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News | Oct. 25, 2019

We’re Not Bots – We’re Ohana

By Heidi Fosnaught, NSA/CSS Communications Officer

What’s unique about National Security Agency Hawai’i is not only the palm trees and never-ending sunshine, it’s the fact that they’re collocated with their primary customer, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. In short, they’re one big Ohana. That’s Hawaiian for family, which is what keeps G Galloway (known as “G”) excited to come to work every day.

“I have a passion for the mission, the people, and the difference I’m making. Even if it’s a subtle difference, it’s important.” It’s this passion for mission and the people that has led Galloway all over the globe, first as a Morse Code Operator for the U.S. Army and later on through deployments, as a civilian with NSA. “We’re a combat support agency, our work keeps our armed forces safe and brings them home to their families.”

Since 2001, there have been more than 21,000 deployments of NSA personnel to hostile areas. They provide force protection, critical intelligence, and secure communications to U.S. troops in hostile areas like Afghanistan and Iraq. “This is where the reality of what we do sits in. I needed a deployment fix after the Army. I’ll never forget that plane ride home with six Marines who had made the ultimate sacrifice. The impact of this loss left a lasting impression on me. I deployed again, knowing the impact we can have when we work together. If deploying means I can help bring one person home safely, it’s all worth it.”

Now as the Director of Cybersecurity at NSA Hawai’i, Galloway is the point person for all things cyber defense in the Pacific. His favorite part of the job is working with partners in government and industry toward a common goal – to prevent and eradicate threats to U.S. National Security Systems and Critical Infrastructure. He leads the team who works tirelessly to secure communications for U.S. troops deployed across the Pacific 24/7, ensuring today’s cryptography is even more secure than the Morse code he worked with in his Army days.

The NSA Hawai’i cybersecurity team is Galloway’s Ohana away from home. He and his wife have two daughters, who are grown and live on the east coast. “My daughters visit us a few times a year, and it’s always nice to have them here. But, I consider everyone here family and I believe we have the best agency in the world. I’ve had fantastic leaders and mentors throughout my career who have provided me with the tools, opportunities, and the flexibility to carve my career and be successful. I want to give back now. If I can change one person’s perspective, and then they change another person’s perspective, it becomes infectious.”