AFCEA Hawaii was honored to welcome CDR James Knoll, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, Code H Officer in Charge. CDR Knoll discussed the areas of focus for SPAWAR, the current composition and areas of excellence as well as longer-term plans. SPAWAR hosts fourteen technical capabilities for the Navy, but the current main focus is cyber technical leadership. He emphasized the need for industry assistance and the significant reliance on small businesses. One of their strategies is to promote competition to ensure they are finding the most innovative technology available. He projected a workforce transition from majority government to a combination of industry and government, becoming more diverse and distributed. He also discussed their educational outreach with local schools, helping and encouraging youth to become involved in areas of STEM.
Distinguished TNAP 2015 volunteers were recognized: Cynthia Pacheco, TNAP 2015 Chair; Cory Lindo, AFCEA Hawaii Board of Directors Chair; Jayson Hayworth, Student Volunteer, Honolulu Community College; Duong Le, Student Volunteer, Honolulu Community College; Richard Ketchel, Registration Desk Volunteer; Marion “Bud” Robinson, AFCEA Member; Gloria Uyehara, Assistant Members Room Chair; CMSgt Christopher Vaughn (USAF ret), Chapter Info/ Membership Booth
We were pleased to recognize this month’s well-deserving awardees:
AFCEA Students of the Month:
Christian Ono, Kaimuki High School
Christian Ono is an outstanding student in math and engineering and has a cumulative GPA of 3.957. He has already passed four college courses including English 100, Math 135, Art 101, and Chemistry 161 in the Kaimuki to College program and he will be taking Math 140 and Physics 100 this semester. Mr. Ono is a very balanced student as he not only performs well in the classroom but is also an active member of Kaimuki High School athletics. He is currently the captain of the boys’ varsity basketball team where he is a four-year letterman and has participated in track and volleyball. After high school Mr. Ono plans to attend a four-year college on the mainland where he would like to play basketball and possibly pursue a career in engineering.
Dillon Korman, Lutheran High School of Hawaii
Dillon Korman has won numerous honors at the district and state level science fairs and was on the “It’s Academic Hawaii” team for the past three years. He was on the school’s advanced math track and took Advanced Placement Calculus as a junior. He is currently taking University of Hawaii – Manoa calculus courses. He is also the Student Body Vice President and a Pac-5 track team participant. Mr. Korman plans to attend University of Hawaii and major in computer science.
Young AFCEAN of the Month: Capt Michael Scott, USAF
Capt Mike Scott is the Executive Officer to the Commander, 613th Air Operations Center, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Capt Scott grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and Heidelberg, Germany. He attended Cedarville University near Dayton, Ohio and received his commission through the Wright State University ROTC program. While attending Cedarville, Capt Scott met his wife Anna. They have been married six years and have two young boys.
As Executive Officer, Capt Scott supports the Commander to provide Command and Control of Airpower to the Pacific Theater Joint Forces Air Component Commander, including more than forty exercises per year. Previously, Capt Scott served in a variety of positions within the 56 Air Communications Squadron, managing the Air Operation’s Center’s cyber systems, defense, upgrades, and exercise planning. His prior assignment as the 28 CS Operations Flight Commander included oversight and strategic planning of network systems, supporting two B-1B squadrons, the Air Force Financial Service Center, and the standup of an MQ-9 squadron. While stationed there, Capt Scott deployed to Kandahar AB, Afghanistan, where he served as the 451 Expeditionary Communications Squadron Operations Flight Commander, ensuring communications connectivity for a conglomeration of special operations, cargo, and fighter aircraft operators and support personnel.
AFCEAN of the Month: Peter Solstad, DS Info Sys Corp
Peter Solstad received his Bachelors from the University of Minnesota. He then served as a Signals Officer in the United States Army from 1963-1975 and continued his military service in the reserves. Following his military service he went into the private sector as a retail business manager for ten years and then continued to serve as an IT consultant in service to the Air Force. From 1986 to 2006 Mr. Solstad served in several capacities within the Air Force from the Service Headquarters to Pacific Air Forces, managing a wide range of projects and programs always seeking new and innovative ways to make mission and conserve vital resources. He retired in November 2006 and is an AFCEA life member.
Executive of the Month: Shannon Edie, Holomua Consulting Group
Shannon Edie was born and raised in Hawaii, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Public Administration from the University of Puget Sound as well as a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University. In addition, Ms. Edie is licensed to practice law in both Hawaii and California.
Ms. Edie began her legal career in San Francisco in 2003 as a civil litigator with one of San Francisco’s oldest firms. In 2008, she returned to Hawaii where she practiced in the Labor & Employment Department of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP. In 2013, she became General Counsel for a Hawaii based federal contractor, who at that time, was also in the 8(a) program as an NHO-owned 8(a) company.
Through her work as General Counsel for a small business that grew quickly, Ms. Edie saw firsthand the difficulties that businesses face as they grow and become more successful, particularly as it relates to the Federal marketplace and compliance issues. As a result, in January 2015, she co-founded Holomua Consulting Group in an effort to help other small businesses navigate the complex legal and compliance environment which federal contractors must operate in. Ms. Edie advises clients on a variety of issues including corporate and nonprofit structuring; qualification, application and ongoing compliance for small business contracting programs; regulatory and corporate compliance issues; contract administration; and human resource and employment issues.
Most recently, Ms. Edie was part of Pacific Business News’ 2015 Class of Women to Watch. In addition, Shannon is a volunteer wish granter for Make-A-Wish Hawaii and was the Team Outreach Committee Chair for Lemonade Alley 2015.
October Student of the Month: Sharae Tau’a, Nanakuli High School
Sharae Tau’a is currently a senior honor roll student at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School and will be graduating in May 2016. She plans to go on and obtain her degree in software engineering. She is the President of the Robotics club and helps with software engineering by writing the codes for robotics. Her current Career and Technical Education teacher, Mr. Enright noted that Ms. Tau’a is a very responsible individual and expressed appreciation of her time and dedication to helping and being a part of the program. She is responsible for teaching software engineering to the lower grade levels. Ms. Tau’a has also been the community service lead and has judged middle school state championship, an advanced role for someone who is only a high school student. She is also enrolled at University of Hawaii West Oahu, where she is currently taking college level courses.