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NEWS | Sept. 13, 2018

Army Reserve cyber leader receives prestigious award

By Army Reserve Cyber Operations Group Army Reserve Cyber Operations Group

A U.S. Army Reserve cyber leader was recognized for contributions which shaped the information and cyber operations mission for the Army Reserve during an Aug. 4 ceremony at the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Maryland. 

U.S. Army Col. Michael Smith, a cyber lead for the chief missions and stationing section of the 335th Signal Command (Theater), and former commander the Army Reserve Cyber Operations Group (ARCOG) 335th (SC), was inducted into the Military Cyber Professionals Association's Order of Thor. He received the honor at the Army Research Laboratory before an audience of his former ARCOG soldiers and other Army cyber professionals.

Brig. Gen. Matthew Easley, deputy commanding general, sustainment for the 335th, presented the medal to Col. Smith and recognized a career spent building and promoting the cyber branch. 

He thanked Col. Smith for his efforts in, “integrating information operations, signal, and this relatively new and evolving cyber field,” said the general.

An induction into the prestigious Order of Thor is a recognition of members of the cyber community that have made considerable contributions and embody values of loyalty, duty and excellence. Inductees are presented a medal symbolizing the appreciation on behalf of the American military cyber profession. The Order of Thor is named for the mythological warrior who battles beyond the clouds - appropriate, considering the cloud is a widely recognized symbol of cyber space, according to the Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA) website.

Recipients must be members of the MCPA (which is free for government employees) and have made special contributions to the military cyber profession and/or MCPA. The MCPA is dedicated to developing the American military cyber profession and investing in the nation's future through the STEM program – a program for interests in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

The MCPA is a nonprofit organization and counts service members, retirees and civilians in the cyber community among its members. To learn more about the MCPA, please visit: