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Jodi-ItoAFCEA Hawaii welcomed Jodi Ito, ISO at University of Hawaii. Ms. Ito discussed UH’s security landscape, including COL Reynold Hioki, Hawaii National Guard, for a brief on Po’oihe, a cybersecurity exercise performed in a virtual range. Ms. Ito spoke about efforts to address phishing such as SEAR the Phish to Stop, Examine, Ask, Report suspicious cyber activity. Challenges include weighing risk versus convenience and controlling a widespread network. Training cyber security professionals will be critical to mitigating cyber threats.

Our Young AFCEAN program received the 2014 Young AFCEA Program of the Year Award (Very Large Chapter Class) and the Young AFCEAN Model Chapter of the Year Award from AFCEA International. MAJ Joseph Watson, USAF, received the Emerging Leadership Award. 1st Lt Kyle Rimando, USAF, received the Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award.

We were pleased to recognize this month’s well-deserving awardees:

AFCEA Students of the Month:

Andrew Chun of Roosevelt High School

Andrew is ranked 2nd of 334 students at Roosevelt with a GPA of 4.170.  He has taken the most rigorous courses in all academic areas offered, completing 8 out of the 9 AP courses that are offered to this class. After his junior year, Andrew earned the title of “AP Scholar with Honors distinction” by scoring 4 or higher on the four AP exams that he took.  Currently, Andrew is learning the Calculus BC curriculum outside of the school day with a dedicated math teacher who gives up his time to teach the students; only three of the most dedicated and committed students do this.  These students do not get any credit for this after school class but take it for their love of math and the challenge.  During his sophomore year, he took the initiative to get approval to take an AP course (European History) since underclassmen are not allowed to take AP courses.  During the summer of 2013, he applied to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Summer Scholar Program and enrolled in Chinese 101 and Economics 120.  In the summer of 2014, Andrew took Physics 151 and 151L in the Summer Scholar Program.  Andrew is the type of student who always seeks and takes the initiative to supplement his high school curriculum.  On top of his rigorous academic schedule, Andrew has been involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities in and out of the school environment.  He has an impressive record with the Boy Scouts – having earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2012 and was elected to the Scouting’s National Honor Society – Order of the Arrow.  At Roosevelt High School, Andrew is active in many clubs and also formed a new club (Digital Media Exploration Club) that has members go to a retirement home and teach the seniors about computers. He is also a passionate cello player and has been a member of the Roosevelt High School Orchestra for the past four years.  Andrew was invited to play with different ensembles outside of school; he was the youngest cello player in this select ensemble.  Andrew’s resume is quite impressive and he is one who has balanced his extracurricular activities with his academic schedule.

Kainoa Correa of Saint Louis High School

Kainoa is a senior who excels in the areas of math and science plans to major in engineering in pursuit of his undergraduate education in the Pacific Northwest. Kainoa consistently earned a 3.4 GPA due to his work ethic and commitment towards his education. Kainoa upholds the characteristics of a Saint Louis Man with much pride and integrity and has been a positive asset to our school community.

AFCEAN of the Month:  LTC Sanford Ching, USAF (Ret); Admissions Liaison Officer, US Air Force Academy

Sanford Ching spent over 40 years serving our country, both as an Air Force Officer, and as a Federal Civil Service employee with the Department of the Navy.  He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from US Pacific Command where he served in the J6 Directorate.  Presently he works as a part-time teacher at Honolulu District Schools and serves as an Admissions Liaison Officer for the U.S. Air Force Academy for the past 23 years and has recruited and assisted numerous high school seniors to enter the Air Force Academy. He was honored as Admissions Liaison Officer of the Year in the Nation in 2006 (Retired category). His help during TNAP 2014 was especially appreciated. Sanford is one of our most enthusiastic volunteers.
Executive of the Month:  LTC Kirk Durante, US Army (Ret); President, Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC

Kirk L. Durante has a diverse background with more than 35 years of military and private industry experience. He graduated from Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Heights, Hawaii and received an Army Scholarship to Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona where he graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned as an Army officer in 1974. He later received his Masters in Business Administration from Marymount University, Arlington, VA.

As a career Army officer, Kirk commanded infantry units at all levels including Battalion Command and Chief of Staff for the deployed Joint Task Force-Bravo. Kirk held high level staff assignments at all levels throughout the Army including two tours at the Pentagon, four tours with Infantry Divisions, three tours in Hawaii and overseas tours in Europe, Panama and the Republic of Honduras. Following retirement from the Army, Mr. Durante joined Booz Allen Hamilton at their Honolulu Office as a Senior Consultant where he received a Program Management Professional certification. As a certified Project Management Professional, Kirk led multi-million dollar projects and programs throughout the Pacific and deployed to South Korea, Djibouti, Africa and Kabul, Afghanistan where he served as a program and project manager. Later, he joined LGB and Associates, Inc., a Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business, as the Vice President for Pacific Operations. Currently, Kirk is the President of Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC.

As an active Community leader, Kirk served as the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association President, Board of Presidents perpetuating the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. To address his concern for Hawaii’s affordable housing shortage, Kirk volunteered to serve as an officer on the State of Hawaii Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and established a Habitat for Humanity nonprofit Affiliate to serve the Leeward coast and participated in building more than 30 homes. Kirk was nominated by his peers and selected as one of five employees to receive the annual Involvement and Impact Individual Contributor Award for making a difference in Hawaii’s community. Kirk also volunteered as President of the Workforce Leadership Council for three years where he was awarded the “Values in Practice” award, Booz Allen Hamilton’s highest award for being a distinguished role model of their Corporate Values. Most recently, Kirk was appointed to the Program Management Institute Honolulu Chapter Board of Directors as the Special Programs Manager where he supported their PMI Leadership Summit and Professional Development Day programs in 2012.

January Young AFCEAN of the Month:  Capt Michael Nettis, USAF, 561 NOS Det 1

Capt Nettis is an emerging leader and supporter of AFCEA-Hawaii.  He volunteered to help with protocol at TNAP 2014, assisted with coordinating two Young AFCEAN events, and represented the Young AFCEAN committee during the TechNet Asia Pacific planning meetings. He was key to the Young AFCEAN program win for the 2014 Young AFCEA Council Award, Very Large Category from AFCEA International.

He leads the Air Force Enterprise operations, supporting the $10 billion Air Force network; supporting 850,000 users world-wide. Capt Nettis’ leadership helps ensure 24/7 time-critical network maintenance for 90+ bases, supporting all Combatant Commanders, and delivers Tier-2 support to troubleshoot operational network problems and restore critical command and control connectivity. He often serves as the Command and Control interface between the Air Force Network Operations Center, sister Network Operations Squadrons, and the various Wing components across the globe to direct and enforce network orders compliance.