Chris Sholes is the USPACOM Environmental Security Program Manager. His duties include overseeing environmental compliance for bilateral exercises, and planning the Pacific Environmental Security Conferences (PESC) and international environmental workshops. He also monitors environmental impact assessments developed by the U.S. service components. His previous experience includes project management of various environmental remediation projects throughout Hawaii and the Pacific including soil and water remediation and UXO. He has five degrees including two from the London School of Economics in International Relations and Economics and an MS in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a certified contracts manager (CPCM) and certified project manager (PMP) from the respective US national certifying organizations.
Since its inception in 2010 he has developed the Environmental Security Program as a means for DoD components to engage internationally, furthering the USPACOM strategy to enhance partner nation resilience, capacity building, facilitate interoperability, and build trust and access for occasions of mutual benefit.
The goal of the USPACOM ENSEC Engagement Program is to strengthen relationships and partner-nation capacity development.
From the PESC series, USPACOM has spun-off oil spill response workshops in Oceania, South and Southeast Asia, has used the SVP approach to waste management solutions in South Asia, has funded alternative energy solutions to remote locations, and established environmental stewardship policies and practices with Australia, Thailand and other partner nations.