Author: Ervin (EB) Lawson

July 2017 – COL Joseph Matos, USMC, Senior Information Technology Officer for MARFORPAC

This month’s featured speaker was COL Joseph Matos, the Senior Information Technology Officer from U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC). COL Matos’s presentation was about MARFORPAC’s two year strategic plan. He spoke about the number of personnel assigned to all the organizations that fall under MARFORPAC’s area of responsibility and their operating budget. COL Matos mentioned the Marine Corps has three Cyber Protection Teams (CPT) to help identify and mitigate risks within their Cyber Domain. He stated that you must know your network to defend it and while you may believe you know your network you’ll be surprised how...

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June 2017 Luncheon – Ms. Annabelle Chotzen, Professional Speaker

This month we welcomed Professional Speaker, Anabel Chotzen, as our Featured Speaker. The following article is a summary of the presentation that Annabel Chotzen gave to AFCEA Hawaii on June 13, 2017. Adapting to Change and Thriving in a Volatile Marketplace Being able to adapt to change and learning how to thrive in uncertain times is very applicable and timely with the fast pace of changes in technology, our current administration, and the constantly changing world. It applies to all federal agencies, cyber security, and technology companies. Annabel opened with a story about a man who lived in Germany...

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May 2017 Luncheon – Mr. Bryan Tepper, Hawaii Electric Company (HECO)

This month’s Guest Speaker was Bryan Tepper, Information Assurance Manager for Hawaii Electric Company (HECO). Bryan retired from the FBI with 26 years of service, so it was only fitting he begin his presentation with a Kidnapping Case he and his team worked on in Los Angeles.  They solved the case in thirteen days. He abruptly moved right into his HECO presentation and spoke about how he and his team manage and protect HECO’s infrastructure and power grids. Bryan discussed some of the challenges they’re faced with on a daily basis. His organization is focused on renewable energy and they are currently...

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TechNet 2016 Conference Donation to Warriors In Transition

TechNet Asia – Pacific 2016 Director Cynthia Pacheco joined by the Chapter President Lieutenant Colonel Calistus Elbourne, USAF made a donation to Warriors In Transition in the amount of $2,500.00 at the May 2017 AFCEA Hawaii Monthly Luncheon at Hale Ikena aboard Fort Shafter. Accepting the donation was Chaplain Steve Jensen with the Wounded Warriors. Chaplain Jensen informed the audience the funds will be used to help supplement incidental expenses for families that travel with their Wounded Warriors from Okinawa and Japan. Chaplain Jensen was accompanied by Staff Sergeant Brad Simich and Sergeant Kyle Levea, both U.S. Marines in the...

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April 2017 Luncheon – Colonel Stephen Dawson, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii

Our Chapter welcomed Colonel Stephen Dawson, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison (USAG), Hawaii as our Guest Speaker for our April 2017 Luncheon held on April 11, 2017 at the Hale Ikena aboard Fort Shafter. The Colonel provided an overview of the USAG organization. Their Mission Statement is “A values-based organization that provides quality Base Operation Services, Facilities, and Infrastructure to enable all units to accomplish their mission; to enhance the well-being of our United States Army Hawaii Community.”   April 2017 Recognition Student of the Month: St. Andrew’s  Priory :  Krista Chang   Krista is the top student in her class.  The long list of accolades...

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