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= Andrew  & Julie Ward =
 
 
* '''Location  :''' Southeast Georgia
 
* '''O/S      :''' Fedora (stable release)
 
* '''E-mail    :''' award3535 AT fedoraproject DOT org
 
* '''E-mail    :''' jward78 AT fedoraproject DOT org
 
* '''E-mail    :''' award3535 AT tds DOT net
 
* '''E-mail    :''' award3535 AT gmail DOT com
 
 
== About Andrew ==
 
 
My name is Andrew, I am a retired Navy Enlisted Electronics Technician that holds a CCNA, and
 
COMPTIA Security Plus Certification with many years of experience with networks and various
 
operating systems. I also carry an A+ certification along with a few other projects in the works.
 
I was exposed to Fedora by another retired service member and have loved
 
it ever since. In those earlier days I started with Fedora Core 6 on an old laptop along side
 
with Red Hat. I now perfer to use Fedora 23 over the windows products. I find that the more I
 
use Fedora the more I enjoy the features and ease of configuration of various platforms. I now
 
have 8 of the 15 machines I personally own running Fedora 23.
 
 
Although I am somewhat of an entry level user here with the project, I am very excited to help out
 
in any way I can. Linux systems are not unfamiliar to me while in the military, I was
 
responsible for maintaining HP UX (unix based systems and Servers) servers and nodes.
 
I find Fedora to be the most stable platform available over any other versions of Linux
 
(i.e ubuntu, knoppix etc...)
 
 
I would recommend Fedora to anyone who is tired of the same ole grind of windows to a new and
 
refreshing way of computing. I have already convinced many of my friends to switch over to a
 
virtually virus free environment and the benefit of a stable operating system.
 
 
Recently I took on the responsibility of becoming one of the FEDORA Ambassadors Mentor, promoting the
 
best product and service available. This is a major step in achieving personal and professional
 
goals. Recent events that I participated in was at the Southeast Linux Fest (SELF) in Charlotte NC for the
 
past Three years (2012,2013,and 2014), Ohio Linux Fest Columbus Oh (2014 & 2015), Free and Open Source Electronics
 
convention Fossetcon Orlando Fl (2014 & 2015).
 
What a Blast. We by far had the most representatives present than any other Table.
 
I believe that our success stems from the Ambassadors Group within FEDORA and the product we represent.
 
 
I also just ran the booth at the Texas Linux Festival in San Antonio. http://www.texaslinuxfest.org
 
Recent Events Indiana Linux Festival Indianapolis In http://www.indianalinux.org/. This was the second time Fedora was represented
 
in Indiana. By far Fedora was the leader of the festival. I was proud to represent the best product available. I also got to attend
 
one of the most eventful conventions to date LINUXCON New Orleans. Many good things were learned at that event, check out the links
 
http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon-north-america https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Linuxcon.
 
 
The upcoming 2016 season will be exciting and challenging. I plan on attending a minimum of 3 events , two being a mainstay with me that
 
include and Southeast Linux Fest (SELF) Charrolett NC , Orlando (http://wwwofossetcon.org), and Columbus Ohio (http://www.ohiolinux.org/).
 
 
Cheers......
 
{{ #fedorabadges: award3535 }}
 
 
== About Julie ==
 
 
I got involved in the project about 3 years after my husband became an Ambassador. I noticed that the community was a tightly knitted group of professionals and
 
volunteers that inspired me to get involved. Although I am an entry level user and have helped with various small things during events, I thought it was
 
time I to become as involved with the project in anyway that I can help. I look forward to meeting new people and doing much more with the project. Recent event
 
attended was Ohio Linux fest 2014 where we rocked the booth.
 
 
{{ #fedorabadges: jward78 }}
 
 
== Andrew's Skill Set ==
 
 
I am a government employee that works on a large network as the Information Assurance Manager and
 
carry a COMPTIA Security Plus certification and A CISCO CCNA. Currently working on my CISSP
 
 
=== My Relation to the Fedora Project ===
 
 
I am currently a Fedora Regional Ambassador (East) and Mentor, I also am quite involved as an active member of the free media distribution, distributing over 800 Cd/Dvd's around the United States, Australia, and Canada. I look forward to talking with other members of the project and future Fedora users.
 
 
=== Current Projects and Other interests ===
 
 
* Currently a FEDORA [[Ambassadors/NA/Regions|Ambassador]] ([http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors/MembershipService/Verification Verification])
 
* Active Mentor
 
* Events Attended over the past Four years; Southeast Linux Festival 2012, 2013, & 2014 Charlotte NC, Texas Linux Festival 2012 San Antonio TX, Indiana Linux Festival 2013, Linuxcon New Orleans Louisiana 2013, Free Open Source Software and Technology Convention (FOSSETCON) Orlando Florida 2014/2015 and the Ohio Linux fest in Columbus Ohio 2014/2015.
 
* My inspiration is to Mentor new Ambassadors in the Four Foundations of Fedora!
 
 
== Plans & Goals ==
 
 
We hope to continue contributing with more aspects within Fedora. We also plan to take on more roles and complete
 
as many Festivals and Conferences as possible.
 
 
 
[[Category:Ambassadors from the USA]]
 
 
Andrew Ward
 
Electronics Technician Senior Chief Submarines Ret.USN
 
 
Julie Ward Honorary Lady Submariner
 
 
 
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