Author: Ervin (EB) Lawson

Hawaii Wounded Warriors Program Pay Tribute to AFCEA Hawaii

Chaplain Steve Jensen with the Hawaii Wounded Warrior Battalion West presented a plaque to AFCEA Hawaii Chapter President, LtCol Callistus Elbourne at the monthly luncheon on February 13, 2018 at the Hale Ikena aboard Fort Shafter. The plaque was in appreciation for the support and donations provided by AFCEA Hawaii over the years. Chaplain Jensen brings several of the Marines to our luncheons, that are transitioning from the military to civilian life, in hopes of networking them with organizations that may be interested in hiring veterans. The Hawaii Wounded Warriors Program assists Marines who have been injured in combat or who are seriously ill with sudden transitions they face physically, mentally, and...

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February 2018 Luncheon – Mr. Mark Wong, Chief Information Officer, Director of the Department of Information Technology, City & County of Honolulu

This month’s featured speaker was Mr. Mark Wong, Chief Information Officer, Director of the Department of Information Technology, City & County of Honolulu. Mark has over 40 years experience in Information Technology. When Mark joined the City & County of Honolulu he found they were using Microsoft Windows and their systems and equipment were antiquated. Three years ago he and his team took on the dubious task of a total technology redesign, and the result was an enterprise operations platform called “Lokahi”. In Hawaiian, lokahi means people or things coming together as one; in a lokahi. The new system uses all the latest technology and includes more than 17,000 layers of data that can be viewed or displayed depending on the situation. The public sector uses this system to request services from the City & County of Honolulu with quicker and more efficient results. Mark and his team are designing apps to be used with their system and one of the more popular apps is the HNL Info App which keeps the public informed of traffic situations, weather advisories, and upcoming public safety events, by sending alerts to their mobile devices. According to Mark, Lokahi is unique because everything is developed and maintained by him and his staff. Monthly Awards Young AFCEAN of the Month:  MSgt Aliah Reyes, DISA PAC, United States Air Force Master Sergeant Aliah K. Reyes...

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January 2018 Luncheon-Brigadier General Paul H. Fredenburg III, Director, Command, Control, Communications & Cyber (C4) PACOM

Brigadier General Paul Fredenburgh, USPACOM/J6, Director for C3 and Cyber, emphasized the size and importance of the U.S. Pacific Command and the nations within its area of operations.  He covered the elements of his three major responsibilities:  Assured Command and Control; Conducting Full Spectrum Cyberspace Operations; and Collective Cyberspace Security and Interoperability. In terms of cyber, the general found that USPACOM has been the most effective command in which he has served.  He emphasized the multilateral cyber relationships in the theater, with 20 nations participating in Exercise Pacific Endeavor.  During the Q&A he addressed the cyber threats posed by China and North Korea, and mentioned a need for more assets for training and near-term network investment.     January 2018 Recognition   Student of the Month:  Allegra Palk, St. Andrews Priory Allegra Palk hold a 3.78 GPA and is among the top students in the STEM program at St. Andrews. Her favorite subject is Engineering and she enjoys building things and working with her hands. Allegra is a member of the Hawaii All State Marching Band; she plays the percussion and has been playing piano since the age of four.  The 2016 All State Hawaii Band participated in the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Upper Senate Park. Her teachers consistently comment on the quality of her work, participation, and grasp of new materials.  Allegra plans to study...

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October 2017 Luncheon – Colonel Joseph Delaney, USMC, DISA PAC Commander

This month’s featured speaker was Colonel Joseph Delaney, USMC, DISA PAC Commander. It was obvious from his presentation that Colonel Delaney is passionate about the DISA PAC organization. He provided an overview of the services that DISA PAC provides to its many customers in the Pacific area. He emphasized that DISA PAC is an Enterprise Solution provider supporting the War Fighter. Colonel Delaney spoke about improvements and new services that DISA is working on. The Colonel mentioned that DISA is testing the Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) technology. Li-Fi is 100 times faster than the current Wi-Fi. Li-Fi uses household LED (light emitting diodes) light bulbs to transfer data at speeds of 224 gigabits per second. It is more secure than Wi-Fi because light does not pass through walls.   Young AFCEAN of the Month: Tiari Kau, Cyber Security Analyst, General Dynamics  Born and raised in Hawaii, Tiari Kau has been a member of the Hawaii Air National Guard since joining as a senior at Pearl City High School. She got her initial AF training in Computer Networking Cryptographic Systems and then later cross-trained into the Cyber Systems Operations while working full time at the 613th Air Operations Center. Currently, she works for General Dynamics IT as a DoD contractor, supporting the US Battlefield Information Collection and Exploitation Systems (USBICES) coalition networks as an Information Security Analyst ensuring the security and...

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