AFCEA History & Awards
AFCEAs founders, a group of communicators led by David Sarnoff, experienced first-hand how open dialogue and strong relationships between government and industry in times of peace can help ensure effective communications during wartime. In 1946, they established AFCEA from the U.S. Veterans Signal Association and the American Signal Corps Association with the goal of promoting communication, dialogue, and an open and ethical exchange of information between the public and private sectors. As the Associations outreach has broadened, this goal remains the pillar of AFCEA International.
AFCEA Educational Foundation
Education is an AFCEA Core Value. Collectively, AFCEA International, the AFCEA Educational Foundation, and AFCEA Chapters invest approximately $2 million in scholarships to military veterans, ROTC students, and STEM students and teachers.
Member Communities We Serve
Our 35,000 individual members and 2,000 corporate members, located around the world, represent these communities:
- Active duty and reserve military and national guards
- Federal, state and local government
- Government contractors
- Small business
- Cyber, IT, security, critical infrastructure
- Homeland Security
- Financial Institutions
- Health IT