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11 May 2011
Honolulu, Hawaii

Students, Teachers, Principals, Mentors Being Recruited

The Air Force Association CyberPatriot Commissioner announced today the official launch of Hawaii?s statewide involvement in the fourth season of the National High School Cyber Defense Competition for all high school students. Teams from public and private high schools and home schooled children are needed to compete and become the drivers of a new high tech industry in Hawaii. Last year, more than 600 teams competed from around the nation and U.S. schools overseas.

"We are looking for students who are honest, trustworthy, understand the need to protect our country and want to commit to striving for their best every single day. I challenge all of Hawaii's students to win this competition!" said Brig. Gen. Bernard K. Skoch (USAF, Ret.), Air Force Association CyberPatriot Commissioner. "Having teachers sign up as coaches for teams will be the key to Hawaii's success in the CyberPatriot IV competition. I applaud Referentia for hosting this gathering and for our Presenting Sponsor Northrop Grumman and our other sponsors in making resources available for coaches and competitors. I would also like to thank our extraordinary Air Force Association leadership and members throughout Hawaii for their hard work in recruiting teams to last year's successful CyberPatriot III competition and their great work in already recruiting teams to this year's CyberPatriot IV. The Air Force Association members care about Hawaii; that is why they are doing this."

The CyberPatriot IV Kickoff event for Hawaii is taking place at Hawaii's new and one-month-old Cyber Collaboration Center. U.S. Senator Dan Inouye, U.S. Senator Dan Akaka, U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa, U.S. Representative Mazie Hirono, Governor Neil Abercrombie and U.S. Pacific Command officials participated in Referentia's Cyber Collaboration Center dedication ceremony on April 20, 2011.

"In a time when we are bombarded by technical gadgets and cyber activity, we are now more dependent on those who focus on cyber security," said Governor Neil Abercrombie. "This competition encourages our young people to succeed in technology and innovation here in Hawaii."

"We are focused on demonstrating to high school students how their love for computers and gaming can translate into viable careers and put our next-generation workforce on a path to success with a rewarding career," said Nelson Kanemoto, CEO of Referentia. "The Cyber Collaboration Center was created first and foremost to support our military commands, utility partners and provide community outreach to Hawaii?s youth."

Cyber security is a matter of national concern in finance, banking, manufacturing, retail, public safety, education, medicine, agriculture, government, defense, and every other aspect of our society that is dependent on cyber systems.

Students, teachers, school administrators, and parents interested in participating in this nationwide CyberPatriot program need to email or visit for further information and to register. Final winners of the competition have opportunities for college scholarships, internships and lifetime mentors.

CyberPatriot is presented by Northrop Grumman, with additional support from founding partners SAIC and the CIAS at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

About Referentia Systems Incorporated

Referentia is an award-winning cyber security and interoperability applied solutions research and development company focused on creating dual-use commercial products. The company?s target market is the Federal Government and public and private industries, such as power and electrical utilities. The Smart Grid potential market is an important cross section with Referentia's cyber security and interoperability building blocks and solutions including precision and secured instrumentation. Smart Grid customers and partners include Maui Electric Company (MECO), Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), the DoD, DHS, DoE, Idaho National Labs (INL) and Sandia National Labs. Founded in 1996, Referentia is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii and has grown to more than 100 employees with regional offices in San Diego, CA; Albuquerque, NM; and Sterling, VA, plus Referentia staff are located at military installations across the U.S. and globally.

Referentia was founded by Nelson Kanemoto, a Roosevelt High School and University of Hawaii-Manoa graduate. More than 90% or Referentia's staff were hired from Hawaii and in some cases received on-the-job training to perform their current responsibilities.

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About the Air Force Association

The AFA is a 501(C)(3), nonprofit organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA has over 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 120,000 members. Visit AFA at

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