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Black Swan Events: Earthquake/Tsunami In Japan, Uprisings In The Middle East

     This is tragic, and my heart goes out to all those impacted by these disasters.  I was watching the tsunami in Japan on television and the footage was remarkable.  The tsunami was a result of an earthquake and it has pummeled Japan. There is a tsunami warning for Hawaii, other Pacific islands, and the entire West Coast in the US. To follow this stuff, definitely track the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and your local news to get updates.

     A couple of things that come to mind on this.  This event, along with what is going on in Libya and potentially in Saudi Arabia, are all combining to make a Blackswan Event. Events that were not predicted, and change the dynamic dramatically. What I mean by that, is that the shock waves from both disasters, could have drastic consequence. The price of oil will rise, and all the business and economies that depend upon the stability of Japan will be negatively impacted. If Hawaii and the West Coast of the US are hit, that could have consequence as well. I will further update this post as events unfold and we will see how it goes…. -Matt

Update: 03/12/2011- Now the latest deal is the Nuclear Facilities in Japan are in dire straights. If they melt down, the fallout is of concern.  In the comments section, I have put up an article that discusses the fallout potential, and especially how it would impact North America via the Pacific Jet Stream.

Major Earthquake, Tsunami Hit Japan

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Major Earthquake, Tsunami Hit Japan

March 11, 2011

A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off Japan’s northeastern coast, triggering a four meter tsunami that washed away cars along parts of the coastline.Video from national broadcaster NHK showed dozens of cars, large ferries and some buildings being swept out to sea in the port city of Kamaishi in the province of Iwate.The Japanese Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warming for the entire Pacific coast of Japan following the quake that struck about 125 kilometers off the eastern coast, at a depth of 10 kilometers.  Residents in the coastal areas have been urged to immediately evacuate to higher ground.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in the U.S. state of Hawaii said a tsunami warning was also in effect for Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas.  It said a tsunami watch was issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Hawaii.

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Jobs: Protective Services Agent Level I-IV, Hawaii

    How cool is this?  EP in Hawaii would be interesting to say the least.  Although the cost of living would definitely be something to consider before going after this gig.  Please go through SMR Group for this job, because I am not the recruiter or POC. Good luck. -Matt

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SMR Group

Protective Services Agent – Level I – II

Confidential

Posted 10/9/2009

Location Honolulu, HI

Salary $70,000+

Position Sec Exec Prot

Department Security

SUMMARY

The primary duty of the Protective Services Agent (PSA) is to provide executive protection and physical security for the client(s). The PSA also serves as a liaison with local, state and federal police agencies; to include corporate staff.

COMPETENCIES/ABILITIES

1) Local, qualified candidates in Oahu preferred.

2) Must be a detail oriented, low key professional with the ability to accomplish tasks and understand the importance of teamwork.

3) Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills; able to handle sensitive and confidential situations.

4) Must be in excellent physical condition.

5) Able to work both nights and weekends.

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Hawaii: The Hawaii Military Surfing Organization

   I thought this was a pretty cool deal.  Although I have never been to their place over there, I am sure there are a couple of readers that have or have heard of it.  Maybe someone will come up with a Hawaii Contractor Surfing Organization one day? lol -Matt

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HMSO

Welcome to the Hawaii Military Surfing Organization (HMSO) website. Our goal is pretty simple – to unite military surfers and provide them with an outlet to enjoy surfing. It does not matter what level of surfer you are, what your rank is or was, or branch of service. What matters to us is that you either want to learn to surf or have already caught the surf bug. Our common thread is a distinct love and respect of the ocean combined with our dedicated service to our country. We’d recommend you cruise the website and learn something about who we are, who we accept as members, what our Community Outreach is, and what we stand for as a club. If you think you fit the mold and would like to join, then contact us by all means. If you want to support our Organization – then we have HMSO Logo Items for sale on the website on the “Gear” link. Thanks again for visiting us and we look forward to hearing from you. Aloha

Chaz Bowser – President HMSO

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HMSO’s History

The Hawaii Military Surfing Organization was originally founded in 1969 by a small group of military surfers at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii as a club for the sole purpose of having a group with a common interest. This group interest was not a rebellion, but merely a way for service members returning from the Vietnam Conflict to band together as surfers and to enjoy their favorite recreational activity. Originally known as “The Ali’i He’e Nalu Surfing Club”, the club struggled through the end of the Vietnam era and through the 1970’s. Membership increased and decreased through the years due to many factors. Membership records were not maintained nor were other administrative files however, in true Hawaiian tradition, a verbal history was maintained. Much of this verbal history has been lost through the years. In the mid 1980’s the club saw a resurgence in activity with the onset of club competitions at local Hawaiian beaches. Aside from these club competitions, other club functions were virtually non-existent.

In the early 1990’s the club was renamed “The Hawaii Military Surfing Ohana” and there was an increased level of activity and membership along with an occasional club competition as well as occasional surf trips to outer islands. In 1995, the club leadership was assumed by Mike White who pursued an increase in club activities to build more of a frequent meeting schedule and develop contacts along the North Shore of Oahu. Mike White began holding the annual HMSO surf contest and generated contest sponsorship by Glen Moncata of Quiksilver, Fred Patacchia Sr of Hawaiian Surf, John Moore of Strong Current and Ken Bradshaw of Bradshaw Hawaii. Mike White also became a friend of Randy Rarick and Bernie Baker who are influential members of the modern day professional surfing industry.

In 1998, Mike White handed the HMSO presidency over to Mike Fulcher who had a vision of a larger HMSO that included military surfers from around the globe. Upon assumption of the HMSO presidency, Mike Fulcher initiated a membership drive and advertising campaign on behalf of the HMSO in which membership jumped from a mere 24 members located only in Hawaii to well over 500 HMSO members worldwide. The HMSO was expanded to include affiliate self-governing chapters in Japan, Southern California, Northern California, Florida, Mid Atlantic and Western Europe. The annual HMSO competition was promoted worldwide and became the Annual International Military Surfing Championships. Competitive eligibility evolved from just local club members in Hawaii to truly International Military members from such countries as Australia, Japan, England and South Africa. Sponsorship of the HMSO jumped considerably and included not only local Hawaiian small businesses, but large businesses such as Anheuser Busch/Budweiser, XCEL Wetsuits, SURFER Magazine, The Military Times, Surfrider Foundation and many others. Mike Fulcher also increased the club activities to include HMSO assistance provided to the local communities by providing manpower to assist with the construction of The Triple Crown of Surfing event venues as well as The Haleiwa Arts Festival. In conjunction with Surfrider Foundation, the HMSO conducted beach clean-up activities as a way of giving back to the community and showing appreciation to the locals for the beauty of the beaches of Hawaii. In agreement with Town & Country Surfboards (Glassworks Hawaii) and Iris Rapoza, Mike Fulcher began repairing surfboards donated by T & C for the purpose of providing surfboards to underprivileged local children. The occasional surf trip to the outer islands became an annual event and through fundraising activities, the HMSO took an annual surf trip to Kauai. Other surf trips were taken by HMSO club members to remote locations such as The Mentawai Islands of Indonesia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica.

In 2003, as Mike Fulcher was retiring from military service, the club became stagnant and remained so for over 5 years. In early 2009, Chaz Bowser contacted former club president Mike Fulcher and long standing HMSO member Dave Elliott, who happened to be the man behind the original HMSO website. Between these three gents, a plan was hatched in which Chaz Bowser would revive the HMSO and restructure the organization into a more modern  organization with a business approach that will provide stability for the club while providing a service to military personnel. The HMSO was redesignated as “The Hawaii Military Surfing Organization…est 1969?.

Website here.

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Jobs: SBX-1 Security Force Officer, Hawaii and Alaska

     Alright, here are a couple of interesting things with this gig.  This is maritime security stuff, and you will be posted on a boat.  Plus you need to be familiar with an old school M-60, along with all the basic stuff.  This would be a choice gig guys.  Also, I have heard that Chenega has partnered with Blackwater.  As for the wage, that sounds good and all, but Hawaii and Alaska are super expensive anyway to live at.  It is still good though at $ 42.56 per hour for CONUS work! -Head Jundi

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Chenega

SBX-1 Security Force Officer – Gold Team (CSPS)
 
Company: Chenega Corporation
Location: HONOLULU, HI 96801
Status: Full Time,
Employee Job Category: Security/Protective Services
Industry: General/Other
Security/Protective Services Career Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level: High School or equivalent    
 
 
 
Job Description
 
 
Chenega Security & Protection Services, LLC
Job Description

Job Title: Security Force Officer
Contract: Missile Defense Agency Sea Based X-Band Radar (SBX-1)
Reports To: Shift Security Lead
FLSA Status SCA Full-time Non-Exempt (Rotational)
Work Location: Sea Based X-Band Radar (SBX-1) vessel and Adak, AK (including Kuluk Bay) and other locations as required
Summary:
The Security Force Officer provides security services for Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in support of government security requirements for the SBX-1 radar platform, and on-shore in Adak, AK, in support of PSB cargo handling and transfer operations and patrol boat operations when the vessel is moored in Kuluk Bay at Adak, AK. The Security Force Officer will be capable of, and are authorized to, respond to Force Protection Conditions (FPCON) and Maritime Security (MARSEC) measures in accordance with the Statement of Work up to and including deadly force.

Hourly Wage:
$42.56 per hour
$3.16 per hour for Health & Welfare (up to 40 hours per week)

Supervisory Responsibilities:
None

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
• Will arrive at work prior to guard mount, in proper uniform and carrying needed, issued equipment. • Will be armed with a pistol and an automatic weapon and will be required to exercise force up to and including deadly force. • Will draw assigned weapon. • Will participate in Guard Mount, receive assigned post, and copy any extra instructions. • Will carry out general and special orders for post assigned. • Will communicate via radio, telephone and orally according to general and special orders. • Required to interact with public, contractor, and military personnel. • Required to operate effectively in a foreign nation environment, sensitive to cultural differences. • Will provide access control, and conduct walking and motorized security guard functions. • Will be responsible for cleanliness of uniform and equipment assigned. • Will follow applicable standard operating procedures and applicable regulations pertaining to security of weapons, buildings, personnel, government property and equipment. • Will not remove firearms from vessel, required to turn in after shift. • Successfully complete all training and have obtained all required permits, licenses, certifications and security clearances for the site. Required to follow all company personnel and safety policies, and perform all assigned duties in a safe work manner. • May be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. • Other duties may be assigned. • Read the rest of this entry »

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