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17 October 2017

Brigadier General William Spangenthal, Director - Plans, Programs, Requirement & Assessments HQ AETC

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Brig. Gen. William A. Spangenthal is the Director of Plans, Programs, Requirements and Assessments, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He assists the AETC Commander in planning and programming $6.5 billion annually supporting 60,000 personnel across 22 bases charged with recruiting, training, and educating for the United States Air Force and our international partners. He develops the Education and Training Core Function Support Plan and AETC’s inputs to the Program Objective Memorandum, leads AETC Strategic Planning, manages flying training and technical training operational capability requirements and oversees the Air Force’s only studies and analysis squadron.

General Spangenthal graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992. He has commanded at the squadron, expeditionary group, and wing levels. Additionally, he has held a variety of joint, major command and headquarters staff positions. General Spangenthal is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, C-12, KC-135 and C-17.

Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Director, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

 


19 September 2017

Colonel DeLange is the Commander, 688th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

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In this capacity, he leads over 2,100 professionals at seven different locations in conducting defensive cyberspace operations; developing, training, exercising and testing Information Operations tactics, techniques and procedures; analyzing and mitigating U.S. cyberspace vulnerabilities; integrating emerging Information Dominance capabilities in support of Air Force, Joint and Department of Defense warfighters; engineering, deploying and delivering survivable and resilient cyber infrastructure (deployed and in-garrison); and integrating communications and computer systems designed to increase the combat effectiveness of Air Force and Department of Defense elements.

Colonel DeLange is originally from Los Angeles, California and received his commission upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in June 1993. Since his commissioning, Colonel DeLange has held a variety of communications and cyber operations officer positions at the Squadron, Group, Numbered Air Force, Major Command, Headquarters Air Force, Joint Force Headquarters and Joint Staff levels. He is married to Stacy DeLange formerly of Mesa, Arizona and they have four children.

 


15 August 2017

Zachary Walker, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx)

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Zach is an operational and technical leader with over 15 years of experience in information security, intelligence, and cyber operations. He is an Air Force Reserve officer, combat veteran, and Bronze Star recipient. He has led distributed cyber intelligence operations for both the Army and the NSA, and he was commended for "leading transformational change" for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.

Zach has also advised senior Pentagon and Intelligence Community leaders on offensive cyberspace operations, collection strategies, information operations, insider threat mitigation, organizational policy, and other areas. He currently leads the Austin office of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), charged with accelerating commercial innovation for national defense.

 


11 July 2017

Brigadier General Mark E. Weatherington

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Brig. Gen. Mark E. Weatherington is the Director, Cyberspace Operations, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command. In this capacity, General Weatherington provides integrated C4 capabilities to support the full spectrum of assigned missions and to facilitate the vital information sharing and command and control needs of both commands. Additionally, he prioritizes and oversees defense of cyber key terrain as well as the activities of assigned cyber mission forces.

General Weatherington earned his commission in 1990 following graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served in a variety of operational and staff assignments, including command of the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, where he led all aspects of B-1 and MQ-9 operations and installation support activities. His staff experience includes various doctrine, strategy, and warfighting requirements positions within Air Forces Central Command, the Joint Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

General Weatherington is a command pilot with more than 2,400 flying hours, including combat over Afghanistan.


20 June 2017

Major General Garrett S. Yee

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Major General Garrett S. Yee has led Army network modernization for the Chief Information Officer/G-6 since July 2015, while simultaneously serving as the Acting Director, Cybersecurity Directorate, since February 2017. MG Yee reports directly to the CIO/G-6, and assists in the development of strategy, policy, and guidance for the Army's ongoing effort to modernize and improve the network and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining CIO/G-6, Major General Yee was the Commander, 335th Signal Command (Theater) (Provisional) at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, where he concurrently served as the G6 for U.S. Army Central Command, the CJ6 for Coalition Joint Forces Land Component Command, and the Director of Cyber Information Systems for the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

Previous assignments include serving as the Deputy Commanding General for Mobilization, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois; Deputy Commander, 335th Signal Command (Theater) (Provisional) during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan; Commander, 505th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade in Las Vegas, Nevada; Commander, 650th Regional Support Group in Las Vegas, Nevada; Theater Observation Detachment Officer with the Center for Army Lessons Learned during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, where he authored a handbook on provincial reconstruction teams; and Commander, 3/356th Logistics Support Battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas.

His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, and CAPSTONE.

Major General Yee is a native of Fremont, California. He received his commission upon graduation from Santa Clara University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in combined science. He later earned a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College.

Major General Yee’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the Parachutist Badge, and the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency. He is also a recipient of the Signal Corps Bronze Order of Mercury.


16 May 2017

Major General Bradford Shwedo

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Maj. Gen. Bradford J. “B.J.” Shwedo is the Commander, 25th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. General Shwedo is responsible for nearly 30,000 personnel that conduct worldwide operations. Twenty-fifth Air Force airmen deliver multisource intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products, applications, capabilities and resources. In addition, they conduct electronic warfare; strategic command and control; and they integrate cyber ISR teams and expertise into the country’s cyber mission forces. The 25th Air Force includes the 70th, 363rd and 480th ISR wings; the 9th Reconnaissance Wing; the 55th Wing and the Air Force Technical Applications Center. In his position as 25th Air Force Commander, General Shwedo also serves as the Commander of the Service Cryptologic Component. In this capacity he is responsible to the Director, National Security Agency, and Chief, Central Security Service, as the Air Force's sole authority for matters involving the conduct of cryptologic activities, including the spectrum of missions directly related to both tactical warfighting and national-level operations.

General Shwedo graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1987, earning a Bachelor of Science in Military History. Prior to his assignment to 25th Air Force, General Shwedo was the Director for Capability and Resource Integration (J8) at U.S. Cyber Command. General Shwedo's other staff assignments include Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Special Programs Division; Joint Chiefs of Staff, J-3, Special Activities Division; intelligence support to SAF/AQ; Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Director for Cyber Planning and Operations within the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Air Combat Command, Director of Intelligence, A2. General Shwedo's previous commands include Detachment 2, 18th Intelligence Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea, and during the initiation of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he commanded the 566th Information Operations Squadron, which provided direct combat support through the National-Tactical Integration Program. General Shwedo's group and wing commands were within the 67th Network Warfare Wing, whose mission was to operate, manage, and defend the U.S. Air Force's global networks. Within the 67th NWW, General Shwedo also commanded the 67th Network Warfare Group, whose mission was to train and ready Airmen to execute computer network exploitation and attack. Throughout his tenure at the 67th NWW, this unit was in direct support of operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and the greater war on terror. General Shwedo also led an intelligence team to Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm.


18 April 2017

Colonel Bradley L. Pyburn

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Colonel Bradley L. Pyburn is the Commander of the 67th Cyberspace Wing (67 CW), Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The 67 CW is the Air Force’s newest combat wing, serving as AFCYBER’s execution arm for generating, projecting, and sustaining combat power through 5 cyberspace weapon systems. Colonel Pyburn leads over 2,500 Airmen, civilians, and contractors across three operations groups with 31 units at 17 locations worldwide. He also ensures the readiness and employment of Airmen to conduct network ops, defense, attack, exploitation and telecomm monitoring for the Air Force, combatant commands, and national agencies.

Prior to assuming his current position, Colonel Pyburn was the Director of Communications, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. In this role, he was responsible for cyberspace and communications policy, resource advocacy, program management, and cyberspace support for the command’s 34 wings, 1,300 aircraft, 19 bases, and 70 worldwide operating locations with 94,000 active-duty and civilian personnel.

Colonel Pyburn received his commission as a distinguished graduate of Officer Training School in 1995. A career cyberspace operations officer, he has held diverse operational and staff positions, including the Air Staff and Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations. Colonel Pyburn’s commands include the 624th Operations Center, where he provided command and control for two Cyberspace Wings and seven cyberspace weapon systems, while directing operations and defense of the $14 billion Air Force Network. He also commanded the 332nd Expeditionary Communications Squadron, where he was responsible for the largest command and control network in Iraq supporting a joint base of 25,000 personnel.


21 March 2017

Vic Diaz - Assistant Vice President, Cyber Security Operations

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As part of USAA’s Enterprise Security Group, Vic Diaz leads the Cyber Security Operations area, which includes the Cyber Threat Operations Center, Cyber Threat Prevention and Cyber Security Infrastructure. He joined USAA in 2011 after more than 26 years of service in the United States Air Force, and has significant experience in several technical and leadership positions with information systems, command/control networks, and communications.

Vic earned a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master’s degree in Space Science from the University of North Dakota. He worked several engineering teams that installed global command-and-control networks throughout the U.S. Air Force, and then served as the U.S. Air Force exchange officer working for the Venezuelan senior network officer on the design and implementation of Venezuelan Air Force networks. Subsequently, he had multiple assignments over 13 years working in cyberspace security and operations at multiple network operations and security centers in the U.S. Air Force. These centers supported Middle East, Pacific and U.S.-based cyber security operations, including support to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) missions. His last position in the U.S. Air Force was to lead the AF Cyberspace Operations Center, which was responsible for the cyber defense of all Air Force networks globally, and the employment of cyberspace capabilities globally to support ongoing combat operations.


21 February 2017

Brigadier General Mitchel H. Butikofer

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Brigadier General Mitchel H Butikofer is the Vice Commander, Twenty-fourth Air Force; Deputy Commander, Air Forces Cyber; and Deputy Commander, Joint Force Headquarters–Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio–Lackland, Texas. General Butikofer is responsible to the commander for the Air Force's Component Numbered Air Force providing Air Force Component and Combatant Commanders with trained and ready cyber forces which plan and conduct cyberspace operations. Twenty-fourth Air Force and AFCYBER personnel build, extend, operate, secure and defend the Air Force portion of the Department of Defense global network. Joint Force Headquarters–Cyber personnel perform operational planning as part of coordinated efforts to support Air Force Component and Combatant Commanders and, upon the approval of the President and/or the Secretary of Defense, the execution of offensive cyberspace operations. The general assists the commander in directing the activities of two cyberspace wings and the 624th Operations Center, all headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio–Lackland, Texas, as well as the 5th Combat Communications Group at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.

General Butikofer received his commission in 1989 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Utah State University, Utah. His career highlights include two squadron commands; two group commands; wing command; various headquarters staffs; and the Air Staff and the Office of Secretary of Defense Staff. Prior to his current assignment, General Butikofer was the Director, Command, Control, Communications and Cyber (C4) Systems and the Deputy Director of Operations for Cyberspace, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Illinois.


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