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Tech expo coming to Schriever

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 22nd Space Operations Squadron is hosting a technology expo at the Schriever Air Force Base Fitness Center 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. March 20.

Approximately 30 vendors will be at the event that serves as an open forum for industry partners to showcase their latest mission-centric technologies.

The 22nd SOPS partnered with National Conference Services Incorporated, which organizes the vendors and schedules expos at Front Range installations.

“The purpose is to bring military and industry together to start conversations about potential technology solutions to mission challenges,” said Elizabeth Teune, event manager with NCSI. “The tech expo is a networking and training opportunity that is free and open to all base personnel.”

Second Lt. David Sanchez, orbital analyst with the 22nd SOPS is one of the event organizers.

“They (NCSI) take input from us on what types of technologies we’d like to see at the base,” Sanchez said. “They’re excited because they bring tech they feel might help us improve processes, and we’re excited to see them.”

Exhibitors will provide hands-on demonstrations of various technologies that include, but are not limited to: antenna technology, broadband services, data mapping and security, enterprise architecture, fiber optics, network printers, record management, solar power sources, telecom equipment and services, patch panels and wireless communication.

“I strongly encourage people to come out,” Sanchez said. “If you see something you like that you think may help your mission, take a note and bring it to the attention of your leadership. Much of the technology is already approved by the Department of Defense.”

According to Sanchez, being situationally aware of emerging technologies is critical to finding the most efficient means to address emerging challenges.

“Even if there is technology I don’t have a use for now, maybe in a few years I’ll be in a position where I see a problem and think back to the expo and say ‘I know how we can fix this problem,’” he said.

Staying abreast of technology also falls in line with the 50th Space Wing’s mission of evolving space and cyberspace warfighting superiority through integrated and innovative operations.

“We see the word innovative in the wing’s mission and also its first priority (successfully and innovatively executing today's operations),” Sanchez said. “If you’re not up to date on the latest tools at your disposal, then you may limit your ability to be effectively innovative.”

Teune pointed to networking as another reason for anyone to attend.

“If you're a transitioning service member, enrolled in information technology college courses, or just interested in technology, then this is an extraordinary opportunity to network with prestigious companies, ask questions to industry professionals and receive expert advice.”

While registration is not necessary for attendance, people can register at www.federalevents.com/schrieveafb and select the pre-register button. Registering will allow individuals to give feedback on the event.

For more information, contact Sanchez at 567-7856.