L-R President Jim Muller, Speaker Todd Nacapuy, State of Hawaii, Chief Innovation Officer

L-R President Jim Muller, Speaker Todd Nacapuy, State of Hawaii, Chief Innovation Officer

AFCEA Hawaii welcomed Todd Nacapuy, State of Hawaii, Chief Innovation Officer. Mr. Nacapuy discussed the current state of IT and goals toward improvements. Priorities include developing the IT workforce development, shifting the state’s existing platform, implementing IT governance, creating services-oriented infrastructure, developing enterprise projects and programs, and Cybersecurity. The long-term goal is to bring greater efficiency and transparency within the government. He plans to create career paths to attract and retain staff. “If I create a job for you, it only gives you the ability to work in Hawaii. If I create a career for you, it gives you the ability to live here.”

Outgoing officers recognized: Barry Fong, Vice President of Programs; Yogi Fong, Secretary; Gloria Cohen Shomo, Vice President of Publicity.

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

Students of the Month: Rosetta Pendleton, Kalani High School
Rosetta Pendleton is an outstanding senior who is considering a major in the Computer Science field. She currently possesses a GPA of 4.087. She has a rigorous academic schedule including AP classes in Calculus and English and has also completed Psychology 100 at a local community college. She is active in tennis and a member of both the National Honors Society and The Kalani Falcon Makers Club. Her recent Science Fair Project on developing a gaming application for test anxiety received Best in Behavioral and Social Science category and is being considered as an entry to the state science fair. She has applied to several colleges on the mainland, hoping to attend University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in the fall.

Young AFCEAN of the Month: LT Rhett Begley, NCTAMS PAC
LT Rhett Begley graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2008 and reported to the Guided Missile Destroyer USS NITZE in Norfolk, VA as the Repair Division Officer and was later selected to be the ship’s Communications Officer where he deployed to the Northern Arabian Gulf. After two years on ship he transferred to Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two in Portsmouth, VA as the Boat Detachment Alpha Officer-In-Charge where he led 55 Sailors on deployments to Kuwait and Panama. His shore duty brought him to the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, VA where he served as the Chief of Outreach and Communications for the Low Earth Orbit System Program Office. He is currently the Joint Fleet Telecommunications Operations Center Division Officer at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific (NCTAMS PAC) where he leads 65 Sailors in the provision of vital communications and network services for over 180 ships and 250 shore commands across 17 time zones.

AFCEAN of the Month: Jonathan Graeb
Mr. Jon Graeb was raised in Kailua, Hawaii. He began his Federal Career as an apprentice machinist for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) at Kaneohe Marine Base. In 1974 he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and served in a variety of different billets as an Electronic Technician. He became a Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) in 1990 and served in several Communications and Electronic billets until his retirement as a CWO-4 in 2005 after 30 years of military service. He then transitioned to civilian Federal Service and has worked on such issues as the Army Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems and the Coast Guards Rescue 21 maritime radio systems. He currently serves as the Base Honolulu C4IT Electronics Division Chief on Sand Island.

February Student of the Month: Sophie Collis, Iolani High School
Sophie Collis is an excellent student and a young woman of integrity, academic intellect and leadership. As a full International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate, Sophie is taking the highest high school curriculum offered internationally and currently has cumulative GPA 4.292. She’s fond of literature and fascinated with biology with hopes of attending medical school. Amongst her many extracurricular and volunteer activities, she is a leader, scholar and athlete. She is Captain of the track and field programs, President of the Peer Mediation and Spanish Clubs, a member of the National Honor Society and the Science Olympiad. She is involved in outrigger paddling, and in her free time, she volunteers at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. She has made Mid Pacific Institute extremely proud and plans to attend Brown University in the fall.