugged into the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) to provide an automated redaction capability for imagery. The PFP demonstration was followed up with an acquisition event on 19 May at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Mr. Overbay tied his briefing to BTCC philosophies and five key USAF Acqusition priorities:  

1) Get the high priority programs right and keep them on track

2) Improve relationships and transparency with stakeholder

3) Own the technical baseline for important programs

4) Build on "Better Buying Power" to improve business acumen and small business to acheive best program outcomes

5) Build to the long term strategy and retain DoD's Strategic Ability. Mr. Overbay also offered several instances where the DoD impemented Better Buying best practices that resulted in billions of dollars of savings.




On April 7 2015, the Emerald Coast Chapter hosted the ITEA Spring Summit, supported by the Doolittle Institute.

The Panel Discussion was led by six retired Colonels and Generals, who lent their expertise and experience to a discussion of current test field topics.

The Keynote Address was delivered by Mr. Edward L. Hubbard. Mr. Hubbard is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, author, and former prisoner of war. His keynote address was built upon his experiences during almost 7 years of captivity in North Vietnam. Mr. Hubbard conveyed his message on personal growth, overcoming obstacles, and developing the correct state of mind in a way that left the audience truly inspired and ready to take on any challenge.

All donations received at this event went to the ITEA Emerald Coast Chapter Scholarship Fund. We provide college scholarships for Emerald Coast high-school students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).



On March 5th, Dr. Marie Hallion, Collegiate Professor at the Graduate School and the School of Undergraduate Studies of the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), presented a lecture entitled "Mideast in Chaos: From the Arab Spring to the Rise of ISIS". Her enthralling presentation examined the impact of these developments upon the changing face of global terrorism, the international community, and national security.



On 20 November 2014, the ECC hosted a dinner event at the Boathouse Landing in Valparaiso. The guest speaker of the night was Mr. Brandon Wilson, Vice President and Division Manager of the Fort Walton Beach Division of Clear Creek Applied Technologies. Mr Wilson delivered a briefing on "Industry Partnering for Test Support" that was well received by all.

Clear Creek Applied Technologies (CCAT) is a veteran owned small business with headquarters in Dayton, Ohio. Their experienced staff of engineers, scientists and analysts specialize in the application of modeling, simulation and analysis to decision support, testing, training, and improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the DoD Acquisition Life Cycle. CCAT provides operational and technical subject matter experts in a variety of military and civilian operations, systems, and weapons domains. Their software, systems, and test engineers specialize in Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) simulations and they support large-scale distributed simulation events with engineering, analysis, strategic planning and management. CCAT supports Air Force operations at the Simulation and Analysis Facility (SIMAF) at Wright-Patterson AFB and the 46th Test Squadron at Eglin AFB. They engage government and commercial agencies in R&D efforts in simulation, information technology, and cyber intelligence. They have played key roles in: Air Force Integrated Collaborative Environment (AF-ICE) experiments- AF-ICE is an environment for the analysis of complex Systems of Systems using Live, Virtual, and Constructive simulations; Air Ground Integration Layer Exploration (AGILE) Fire that provides a recurring venue for assessments that explore improvements to information exchange among air and ground systems executing Joint Fires; and in developing the Joint Testing Roadmap that supports linking net-enabled systems to form integrated and interoperable systems of systems in distributed test and experimentation events.

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On 28 August 2014, the ECC Chapter hosted a dinner event which featured guest speaker Brigadier General Harris, the 96th Test Wing Commander. With 25 members in attendance Gen Harris provided a 96 TW capabilities overview and discussed the challenges the 96TW is currently facing. He highlighted the growing test missions (e.g. JSF and Army) on the Eglin Ranges and challenges the Test and Evaluation (T&E) missions are facing. He ended the discussion with the top 10 technology needs and interest areas where T&E professionals from the government and industry can come together to find solutions for future capabilities.

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On 15 May 2014, the ECC Chapter held a dinner at The Boathouse Landing in Valparaiso. The dinner was headlined by retired USAF Major General Jeffery Riemer, who currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of InDyne. His briefing, entitled "Are We Ready for the Next BRAC?" was well recieved by an audience of 35 T & E professionals. This dinner hopefully marks the first of many, so come out and join us next time for good food, illuminating speakers, and a fun night out with fellow professionals in the field.

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36th Annual Robert Sheffield East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair

In February 2014, the Emerald Coast Chapter of ITEA sponsored awards for this event, which is conducted annually in Fort Walton Beach. The highest acheiving science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects were honored with individual and team awards. Over 150 high school students received recognition for their hard work.






The Emerald Coast Chapter is pleased to congratulate Mr. David T. Barnette of the 36th Electronic Warfare Squadron, who has been awarded ITEA's 2015 Junior Acheiver Award. The Junior Acheiver Award recognizes outstanding contributions by testers who have been in the T&E field for two years or less.

Mr. Barnette's expertise has been relied upon by the ALQ-131A System Program Office for both system development and requirements, along with all testing of the new Pod Upgrade Program. He is the primary Mission Data specialist supporting operational jamming ALQ-131 and ALQ-184 pods that protect over 1,500 Combat Air Force aircraft for Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard Testing Center.



The Emerald Coast Chapter is pleased to announce that the 3rd quarter winner of "Tester of the Quarter" was the 40 FLTS A-29B Assessment Test Team. At the urgent request of AETC and with CSAF visibility, The A-29B Assessment Test Team rapidly deployed to devise and conduct a previously unplanned test in order to rectify mission crippling problems with the A-29B, the first Afghan fighter aircraft. Their time crunch 37 day test and 125 page report to AETF/CC triggered 30 product fixes, vastly improving understanding of A-29B safety and combat capability.



The Emerald Coast Chapter is pleased to announce that the 2nd quarter winner of "Tester of the Quarter" was the 605 TES Homeland Defense Team. The Homeland Defense Team's testing expertise helps to protect the airspace of the U.S. Capitol (among other AOR's) and tests the National Capitol Region Integrated Air Defense System. Among many other accomplishments, they analyzed the US Capitol gyrocopter breach, evaluated aircraft detection, and updated the Tactics, Techniques and Procedures of NORAD's response plan.

Team members included John O'Mera, Thomas Marks, Jeff Gore, John Brown, Nathan Ching, Lee Swilley, TSgt Ryan Pearce, Jeff Patterson, and Derry Bullock. 



The Emerald Coast Chapter is pleased to announce that the 1st quarter winner of "Tester of the Quarter" was the 36th EWS ALR-69/ALQ-131 Team. The ALR-69/ALQ-131 Team are the CAF's Radar Warning Receiver and EW Management System Experts for 651 F-16 and A-10 aircraft. Among many other accomplishments, they programmed EW software for 12 A-10's, fielding 2 Mission Data Files for a new AOR, enabling the first Close Air Support capability for operation ATLANTIC RESOLVE.

Team members included Capt. Nathaniel DeLeon, 1Lt Christopher Daniels, 1Lt Derek LaCoste, TSgt Rodney Worstell, SSgt Joshua Fennell, SSgt Johnathan Wetzel, Christopher Erk, Richard Evans, Felix Blair, and Vernon Crouse.



The Emerald Coast Chapter is pleased to announce that the 4th quarter winner of "Tester of the Quarter" was the United States Research Lab (USRL) F-35 Flight Test Team. The USRL F-35 Team are the flight test experts who directed the first F-35 flight test for the DoD's sole provider of electronic warfare software for all USAF/USN/USMC F-35 aircraft. The team developed and executed an accelerated F-35 software test plan that saved $250k and 6 flight hours, ultimately leading to the delivery of the software one month early.

Team members included Capt Mark Birdwell, Capt Kieth Fitschen, Capt Christina Kistler, 2nd Lt William DeBerry, Susan Brown, Bruce Stinar, Thana Chaitha, Ronald Davidson, Kieth Bieda, Jay Lalik, Matthew Duncan, John DeLoach, Charles Reid, Michael Carver, and Barry Bradshaw.



The Emerald Coast Chapter is pleased to announce that the 3rd quarter winner for "Tester of the Quarter" was the Emerald Breeze Test Site Develoment Team. The Emerald Breeze Team crafted a dual-use plan for commercial development of the Holiday Inn's Emerald Breeze resort at test site A-5 on Okaloosa Island, maximising Eglin's test range capabilities while also allowing Eglin to recoup the financial benefits of allowing commercial development.

Team members included Glenn Barndollar and Nathan King of the 96th Range Group, Glenn Wagner of the 96th Civil Engineering Group, and Wesley Mason, Jennifer Bussey, Stanley Clem, David Hobbs, Ed Jackson, Glenn Davis, and John Ward of InDyne.



The Emerald Coast Chapter is pleased to announce that the 2nd quarter winner for "Tester of the Quarter" was the F-16 Development Test Team of the 40th Flight Test Squadron, 96th Test Wing, Eglin AFB, FL. This dynamic team of personnel executed the F-16 M7 Operational Flight Program (OFP) flight test planning effort, which included 7 total flight test programs. The team also championed the AMRAAM Electronic Protection Improvement Program (EPIP) live fire testing, identifying critical aircraft anomalies during testing. The team also took the initiative and supported the Distributed Mission Operation (DMO) air-to-air simulation evaluations, a large scale tactics validation with a cost savings to the AF.



The Emerald Coast Chapter has awarded three $1000 scholarships to high school seniors in the local community. The winning students are from Gulf Breeze High School, Niceville High School, and Collegiate High School at NWFLC. They will be attending the University of Texas-Austin, California Institute of Technology, and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively. These awards were presented to the students during their school's Awards Program. Congratulations!



The Emerald Coast Chapter is pleased to announce that the 1st quarter winner for "Tester of the Quarter" was the 29th Training Systems Squadron: 5th Generation Simulator Certification Team. The Team was responsible for the sustainment and testing of all Combat Air Force 5th generation simulators, and through their efforts enhanced flight safety and combat training fidelity for the warfighter. The Team was also the lead architect of the first ever F-35 joint/multi-national SIMEVAL. They achieved 100% test coverage of the Initial Operational Capability training requirements, and identified numerous deficiencies to the Joint Program Office.



The Emerald Coast Chapter is pleased to announce that the 4th quarter winner of “Tester of the Quarter” was the Mission Support Section, Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force (OFP CTF), Air Combat Command (ACC).  To further enhance aircraft sustainability, this remarkable team analyzed, executed, and supported integrated developmental and operational testing for the entire AFMC and ACC F-15 fleet of aircraft. The team’s intrinsic talent allowed for the coordination and correction of compatibility issues with a new F-15 software release, ensuring the multi-million dollar program maintained alignment with established milestones.  These experts directly managed numerous IT networks, supported various OFP CTF T&E flight test programs, which will ensure the relevance of the F-15C/E fleet well into the future.



The Emerald Coast Chapter is pleased to announce that the 3rd quarter winner of “Tester of the Quarter” was Lt Col Ben Wysack, 28 TES, 53rd Wing. Lt Col Wysack led a multi-million dollar test program and was in charge of overseeing numerous test missions that resulted in the publication of new Air Force tactics, techniques, and procedures. He was instrumental in aligning Developmental Testing (DT) with Operational Testing (OT) objectives for the development and deployment of next generation software. His remarkable foresight incorporated early DT involvement, ensuring adherence to the OT schedule and fielding of the software in half the time. Lt Col Wysack further demonstrated excellence by leading an Air Force and Industry initiative to explore shortfalls in aircraft software.


Scholarships Awarded

The Emerald Coast Chapter completed its 2013 Scholarship Program and awarded two $1,000 scholarships to local graduating high school seniors. Certificates were given to the winners at their school’s awards recognition ceremonies. One scholarship was awarded to Addie Voight, a senior at Niceville High School and the other scholarship was awarded to Braxtin Strange, a senior at Gulf Breeze High School.



The Emerald Coast Chapter is pleased to announce that the 1st quarter winner of “Tester of the Quarter” was Major Tucker Hamilton, Test Pilot, 40th Flight Test Squadron, 96th Test Wing. Major Hamilton piloted numerous missions in direct support of weapons testing and aircraft software upgrades. He was also a prominent contributor in testing and validating a high-visibility, multi-country weapon program. Major Hamilton’s drive for excellence and proven accomplishments ensured cost reductions and adherence to schedule for numerous high-profile weapon programs.

Tester of the Quarter - 2nd Quarter 2012

The Emerald Coast Chapter is pleased to announce that the 2nd quarter winner for "Tester of the Quarter" was the F-35 Block 2A Support Testing Team of the 513th Electronic Warfare Squadron, 53rd Electronic Warfare Group. This team of extraordinary professionals was assembled to help stabilize crucial JSF Developmental Test and Evaluation software. The team corrected software errors by implementing a root cause analysis, resulting in the on-time delivery of a modeling and simulation software package. The team's diligent efforts streamlined the process for data analysis and reduced the time to review test data by an astonishing 66 percent. The team not only reduced the time required for analysis, but also reduced the number of tests required by implementing new, real-time data monitoring tools and techniques. The hard work demonstrated by the team, resolved an urgent program requirement and reinforced the engineering relationship between government and private industry personnel.

Tester of the Quarter - 1st Quarter 2012

28th TES EW Management Team

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Electronic Warfare Management Team

Eglin Professional Consortium

The Emerald Coast Chapter hosted the Eglin Professional Consortium Guest Speaker Event on Sep 10, 2012. The guest speaker was Brigadier General David Harris, who was recently assigned as the new 96th Test Wing commander. The 96th Test Wing was activated in July 2012, combining the 46th Test Wing with the 96th Air Base Wing under Air Force Materiel Command's reorganization. Brigadier General Harris addressed the audience on the mission of the newly established 96th Test Wing. The Eglin Professional Consortium is comprised of the local chapters of ITEA, INCOSE, AFA, and NDIA.

29th Annual ITEA Symposium

The Emerald Coast Chapter also participated in the 29th Annual ITEA Symposium. Mr. Robert J. Arnold, Technical Advisor for the 96th Test Wing, Eglin AFB, presented "Strengthening and Shaping the T&E Workforce for the Future: A View from the Field". His presentation brought forth recommendations for strengthening recruitment, retention, and development of the Science and Engineering workforce in support of T&E activities. He also discussed the importance of identifying the correct skill sets necessary to shape the Science and Engineering workforce in support of future DoD T&E requirements. While at the Symposium, Mr. Arnold also served as moderator on the Future Workforce Development panel.






















































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