Space Force Indo-Pacific commander issues challenge to future science, technology leaders Published Aug. 8, 2023 Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs MAUI, Hawaii -- The commander of U.S. Space Forces Indo-Pacific spoke with young leaders here, Aug. 4, highlighting the need for more Americans to be motivated to step into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields and to consider taking those skills into the nation’s military. Brig. Gen. Anthony Mastalir spoke at the Pacific Intelligence Innovation Initiatives Conference, discussing four key themes to grow STEM efforts in the region: commitment, character, connection, and courage. The general urged the future space leaders in attendance to stay committed toward completing their education goals while having the character to not get distracted. “You’ve already endured and overcame challenges,” Mastalir said. “You chose to forego an easy summer in Hawaii for this opportunity.” The activation of the Space Force component in Hawaii has helped energize a local effort to bring back native Hawaiians interested in pursuing high-tech careers. The effort is being called “Kamaʻāina” (Come Home). As commitment and character helped these bright young Americans reach their current goals, Mastalir stressed connection and courage would further guide them toward more growth and success at higher levels throughout their careers. “We need men and women like you to shape our future,” said Mastalir. “It takes connection to know none of us are as strong as all of us. Only the strong have the bravery to do the impossible. Will you have the courage to take the next step?” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, aerospace engineering organizations must fill 3,800 new STEM positions every year.