AFCEA Hawaii was pleased to welcome Major David Williams, Commander of the 352 Network Warfare Squadron. Major Williams discussed the topic of cyber mission forces, from the perspective that perhaps common occurrences should be analyzed and categorized from the defensive and the offensive approach. Remain within legal authority, but be ready to attack. The DoD cyber strategy is focused on building the workforce, capabilities, and validating and refining command and control operations. Networks and cyber capabilities should not be administered but rather led by commanders in real contact. He closed with the challenge to remain in an offensive mentality.
Outstanding October awardees: Student Michelle Sembrano, St. Andrews Priory; Young AFCEAN MSgt Alex Kuh, USAF; AFCEAN Ralph Bishop, AT&T; Executive Melilani James, President Hawaii Venture Capital Association; Distinguished Life Member Cynthia Pacheco, President JTSI Inc. September awardees: Student Logan Earles, Hawaii Mission Academy; Senior Government Leader LtCol Leonard Levine, G-6 MARFORPAC.
Student of the Month: St. Andrews Priory, Michelle Sembrano
Michelle Sembrano has a high school focus in mechanical engineering. She is also a 2nd LT in the Punahou Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program. In addition to her incredibly high GPA, she enjoys serving others in Interact and Hawaiian clubs as well as tutoring elementary school students after school. She is a Priory Ambassador meaning she represents The Priory at community events and provides tours to VIPs and special guests. Ms. Sembrano is a leader, scholar, and enthusiastic member of the Priory Ohana. She has been rewarded for her efforts with a Queen Emma Merit Scholarship throughout high school and membership in Queen Emma Chapter of the National Honor Society, a very elite group of young ladies. Michelle hopes to be selected to one of the military academies for college.
Young AFCEAN of the Month: MSgt Alex Kuh, United States Air Force
Master Sergeant Alex M. Kuh is the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of the Air Operations Center (AOC) Cyber Defense Flight at the 56th Air Communications Squadron, 613th Air Operations Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. He directs the AOC cyber defense flight and advises enlisted members on professional development, manpower, training & morale. As the defensive cyber Subject Matter Expert (SME), he analyzes networks, defines desired cyber effects and recommends courses of action for national decision makers. He plans, coordinates and de-conflicts AOC cyber operations with Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) and United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) to achieve theater goals. Master Sergeant Kuh advises the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) & identifies threats/vulnerabilities to ensure Command and Control (C2) of air, space and cyber operations.
AFCEAN of the Month: Ralph Bishop, AT&T
Ralph Bishop is originally from South Carolina. In 1969 he left SC to begin his 26 year Navy career, during which he served in both the Enlisted and Commissioned Officer Communities. He achieved the rank of Chief Cryptologic Technician in 1977 and was accepted to Officer Candidate School in 1981 with the Navy Cryptologic Officer Designator. He retired as Lieutenant Commander in 1995. Highlights of his Navy career included serving at shore stations worldwide, Staff of Commander, United States Atlantic Fleet, and as detachment Officer in Charge (OIC) in over 10 ships and submarines. He also represented the Navy in the standup of Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) East, and made numerous successful surface deployments in support of DoD/Law Enforcement counter-narcotics interdictions at sea.
Upon retiring from the Navy Mr. Bishop joined General Research Corporation, International (GRCI) which was acquired by AT&T in 2000. His time in industry has been highlighted by numerous challenging and rewarding assignments including support to the office of the Department of the Navy’s Chief Information Officer where he was a plank-owner in the development of applications and database portfolio management policy, and systems design, development, and implementation for the Department of the Navy’s Application and Database Management System. From 2002-2005 he was Site Manager for AT&T Hampton Roads, Virginia operations, and from 2005-2008 he was Director and Regional Manager for AT&T’s East Coast DoD operations from Virginia through Florida. For nearly two years between 2012 – 2014 Mr. Bishop was the Site Manager and Commanders contract counterpart at Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Pacific for standup and execution of the Global Information Grid (GIG) Service Management – Operations (GSM-O) Contract. He is currently AT&T’s Director Client Executive for Hawaii and Asia-Pacific. He is married to Elizabeth Ekker Bishop who is also a retired Navy Cryptologic Officer.
Executive of the Month: Melilani James, President Hawaii Venture Capital Association
Meli James is the Head of New Ventures at Sultan Ventures, a boutique venture firm focused on early-stage startups and investments. She is also the founder of HonNewTech, a quarterly startup pitch event. Meli is a serial entrepreneur with leading experience in mobile apps, web-based products and community building. Born and raised in Honolulu, Ms. James lived in Silicon Valley for over 10 years, where she co-founded and contributed to numerous start-ups in the Bay Area and Honolulu, including Nirvino – #1 ranked wine application, an Apple Platform Top 100 Application, & Top Ten Lifestyles Application. In addition, she is a graduate and Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Cornell University and most recently was the Program Director at Blue Startups.
Student of the Month (September): Hawaii Mission Academy, Logan Earles
Logan is a talented young man with a keen interest in technology and leadership. In addition to his high academic achievements including a 3.76 GPA and being a member of the National Honors Society at HMA, Logan has served every year on the student technology team that runs the audio/video systems for all HMA events. This year Logan earned the leadership position for this team in addition to being elected as the President of the Associated Students of Hawaiian Mission Academy (ASHMA). Logan plans to attend Pacific Union College and major in psychology.
Senior Government Leader (September): LtCol Leonard LeVine, G-6 MARFORPAC
Lieutenant Colonel Leonard LeVine was born in California. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 1994 and attended Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. He is currently serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff G-6, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific.
In December 1997, Lieutenant Colonel LeVine obtained a commission as a second lieutenant under the meritorious commissioning program. After completing The Basic School, he was trained as a communications officer and subsequently assigned duty with 1st Force Service Support Group (1st FSSG) in Camp Pendleton, California.
While assigned to 1st FSSG, he held multiple billets, to include S-6 officer for 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Platoon Commander, and Operations officer for Communications Company. He was subsequently transferred to the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School (MCCES). While at MCCES, he served as an operations officer and as a company commander before being assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-7 (CJTF-7) for duty as a communications planner in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I-II. Upon completion of this tour, he was transferred for duty under instruction at the Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS). He then briefly served as a platoon commander at Officer Candidate School prior to being transferred to 9th Communication Battalion for duty as a company commander. He later deployed his company and served as the battalion’s Forward Officer in Charge in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2008. He subsequently redeployed and served as the battalion’s Operations Officer before transferring to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego CA, for duty as the Battalion Executive officer for 2d Recruit Training Battalion. Upon completing this tour, he transferred to the Defense Information Systems Agency in Europe where he served as Branch Chief for Computer Network Defense, Enterprise Services, and Cyberspace Plans and Exercises. In June 2014, he transferred to Marine Corps Forces Pacific and served as the G-6 Operations Officer before assuming his current duties.
He has a Master of Business Administration (National University) and is a distinguished graduate of the Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) and Command and Staff College.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd Award).