Mr. Vincent is the Chairman of Soft Power Solutions, LLC (SPS) and its parent company, the Hawaii-Pacific Foundation (HPF), a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) not-for-profit foundation. He recently retired from 37 years of military service as an active duty member of the Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG).
Brig Gen Vincent served five combat tours and held various command and staff positions at the Pentagon, Hawaii State Headquarters, as well as in the field. Through this experience, he gained the skills and passion to promote collaboration over conflict by way of relationship and capacity building.
During his last military assignment, he served as Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Strategy and Policy, U.S. Pacific Command. Brig Gen Vincent had a key role in the Pacific Command’s effort to shape and maintain regional security through the development of diplomatic, economic, and military policies. During his time in the Pacific, Brig Gen Vincent led nearly 40 flag officer level bilateral engagements resulting in transnational solutions that improved disaster response, targeted transnational crime, and enhanced international partnerships.
Prior to that, he was the Director of Manpower and Personnel for the Air National Guard (ANG), Washington D.C. There he was responsible to the Director, ANG, for formulating, developing, and coordinating all manpower, personnel & training policies, plans, and programs affecting more than 106,000 ANG members throughout the United States. During this tour, his focus was in developing tools and programs that support guard and reserve members and their families during deployment and disaster response hardships.
Mr. Vincent is a leader and advocate of science and technology’s role towards addressing global security issues such as humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, disaster management, energy, environment, and security. He has led senior-level discussions, and assisted service components to evaluate developing technologies. For several years, he chaired the Pacific Command’s Science and Technology International Affairs Panel, a singular multi-agency venue designed to address possible solutions to transnational challenges.
Mr. Vincent currently serves on the board of several organizations. Most notable are the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Disaster Response Risk Reduction sub-committee, the Minuteman Institute for National Defense Studies (MINDS), Hālau Nohona Hawai'i, and the 442nd Go for Broke National Education Center. He is active with the U.S Global Leadership Coalition, Rotary, Veterans for Smart Power, the Defense Orientation Conference Association (DOCA) and is a recipient of Bright Future Society’s Certificate of Exemplary Service to Pakistan’s flood victims, presented by Dr. Farooq Satter, Federal Minister Overseas Pakistan.
Mr. Vincent leads his organization from his offices in Honolulu, Hawaii and Chantilly, Virginia.