On March 18th, a group of Young AFCEANs gathered around a table at Schooners Restaurant on the shores of Rainbow Bay to hear from guest speaker Colonel Sweeney, the soon to be Chief of Staff of MARFORPAC. Colonel Sweeney discussed how his background was a combination of infantry and communications, and he captivated the group with sea stories and lessons learned. He emphasized that in this new, constantly changing military, cyber is Command and Control (C2) and those must be thought of as one and the same. He included favorite quotes such as “go slow to go fast,” “fight through it”, and “if it’s not a law, it’s only guidance,” each accompanied by a thought provoking background story from his extensive experience in the Marine Corps. He also discussed the importance of interoperability between services. This inspiring event provided the group with an increased understanding of our current communications environment.

MARFORPAC = Marine Corps Forces, Pacific