SSC PAC LEADERSHIP
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​Commanding Officer
  
 CAPT Melvin K. Yokoyama, Jr.

CAPT Yokoyama assumed command of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) in May 2017.
 
A native of the Big Island of Hawaii, CAPT Yokoyama holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville University and a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering (Information Warfare and Electrical Systems Engineering subspecialties) from the Naval Postgraduate School.
 
A designated Naval Flight Officer in the Unrestricted Line (URL) community, CAPT Yokoyama is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and a Level II Joint-qualified Officer.
 
At-sea assignments include duties as Commanding Officer and Executive Officer of Tactical Air Control Squadron TWELVE (TACRON 12), Air Officer for the BONHOMME RICHARD Amphibious Ready Group, Officer-in-Charge Commander Task Group 57.1 (Manama, Bahrain and Al Udeid, Qatar), Officer-in-Charge Commander Task Group 72.5 (Misawa and Okinawa, Japan), EP-3E Operations Officer for Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1), and ES-3A Electronic Warfare Mission Commander for Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron SIX (VQ-6) deployed onboard the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) and USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67).
 
Acquisition and shore assignments include duties as Principal Assistant Program Manager (PAPM) at PEO C4I Information Assurance and Cyber Security Program Office (PMW-130), Assistant Program Manager (APM) for SPAWAR’s Data Center and Application Optimization (DCAO) program office, Chief of Staff for the Department of the Navy’s Data Center Consolidation Task Force, Deputy Commander and Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) C4I Officer for US Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Cruise Missile Support Activity Pacific, and as a graduate student in the Information Warfare curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School.
 
In 2016, CAPT Yokoyama volunteered to deploy on a one-year global war on terrorism support assignment (GSA) to the US Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq where he served as the senior military advisor to the Iraqi Minister of Defense in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
 
CAPT Yokoyama has received a number of personal awards but is most proud of his unit awards because of the teamwork they represent.

​Executive Director
  
Ms. Carmela Keeney
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Carmela A. Keeney became the executive director of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) in December 2005. SSC Pacific consists of 4,700 civilian and military personnel and over 2,000 contractor support personnel with a total obligating authority of more than $2 billion. As executive director, Keeney leads a diverse and highly technical organization in the research, development, fielding, and support of advanced technologies for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR), cyber, and space.
 
Prior to assuming her role as the Center’s senior leader, she was the head of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Department within SSC Pacific. In this capacity, she led a broad set of technical programs in maritime surveillance, ocean systems, signal exploitation, and intelligence systems and was responsible for conducting research, development, test and evaluation, and life cycle support for Naval, Joint and national ISR systems.
 
Keeney began her career in 1979 as a principal investigator in marine technology and undersea systems at the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory’s Ocean Systems Division. She led a variety of technical projects in the area of maritime surveillance including research into bionic sonar and shallow water surveillance systems at the Naval Ocean Systems Center, Hawaii Laboratory, from 1985 to 1992. She was the acquisition program manager for a multi-sensor surveillance system and led the successful development and operational deployment of that system at a strategic Navy site. Areas of responsibility have included undersea, surface and aerospace ISR efforts involving sensor technology and system development, unmanned systems, multi-sensor fusion, and ISR communications. Keeney became a member of the Senior Executive Service in April 2000.
 
Keeney has a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering (1985) and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (1979) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Gordon Engineering Leadership Award in recognition of technology management and dedication to educating the next generation of technology leaders.
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