This month’s featured speaker was Rear Admiral Vincent Atkins, Fourteenth Coast Guard District Commander located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The mission of the United States Coast Guard is to ensure our Nation’s maritime safety, security and stewardship. The Coast Guard is both a military service and a law enforcement agency. The Fourteenth District’s boundaries of responsibility stretch from the Hawaiian Islands and across most of the Central and Western Pacific. The District Commander oversees 25 operational units ashore and afloat throughout the Pacific, which regularly perform missions in maritime safety, protection of natural resources, maritime security, homeland security, and national defense. The Admiral provided an overview of some of the missions performed in Hawaii, and the Central and Western Pacific. The Admiral mentioned some the of the challenges he’s faced with, one being an aging fleet of cutters. He informed the audience that the Fourteenth District will be receiving several new Fast Response Cutters (FRC), as well as a couple of National Security Cutters (NSC).
September 2017 Award Recipients
Young AFCEAN of the Month: TSgt Devonte Goldsmith, COMSEC Manager, DISA PAC
TSgt Devonte R.C. Goldsmith currently serves as a COMSEC Manager assigned to Defense Information Systems Agency-Pacific, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. As COMSEC Manager TSgt Goldsmith is responsible for $750K National Security Agency account in direct support of Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services Gateway’s global mission capabilities. He plays a vital role in safeguarding materials and securing traffic for a vast customer base ranging from Federal Emergency Management Agency to Warfighters worldwide. Sergeant Goldsmith also oversees and maintains a $70M network ensuring reliable, on-demand Global Services are readily available.
In Pursuit of Cybersecurity B.S. via UMUC
CCAF Info Sys Tech
Professional Manager Certificate
Cyber 100 Graduate
Senior Government Leader: Mark Cleaver, Deputy, Enterprise Operations Center. DISA PAC
Mr. Cleaver has been instrumental in consolidating the Department of Defense’s trouble management systems. His work with integrating global enterprise service on a singular incident management platform is key to the DOD CIO’s and Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Information Environment initiative, expected to save billions in IT contract costs. Mr. Cleaver is also the lead on theater C2 predictions for the Korea peninsula. In this role he was charged with providing Commanders in both DISA and PACOM command and control options in the case of severe satellite, and terrestrial communications degradations. His assessments led to several projects to ensure survivability in the event the current situation in Korea escalates to nuclear or conventional war.
Executive of the Month: Ernesto Valentin, Business Director, Modtech Solutions, LLC
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 400 plus VTC suites and command & control systems in the PACRIM, the company’s success is based on teamwork, respect, and commitment to customer satisfaction.