AFCEA Hawaii welcomed Paul Delacourt, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Honolulu Division, Special Agent in Charge. Mr. Delacourt discussed the Bureau’s current priorities within Hawaii, and provided insight into the current challenges and issues the FBI presently faces. Mr. Delacourt explained that even in the light of a significant counterintelligence threat, the FBI focus is still on counter-terrorism including homegrown violent extremists and on-line radicalization. He elaborated stating: “There is no specific threat to Hawaii, but we’re still watching, because it may pop up at any time.”
Mr. Delacourt highlighted the threat of ISIS and how ISIS compares to Al-Qaeda, noting major differences such as control over large territories, cities, banking, and oil; along with the utilization of cyber for communication. He emphasized the use of cyber to communicate and how it drastically improves the ability for ISIS to be mobile and agile as a force, comparing to Osama Bin laden’s use of a courier for communication during his final days.
He also went on to explain misconceptions from the Bureau’s standpoint on why the FBI sought a court order for Apple’s assistance to unlock the San Bernadino terrorist’s iPhone. “We’re not looking for a skeleton key.” Mr. Delacourt explains. He goes on to state that the FBI was seeking the ability to disable the automatic wiping feature of these devices: “our tech guys can handle the rest from there.” He goes on to make legal comparisons and key points that put these issue into different perspectives. Such as, if the device had belonged to a kidnapped child, and contains information about the child’s abductor, would public opinion on the matter change? In terms of encryption, Mr. Delacourt talked about the collision of three important values: privacy, data security, and public safety.
Lastly, he goes on to state that technology may make some of the tools in the toolbox ineffective. If there were sensitive documents within a safe, the FBI can get a search warrant to be allowed to open the safe. Mr. Delacourt explains that the same concept does not apply equally for cyber at this time. “There is no crowbar to get the documents out of the phone.”
We were pleased to recognize this month’s well-deserving awardees:
Student of the Month: Hiu Shan (Vivian), McKinley High School
Vivian’s scholastic achievements demonstrate her aptitude in all four facets of STEM; she has studied, or is currently studying, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Electronics Technology 1 & 2, Principals of Engineering, and AP Calculus. Outside of the classroom, Vivian has competed in Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair, placing in districts and states; competed in Science Olympiad, where she won several awards; completed a summer engineering academy; leads our Civil Engineering Club, and plans and attends community service events with the LEO Club. After graduation, Vivian hopes to attend Vanderbilt College to pursuing a degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering.
Young AFCEAN of the Month: Capt Kimber Nettis, PACAF
Capt Nettis is the Chief of Cyberspace Operations at the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. She is the lead advisor to the Wing Commander on all C4 matters. She leads a communication team across 26 locations throughout DoD’s largest Area of Responsibility. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelors in Communications, graduated from American Military University with a Masters in Homeland Security and is currently working on her second Master’s Degree through Liberty University.
Executive of the Month: Judy Bishop, Bishop & Co.
Judy has over thirty years of staffing experience. She has managed local, national and international offices on four continents. In addition to owning and operating her own company in Hawaii and on the mainland, Judy has been as a Franchise Owner, Regional Vice- President, Division Vice- President, National Sales Manager, and COO, with an extensive background of managing teams to perform searches for a broad spectrum of talent requirements for clients in diverse industries. Ms. Bishop is a well-respected thought leader and in demand speaker on workforce staffing, women in the workforce, and talent sourcing. Judy is responsible for the complete satisfaction of Bishop & Company’s client companies, candidates and contract employees. Ms. Bishop is fully involved in the day to day operation of Bishop & Company.
Senior Government Leader: John Holt, MARFORPAC
Mr. Holt was born in Dawson, Georgia on 1 January 1954. He enlisted in the Marine on 22 Aug 1972 and entered recruit training on 19 September 1972. He is currently serving as the Branch Head, Headquarters Information Technology Services Branch, G-6 Division at MARFORPAC Headquarters. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University and a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix.
Following graduation from recruit training on Paris Island, Mr. Holt served in the following billets from the rank of Private through Gunnery Sergeant: Naval Communications Center, Pensacola, Florida; 2nd Radio Battalion, 2nd Force Service Support Group (FSSG), Camp Geiger, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; 2nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion, 2nd FSSG, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Headquarters Battery, 12th Marine Regiment, Okinawa Japan, 2D Assault Amphibian Vehicle (AAV) Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Inspector & Instructor Staff, 6th Motor Transport Battalion, Eatontown, New Jersey. Promoted to Warrant Officer in December 1982, Mr. Holt graduated from the Basic School in April 1983. From the rank of Warrant Officer to Major his duty assignments included Assistant Communications Officer, 2D AAV Battalion, 2D Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Communications Maintenance Officer, Marine Air Control Squadron – 4, Marine Air Control Group – 18, 1st Marine Air Wing, Okinawa, Japan; Radio Platoon Commander, Electronics Maintenance Company, 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd FSSG, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Maintenance Officer Detachment “B” Brigade Service Support Group – 6; Commander Marine Corps Forces Panama; Electronic Maintenance Officer, Radio Branch, Integrated Logistics Support Division (847), Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Georgia; Commanding Officer Schools Company, Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Georgia; Acquisition Officer, Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico Virginia. Upon his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, Mr. Holt spent his last tour as an active duty Marine at the Maintenance Branch, G-6 Division, MARFORPAC, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii serving as the Electronics Maintenance Officer. He retired from the Marine Corps on 31 August 2003 after 31 years of service.
Mr. Holt was hired to his current position on 3 June 2003. He resides in Waipahu, Hawaii with his wife the former Malai Sangnaiyana of Bangkok, Thailand. They were married 11 Nov 1977 and have two children, Tonya Holt who resides in Richmond, Virginia and Isaac Holt who resides in Woodbridge, Virginia.