Army Reserve cyber protection team reaches mission capability milestone

By Sgt. Erick Yates | Army Reserve Cyber Operations Group | Dec. 21, 2018

FORT DEVENS, Massachusetts — A celebration was recently held for U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to one of the Nation’s first Army Reserve cyber protection teams in recognition of reaching the mission milestone for Initial Operation Capability (IOC).

Leaders from the Army Reserve Cyber Operations Group (ARCOG), currently the Nation’s only Army Reserve cyber operations brigade headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland, recognized Soldiers assigned to Cyber Protection Team 180, part of the ARCOG’s North East Cyber Protection Center (NECPC), located in Fort Devens, Massachusetts, November 4.

Present to pay tribute to the Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to the CPT was U.S. Army Col. Robert S. Powell, Jr., ARCOG Commander and Command Sgt. Major Timothy Eddy, senior enlisted adviser for the brigade. Also present was Lt. Col. Dane Sanderson, NECPC commander.

To reward this high achievement, ARCOG leadership presented the CPT a symbolic representation of the cyber Hammer of Thor – a symbol used by the Military Cyber Professionals Association to recognize high achievements in the cyber career field. Each cyber warrior on the CPT was presented a command coin by the ARCOG commander and command sergeant major. The IOC ceremony held for CPT 180 is the start of a tradition to recognize achievement of this milestone status for ARCOG CPTs.

All the ARCOG leaders present acknowledged the dedication and effort needed to attain IOC status for the evolving cyber brigade at the ceremony. The preparation hours in learning and certification training completed by the Soldiers continues to be an effort not overlooked by ARCOG leadership as their cyber assets continue to move forward at a rapid to pace complete the IOC requirement.

The ARCOG’s forces are currently in the process of training its reserve cyber forces to become fully mission capable. The ARCOG supports missions against U.S. adversaries in cyberspace and empowers Army, joint, and combined maneuver forces in the delivery of kinetic effects.