By Tech. Sgt. Wes Wright
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — While time travel is still on the list of things for technology to conquer, many other pathways into the future were shown during a technology expo at the Schriever Air Force Base Fitness Center, Colorado, March 20.
More than 30 civilian vendors hailing from space, cyberspace and administrative disciplines were present during the 22nd Space Operations Squadron-hosted event, and served as an open forum for industry partners to showcase their latest mission-centric technologies.
The 22nd SOPS partnered with National Conference Services Incorporated, which organized the vendors.
“The event went well,” said Elizabeth Teune, event manager with NCSI. “We had around 150 attendees. We heard positive feedback from both the exhibitors and the attendees. Everyone enjoys the giveaways, food and networking opportunities at the Tech Expo.”
Staff Sgt. Arleen Deitchman, intelligence analyst with the 310th Operations Support Squadron, had the opportunity to attend the event.
“It’s very important we have events like this,” she said. “My favorite thing was seeing all the new displays and how far technology has come. I like where technology is going in the cyber-security realm.”
For Deitchman, the expo offered unique opportunities.
“I’m a reservist on active duty orders,” she said. “For me, something like this is great because not only does it have application to my Air Force job, I can also network with these industry leaders to benefit myself in the civilian sector. The free swag is also pretty cool too.”
Tech. Sgt. Lee Cobb, non-commissioned officer in charge of cyber operations with the 25th Space Range Squadron, saw the event as key to maintaining important relationships.
“Nowadays, we work hand-in-hand with civilians and contractors,” he said. “I think these events are key because it helps foster a working relationship with people on the leading edge of technology.
“I thought it was very helpful,” he continued. “There were plenty of vendors with great solutions that pertain to my career field. I saw things that could directly impact how we do business in a positive way.”
Nicholas Cakounes, one of the event vendors, said process improvement and sharing knowledge are key takeaways for many of the exhibitors.
“We have a great relationship with the military,” he said. “These shows give us a chance to meet our end users and get feedback. Collaboration is important for any kind of advancement in technology. We all have expertise and knowledge that needs to be shared.”
The expo also supported the 50th Space Wing’s number one priority: successfully and innovatively executing today’s operations.
“These expos are absolutely critical to enabling us to be innovative,” said Senior Airman Ayla Lockwood, cyber transport technician with the 50th Space Communications Squadron. “Technology is constantly advancing. It’s very innovative to allow us to get a feel for where technology is going and how we can use it.”
The 2019 Tech Expo has tentatively been set for March 19. Teune encouraged anyone with feedback on this year’s event or suggestions for next year’s event to contact her at 443-561-2434.