Preregistration Closes on the last Friday before the event at 1600

Preregistration Cost: Members $20 | Non-Members $25

Walk-In Cost: Members $25 | Non-Members $30

Time: Check-In 1100am | Buffet 11:30am

Place:  Ft Shafter, Hale Ikena Club

Colonel Stephen Dawson U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii

Colonel Stephen Dawson U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii

     Join AFCEA Hawaii on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 and hear from keynote speaker Colonel Stephen E. Dawson, Commander U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii.

     Colonel Stephen E. Dawson is a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts.  He received his commission from the Northeastern University ROTC program in Boston Massachusetts as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1992 and was assessed into the Signal Corps.  He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

     Upon completion of Signal Officer Basic Course  and completion of basic airborne school, Second Lieutenant Dawson was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as an MSE Area Signal Platoon Leader, Contingency Communications Platoon Leader, Company Executive in the 51st Signal Battalion (Airborne) and then as the Battalion Signal Officer for the 313th Military Intelligence Battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division.

     Upon completion of the Signal Officer Advanced Course and Combined Arms Services and Staff School in 1997, Captain Dawson was assigned to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he served as the 25th Infantry Division Radio Officer and DIVARTY Signal Officer before commanding Alpha Company, 125th Signal Battalion.  Captain Dawson returned to Fort Bragg in 2000 to serve as the Joint Communications Unit Operations Officer until 2004 where he provided communications support to Special Operations Forces while deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and other global contingency operations.

     In 2004, MAJ Dawson attended the Naval Command and Staff School at the Naval War College in Newport Naval Station, Rhode Island and in 2005, MAJ Dawson volunteered to serve as the Asymmetric Warfare Group’s first S6  and again deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In April 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Dawson took command of the First Brigade Special Troops Battalion, First Cavalry Division.  He deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn followed by Operation Spartan Shield in Kuwait.

     Lieutenant Colonel Dawson graduated from the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks in June 2013. He served as Assistant Chief of Staff, G3, for the 7th Signal Command (Theater) on Fort Gordon from January 2014 through April 2016.

     Colonel Dawson’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (1OLC), Defense Meritorious Server Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OCL), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (2 OLC), and Army Achievement Medal. He also earned the Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Badge, Air Assault Badge and Army Staff Identification Badge.  He earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Army War College.

     Colonel Dawson is a member of the First Cavalry Division Association, the Association of the United States Army, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the Signal Corps Regimental Association, and a recipient of the Signal Corps Regiment’s Bronze Order of Mercury, Field Artillery Regiment’s Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, and the Cavalry and Armor Regiment’s Noble Patron of Armor.

     COL Dawson is married to the former Nancy Lynn Stahl of Savannah, Georgia and they have two wonderful children, Ian (age 11) and Naia (age 8).

Please be mindful that AFCEA Hawaii is under contract with the Club and will have to pay for no-shows



Phone: 808-386-7424

Willivaris "Dee" Smith


Phone: 703-929-6660

How to get onto Fort Shafter

AFCEA Hawaii luncheons are accessible to the public.  You do not need a vehicle sticker or badge to get onto Fort Shafter. To get on base simply provide your drivers license, current vehicle registration and insurance card at the main gate to be issued a day pass.

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Directions to Hale Ikena Officers Club, Ft Shafter (Bldg 711)

Hale Ikena Officers Club, Ft Shafter (Bldg 711)

Please be mindful that AFCEA Hawaii  is under contract with the Club and will have to pay for no-shows.

When you register, please give your name, the names of any guests (as separate RSVPs on the web site) and your contact email or phone number. Please RSVP no later than the Friday before the event at 1600.

1. Seating for late registered and/or walk-in persons is not assured but we will do our best to assist.
2. RSVPs for this event as for all others must be considered as your commitment to pay unless the reservation is cancelled prior to 1600 hours on the Friday immediately preceding the event
3. We have initiated actions to recover luncheon costs from those who have reserved/registered for an event but then do not appear and pay at the luncheon, i.e. a “No Show”. We regret that we take such measures but whether you show or not, we must pay the club based on the head count we provide the club on the reservation deadline. That count is based entirely on the RSVP which each of you give us and which is your commitment to pay. We know you understand our position.
4. Attendees are not permitted to photograph, record, or videotape any portion of the AFCEA Hawai`i Luncheon Presentation. Failure to comply with this policy shall result in confiscation of devices or material, removal of the individual(s) and administrative action under government guidelines. Attendees understand that AFCEA Hawai`i and authorized Speaker representatives may conduct interviews and take photographs and/or audio/video tape any portion of the Luncheon. These photographs, videos and recordings are for use by AFCEA Hawai`i and the Speaker only.