Security: Hawaii & the Asia Pacific Economy (SHAPE)
On January 7, 2014, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii held ‘SHAPE’, an annual forum for senior military commanders to update government and business leaders on the security concerns in the Asia Pacific and the status of military forces based in Hawaii.
Topics included looming threats of sequestration and potential impacts on commerce and trade in the Asia Pacific and Hawaii economies.
Luncheon remarks with a keynote address were provided by Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, followed by Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, U.S. Navy (Retired) and chairman of Huntington Ingalls Industries, who shared plans for a new proactive strategy being rolled out by the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council (MAC) to secure the military’s presence in Hawaii. Governor Neil Abercrombie closed the luncheon by addressing his appreciation of and support for the military in Hawaii.
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Morning briefing presentations included:
- AUSA—LANPAC 2014 Conference, Lt. General Frank J. Wiercinski, USA-Ret., Military Affairs Council
- Role of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Lt. General Dan Leaf, USAF-Ret., Executive Director, Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies
- Naval Facilities Engineering Command – Pacific — Navy-Marine Corps Projects, Rear Admiral Bret J. Muilenburg, Commander
- HQ, U.S. Pacific Command, Major General Crutchfield, Chief of Staff
- HQ, Pacific Air Forces, General Herbert J. Carlisle, Commander
- HQ, Navy Region Hawaii/Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, Rear Admiral Richard L. Williams, Commander
- HQ, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Lt . General Terry G. Robling, Commander
- HQ, 25th Infantry Division Command Group, Major General Kurt Fuller, Commanding General
- HQ, 14th Coast Guard District, Rear Admiral Cari B. Thomas, Commander
- HQ, Hawaii National Guard, Major General Darryll D. M. Wong, Hawaii Adjutant General