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|Sunday, August 25, 2019|
Most of the time, I'm a defense contractor with Computer Sciences Corporation working at the Integrated Team Solutions Facility (ITSFAC) near Quantico Marine Corps Base. I am now the Lead Enterprise Architect supporting the Marine Corps Systems Command in the development of the enterprise architecture for their version of the Distributed Command Ground/Surface System (DCGS-MC).
We moved from Hawaii to Northern Virginia in 2004 where I started as a data modeler on the DoD Business Management Modernization Program in Crystal City, Virginia working on the DoD Business Enterprise Architecture. BMMP has since become a significant factor in DoD business operations and has "morphed" into the DoD Business Transformation Agency and, just as the program changed into an agency, my job changed as well. When I left BTA in September 2008, I was the Architecture and Transformation Support Team Lead responsible for BEA Development and Tools Support, Configuration Management, and Architecture Verification. While there, I also developed several web applications used at BTA for architecture development as well as performing both activity modeling and data modeling too.
When I am not working, I am an assistant scoutmaster in my son's Boy Scouts of America Troop 581, Bristow, Virginia.
Prior to this project, I supported the Chief Information Officer at the Headquarters, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (HQ USPACOM) at Camp H.M. Smith, Marine Corps Base, Hawaii as the Information Capabilities Engineer (Webmaster on Steroids).
While we were still in Hawaii, I was also teaching computer science courses for Hawaii Pacific University (my alma mater - BSCS'91/MBA'97), coaching my keiki and their AYSO soccer teams, and assisting my son's Boy Scouts of America Troop 164, Mililani, Hawaii (not necessarily in that order)! I'm teaching again for HPU - online - it's not quite the same as in the classroom, but I'll give it more time to see how I like it.
Now, my wonderful wife, Mari, and I are attempting to survive the college years of Melissa and Matthew. All in all, they're both wonderful young adults (they're too big now to call "kids"), but there are still a few more years of maturing and growing ahead before we can declare victory! It has been a new experience for Melissa and Matthew living on the mainland, but I think that they are getting along quite well. After 17 years in Hawaii, I think that it's going to be a more difficult adjustment for me than for Mari or the kids (oops, young adults)!
|There are two kinds of talent, man-made talent and God-given talent. With man-made talent you have to work very hard. With God-given talent, you just touch it up once in a while.|