Voneida assumes command of DISA Pacific

Digital Communication Branch
Office of Strategic Communication and Public Affairs
July 20, 2022 

Image of Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, Defense Information Systems Agency director and Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network commander, Marine Corps Col. Matthew R. Simmons, outgoing DISA Pacific Command commander, and Marine Corps Col. Jared C. Voneida, incoming DISA Pacific Command commander, stand at attention as the change of command ceremony begins on July 15 aboard USS Missouri at Ford Island, Hawaii. Photo by Parish M. Kaleiwahea, DISA/Released.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, Defense Information Systems Agency director and Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network commander, Marine Corps Col. Matthew R. Simmons, outgoing DISA Pacific Command commander, and Marine Corps Col. Jared C. Voneida, incoming DISA Pacific Command commander, stand at attention as the change of command ceremony begins on July 15 aboard USS Missouri at Ford Island, Hawaii. Photo by Parish M. Kaleiwahea, DISA/Released.

 

Marine Corps Col. Jared C. Voneida assumed command of the Defense Information Systems Agency Pacific Regional Field Command during a change of command ceremony July 15, aboard USS Missouri at Ford Island, Hawaii. 

 

Image of Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, Defense Information Systems Agency director and Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network commander, Marine Corps Col. Matthew R. Simmons, outgoing DISA Pacific Command commander, and Marine Corps Col. Jared C. Voneida, incoming DISA Pacific Command commander, stand at attention as the change of command ceremony begins on July 15 aboard USS Missouri at Ford Island, Hawaii. Photo by Parish M. Kaleiwahea, DISA/Released.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, Defense Information Systems Agency director and Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network commander, Marine Corps Col. Matthew R. Simmons, outgoing DISA Pacific Command commander, and Marine Corps Col. Jared C. Voneida, incoming DISA Pacific Command commander, stand at attention as the change of command ceremony begins on July 15 aboard USS Missouri at Ford Island, Hawaii. Photo by Parish M. Kaleiwahea, DISA/Released.

 

Voneida replaced Marine Corps Col. Matthew R. Simmons, who served as DISA Pacific commander since July 2019 and led the command in achieving a 99.98 percent network availability rating for Pacific warfighters supporting USS Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. Army Pacific, III Marine Expeditionary Force deployed to Guam, and the U.S. Pacific Fleet. 

This is Voneida’s second tour with DISA. He was the chief of DISA PAC’s Contingency and Exercise Branch at Ford Island, Hawaii, from 2007-2010. He’s returning to DISA after his most recent assignment as the assistant chief of staff G-6 for the general’s communications officer for III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan.

 

Image of Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, Defense Information Systems Agency director and Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network commander, Marine Corps Col. Matthew R. Simmons, outgoing DISA Pacific Command commander, and Marine Corps Col. Jared C. Voneida, incoming DISA Pacific Command commander, stand at attention as the change of command ceremony begins on July 15 aboard USS Missouri at Ford Island, Hawaii. Photo by Parish M. Kaleiwahea, DISA/Released.
Marine Corps Col. Jared C. Voneida addresses an audience of military personnel, civilians, contractors, family members and friends as the DISA Pacific Command commander during a ceremony July 15 aboard USS Missouri at Ford Island, Hawaii. Photo by Parish M. Kaleiwahea, DISA/Released.

 

“DISA PAC was my first choice for command,” Voneida said. “It’s great to be back here with the agency and see so many familiar faces.”

In his current role, Voneida is responsible for the engineering, operation, defense and command and control of the Pacific portion of the Department of Defense Information Network. He directly supports U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. Forces Japan, U.S. Forces Korea, Alaska Command, and Pacific mission partners, service components, and agencies.

 

Image of Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, Defense Information Systems Agency director and Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network commander, Marine Corps Col. Matthew R. Simmons, outgoing DISA Pacific Command commander, and Marine Corps Col. Jared C. Voneida, incoming DISA Pacific Command commander, stand at attention as the change of command ceremony begins on July 15 aboard USS Missouri at Ford Island, Hawaii. Photo by Parish M. Kaleiwahea, DISA/Released.
Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Daniel L. Krause, Defense Information Systems Agency senior enlisted advisor, and the audience stand for the display of the colors by the honor guard during a ceremony July 15 aboard USS Missouri at Ford Island, Hawaii. Photo by Lt. Col. Ed Shank, DISA/Released.

 

“Col. Simmons did a great job at DISA PAC and provided superb support throughout the Pacific,” Voneida said. “I’m going to continue his work and focus on maintaining an integrated joint force with our service components throughout the Indo-Pacific Theater and ensure we are interoperable with our coalition partners and NATO forces operating in theater. My main goal is to make sure the required communications infrastructure and information technology systems are in place for whatever may happen in the coming years.”

Learn more about DISA Pacific at DISA.mil.

 

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