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20 October 2015

Major General LaWarren V. Patterson
Deputy Commanding General for Operations/Chief of Staff
Installation Management Command
Joint Air Force Base San Antonio

Major General Patterson assumed duties as the Deputy Commanding General-Operations/Chief of Staff US Army Installation Management Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston on October 6, 2014. Major General Patterson previously served as Commanding General, US Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon.

General Patterson graduated from Norfolk State University in 1982, receiving his commission as a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications. He holds a Master of Science Degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His military education includes Airborne School, the Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Communications-Electronic Staff Officer Course, Communications-Electronic Warfare Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Joint Professional Military Education-Phase II, and the U.S. Army War College.

His first assignment was with the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as the Battalion Signal Officer for 2/5th Cavalry (Armor), and later as a Platoon Leader in 13th Signal Battalion. In 1986, General Patterson was assigned to Germany and the 87th Maintenance Battalion where he served as Communications-Electronic Maintenance Officer, Battalion S-2/3, and Commander, 85th Light Equipment Maintenance Company. He was later assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division staff as the Division Radio Officer. Returning from Germany in 1990, he was assigned to the Pentagon and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Intern Program. After six months, he deployed to Saudi Arabia to support Operation Desert Storm, serving as the Signal Officer for 4/7th Cavalry, 3rd AD. Following Desert Storm, he returned to the JCS Intern Program.

While in Washington, D.C., he was assigned to Personnel Services Command and performed duties as the Signal Branch Lieutenants and Captains Assignment Officer. In 1995, he was assigned to South Korea, where he served as Battalion S-3/XO, 304th Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade. In 1997, he was reassigned to the Pentagon where he served on the Joint Staff Year 2000 Task Force. In 1999, General Patterson returned to Germany to command 440th Signal Battalion. Following command, he attended the U.S. Army War College, and was subsequently assigned to the Department of the Army CIO/G-6 Staff, as the C4 Systems, Space and Networks Division Chief.

In June 2004, General Patterson assumed duties as Brigade Commander, 1st Signal Brigade, Regional Chief Information Officer, and G-6, Eighth United States Army, South Korea. In July 2006, he assumed duties as the Special Assistant to the Commander, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea. In 2007 he served as the Chief, Portfolio Management Division, Governance Acquisition and Chief Knowledge Office Directorate, Office of the Army CIO/G-6 and in 2008, as Deputy Commanding General, NETCOM/9th Signal Command (Army), Fort Huachuca, AZ. In 2012 MG Patterson assumed command of the US Army Signal Center of Excellence which transformed into the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon on March 28, 2014.

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (2 awards), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3 awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 awards), Joint Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2 awards), the Overseas Service Ribbon (5 awards), Korean Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Order of National Security Merit-Samil Medal (presented by order of the President of the Republic of Korea).

Major General Patterson is married to his bride of 32 years, the former Jule L. Page of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their daughter, Dr. Veronica Patterson, is a Surgical Resident at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

15 September 2015

Brig. Gen. Peter J. Lambert
Vice Commander of the 25th Air Force
Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland, Texas

Brig. Gen. Peter J. Lambert is Vice Commander of the 25th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland, Texas. He is responsible to the commander for providing multisource intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products, applications, capabilities and resources; electronic warfare; strategic command and control; and integrating cyber ISR forces and expertise. The 25th Air Force includes the 70th, 363rd and 480th ISR Wings; the 9th Reconnaissance Wing; the 55th Wing; the Air Force Technical Applications Center and all Air Force cryptologic operations. More than 26,000 25th Air Force Airmen worldwide provide flexible collection, analysis, weapons monitoring, and operational intelligence to joint warfighters and the national intelligence community.

General Lambert received his commission through the Norwich University Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Program in 1988. He has served in a variety of intelligence staff and command assignments. His staff assignments include numbered air force, major command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and Joint Staff positions. He has also served in the Defense Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency. Most recently Colonel Lambert was the Commander of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Texas (NSA/CSS Texas).

He commanded the 547th Intelligence Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada; the 659th ISR Group, Ft. Meade, Maryland; and the National Security Agency-Texas in San Antonio. His tours outside the intelligence field include the Joint Staff J-7.

18 August 2015

Ms. Sherri Hanson
Executive Director, 24th Air Force
Air Force Space Command
Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

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Sherri L. Hanson is the Executive Director, 24th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas. In this position, Ms. Hanson assists the commander as a recognized authority for the evaluation and analysis of cyberspace concepts, while providing leadership in the further development of cyberspace strategy, policy and doctrine. Her multi-disciplinary expertise of cyber capabilities makes her a focal point for cyberspace as it relates to Air Force strategic initiatives. As the senior civilian for 24th Air Force, Ms. Hanson is the civilian workforce advocate to the command's senior leadership.

Ms. Hanson began her civil service career in November 1988 as an Operations Research Systems Analyst (ORSA) training intern with the Air Force Electronic Warfare Center, Test and Measurement Branch. She worked in several directorates within the AFEWC and the Air Force Information Warfare Center from 1988 to1997. Ms. Hanson has been a lead test and evaluation analyst on GPS-dependent weapon systems and dynamic airborne platforms at the Joint Navigation Warfare Center and the Army Test and Evaluation Command. In 2008 she became the Senior ORSA for the Army Cyber Command and led efforts to define cyber requirements, identify capability gaps and develop solutions.

22 July 2015

Colonel Andrew J. Gale
Director of Communications at Headquarters Air Education and Training Command
Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph

Colonel Andrew J. Gale is the Director of Communications at Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. As director, he is the functional leader for 7,000 communications professionals, providing information technology services to over 67,900 personnel at 12 major installations. He leads a directorate staff comprised of 150 military and civilian personnel. Colonel Gale is responsible for formulating and providing policy and guidance for all communications budgeting, programming, operations, and maintenance activities within the command, as well as executing a $35M annual operations budget. Colonel Gale also executes AETC's Chief Information Officer duties. In this capacity, he is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing policies for integrating information technology across AETC. Colonel Gale is a native of Alexandria, Virginia, and a 1990 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his commission via the Reserve Officer Training Corps and has served in a variety of positions in the cyber operations career field at international, combatant command, Air Staff, major command and wing/base levels.

9 June 2015

Maj Gen (select) Sarah Zabel
Director of Cyberspace Strategy and Policy

Brig. Gen. Sarah E. Zabel is the Director, Cyberspace Strategy and Policy, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington D.C. As the Cyberspace Operations and Support Career Field Functional Manager, General Zabel is responsible for the development of 43,000 officers, enlisted and civilian personnel. She oversees the Air Force cybersecurity program to ensure compliance with all legislative, Department of Defense and joint policies and directives. Additionally, she leads the Air Force in developing cyberspace strategies, policies, and enterprise architectures across business, information, weapon system, and defense intelligence mission areas.

19 May 2015

Lt Col Kevin Seeley
Chief Information Officer
Air Force Medical Agency

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Lieutenant Colonel Kevin P. Seeley is Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA) and acting Deputy Chief of the Infrastructure & Operations Support Services Branch at the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Health Information Technology Directorate. As CIO he directs Network Operations, Information Support, Medical Enterprise Service Desk, Deployment Operations and Medical Systems Infrastructure Modernization branches. He is responsible for the lifecycle of global clinical and business systems valued at $1.2B at 75 healthcare locations worldwide. He has previously served in multiple positions to include; Medical Support Squadron Commander, interim Clinic Commander, Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) Assistant CIO for Enterprise Architecture, and AFMS Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at HQ USAF Office of the Surgeon General.

21 April 2015

Michelle S. Atchison
Associate Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations
University of Texas System

Dr. Michelle Atchison leads relations for the University of Texas System with the Department of Defense, focusing on research and collaborative opportunities.  Her responsibilities include developing strategies, research partnerships, and formal agreement opportunities.

Before joining the UT System, Michelle served in leadership positions with Lockheed Martin Corporation and the Military. In her corporate roles, Michelle led the Strategic Partnership Development for Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories to collaborate with industry and Government agencies for Engineering and Technology within Washington Operations.  She served as the corporate lead for Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) processes and accelerated technology transition efforts. She functioned as: the lead for the Corporate Technical Investment Program (LMTIP); the developer and lead for the CET Research Portal to support integration and coordination of Internal R&D efforts across major corporate business areas; and the Chief Scientist for the Lockheed Martin Center for Innovation, the Corporation’s premier Experimentation and Modeling-Simulation.

17 March 2015

Colonel David W. Snoddy
Commander, 67th Cyberspace Wing

Colonel David W. Snoddy is the Commander, 67th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The 67th CW is the U.S. Air Force’s premiere cyberspace force and newest combat wing. In this capacity, he leads over 2,700 Airmen, civilians, and contractors in providing network operations and network warfare capabilities to Air Force, joint task force, and combatant commanders. The 67th CW's mission is to operate, manage, and defend global Air Force networks. The wing also trains and readies Airmen to execute computer network exploitation and attack.

17 February 2015

Mr. Frank "Chip" von Heiland
Chief of the Intelligence Force Management and Training Division and Senior Language Authority
25th Air Force

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Mr. Frank “Chip” von Heiland is the HQ 25 Air Force Senior Language Authority (SLA) and the Chief of Intelligence Force Management and Training, National Intelligence Coordination Cell (NICC).   Mr. von Heiland is responsible for the training and Force Development of over 12,000 25 AF Intelligence professionals, Officer, Enlisted and Civilian.  25 AF is the Air Force Service Cryptologic Element with responsibility for the training of all Air Force Cryptologic Language Analyst (CLA) and Cryptologic Air Force Specialties (AFS).   Mr. von Heiland is responsible for all language related issues as the Senior Language Authority and responds to tasking from HQ USAF on all specific language issues.   He is responsible for the career management of language training for all AF CLA’s.  He manages and executes a training budget of 8 million dollars.  The HQ 25 AF NICC is a selectively manned division with experts from every Intelligence Air Force Specialty.   A2F works directly with the Air Force Foreign Language Office (AF FLO) on all matters affecting language in the Air Force and also works directly with NSA SLA, DIA SLA, OSD, and the Defense Language Office (DLO).

20 January 2015

Alfred A. Herring
Certified Union Pacific Conductor and Independent Logistics Consultant

Alfred A. Herring is currently a certified conductor on the Union Pacific railroad; in addition, he provides independent logistics consulting to several major distribution companies. He is the former Command Chief Master Sergeant, 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber, headquartered at Lackland AFB, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. In that capacity, he was responsible to the numbered air force/AFCYBER component commander on a wide range of issues including the professional development, discipline, health, welfare and effective utilization of over 17K total force personnel. His previous positions included Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force - Afghanistan, International Security Assistance Force Headquarters, Kabul, Afghanistan; the installation Command Chief at Nellis AFB and group superintendent Thule AB Greenland, as well as,12 logistics assignments that took him all over the globe. Chief Herring grew up in Warsaw, N.C., and entered the Air Force in April 1984. He completed his technical training as a materiel management specialist at Lowry Air Force Base, Colo. Chief Herring has an extensive background in joint, wholesale and retail logistics operations.

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