AFCEA Hawaii was honored to welcome Captain William A. Dodge, USN; Commanding Officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific (NCTAMS PAC). CAPT Dodge spoke of the continuing opportunities for industry in configuration management and technology business management solutions; better, faster, more accurate integrated full-spectrum enterprise management cyber threat / event detection and isolation; smart, self-healing networks; and telecom / IT infrastructure modernization, virtualization and consolidation to build the framework for unified capabilities.
CDR Steve Jensen, USN (Retired), and MSgt Felipe Rael, USMC, Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Wounded Warrior Battalion – West, Charlie Company at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, were in attendance to show appreciation for funds raised from our 2014 TechNet Asia-Pacific golf tournament. Proceeds shall benefit the Navy/Marine Corps Warriors in Transition Organization where CDR Jensen is the volunteer chaplain.
We were pleased to recognize this month’s well-deserving awardees:
AFCEA Students of the Month:
Kahuku: Peter Hyatt:
Peter Hyatt is a talented student/athlete whose aptitude for higher learning, matches his elevated character traits and his service to our North Shore community.
Damien: Kai Munechika
Kai has achieved sustained and superior achievement in academics. He is enrolled Damien’s STEM curriculum, including college level Advanced Placement Programs in Math, English, and Science. Kai intends to major in Mechanical or Computer Software Engineering at a 4-year college somewhere on the mainland.
AFCEAN of the Month: John W. Martin, U.S. Air Force and DISA PAC (Ret)
John has 52 years of U.S. Government Civil Service (and 5 as a government contractor doing work in Southeast Asia). John served on active duty in the Air Force from 1953 until 1960, helping test newly developed High Frequency Radio Equipment. He also worked on Telephone Cable Pressurization Engineering Schemes for Kadena AFB and Naha AB, Okinawa. He moved to Hawaii in 1964 as a Contractor member of Pacific Ground Electronic Engineering Installation Agency (PAC-GEEIA RGN), and in 1965 was converted “In-Place” into a Civil Service position which further evolved through various promotions to the Detachment Chief over a newly established AFCC role as the Chief, Det 2, AFTCO-PAC, with operating locations at Clark AB, Philippines and Yokota AB, Japan. This was later turned into DISA-PAC, under DMRD 918 direction in 1995, where he worked until retirement in 2009. John is one of our most energetic and friendly volunteers, is always eager to lend a hand and support, and a pleasure to know and have in the Chapter.
Executive of the Month: Pari Remis, President & CEO, Prosis Hawaii
Pari Remis is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Prosis Hawaii LLC. Ms. Remis is an alumnus of Syracuse University, Utica College where she met her husband, Martin Remis. They subsequently journeyed with the Marine Corps to Quantico, Okinawa, and Parris Island, where she earned her degree in Statistics at the University of South Carolina. They ultimately settled in Hawaii wrapping up their long affiliation with the Marine Corps. Notably in 1990 and 1991, throughout Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Ms. Remis coordinated the Key Wives Ombudsman Program supporting the families of Brigade Service Support Group-1 (BSSG-1), Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The Key Wives network was the link between the Commanding Officer and family members, especially during deployment. Her leadership was recognized for building a sense of community and an effective support structure that proactively kept the families of 1,200 Marines and Sailors informed about the unit’s mission and welfare. During this time Ms. Remis built a career and special expertise in the Hawaii healthcare industry. Working in supervisory and management roles for 20 years, her background spans the spectrum of government regulations, financial management and risk assessment for business operations, coordination of analytical teams and life cycle management of interdepartmental systems and processes. Ms. Remis co-founded Prosis Hawaii, an Information and Communications Technology company in October 2003. She became President & CEO of Prosis in December 2012. In 2013, under her new leadership, Prosis became a Woman-Owned Small Business. In 2014, Prosis was #7 on Pacific Business News’ list of Top 25 Women-Owned Businesses. Significantly, Prosis received certification from the U.S. Small Business Administration to participate in the 8(a) Business Development Program. As a result, Prosis has gained new traction, new direction and strong partners to best serve DoD clients.
Senior Government Leader: RADM Willie Metts – J2 PACOM
Rear Admiral Willie Metts is a native of Danville, Georgia. He graduated from Savannah State University in 1985 and was commissioned via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. RADM Metts assumed his current position as director for Intelligence, United States Pacific Command, in August 2013. Previous flag officer assignments include: deputy director of Tailored Access Operations, National Security Agency and director for Intelligence, United States Cyber Command. RADM Metts’ operational assignments include USS Thomas C. Hart (FF 1092) and USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51), as a surface warfare officer completing three deployments to the Mediterranean and Red Sea. Following selection as an information warfare officer, he was assigned to Commander, Carrier Strike Group 2 as Cryptologic Resource coordinator, embarked on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in Norfolk. During this assignment, he completed the maiden deployment of Truman to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf.
Major assignments ashore include program operations director at Naval Security Group Command Detachment Potomac, in Washington D.C.; Naval Security Group department head and executive officer at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Guam; deputy director, Collections and Information Acquisition, United States Pacific Command; special assistant to Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet; commanding officer, Navy Information Operations Command, Hawaii; and, division director, Information Dominance Corps and Foreign Area Assignments at Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee.
RADM Metts has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Savannah State University, a Master of Science degree in Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) from the Naval Post Graduate School, a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies and Strategic Planning from the Naval War College, and he completed the Harvard University Senior Executive Fellows Program.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and various service and joint expeditionary medals and ribbons.