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 between 25 to 26 percent. Load balancing is a major concern, but they’re doing a good job in that area. He and his team have managed to separate their LAN from the Internet. Some of the security measures in place to protect their infrastructure, power grid, and information are remote key entry, firewall hardening, network segmentation, and the fact they encrypt all their personal identification information (PII) of both employees and customers. They periodically send phishing emails to their personnel to see if anyone will click on links in emails or open attachments, and found that 30% will click on links, and 12% will open attachments. He emphasized that they must be vigilant and relentless in their quest to protect their networks, infrastructure and power grids. One way they do this is through joint projects with PACOM and other Department of Defense partners throughout the Hawaiian Islands to help them identify and mediate risks as they’re identified.
May 2017 Recognition
Student of the Month: Graham Franciso, Damien Memorial School
Graham Franciso, who will be attending the University of Hawaii, Manoa to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering. Graham currently ranks 3rd in his senior class and holds a 4.31 cumulative GPA. He’s on the President’s list for Honor Roll and has been awarded $48 thousand in scholarships over the course of 4 years from University Hawaii, Manoa. He is also part of the Damien LEO Club member providing community service and volunteering in the Kalihi District.
Young AFCEAN of the Month: Alyssa Foo, TEKsystems
Alyssa has been extremely instrumental in building out TEKsystems’s government portfolio in the PAC rim. Within her year and a half with the company, she has impacted over a dozen government programs by putting both veterans and civilians to work in cleared environments. As a Network Infrastructure recruiter, Alyssa 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. She has also been instrumental in working with the Wounded Warriors program, dedicating her time to helping wounded veterans write good resumes and practice interviewing with hiring managers.
Executive of the Month: Robert L. Tappy, KaiHonua, LLC, President
Bob Tappy is the President of KaiHonua LLC, an IT Services Firm providing Staffing & Procurement support for DoD and US Military in the Pacific and around the world. Growing up in Hawaii, Bob graduated from Kailua High School in 1977 and later attended Hawaii Pacific University on a basketball scholarship, obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Business. Bob went on to work 16 years with Wang Laboratories and Digital Equipment Corporation. In 1999, he became the Sales Manager for JTSI and in 2008 the Program Manager for Total Network Solutions, managing over $300M in projects during his tenure. For the past 3 years, Bob has been leading KaiHonua and currently lives in Makakilo with his wife “Bunny” and their two dogs.
Senior Government Leader: Col Terri L. Bailey, PACAF/SGN
Colonel Terri L. Bailey is the Command Nurse, Trusted Care Champion, Chief of Medical Force Development and Chief of Aeromedical Support Division, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Command, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
Colonel Bailey supports nine Medical Treatment Facilities and one Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, over 3,400 active duty personnel and a budget of $890 million in supplies, equipment and facilities. She aids in providing medical oversight and strategic direction to conduct the global mission.
Colonel Bailey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University and received a direct commission into the Air Force while working as a clinical nurse at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio. She has worked in a variety of operational, education and training, and leadership positions as an Active Duty and Reserve officer, as well as a civilian nurse. Her experiences include inpatient, outpatient, staff development, aeromedical evacuation, operating room, recovery room, emergency room, executive officer, protocol officer, chief nurse, squadron and group commander, as well as deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Additionally, Colonel Bailey earned a Masters of Arts in Human Resources/Personnel Management, Webster University and Masters in Strategic Studies, Air War College.