NSA Naples Hosts Technology Expo

Story Number: NNS100917-22Release Date: 9/17/2010 6:07:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Felicito Rustique, Naval Support Activity Naples Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples held its 10th annual Technology Expo at the Capodichino galley aboard the facility Sept. 13th.

The free expo offered the base community a chance to see emerging technologies from 26 different vendors representing their respective companies.

NSA's Office of the Chief Information Officer hosted the event, which was organized by National Conference Services, Inc. (NCSI). Vendors from companies including Dell Inc., Lucent Technologies, and Symantec demonstrated techniques and innovations in areas such as information security, satellite communications and CD/DVR publishing.

Christy Shaak, NCSI employee and event manager, said this year's expo was the largest to date aboard NSA Naples. Shaak also said she believes the expo benefitted all who decided to come.

"This is important because it's a great networking event that allows vendors who already do business with the base to troubleshoot with actual users of their product," said Shaak. "Also, it's an educational forum that brings together leadership and personnel with the exhibitors who have a vested interest in NSA Naples."

One company at the expo was Virginia-based M.C. Dean Inc. The company's project manager, Kate Berwald, was on hand during the expo to consult with guests.

"I think the expo is a great way for the military to see vendors' new technologies as well as services provided," said Berwald. "It's a great way to get our company's word out. We do everything from cabling to voice and data communication systems, and we'll work with customers all the way from requirements gathering to design and testing."

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Steven MacDonald said he decided to stop by the expo because he is very interested in modern technology and how it is applied to the real world.

"I was able to find out a lot of information about the new devices they had on display here and their capabilities," said MacDonald. "This gives people an idea of what's out there and what to get into as technicians themselves for future use and education."

For more news from NSA Naples, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/nsanaples/.

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