GUARD NEWS BRIEFS AND PHOTOS 107th Mentoring in Cybersecurity Story and photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd, 107th Airlift Wing NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION -- Once again the 107th Airlift Wing steps up, this time to mentor Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets at Lewiston-Porter High School. The mission is called CyberPatriot, the national high school cyber defense competition created by the Air Force Association to inspire students toward
careers in cybersecurity or other science disciplines. Members from the 107th Communication Flight offered their technical skills to the young cadets. The 107th’s unique experience in cybersecurity provided a good way to give back to the community by mentoring future Air Force officers. “They have the computer expertise to pass on to the students for the
competition that we are in which is a cyber computer defense competition,” said Col.Lance Dickinson (JROTC) Commander. The 107th Communications flight has been enhancing their cybersecurity skills for the Air National Guard. Utilizing their years of experience, Chief Master Sgt. Mark Grier Plans Chief, Master Sgt. Joel Micoli Cyber Technician and Staff Sgt. Brad Gilder Cyber Technician, volunteered to help the high school cadets. Cybersecurity is a real threat facing the U.S. today. Teaching the high school students how to combat vulnerabilities gives them the opportunity to see how the Air National Guard
helps to prevent these attacks, explained Grier. “This has been a terrific opportunity for us to utilize our skills in a different way, while helping our local community,” Grier said. “Working with Col. Dickinson and these future Airmen has been a great experience. I hope we can continue this relationship in the future.” The competition will be held in November with more than 1,200 teams from across the country. The team has an adult coach and the 107th members are working as advisors to the team. They meet with the students once a week at their school to provide technical training and guidance, while
preparing them achieve to the goals of the team. “I think it’s pretty cool to have the Air Force here to help us” said Brian Boyd, Cadet Airman of the JROTC program. He is one of the three members of this high school team. “I like the Air Force and I want to be in it,” said Ashlee Roell, Cadet 1st. Lt. With the help of the 107th Airlift Wing the students hope to achieve the goal of reaching the national finals in March 2013 in Maryland. “I’m honored to be working and learning along with the Air Force and hope someday I will be along their side when I’m older,” said Cadet Airman 1st Class Matt O’Connor.
Honoring Arthur ALBANY -- Brig. Gen. Anthony P. German, Chief of Staff of the New York Air National Guard, and Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks, New York National Guard Command Sergeant Major, commemorate the 183rd anniversary of the birth of President Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States, during a ceremony held at the Albany Rural Cemetery, Oct. 5. President Arthur, a former school teacher, lawyer, Republican politician and member of the New York National Guard, became president on Sept. 19, 1881 when President James Garfield died from a bullet wound suffered at the hands of an assassin on July 2, 1881. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Wheeler, 138th Public Affairs Detachment. 52
Junior ROTC Cadet Brian Boyd is at the controls while Master Sgt. Joel Micoli explains counter measures to be taken during Cybersecurity training at Lewiston-Porter High School, Oct. 16. Matt O’Conner, Ashlee Roell and Chief Master Sgt. Mark Grier observe the task. Members of the 107th Airlift Wing Communication Flight mentored the cadets for the national high school cyber defense competition.
Fall 2012 Guard Times Magazine