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 much you don’t know until a risk assessment is done on your network. He shared that he had an analysis and risk assessment performed on their network by one of the CPT Teams and was surprised at the findings. He recommended to the audience they consider having a risk assessment done on their respective networks. MARFORPAC is undergoing a reorganization to align their personnel with their strategic plans. COL Matos briefly discussed their plans to upgrade the infrastructure as they move forward to place Marines on the island of Guam. He discussed their plans on improving the movement of Marines in and out of Australia. COL Matos ended his presentation by informing the Industry partners at the luncheon if they want to know how they can help him to view his presentation.
Young AFCEAN of the Month: Summer Vaimaona, TEKsystems‘
Summer has been instrumental in building out TEKsystems’s government portfolio in the PACIFIC rim. Within her 8 month timeframe with the company, she has impacted various government programs by putting both veterans and civilians to work in cleared environments. As a Network Infrastructure recruiter, Summer builds strong relationships with people by seeking to understand the government’s initiatives, the companies supporting these initiatives, and helping to match those needs with the most qualified technical candidates. Summer has been involved in supporting transitioning soldiers into the civilian sector; providing them with viable information and resources to help with the transition process.
AFCEAN of the Month: Frank Isley, Information Technology Auditor, Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI)
Originally from the town of Alpine in Northern New Jersey, Frank Isley attended Northeastern University in Boston,Massachusetts where he majored in Political Science. In 1999 he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii and soon after began working as an Account Executive for Pacific Wireless Communications where he was instrumental in the creation of the Federal Government Markets Division. While there, he directly supported the Pacific Mobile Emergency Radio System (PACMERS) through his work with Tower Infrastructure, Trunked Radio Systems, Telemetry and statewide Terrestrial Microwave Systems through 2011.
From 2011 thru 2013 he worked for Verizon Federal Network Systems as an Advanced Technical Network Analyst, and then advanced to Network Operations Center Supervisor operating, monitoring, managing, troubleshooting and restoring the services to components encompassing the Defense Information Systems Network (DISN)/Defense Red Switch Network (DRSN).
From 2013 thru 2016 he worked as the Technical Service Manager for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions. There he lead a team of highly trained Network Analysts, Transport/IP Subject Matter Experts and Operational Engineers in support of the Defense Information Systems Agency by providing operations and assuring command and control, information-sharing capabilities, and a global accessible enterprise information infrastructure in direct support to joint warfighters, national level leaders, and other mission and coalition partners across the full spectrum of operations. Through his work at Defense Information Systems Agency, Frank Isley was presented with the honor of, “Certificate of Appreciation” from the White House Communications Agency for his support of the President, the White House Staff and the United States Secret Service.
In November of 2016 he began working as an Information Technology Auditor – Internal Audit for Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI). In addition to collaborating with clients to ensure network security through policies and procedures, his primary focus is maintaining internal controls to mitigate risk of the company’s technological network and sustainment of a solid information technology infrastructure.
Senior Government Leader: CMSgt Christopher M. Gradel, Senior Enlisted Leader, DISA PAC
Chief Master Sergeant Christopher M. Gradel serves as the principal advisor to the Defense Information Systems Agency Pacific Commander and staff in the formulation of policies concerning the morale, welfare, health, training, discipline and effective utilization of 521Joint-service military and civilian/contractor personnel assigned in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Korea, Japan and Okinawa. Chief Gradel coordinates with appropriate service personnel centers to monitor professional military education, its effectiveness, and impact on NCO development. He evaluates career progression, quality of life and job satisfaction for all assigned. CMSgt Gradel attends and monitors personnel conferences, projects and advisory councils. He chairs and tracks selection boards for enlisted and company grade officer award programs. He also maintains liaison with on- and off-island uniform service counterparts and evaluates awards, decoration and recognition programs and provides recommendations for promotion. He was the Chief’s Group President in 2016 leading 121 Chief Master Sergeants and continues to mentor military service and government civilians throughout the Pacific. Under his leadership, his unit has earned 58% of awards at the headquarters level. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology Management, TUI University (Summa Cum Laude) and a Masters of Business Administration with Strategic Leadership Concentration from Trident University (Summa Cum Laude).