Modular facility opens for NIOC Hawaii

Guests applaud after Capt. Todd Gagnon (second from left), commanding officer of Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii cuts the ribbon at building 590 onboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Wahiawa Annex. Photo by CTN3 Troy Charoensuk Iglesias

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Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii celebrated the opening of their first modular facility at Bldg. 590, Wahiawa Annex during a ribbon cutting ceremony May 8.

Capt. Todd Gagnon, commanding officer of NIOC Hawaii, acknowledged the amount of work and dedication needed to complete the three-year task with a collaborative effort from Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Hawaii.

Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 1st Class Chiahua Pan noted key issues that he came across during his tenure as the manager for Bldg. 590 since November 2017.

“Wild grass was one of the biggest issues in maintaining the integrity of the SCIF perimeter, as well as technical issues that were hard to resolve,” Pan said.

Yeoman Chief Edward Crow-ell, site security manager for Bldg. 590 from July 2017 to January 2018, added on to the difficulties to getting the modular facility ready.

“Long hours with contractors to get the job done, the consistency of watchstanders, repetitively briefing over 200 watchstanders, and getting all items for secure measures were among other issues that had to be dealt with,” Crowell said.

Despite setbacks from proposed openings slated in January 2018, Gagnon noted how the completion was a huge step in gaining 125 seats for command members and how NAVFAC took on the project challenges with good grace.

Modular facilities do not often receive a customary blessing upon opening. However, Lt. Ian Underhile, NIOC Hawaii chaplain, came to bless the building with an expressive prayer.

Capt. Richard Hayes, commanding officer of NAVFAC Hawaii, noted the importance of the ceremony and recognized Oscar Hunter, CEO of Hunter Modular Construction Inc., for the second build of a modular facility.

Before the ribbon was cut, Gagnon shared a special round of thanks to four particular Sailors for leading the charge in handling 225 systems, 1,800 cables, and all software in about a week.

Cryptologic Technician (Maintenance) Second Classes Michael Turon, Jessy Wheeler, Joshua Torres, and Cryptologic Technician (Maintenance) 1st Class Emmanuel Millan of N2C department, NIOC Hawaii each received a coin for their heavy contributions to the efforts of opening Bldg. 590.

“A coin is one way to say thanks, but the true thanks will come in seeing 125 Sailors finally coming to work in their own space,” Gagnon said as he closed his recognition of appreciation to Pan and Crowell.

Going forward, Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Chief Jose Ocaña, current site security manager of Bldg. 590, plans to make sure everybody has resources, security protocols are in place, and standard operating procedures are developed to keep the building running effectively.

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