CAPT (USN) Jody Grady receives a token of appreciation from AFCEA Hawaii President Jim Muller

(L-R) AFCEA Hawaii President Jim Muller; CAPT (USN) Jody Grady, USCYBERCOM Liaison Officer to USPACOM

AFCEA Hawaii Chapter welcomed Guest Speaker CAPT Jody Grady, USN, USCYERCOM Liaison Officer to USPACOM to our September 2016 Monthly Luncheon. The theme of his presentation was “Delivering Outcomes through Cyberspace”. While most of their work  is Classified and cannot be discussed in a public forum, he was able to put in perspective the missions of his office and how they interact with other agencies to deter Cyber Threats. Their primary focus is provide mission assurance to the Combatant Commanders. As mentioned by CAPT Grady and shown in his presentation his office is Motivated by Mission, Oriented towards Outcomes, and Powered through Partnerships.  Their objectives are Protect, Project, and Partner. Collaboration is essential at all levels. Action against threats must be immediate; by waiting until hacked is too late. The task to deter Cyber threats gets more difficult as the Internet of Things (IOT) continues to grow.  Click here to view of download presentation.

We were pleased to recognize this month’s well-deserving awardees:

Student of the Month: Erica Lee, La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls

Erica Lee, La Pietra is Student of the Month for September 2016

(L-R) AFCEA Hawaii President Jim Muller; Erica Lee, Student of the Month, La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls

Erika Lee is a true academic and scholar of many subjects. As a student at La Pietra-Hawaii School for Girls, she is diligent, focused, and an intellectual. Her attention to detail, intelligence, and strong leadership in and out of the classroom make her an academic standout. Erika hopes to pursue biochemistry in college and eventually become a biomedical scientist completing research around the world. She is currently applying to several schools.




Young AFCEAN of the Month: Lauren Estimada, TEK Systems

Lauren Estimada receives the Young AFCEAN of the Month Certificate from AFCEA Hawaii Chapter President Jim Muller.

AFCEA Hawaii Chapter President Jim Muller; Lauren Estimada, TEK Systems, Young AFCEAN of the Month.

Lauren Estimada is a graduate of San Jose State University. She relocated to Hawaii from California almost 6 years ago, starting her career in IT, where she worked for a small managed services company for a year. From there, she had moved onto TEKsystems to provide End User Support Services and partner with her Recruiters to find job opportunities for top IT talent in the local market. Having been with TEKsystems for the past 4 years, they’ve helped place individuals in the private and public sector, supporting those transitioning out of the military, spouses, college graduates and additional applicants to better foster talent in Hawaii.


AFCEAN of the Month: Diane Chong, US Coast Guard, Base Honolulu

AFCEA Hawaii Chapter President Jim Muller presents Diane Chong with the AFCEAN of the Month Certificate.

(L-R) AFCEA Hawaii Chapter President Jim Muller; Diane Chong, USCG, Base Honolulu, AFCEAN of the Month for September 2016.

Ms. Diane Chong serves as an IT Specialist and provides IT Customer Service. She offers technical integration skills for large scale IT operations supporting the United States Coast Guard in the Pacific and Far East.

Diane started her career as a high school art teacher in Maryland and in Hawaiʻi for 11 years. In 2001, she started her career with the U.S. Coast Guard at Sand Island. She works as an IT Specialist at the ESD Honolulu and continues to keep the District 14 AOR’s computers working throughout the year. Every year, she completes at least one quarter of all the tickets given to the C4IT department.

Diane has also taken on other collateral duties such as being the CFC Agency Project Officer for the Coast Guard 2015 and also volunteered to do it again in this year’s campaign. She is also the Lead for the Federal Executive Board’s PLA program. She also devotes her time to work as the support staff at the internationally renowned Honolulu Marathon. For the past 6 years, she organized and led over 90 volunteers representing the Coast Guard at the sporting event.

Diane was born and raised in Honolulu and attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics. She also received 2 graduate degrees: a Master of Science in Education from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Education in Technology from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Throughout the years with the Coast Guard, she received over 10 IT certifications, including IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), CompTIA, and Microsoft. She also received 2 Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certifications for Windows 2000 and 2003.

Diane received many awards and is consistently recognized for her hard work. Her most recent awards were Base Honolulu Civilian of the Quarter for Fall and Base Honolulu Civilian of the Year in 2015.

Diane and her children, Philip, Amanda and Geoffrey currently reside in Honolulu, HI.


Executive of the Month:  Ernesto Valentin, Modtech 

Ernesto Valetin of Modtech receives Certificate from AFCEA Hawaii Chapter President Jim Muller for Executive of the Month

(L-R) AFCEA Hawaii Chapter President Jim Muller; Ernesto Valentin, Modtech, Executive of the Month

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ernesto served in the United State Air Force as a Communications & Computer Systems Controller at the Air & Space Operation Center on Hickam AFB. After serving in the Air Force until 2006, he identified the need for responsive and reliable on-island customer support, and founded Modtech Solutions.  Modtech is an Audio-Visual and Communications system integration company that specializes in Department of Defense C4ISR, Command and Control Facilities, AV, Collaboration, and Video Teleconferencing. Building on his experience with sales, small business, engineering and military communications systems, Ernesto created a business structure to provide individualized service to its customers, while giving the company’s team members a platform to grow to their fullest potential. With over 300 plus VTC suites and command & control systems in the PACRIM, the company’s success is based on teamwork, respect, and commitment to customer satisfaction.

Senior Government Leader of the Month:  Linda Fukuya, PACFLT

Senior Government Leader of the Month - Linda Fukuya

(L-R) AFCEA Hawaii Chapter President Jim Muller; Senior Government Leader of the Month, Linda Fukuya

Ms. Linda Fukuya serves as the Deputy CIO for COMPACFLT and is responsible for providing critical Information Technology Services to COMPACFLT Headquarters, Maritime Operations Center, and to all COMPACFLT AOR. She is responsible for managing and implementing Pacific Fleet CIO business/enterprise mission operations in accordance with Department of Navy Enterprise Information Technology direction – achieving financial efficiency without sacrificing operational effectiveness; supporting the Pacific Fleet by providing secure, reliable and interoperable Information services (voice, video, data, web, and network) and providing Information Management and Information Assurance guidance to protect and defend vital Information Technology systems against information warfare.
Ms. Fukuya began her career in Government service at the Naval Submarine Base Pearl Harbor as a cooperative education student where she designed, installed and managed the SUBASE-wide area network which encompassed 39 buildings and over 1400 users. Ms. Fukuya joined the COMPACFLT staff in 1999 with the establishment of the Regional Information Technology Service Center and participated in the standup of the Oahu Base Area Network. From 2000, Ms. Fukuya led COMPACFLT’s transition to NMCI in the Hawaii, Pacific Southwest and Pacific Northwest regions (~40,000 seats), the transition to ONE-NET OCONUS (~5,000 seats), as well as the efforts to reduce legacy networks, servers and applications. In 2005, she was selected as Deputy CIO for Operations. Current major focus areas include the NMCI follow on – Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) and the implementation of DoN IT Efficiencies.

Ms. Fukuya was born and raised in Honolulu and attended the University of Hawaii where she received her BBA degree in Management Information Systems.

Young AFCEAN of the Month (August 2016): Munson Nadadomari, HPE

AFCEA Hawaii Chapter President Jim Muller presenting Certificate to Munson Nakadomari for the Young AFCEAN of the Month for August 2016.

(L-R) AFCEA Hawaii Chapter President Jim Muller; Munson Nakadomari, HPE, August 2016 Young AFCEAN of the Month

Munson Nakadomari is the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) Field Services Regional Operations Manager for the Hawaii region. He is responsible for executive and command and control regional IT operations and Service Delivery for Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Camp Smith, Kaneohe Bay and other Hawaii installations that support the NMCI NGEN Network. He reviews metrics and implements strategies designed to meet Service Level Requirements and works closely with affiliated DoD commands to carry out the Navy’s mission in the Pacific region.

Prior to this role, he was the Field Services Site Operations Manager at Camp Smith, where he oversaw all daily IT operations and IT administration for the site. This included supervision of all local incident management, change management, information assurance and problem management activities. He also functioned in this capacity for the USMC NMCI Network until the transition of the USMC project to staff augmentation in 2014. During his time at Camp Smith, he received the Service Excellence Award in 2014 from Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services for outstanding performance and customer satisfaction. He was also a recognized as Outstanding Employee of the Quarter for NMCI Field Services in 2013.

Prior Assignments include the NMCI Field Services Queue Manager for Camp Smith where he was responsible for individual assignment, monitoring and auditing of incident and change tickets. Mr. Nakadomari was also a Field Technician for NMCI Field Services at Pearl Harbor and Makalapa where he provided local support for NMCI machines under COMPACFLT. Before that he was a Senior Staging and Deployment Lead for Qualxserv on Ford Island, HI where he built and installed workstations for the US Navy, USMC and US Army.

Munson Nakadomari graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Chemistry. He was born and raised in Ewa Beach, HI and currently lives in Honolulu, HI. He enjoys cycling, hiking and camping in his spare time.