What is a Young AFCEAN?

The Young AFCEANs (also fondly known as YACs) are current and potential AFCEA members age 40 or younger.  YACs are designated as a distinct unit in the AFCEA organization and are represented at the chapter, regional, and international levels of leadership.

Why become a YAC?

The Young AFCEAN program provides its participants with an unparalleled opportunity to network with other young professionals that are on their way to becoming industry, military, and governmental leaders. In addition, AFCEA chapters worldwide regularly offer Young AFCEAN events that promote professional development, leadership, and mentoring.  This allows YACs the opportunity to gain access to senior leaders in industry and in government within the realm of Communications and Electronics.

Benefits of joining AFCEA as a YAC

Though the program is distinct in many ways from its parent organization, Young AFCEANs are first and foremost AFCEANs. This means they have access to all AFCEA International events. These events are attended by leaders in both government and industry and allow networking opportunities with decision makers on both sides of the realm.   This exposure allows Young AFCEANs to have a better understanding of the “big picture” in their industry and, by making contact with these leaders, provides them valuable resources.  Participation in the Young AFCEAN program, and in AFCEA International events, should be viewed as critical investments in a young professional’s career.

Capt “Gina” Evans
YAC VP – Government –
Coordinates with Government and Military Orgs


Brandon Lester
YAC VP – Industry –
Coordinates with Industry and Local Community

SRC Technologies, V.P. Security Engineering


AFCAHEFEA Hawaii Education Foundation (AHEF) Scholarships
The AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation works together with the AFCEA Hawaii membership and the community at large, both private, public and academia, to increase the investment in education in Hawaii.

AHEF Scholarship Website

AFCEA International ScholarshipsAFCEA International Scholarships
Our programs focus on information technology, cybersecurity, telecommunications and electronics supporting the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities. The foundation, in conjunction with AFCEA chapters worldwide, provides more than $2 million in scholarships a year

AFCEA International Scholarship Website

Hawaii Community FoundationHawaii Community Foundation
The Hawaii Community Foundation is honored to provide a wealth of financial support to qualified students and nonprofit organizations throughout Hawaii.

Hawaii Community Foundation Website

Cyber PatriotCyber Patriot

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  There are three main programs within CyberPatriot: the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative.

Friends of Hawaii Robotics

Recognizing the importance of promoting robotics at an early age, and sustaining students’ interest in STEM education, “Friends” supports Hawaii’s nine robotics programs in elementary, middle, and high schools statewide.



The GenCyber Hawai`i program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers at the K-12 level.


High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) is a state agency established by the Hawaii State Legislature in 1983 to facilitate the development and growth of Hawaii’s commercial high technology industry


Comprehensive job board for tech jobs in Hawaii


Lists events and resources for all things tech in Hawaii

Additional Cyber Training Websites

AFCEA Hawaii

Young AFCEANs News and Events

Cyber Patriot Team

  We are partnering with Radford High School for this next season to provide mentors to build their Cyber Patriot team. Mentors require fundamental knowledge in computer security and networks - comparable to a Security+ certification. This is our chance to grow...

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YAC Tech on Tap June 22nd REAL a gastropub

Join AFCEA Hawaii YACs on June 22nd at REAL a gastropub for our next installment of Tech on Tap. During this social event we will have lots of great discussions on topics ranging from upcoming cyber threats, and advances in technology.

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Tech on Tap – February 2016

The Young AFCEANs hosted their first Tech on Tap event at Iron’s Table and Tavern on the 24th of February. The event was an opportunity to bring together industry leaders, military members, and students. The attendees had two specific tech articles as discussion topics.

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Young AFCEANs Host Toy Drive and Holiday Mixer

The Hawaii Chapter Young AFCEANs hosted a Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive on December 4th at the Amuse Wine Bar in Honolulu. The event was open to all members and prospective members and had a successful turnout. Over ninety toys were collected, which were donated to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Honolulu.

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Young AFCEAN Mentor Event

The Hawaii Young AFCEANs hosted a leadership panel on Wednesday evening, August 26th at the Mexico Cantina in Honolulu. The well-received Five Question Panel was composed of Mr. Jim Muller, the current AFCEA Hawaii President; CDR James Gateau, USN, the Chief Staff Officer of NCTAMS PAC; and Lt Col Kevin Childs, USAF, the 56 ACOMS Commander at 613 AOC.

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On May 29, 2015 the Hawaii Chapter Young AFCEAN’s had the opportunity to tour the Defense Information Services Agency Pacific Field Command (DISAPAC) facilities. DISAPAC provides regional management, operational direction, and maintenance of assigned portions of the Global Information Grid (GIG) and Command, Control and Communications (C3) Information Systems operations in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regional areas.

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