Brigadier General Paul Fredenburgh, USPACOM/J6, Director for C3 and Cyber, emphasized the size and importance of the U.S. Pacific Command and the nations within its area of operations. He covered the elements of his three major responsibilities: Assured Command and Control; Conducting Full Spectrum Cyberspace Operations; and Collective Cyberspace Security and Interoperability. In terms of cyber, the general found that USPACOM has been the most effective command in which he has served. He emphasized the multilateral cyber relationships in the theater, with 20 nations participating in Exercise Pacific Endeavor. During the Q&A he addressed the cyber threats posed by China and North Korea, and mentioned a need for more assets for training and near-term network investment.
January 2018 Recognition
Student of the Month: Allegra Palk, St. Andrews Priory
Allegra Palk hold a 3.78 GPA and is among the top students in the STEM program at St. Andrews. Her favorite subject is Engineering and she enjoys building things and working with her hands. Allegra is a member of the Hawaii All State Marching Band; she plays the percussion and has been playing piano since the age of four. The 2016 All State Hawaii Band participated in the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Upper Senate Park. Her teachers consistently comment on the quality of her work, participation, and grasp of new materials. Allegra plans to study Engineering at the University of Hawaii.
Young AFCEAN of the Month: A1C Taylor Smith, 690 Cyberspace Operations Squadron, United States Air Force
Airman First Class Smith serves as the Infrastructure Operator, 690th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. A1C Smith contributes to a team of 150 cyber warriors operating the Air Force Cyber Security and Control System weapon system supporting 1.2 million warriors around the world providing secure, reliable, and rapid response network operations and mission assurance in support of the Air Force Information Network. She volunteered two days during the 2017 AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific Conference & Expo support the member’s room, registration, and AFCEA Hawaii Education Foundation Golf tournament.
AFCEAN of the Month: SSG Jahaira Best, Information Technology Specialist, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), United States Army
Staff Sergeant Best, Jahaira serves as the Information Technology Specialist at the Defense Intelligence Agency. SSG Best served as an Communications Security Account Manager for United States Forces-Afghanistan and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Account Manager for Train Advise Assist Command – East, she was vital in the training, processing, and the distribution of COMSEC in support of Czech and Polish Communications Security requirements. While supporting Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, her dedication to duty was paramount to the success of Task Force Signal’s Communications Security mission which supported combat operations for United States, Allied, and Coalition Forces throughout Afghanistan. SSG Best displayed exceptional initiative, resourcefulness and dedication to duty while conducting information sharing and collaboration as a SharePoint Administrator, encourage leadership development, humanitarian assistance and performed countless volunteer hours by fostering goodwill with local population by providing physical and emotional support to over 30 Djiboutian Orphans. Her knowledge and attention to detail was recognized by receiving a letter of Commendation from a Rear Admiral while assigned to a mortuary affairs team while caring for a fallen comrade. Staff Sergeant Best holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Cyber Security from the University of Maryland.
Executive of the Month: Herman Bright, Deputy Chief Information Officer for the United States Army Health Clinics – Schofield Barracks (USAHC-SB)
Herman Bright was born in South Korea and growing up all over the world as a military dependent. He served in the United States Army for 24 years as an Infantryman, Artilleryman, and Logistician. He completed two Associates degrees in management, Bachelors of Arts in History from Chaminade University of Honolulu, Bachelors of Science in Information System Security and Masters of Information Systems from University of Phoenix. He was inducted into the Epsilon Pi Tau (International Honor Society for IT Professionals). He worked in various positions such as a Systems Analyst for two schools in the Department of Education, Lead Technician-Systems for General Dynamics IT and is currently the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the United States Army Health Clinics – Schofield Barracks (USAHC-SB). He is responsible for all automation, telecommunications and ancillary systems support for the Health Clinic, comprising 26 ambulatory care clinics and support services. Ensuring effective management and support of all Clinic automation and telecommunications functions is vital for all clinical staff to conduct operations. Responsible for coordinating the activities of the eleven technical personnel in support of the Clinic automation and communications systems installations, existing and new hardware/software installation, testing, operation, modification, and maintenance. He is very proud of serving this country as a service member, government contractor, and currently as a Department of the Army Civilian for a total of over 30 years.
Senior Government Leader: Lt Col Olexis O. Perez, Chief, Defense Information Systems Agency, Regional Field Command Pacific
Lt Col Olexis O. Perez is the Chief of the Defense Information Systems Agency, Regional Field Command Pacific, Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) Branch at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Ford Island, Hawaii. Lt Col Perez leads a team of 71 military and civilian Operations Center personnel in defense of the largest cyber domain in the Department of Defense. He directs DCO for 17 DoD organizations supporting 380 thousand warfighters. He oversees the Pacific theater’s aggregate intrusion detection and response. His team monitors 88 network sensors 24×7 and analyzes 29 million cyber events daily. DISA DCO circulates Net Ops technical and network assurance directives and guidance to the theater on PACOM and CYBERCOM’s behalf. Lt Col Perez led a team of professionals and created an innovative Comprehensive Defensive Cyber Operations Framework. This requirements validation framework is currently being utilized by DISA to streamline the $500 million dollar DCO and DODIN annual tool costs. The framework is currently being leveraged by other federal agencies and organizations such as Cyber Command, the Department of Homeland Defense, Lincoln Laboratories and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for further use.