2008 Rising Star Maj. Gary Hockett

Maj. Gary Hockett opens new communication lines for Pacific Air Forces

2008 Rising Star

TITLE: Chief, Theater Network Service Branch

AGENCY: Pacific Air Forces

LOCATION: Hickham Air Force Base, Hawaii

Gary Hockett


Hockett is responsible for planning and launching large-scale IT initiatives for the Pacific Air Forces, one of the two major Air Force commands outside the continental United States.

COMPLETE LIST: 2008 GCN Rising Stars

Most recently, Hockett, 40, was instrumental in migrating the command from BlackBerry-based messaging to an open platform for wireless e-mail that is compatible with a wide range of smart phones and collaboration devices. His work on this platform, in collaboration with the Air Force Air Education and Training Command, provided the impetus for the Defense Information Systems Agency to publish the Security Technical Implementation Guide for Windows Mobile Messaging Wireless E-Mail Systems. The platform is now being tested across DOD.

About Rising Stars 2008

Turnover among information technology leaders is a fact of life in government circles. Who's there to take the baton? The 2008 Rising Stars exemplify the strengths of the emerging generation of IT leaders, mixing technical savvy and innovative thinking with an instinct for collaboration and a commitment to the government's mission. Government Computer News is joining Federal Computer Week and Washington Technology in making the awards an 1105 Government Information Group 360-degree special report. For a look at all the Rising Stars, click here.


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