In July, the Hawaii Chapter welcomed Colonel Joseph A. Matos III, Commander, Defense Information Systems Agency, Pacific. COL Matos spoke on anticipating warfighter needs. DISA Pac now has global responsibilities and has the goals of diversity, capacity and survivability.
Young AFCEAN of the Month: MSgt Jason Zarudny, USAF
MSgt Zarudny is from San Diego and serves as messaging and collaboration Section Chief with the 561 Network Operations Squadron, Detachment 1 at JBPHH, HI. In this role, he provides oversight to the operation and maintenance of the $10B Air Force Information Network, supporting over 325,000 users, 5 Major Commands, and 45 bases worldwide. MSgt Zarudny was critical in onboarding the Air Force’s first “bring your own device” platform, enabling mobile mail capabilities for senior decision makers expanding from a single Blackberry environment to one that includes Windows Phone, Apple iOS, and Android devices.
Executive of the Month: LtGen Jeff Remington (USAF, ret) VP Government Programs & Corporate Lead Executive; Northrop Grumman
LtGen Remington spent 35 years in the Air Force, was a Thunderbird solo pilot, and has over 4000 hours in the F16 and F15, and before retirement the Commander 7th Air Force (Korea), Deputy Commander, United Nations Command Korea; Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Korea; Commander, Air Component Command, Republic of Korea/U.S. Combined Forces Command. As VP of Government Programs for Northrop Grumman he maintains direct liaison with U.S. Pacific Command and the primary company interface with customers, peer industry partners and business leaders in the region. In addition, he represents the company in the Honolulu community and works with other community leaders in support of economic development activities and local community service and philanthropic activities.
Senior Government Leader: Mr. Joe Tablada, GS-14, MARFORPAC Command Center
Joe Tablada serves as the Director of the MARFORPAC Command Center. In addition to daily monitoring of the over 500 planned USMC operations, activities, and events in the AOR, and all crisis actions, Mr Tablada ensures reliable and robust connectivity with HQMC, USPACOM, and all other components and maintains a shared COP with PACFLT, I MEF and III MEF. During Operation Damayan he led the Crisis Action Team efforts at MARFORPAC, who was the PACOM lead component until 3d MEB could arrive in Tacloban.
Sr Government Leader of the Month (April): Commander James Knoll, USN
Commander James Knoll is a graduate of the USNA and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. He is a surface warfare office, serving aboard DONALD COOK, and has been responsible for acquisition and sustainment of the Navy and Marine Corp Intranet (NMCI) and the OCONUS Enterprise Network (ONENET). He currently serves as the Officer in Charge, SPAWAR Systems Activity Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; to include Japan and Guam areas of responsibility.
Executive of the Month (June): Fred Romero, EMC
Fred has been a dedicated technical resource focused on Hawaii and PACOM for the past 10 years. Fred’s technical expertise has assisted numerous DoD organizations across the Pacific meet their data storage and data protection mission objectives. Fred has been with EMC 16 years and is retired from the Air Force.
Congratulations to all our awardees for their commitment and service!