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4 November 2016

Arthur G. Hatcher, Jr.


Arthur G. Hatcher, Jr., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Communications and Chief Information Officer, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Mr. Hatcher leads a staff managing cyberspace, nuclear command, control and communications (NC3), information technology infrastructure and knowledge operations support to 31,000 personnel. He is the Air Force’s NC3 Chief Architect and oversees lead command management responsibilities for NC3 systems supporting B-1, B-2, B-52 and ICBM operations. He functionally manages more than 1,700 command cyber personnel providing organizing, training and equipment guidance. Mr. Hatcher is from Selma, Ala. He completed 30 years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Colonel, and entered federal civil service in July 2013. While on active duty, he served on the Joint Staff, a combatant command staff and two major commands. He commanded an installation in Southwest Asia, the Air Combat Command Communications Group at Langley AFB, VA; the 99th Communications Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV; and provisional commander 11th Communications Squadron, Bolling AFB, DC. His units won both Department of Defense and Air Force level awards. His previous assignment was the Director of Communications and Chief Information Officer, Headquarters, Pacific Air Force.

18 October 2016

Colonel Paul Nunn

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COL Paul Nunn currently serves as the G2, Intelligence Officer, for the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG).As the State G2, he is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all intelligence functions and programs, including SIGINT, GEOINT, HUMINT, and Counter-Intelligence, that support over 18,000 men and women serving in the Texas Army National Guard. Prior to assuming his current position as the TXARNG G2, COL Nunn served at a wide variety of command and staff positions at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. Key positions include the Intelligence Officer (S2), 49th Brigade, 49th Armored Division; Analysis and Control Element Chief, Task Force Viper; Operations Officer (S3), 36th Infantry Division Artillery Brigade; Executive Officer, 71st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade; Commander, 636th Military Intelligence Battalion, and Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, 36th Infantry Division.6th Military Intelligence Battalion, and Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, 36th Infantry Division.

22 September 2016

Colonel Michael P. Dombrowski

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Colonel Michael P. Dombrowski is the Commander, 624th Operations Center, 24th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) – Lackland, Texas. In this capacity, he directs 250 active duty, reserve, and civilian cyberspace professionals in accomplishing the center’s mission: to establish, plan, direct, coordinate, command and control full-spectrum cyberspace operations and capabilities in support of Air Force and Joint requirements. Col Dombrowski is responsible for coordinating Combatant Commander requests for cyberspace operations forces and effects and developing strategy and options to support evolving US Cyber Command missions. His team provides command and control for the $14 billion Air Force Information Network, and oversees execution of US Cyber Command and 24th Air Force operational orders supporting 10 Major Commands at 150 sites worldwide.

Colonel Dombrowski came on active duty in 1994 after being commissioned into the Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at The University of New Hampshire. He is a career Air Force Space and Cyberspace Officer who recently served as the Executive Officer to the Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command. Colonel Dombrowski has broad experience in the cyberspace, space, and ISR career fields including software development, deployable and enterprise communications services, space launch, and command and control of space and cyberspace forces from the tactical and operational levels of war.

Colonel Dombrowski served as the Commander, 30th Space Communications Squadron, and Deputy Commander, 30th Operations Group, where he was responsible for a 425-person squadron that operated and maintained Command, Control, Communications, and Computer networks, radars and telemetry enabling National Security Space priority 1-1 flight test, space lift, and ballistic missions. He has deployed three times, most recently to Baghdad, where he was responsible for provisioning IT services supporting 10,000 warfighters in Southwest Asia.

19 July 2016

Mr. David Colbert, MBA, MPAM
Principal Contracting Officer
Defense Health Agency (DHA)

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David G. Colbert is the principal contracting officer for the Defense Health information Technology Branch, Contract Operations Division - San Antonio, Defense Health Agency. He has 27 years of federal procurement and contract management experience. Mr. Colbert is a retired 22 year United Air Force Veteran. David's experience is as broad as it is deep, with significant stints in procurement of operational construction, products and services, aerospace system supplies and equipment, education and training, as well as research and development acquisitions.

9 June 2016

Maj Gen (Select) Patrick C. Higby

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Maj Gen (Select) Patrick C. Higby is the Director, Cyberspace Strategy and Policy, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. As the Cyberspace Operations and Support Career Field Functional Manager, General Higby is responsible for the development of 43,000 officers, enlisted and civilian personnel. He balances costs and risks for the Air Force cybersecurity program in light of all legislative, Department of Defense and joint policies and directives. Additionally, he leads the Air Force in developing cyberspace strategies, policies, and enterprise architectures across business, information, weapon system, and defense intelligence mission areas.

General Higby was born in the Air Force hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany, and came on active duty in April 1989 as a graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He previously served in the engineering, intelligence, space, communications and cyber career fields, at base, major command, and joint agency levels. He had the opportunity to command at the squadron, group, and twice at wing/installation level.

3 May 2016

Lieutenant General Robert S. Ferrell
Army Chief Information Officer/G-6

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Lieutenant General Robert S. Ferrell became the Army CIO/G-6 on December 23, 2013.

As the CIO, Lieutenant General Ferrell reports directly to the Secretary of the Army, setting strategic direction and objectives for the Army network, and supervises all Army C4 (command, control, communications, and computers) and IT functions. He oversees the Army’s $10 billion IT investments, manages enterprise IT architecture, establishes and enforces IT policies, and directs delivery of operational C4IT capabilities to support warfighters and business users. As the G-6, he advises the Chief of Staff of the Army on the network, communications, signal operations, information security, force structure and equipping.

Lieutenant General Ferrell, a native of Anniston, Alabama, enlisted in the Army and attained the rank of Sergeant. He completed his undergraduate degree at Hampton University and was commissioned in August 1983 as an Army Signal Corps Officer. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science Degree in Strategy from the Army War College.

Throughout his career, he has served in Army units in the United States, Korea, and Europe and has deployed to Bosnia and Iraq. In addition to traditional company and field grade level assignments, he has commanded at every level from platoon to Army major subordinate command.

His principal staff assignments have been as Operations Officer and Communications-Electronics Officer, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne); Captain Assignments Officer, Signal Branch Army Personnel Command; Aide-de-Camp to the Secretary of the Army, Pentagon; Assistant Division Signal Officer, 82nd Airborne Division; Executive Officer, 82nd Signal Battalion; Operations Officer, 7th Signal Brigade, 5th Signal Command and Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, V Corps, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; Military Assistant to the Executive Secretary, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon; Military Assistant to the Director, Program Management Office, Coalition Provisional Authority, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; Chief, Programs Division, Office of the Chief of Legislative Liaison, Pentagon; Army Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, New York; Director, Army Modernization, Strategic Communication, Army Capabilities Integration Center–Forward, Army Training and Doctrine Command, Pentagon; and Director for C4 Systems, United States Africa Command, Germany.

He commanded A Company, 426th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, XV III Airborne Corps; 13th Signal Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division and OPERATION JOINT FORGE, Tuzla; 2nd Signal Brigade, 5th Signal Command, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; and Communications- Electronics Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Lieutenant General Ferrell has earned numerous awards and decorations, most notably the Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal (2nd Award); Legion of Merit (3rd Award); Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (6th Award), Army Commendation Medal (6th Award), and Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award).

12 April 2016

Colonel Gary L. Salmans
Senior Materiel Leader (SML), Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division

Colonel Gary Salmans is the Senior Materiel Leader (SML) of the Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division which falls under the Program Executive Officer (PEO), Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks (C3I&N), Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command. He leads a team of 1,023 military, civil service, and contract support personnel, acquiring and providing depot support for $3 billion in worldwide assets, with an acquisition and sustainment budget of $4.5 billion (FYDP) for the Department of Defense and national space systems. As the SML, Colonel Salmans directs cryptologic and information assurance products’ lifecycle management of national and international communications security and signal intelligence systems with operations located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland TX.

Additionally, the Division also shares a mission for Cyberspace support to Air Force Space Command and 24th Air Force to provide technology development, acquisition, sustainment, and demilitarization of cyber systems and products that provide mission assurance.

Colonel Salmans was commissioned in 1991 as a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps from Texas Christian University in Ft Worth, Texas. Colonel Salmans is a career program manager with broadening tours in maintenance and personnel and has served in the Air Force Materiel Command, Air Mobility Command, Air Force Personnel Center, Headquarters Air Force (HAF), and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense. He has worked on a variety of weapon systems in various phases of development, including test modification, C-5 Modernization, development and fielding of numerous aircrew performance equipment, including ejection seats, helmets, and uniforms. He is a graduate of the USAF Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

15 March 2016

Mr. Paul F. Braudis, Jr.
Director, Defense Enterprise Computing Center

Paul F. Braudis, Jr. is currently the Director, Defense Enterprise Computing Center, San Antonio. He has over 30 years of experience in the Information Technology career field. He is responsible for providing premier technical services supporting the vital business functions and capabilities of joint warfighters and coalition partners. Effectively leverage and execute specialized organizational capabilities and storage management disciplines; schedule and execute service requests. Consistently and effectively support, secure, build and migrate customer technology, functionality and processes to Service Management.

16 February 2016

Major General Burke E. "Ed" Wilson
Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber
Joint Base San Antonio

Maj. Gen. Burke E. "Ed" Wilson is the Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. General Wilson is responsible for the Air Force's component numbered air force providing combatant commanders with trained and ready cyber forces which plan and conduct cyberspace operations. Twenty-fourth Air Force personnel extend, maintain and defend the Air Force portion of the Department of Defense global network. The general directs the activities of two cyberspace wings, the 624th Operations Center, and the Joint Force Headquarters – Cyber, all headquartered at JBSA-Lackland, as well as the 5th Combat Communications Group at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.

General Wilson entered the Air Force in 1985 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He has served in various assignments, including space and cyber operations, planning, strategy, policy, acquisition and combat support. The general has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, as well as served on the staffs of Air Force Space Command, 24th Air Force, the National Reconnaissance Office, North American Aerospace Defense Command, and the former U.S. Space Command. Prior to his current assignment, General Wilson served as the Director, Space Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

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