(STRATCOM), Offutt Air Force Base,
Nebraska, shared his thoughts about education and the importance of teachers with
the chapter. Gen. Hyten said he has met the
president, chief of staff and other dignitaries at the White House and talked about
his dad having worked on the Saturn V
rocket program in 1965. Teachers have
always been a source of inspiration and
enlightened the general through all phases
of his education. In the fifth grade, he met
Wernher von Braun, the father of rocket
science. Gen. Hyten recalled that his teachers encouraged him to petition to get into
MIT. He ultimately studied engineering at
Harvard University on an Air Force ROTC
scholarship. Science and math, he said,
open the path to the future. He pointed
out that the best thing he gets to do is meet
bright young people, such as the students
who attended the chapter program.
Panelists Examine Evolution
The chapter hosted a three-speaker
panel discussion and luncheon in May covering the evolution of cybersecurity, the
present threat landscape and the countermeasures government and civilian companies can institute. Panelists from Palo
Alto Networks were Lucas Moody, vice
president and chief information security
officer; Rinki Sethi, senior director of operations and strategy; and Ronald Dodge,
senior director of security engineering.
Capt. Steve Januario, USAF, also of Palo
Alto Networks, introduced the panelists.
The speakers reserved a period for questions and answers.
Protecting Hawaii’s Power Grids
The guest speaker for the chapter’s May
luncheon was Bryan Tepper, information assurance manager for the Hawaiian
Electric Company (HECO). Tepper, who
retired from the FBI with 26 years of service, spoke about how his team protects
HECO’s infrastructure, including power
grids. Some of the security measures in
place are remote key entry, firewall hardening, network segmentation and encryption
of all personal identification information
(PII) for employees and customers. Joint
projects with the U.S. Pacific Command
(PACOM) and other Defense Department partners in the Hawaiian Islands help
HECO identify and mediate risks, Tepper
explained. The luncheon also recognized
Graham Franciso of Damien Memorial
School as Student of the Month; Alyssa Foo
of TEKsystems as Young AFCEAN of the
Month; Robert “Bob” Tappy of KaiHonua
LLC as Executive of the Month; and Col.
Terri Bailey, USAF, Pacific Air Forces, as
Senior Government Leader of the Month.
Warriors in Transition Receives
$2,500 Chapter Donation
Chapter President Lt. Col. Callistus
Elbourne, USAF, and Cynthia Pacheco,
director of last year’s TechNet Asia-Pacific
Conference, presented a $2,500 donation
Lucas Moody, vice
president and chief
officer of Palo
Alto Networks (l),
introduces the topic
of cyber evolution
with colleagues (from
l) Rinki Sethi, Ronald
Dodge and Capt.
Steve Januario, USAF.
HAWAII—Chapter President Lt. Col. Callistus Elbourne, USAF (l), honors May award winners,
including (from 2nd from l) Executive of the Month Robert “Bob” Tappy of KaiHonua LLC; Young
AFCEAN of the Month Alyssa Foo of TEKsystems; Graham Franciso of Damien Memorial School;
and Senior Government Leader Col. Terri Bailey, USAF, Pacific Air Forces. Young AFCEA 40 Under
40 winner Master Sgt. Shamar Jones, USAF, chapter vice president of awards, also is pictured.
Steve Jensen (c),
accompanied by Staff
Sgt. Brad Simich,
USMC (2nd from r),
and Sgt. Kyle Levea,
USMC (r), accept a
$2,500 donation to
Warriors in Transition
in May presented by
Col. Elbourne (l) and
Cynthia Pacheco, last
year’s TechNet Asia-Pacific director.
HAWAII—At the April luncheon,
Col. Elbourne (l) recognizes
(from 2nd to l) Staff Sgt. Cory
Habersham, USAF, Young
AFCEAN of the Month; Students
of the Month Krista Chang of St.
Andrew’s Priory and Tyler Wilfarht
of Kailua High School; and Col.
Jason Winterle, USA, Senior
Government Leader of the Month.
HAWAII—Chapter Chairman of the Board Jim Muller (l)
presents a token of appreciation in April to Col.
Elbourne for his past service as executive vice president.