Lewiston native honored with AFCEA lifetime achievement award


LEXINGTON, Mass. — Claire Goulet was honored at an Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association international conference held in Baltimore, Md., recently

AFCEA is a nonprofit association serving the military, government, industry and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, information technology, intelligence and global security.

Goulet is a 20-year native of Lewiston, where her relatives reside, among them, her brother, Marcel Goulet. She is a graduate of Lewiston High School. She received AFCEA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest and most prestigious individual honors ever given out by the association.

The presentation came as a surprise at the culmination of an awards ceremony at AFCEA International’s Cyber Symposium. It was presented by AFCEA President and CEO Kent Schneider and AFCEA Chairwoman of the Board of Directors Linda Gooden.

In the citation, Goulet was praised for her extraordinary support to AFCEA for more than three decades: “For the past 20 years, as Lexington-Concord Chapter’s vice president for operations, she has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to advance the Chapter’s stellar track record of scholarship awards and educational grants, and been singularly responsible for increasing its membership ten-fold.

“She has masterminded almost every single event the Chapter has undertaken over these years, and virtually single-handedly organized volunteers and orchestrated ‘New Horizons,” its most successful annual event that attracts more than 650 industry and government participants.

“She has also promulgated stronger academic and community support of AFCEA via her initiation of partnerships with Boston’s Department of Transportation, Natick Soldier System Center and the Smithsonian in Boston, as well as spearheading the complete revamp of our annual ROTC and Fellowships Awards venues at Hanscom Air Force Base.”

The citation continues, “She has helped establish our Young AFCEAN Executive Committee and acted as their senior advisor. It is a testament to her that the strength and vitality of the Chapter’s Young AFCEAN program has become internationally acclaimed, and she is fondly known as the Young AFCEAN’s ‘Den Mom.’”

The citation concludes by commending Goulet for literally devoting her life toward exceptional career service to the Lexington-Concord Chapter and to AFCEA International. It said, “She personifies the AFCEA image, promotes AFCEA’s values and is indeed the consummate AFCEAN.”