AFCEA Hawaii was honored to welcome Colonel Mike Sweeney as its November keynote speaker. COL Sweeney serves as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-6, Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Commissioned in 1988, COL Sweeney served at Marine Corps Special Operations Command as the G-6 and Chief of Staff prior to his current assignment. He stressed the importance of operational flexibility to meet the demands of rapidly changing environments requiring scalable, portable and transportable data centers. COL Sweeney suggested that the culture and training of information management staff should start earlier in their career. He urged industry to show warfighters how to better utilize massive amounts of data to provide useful strategic information.
We were pleased to recognize this month’s awardees:
AFCEA Students of the Month:
Moanalua High School: Yu Jin Kim
Yu Jin Kim attends Moanalua High School, is currently enrolled in challenging courses such as Calculus, AP Physics. He has participated in JROTC for all of high school, and volunteered to support the 2014 U.S. Pacific Command’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in Pearl Harbor. During this time, he worked with the Republic of Korea (ROK) submarine “Lee Sun Sin” as a Korean and English interpreter. He facilitated critical discussions between the Korean officers and US Navy staff members, strengthening the US-ROK Navy professional and personal ties. At school, his counselors are always impressed with his work ethic and how he does everything promptly, and correctly, without any question. He is a top student and hopes to attend a service academy.
Kamehameha: Noah Faurot
Noah is a senior at Kamehameha and is a promising candidate to receive an honors diploma and although his strengths are in math and science, he has challenged himself to take honors courses in social studies as well. He is a well-rounded student, is a member of the swimming and water polo teams, and has participated in several community service events that not only helped his local community, but school as well. Noah has a way about him that makes others feel comfortable around him. He enjoys making connections with others. During the summer, he was able to acquire an internship at a local engineering company which provided him valuable experience as he hopes to pursue a degree in engineering. Noah exemplifies the personal qualities and academic commitment to be successful at any institution and is most deserving of this scholastic recognition.
Young AFCEAN of the Month: A1C Christopher J Ginder, USAF
Airman First Class Christopher J. Ginder serves as an Enterprise Service Desk Technician for Detachment 3, 690th Network Support Squadron located at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. His responsibilities include supporting the Air Force Information Network, categorizing and isolating network issues and providing support to over 850,000 users. He oversees timely resolution of application faults, client system errors, account management updates and network outages. Additionally, he provides real-time enterprise situational awareness to the 67th Cyberspace Wing and Air Force Network Operations Commanders. Since becoming a member of the 690th Network Support Squadron Airman Ginder has been heavily involved in creating training slides, videos and open forums for Air Force wide projects such as IAO express and the brand new vESD (virtual Enterprise Service Desk) software. He is Comp TIA Security+, and A+ certified and was Junior Technician of the Year for 2013 for 690th NSS Det 3.
AFCEAN of the Month: Charles L. Brinkman RMCM, USN (Ret.)
Charles “Charlie” Brinkman was born and raised in Iowa, and joined the U.S. Navy in November 1965. He served in the U.S. Navy ashore and afloat in various technical control facility and shipboard telecommunications roles from 1965 to 1994, retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer. He has been in the Pacific AOR since 1967, arriving permanently in Hawaii in 1981. He joined BAE Systems through a series of mergers and acquisitions starting in February 1995.
He has held Project and Program Management positions starting with DISA-PAC INMS Site Manager (1995-1996), HITS Deputy and Program Manager (1996-2006), and JHITS Program Manager until January 2013. He received recognition for Program Management Excellence, November 2006 from BAE Systems. His COMPACFLT Logistics Common Operating Picture (LOGCOP) team received the BAE Systems Bronze Chairman’s Award 2011, for support provided in Operation Tomodachi, the disaster recovery/humanitarian assistance relief of Fukushima, Japan.
He supported efforts to market and sell end-to-end solutions and led geographically dispersed teams. His experience includes assessing customer’s needs, identifying program requirements, as well as planning, developing, and conducting program analysis. His experience includes program and financial management, contract and task order staffing, personnel management, technical oversight, customer interface, proposal development, and support functions associated with DISA-PAC, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army commands within the Asia-Pacific AOR. In 2013, he accepted his current assignment as Area Manager, Network Engineering with AT&T Government Solutions – Hawaii continuing his 18 year involvement with the HITS/JHITS program. Mr. Brinkman has been an AFCEA member since August 1979.
Executive of the Month: Mr. James “Jim” Pasquino, Director, Honolulu Field Office, Boeing
Jim Pasquino is the Director of the Honolulu Field Office for Boeing Defense, Space and Security. He directly interfaces with defense customers in the Honolulu area and coordinates dialogue between Boeing’s various business units with the defense customers for the full line of Boeing Defense, Space and Security products and services. His office also works directly with Boeing International Business Development in the Asia Pacific area on foreign military sales. Jim is a retired USAF Colonel with his background including flying B-52’s at three SAC bases and tours of duty at three Air Force headquarters, two Joint headquarters and an Intelligence agency. He served as a commander of a munitions maintenance squadron, the International Officer’s school, and Johnston Atoll. Following his USAF career, Jim worked for General Dynamics Information Technology conducting HQ USAF war gaming in the Asia Pacific. Jim joined The Boeing Company in November of 2006 and assumed his position in Honolulu in January 2007. Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Citadel and a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana TechUniversity. He is member of the Air Force Association, AFCEA, AOC, and was appointed by the Governor of Hawaii to the Hawaii Aerospace Advisory Committee.
Senior Government Leader for September: Colonel Michael Finn II, Director of Communications and Chief Information Officer, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
Colonel Michael Finn II is the Director of Communications and Chief Information Officer, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. He leads a Warfighting HQ staff providing cyberspace operations and combat communications reach back support to COMPACAF, combatant commanders and PACAF assigned forces. He directs integrated cyber capabilities across the full range of military operations. He manages Organize, Train and Equip activities to sustain cyber operations at 3 NAFs and 10 wings in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, the Republic of South Korea, and Japan. Col Finn oversees air postal mail operations supporting 325,000 PACOM personnel. He manages a $2.5B C4 portfolio, a $30M annual budget and is the functional lead for over 3,500 cyber personnel. Colonel Finn was commissioned January 31, 1991 through the ROTC at the University of Mississippi and entered the Air Force as a software engineer. He is exceptionally experienced in cyber and space operations as well as systems design, employment, and security. He has served with distinction at base, agency, Joint, Major Command, and Air Force levels and has commanded at the squadron and group levels.
Congratulations to our outstanding awardees!