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NEWS | March 11, 2020

Talent, skills, mentorship: Top priorities for Army Reserve Cyber Brigade

By Sgt. Erick Yates U.S. Army Reserve Cyber Protection Brigade

Talent management and mentorship are essential development platforms for the Army Reserve cyber program.

The U.S. Army Reserve Cyber Protection Brigade, 335th Signal Command (Theater), located near College Park, Maryland, has set a path to refine training and develop an education strategy to the efforts of the Brigade’s Army Reserve cyber warriors.

Maj. Brenden Glynn, a recent below the zone promoted officer with the Northeast Cyber Protection Center, part of the USAR-CPB, has taken major steps forward in career development as a reserve cyber Soldier.

Glynn said, there is a lot of talent in the unit and Army Reserve cyber. Having a focused mentorship program during his tenure there has added to a rewarding experience.

“I was a private when I started with Northeast 14 years ago, and I recognized early on there are a lot of talented individuals present in our unit and throughout the Brigade to learn from,” said Glynn.

Glynn said there have been individuals who helped guide his direction for professional growth — both enlisted and as an officer.

“Lt. Col. Adrian Edwards has been my direct supervisor and mentor since becoming an ROTC Cadet and through our deployment at the Regional Cyber Center — Southwest, Asia, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait,” Glynn said.

He has been a great example of a flexible leader, detail-oriented, and is very focused on the Soldiers assigned to his team, added Glynn.

Glynn also included Lt. Col. Christopher Rowey, former operations officer for Northeast, as someone who worked tirelessly to support the Soldiers at the unit.

“His meticulous efforts in supporting the Soldiers in our unit have created solid pathways in ensuring Soldier success for the work required for evolving into an Army Reserve cyber unit.”

From the guidance received thus far in the cyber career field, Glynn said that one of the key leadership traits he learned is understanding how to best leverage each Soldier’s unique civilian and industry acquired expertise critical to the success of the Army’s Cyber mission.