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Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Around the Army: Soldiers earn newest Army MOS

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FORT GORDON, Ga. — Fifteen Soldiers earned the newest Army military occupational specialty, 25D, cyber network defender, during a graduation ceremony Nov. 27 at Fort Gordon, Ga.

Soldiers completed a 14-week course, considered rigorous for its curriculum, to learn the skills needed to meet the demand for cyber warfare.

“Cyberspace is composed of hundreds of thousands interconnecting computers, servers, routers, switches, fiber optic cables which allow our critical infrastructure to work,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald S. Pflieger, regimental sergeant major for the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, guest speaker for the first-ever graduating class for the Cyber Network Defender course. “A functional and healthy cyberspace is essential to our economy and national security.”

“With the need for educated individuals to defend our network, so does the need to engage cyberspace,” Pflieger said.

Through the establishment of the new cyber network defender, 25D military occupational specialty, known as an MOS, there were changes made to the classification and structure among the 25 career management field series for communications and information systems operation with other MOS revisions of information technology specialist, 25B; radio operator-maintainer, 25C; and telecommunications operator chief, 25W.

Significant changes to the 25 career management field identify the positions and personnel to perform duties with cyber network defense, and selected functions for cyber network defender MOS positions transferred from previous MOS positions associated with cyber network defense.

Major duties a cyber network defender will perform include protecting, monitoring, detecting, analyzing, and responding to unauthorized cyberspace domain actions; deployment and administration of computer network defense infrastructures such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems and more. Soldiers are also tasked to take action to modify information systems, computer network configurations in regard to computer network threats and collect data to analyze events and warn of attacks.

Cyber network defenders will be trained to perform assessments of threats and vulnerabilities within the network environment, conduct network damage assessments, and develop response actions.

Help to prevent suicides available

Suicide prevention help is available 24 hours a day and that message was emphasized at the Army’s Suicide Prevention Program health fair at the Pentagon.

“Soldiers, Army civilians and Family members have options,” said Sherry Simmons-Coleman, senior program analyst for the Army’s Suicide Prevention Program.

Those options include talking to a member of their unit, visiting the chaplain or behavior health professional on the installation, or calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is available 24-hours a day at 1-800-273- TALK (8255), she said.

Simmons-Coleman, who spoke at the health fair Sept. 12, said the Army wants its members to know that support and counseling are available to help reduce the stresses that put people at risk for suicide.

“It’s about bouncing back from adversities, tragedies, and any setbacks that life presents to you,” she said. “It’s knowing that that things will get better, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”

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