KMC MSgts recognized as 2011 Distinguished Young AFCEAN

by Capt. Thomas Hamlyn

What does it take to be recognized above your peers in an international organization of 35,000 members?

Ask Master Sgt. Douglas R. Brock, Enterprise Services flight chief for Detachment 4, 83rd Network Operations Squadron, on Ramstein.

The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association selected Brock as an international 2011 Distinguished Young AFCEAN. And he had good company. Master Sgt. Todd D. Weingeroff, Knowledge Operations Base functional manager, 86th Communication Squadron, was also selected as a regional Distinguished Young AFCEAN. Both are members of the local KMC AFCEA chapter and earned their distinctions by contributing to the communications, information technology, intelligence and global security fields on and off duty.

These distinguished young AFCEANs accepted their awards in San Diego at the AFCEA International conference Tuesday.

Weingeroff said he was looking forward to hearing retired Adm. Mike Mullen give his keynote as well as learning how the Navy put together the huge technology expo with hundreds of exhibitors.

With such knowledge, the KMC AFCEA is preparing itself for an even better series of events for 2012. Weingeroff said he believes each event is an opportunity to network with some of the most important people in the communications

“Whether it is the A1C sitting at detachment 4 or the commander of the Air Force’s largest communications squadron, knowing people always makes life easier,” he said.

Along with networking, Brock recommends that communications and electronic professionals share their knowledge through volunteering. He highlighted several opportunities in the KMC AFCEA chapter, such as Lunch & Learn leadership sessions and the science, technology, engineer and math events they hold each year at the local high schools.

“Seek out opportunities that not only provide career broadening but also provide development opportunities,” he said.

To learn more or to become an AFCEA member, check out or attend the monthly chapter meeting, typically held during lunch on the second Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Ramstein Officers’ Club, followed by the Winter Tech Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.