November 8, 2023

Where Are They Now – Greg Suguitan

Greg Suguitan graduated at the top of his class from LHES in 1993. Soon after, he started his college journey at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Greg’s academic and career exploration was driven by a deep-rooted desire for a career in public service, which ultimately led him to find his calling in the U.S Army.

Choosing a Unique Academic Path

Greg started at UH Manoa studying engineering before switching to architecture. However, wanting to serve his community and considering a career in law enforcement, he crafted his own major in criminology and minored in ethnic studies and sociology.

“I wanted to be a police officer because I was always interested in public service. That’s just the way I grew up – helping other people,” says Greg.

In his sophomore year, Greg traveled to Maui to take the police officer examination, which he passed. However, he would later start his own tech consulting company and eventually get recruited by Kaiser Permanente Hawaii for a role as a computer consultant during the Y2K scare. By 1999, Greg was hired full-time as a computer systems engineer in the Information Technology department.

Joining the U.S. Army

Yet, as fulfilling as his tech career was, a larger calling awaited Greg and the tragic events of September 11 deeply affected him. With a renewed sense of purpose and a desire to contribute on a larger scale, he made the decision in 2005 to enlist in the army. After basic training, he was sent to Fort Benning in Georgia, now known as Fort Moore, where he successfully completed Officer Candidate School, becoming a second lieutenant.

Greg’s commitment took him to various places, from U.S. states like Georgia and Missouri to countries like Iraq and Kuwait. He took on roles with more responsibility, such as Battalion Executive and Brigade Operations Officer in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Field Grade Career Manager in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Along the way, he also earned a master’s degree in environmental management in 2010.

Now, Greg lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and children and has a major role as Chief Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Officer of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). Despite his many achievements, he often thinks of home and the community that supported and helped shape him. He says he hopes to return one day and share his experiences, giving back to those who played a part in his early life.

“A lot of folks define success with the number of houses that they have, cars or money,” says Greg. “But to me, my success is living a legacy of those that invested their time and attention in me and now I have this legacy that I can pay back.”

“Where are they now?” features alumni from Lanai High and Elementary School, shedding light on their journeys post-graduation.

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