October’s speaker was Major General, USA (Retired) Vern Miyagi, Administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Mr. Miyagi presented the audience with an overview of his organization. He covered the responsibilities of his office. He went over the different Tsunami Levels. He indicated in an incident the hierarchy goes from low to high and his explanation is that the folks at the lowest level know their areas of responsibility better than those at the top. He further explained they know their requirements better as well and rely on those up the chain of command to provide requests for information and requests for assistance to them in their times of need. He stated the folks at the bottom are in charge. Mr. Miyagi presented their organization chart. He went over their 24×7 Battle Rhythm which is a continuous cycle of events to provide constant updates to the incident at hand. One of his concerns is the fact that the Hawaiian Islands only has a sustainment of 45 days of supplies. Mr. Miyagi covered the Warning Siren Modernization Project and talked about how to react to testing and an actual emergency. Mr. Miyagi ended his presentation with an invitation to tour their facilities in the Diamond Head Crater, or in his words “Hawaii’s largest foxhole”.
We were pleased to present the following Awards this month:
Distinguished Life Membership Award: Mr. Mel Ing, AFCEA Hawaii Past President
Mel Ing was honored with the Distinguished Life Membership Award from AFCEA International. Mel’s daughter, Jen Ing accepted the Award on his behalf. Mel is a Past President of AFCEA Hawaii and devoted a lot of time and effort into the success of our organization. For many years Mel served as the Committee Chairperson for the Annual Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament held in conjunction with the TechNet Asia-Pacific. The Board of Directors posed with Jen, in the photo to the right, as she accepted the award. Join us in congratulating Mel on this outstanding milestone.
AHEF Scholarships – Presented by Matt Darnell, Chairperson AHEF Scholarships:
LTG Thomas Rienzi, USA (Ret). Scholarship – Recognition of Communications Excellence
- Attends University of Hawaii at Manoa
- Eagle Scout
- “…core member of the robotics team…led the team to the 2015 Hawaii State Championship”
- Used wireless communications to control robots in training & competition
Donna Russell Distinguished Service STEM Teacher Scholarship – Teaching a STEM subject at a middle or secondary school in the State of Hawaii.
- “As an incoming Masters student at University of Hawaii at Manoa, my goal is to become an education specialist in the field of Robotics Engineering”
- “I was given the chance to develop and lay the foundation of Maryknoll School’s new Mx STEM and Aerospace program”
Student of the Month (September 2016): Pomaika Canaday, Leilehua High School
Pomai is currently a senior at Leilehua High School. She has been involved in STEM courses at Leilehua High School since her freshmen year. She has been an integral member of the Leilehua Robotics team, leading her team members in programming and robot design. She has also managed the team website for the past two years. Pomai strives to do well in school and seeks to increase her knowledge of all things related to engineering. This year she is focused on completing a STEM senior project on prosthetics. She plans on applying to Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, USC, Georgetown, and UH Manoa to major in Biomedical and Computer Engineering.
AFCEAN of the Month October 2016: Mr. Frank Genadio
Mr. Genadio has a half century of government service, split evenly between Air Force active duty and work as a DOD contractor, including a decade for USPACOM and several years for PACAF. He has been a regular volunteer for TechNet, primarily note-taking for the chapter from all panel sessions and guest speakers. Have also served on the Intelligence Committee and reviewed resumes for AFCEA scholarships.
Executive of the Month: Mr. Dwight Bartolome, State of Hawaii-Department of Health CIO
More than 45 years of experience in all areas of Information Technology.
Improved service delivery through effective and efficient use of Information technology by creating a Department wide Enterprise Architecture to communicate strategic initiatives to transform the Department of Health to a more business driven approach to applying information technology.
Coordinated the migration of the Department to a Microsoft cloud based environment, which included Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite, System Center Configuration Manager, and various Azure server cloud solutions.
He serves as the IT/Communications Unit Head for the Logistic Section of the Department Emergency Operating Center. Instrumental in implementing an alert notification system, Incident Command collaboration tool, and designing a communications and audiovisual support system for Department emergency operating center.
Member of the State of Hawaii Government Chief Information Officer Council and an active participant in a number of Enterprise Architecture working groups.
Held various information system positions over 20 years: Director, Systems Development Manager, Technical Support Manager, Operations Manager, Project Leader, Systems Analyst, Systems Programmer, Programmer Analyst, Computer Operator, and Control Clerk.