NDPTC's cadre of instructors are of the highest caliber, very well-respected in their fields and disciplines. Many have advanced degrees in science, engineering, planning, and architecture, and years of practical experience as leaders within their field of expertise.
Mr. Gerard Akaka, an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, has 18 years of combined experience in Emergency Management (EM) planning and operations, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) processes; International military partnership engagements, training, exercise and currently, cybersecurity assessments. Mr. Akaka served in the Air National Guard from 2001-2013 as an Emergency Manager and CBRN technician where he served as an instructor for CBRN defense concepts and operations. He served on tours of duty during Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom where he implemented Emergency Management programs and maintained Installation Emergency Response Plans. Mr. Akaka continued to support a wide-range of programs and projects with the Department of Defense (DoD) and State governments. He assumed roles as a; Maritime Security Planner for State of Hawaii, a multinational planner for coalition military forces, and as a Program Analyst for DoD biological force protection projects and measures. He served as a Hurricane Planner to the State of Hawaii Catastrophic Hurricane Readiness Response Plan Initiative, on behalf of the Federal Management Emergency Agency (FEMA), and most recently he supports the DoD as a cybersecurity analyst providing architecture and risk assessments for missions and operations.
Don Aweau is currently employed with the State of Hawaii Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, which oversees a trust for Native Hawaiians, an indigenous people of the Hawaiian Islands. He has worked in many different fields in the private and public sector. His former stints include time spent in the military, air cargo, airline, internet, sports entertainment, insurance, retail, government and law professions. His passions include fly-fishing, social media, politics, history, blogging, writing, sports and spending time with his family. He is well-rounded as he has also lived and traveled in several parts of the world. Thus, with his unique mixture of multiple personal and professional experiences, he appreciates, understands and values, the various world cultures when talking about natural disasters and the importance of emergency preparedness. He has encountered almost every aspect of natural disasters including hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, blizzards, tsunamis, tornadoes, floods, and more, to create a foundation for his teachings. Don Aweau is a graduate of Kalani High School and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, HI.
Marcus Landon Aydlett
Marcus Aydlett is a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) at the Weather Forecast Office in Guam (WFO Guam). There since June 2010, his primary roles include issuing weather forecasts and help maintain a 24/7 weather watch for the Mariana and Micronesian Islands from the Republic of Palau to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. When severe weather threatens, he occasionally provides decision support services through Heavy Weather Briefs at the Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Homeland Security offices.
In September 2013, he was certified by the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center as an instructor for the AWR-217 Tsunami Awareness Course. Since then, he’s instructed multiple AWR-217 workshops across the Marianas, working with decision makers of the federal and territorial governments, response personnel and business leaders.
In 2017, Aydlett became the local program lead for the NWS Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Initiative (WRN). Once ranked last among the nation’s 122 WFOs, WFO Guam now leads the nation in its number of Ambassadors. Aydlett uses the WRN to foster collaboration with core partners and organizations across the region to promote weather preparedness through awareness, education and outreach.
Prior to his arrival on Guam, Aydlett worked as a Meteorologist on the U.S. Army’s Kwajalein Atoll Reagan Test Site in the Marshall Islands. Aydlett served as a Launch Weather Officer for missions including SpaceX launches and U.S. Military missile defense tests. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology.