AFCEA Hawaii welcomed Major General Lawrence W. Brock III, Commanding General, 311 Signal Command (Theater). General Brock provided an excellent presentation about protecting the Army’s network in the Pacific arena, which by nature is highly targeted. He reminded the audience that each of them has a responsibility to protect the network and gave an example of how they send phishing emails out during exercises and always have at least one or two folks that will click on the links. He discussed the gap in communicating with our coalition partners and our allies during exercises. He mentioned the need for consolidated coalition wide area network in which we could all operate and communicate with each other.
We were pleased to also recognize this month’s well-deserving awardees:
AHEF 2016 – 2017 Scholarships:
AHEF Scholarship Chairperson, Matt Darnell was on hand to present this year’s Scholarship Awards. Janiene Scovell was awarded the Captain Jim Hickerson, USN (Ret) Scholarship. Grant Takara was awarded the MG Eugene Renzi, USA (Ret) Scholarship. Brandon Takao was awarded the LTG Thomas Renzi, USA (Ret) Scholarship.
Young AFCEAN of the Month: SFC Justin Jacobsen, USA, RSSC PAC
SFC Justin D. Jacobsen serves as the Operation Chief for the Regional SATCOM SupportCenter-Pacific (RSSC-PAC) under U.S. Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Strategic Command (USSMDC/ARSTRAT) since January 2014.
As the Ops Chief, he oversees unit operations that support the planning and processing of all DoD satellite communications mission requirements for the Pacific Theater. The unit has witnessed a growth of missions as a result of the Pacific shift, with the unit processing over 8,100+ satellite missions in support of training and real world operations during his tenure.
RSSC-PAC services USPACOM and its subordinate’s commands as well as international partners; Australian Defense Forces and New Zealand Defense Forces. Notable key operational support included Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief efforts for the Nepal Earthquake, Operation Damayan – Philippines, Operation Fiji Relief and the Malaysia Air and Air Asia Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. He has expertly lead and mentored his soldiers including 5 ADF service members.
SFC Jacobsen was recognized in early 2015 for his distinguished leadership by the Honolulu Federal Executive Board where he received the Leader, Manager, and Supervisor of the Year Award. Most recently, he was selected by the U.S. Army to participate in their Training with Industry (TWI) Program where he will be working with General Dynamics in Taunton, Massachusetts for a year.
SFC Jacobsen has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Cyber security Degree with the University of Maryland University College. He has also achieved certifications in Network+ and Security+ through Comp TIA. SFC Jacobsen is a valued member of the Signal/Cyber Community where he continues to impart his influence, wisdom, and dedication to the team.
Executive of the Month: Christine Lanning, Integrated Security Technologies
Christine Lanning leads an elite team of security system integrators as President of Integrated Security Technologies, Inc., a woman-owned, small Head quartered in Hawaii.
She serves on the boards of AFCEA Hawaii, AFCEA Hawaii Foundation, PSA Security, Aiea Park Place, and the Pacific Club Athletic committee. She is also an active member of the CIO Council of Honolulu, InfraGard, the Society of Military Engineers, and the Organization of Women Leaders.
In 2014, Christine was awarded the ASIS Woman of the Year Award and in 2015 became the first female elected to the Board of Directors for PSA Security Network, North America’s largest electronic security cooperative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Information Systems.
Senior Government Leader: LtCol Joseph Hurd, USAF, DISA PAC
Lt Col Joseph A. Hurd is the Chief, Enterprise Operations Center, Defense Information System Agency Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Lt Col Hurd received his commission from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1996. He has held a variety of engineering and installation, tactical and fixed communications, and staff positions at the squadron, group, sub-unified command, combatant command, and Headquarters U.S. Air Force levels. He is a veteran of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, JOINT FORGE, and IRAQI FREEDOM. He has been a Flight Commander, Deputy Squadron Commander, Branch Chief, and a J6 Director. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI., Master of Computer Science, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.