FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Lt. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty assumed command of U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) in a ceremony here June 1, 2018.
While the ceremony symbolized Fogarty's official acceptance of the position, he has been serving as ARCYBER's commanding general since May 11.
The event here was a dual observance. In the first segment, Fogarty was appointed to the rank of lieutenant general by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley. He then received the ARCYBER colors from Milley in the assumption of command portion of the ceremony.
In remarks following the flag passing, Milley thanked Fogarty and the members of ARCYBER and said he looks forward to seeing the command continue to excel under Fogarty's leadership as the organization and the nation move into a historic crossroads in a world that is becoming increasingly more complex and technical, and "potentially much, much more dangerous."
"You're now in command," Milley told Fogarty. "You're in command of one of our nation's most critical warfighting capabilities, not only for the Army, but for the entire country."
"You carry out your duties in quiet and unappreciated ways every single day to defend us from those who wish to do us harm," he continued, addressing the new commander and the ARCYBER team.
"You're an unbelievable organization, and in my mind you are the folks that are literally on the parapets of the borderless frontier of cyberspace."
Fogarty said he is honored and motivated to serve with a team that has integrated mutually supporting skills and disciplines to create a world-class operational force over the past eight years.
"Your DNA comes from multiple tribes: the intel force, the signal regiment, the electronic warfare functional area, information operations functional area, from our great fire supporters, our strategists, our planners, acquisition corps, and operational warriors," he said. "It is the sum of these parts that truly enables the command to be successful and to contribute so much to our Army and our nation."
Fogarty said it's truly remarkable that in just a few years Army Cyber has grown from an idea to a branch to an Army Service Component Command and a trained and equipped force that operates and defends Army networks and conducts global cyberspace operations.
"But we're just getting started," he added.
Fogarty called cyberspace operations "the most complex and important operation conducted in our Army 24 hours a day, seven days a week" and outlined several efforts he said are essential for ARCYBER to continue to accomplish its mission:
- Aggressively operate and defend Army networks
- Deliver effects against adversaries
- Integrate and synchronize electronic warfare, offensive and defensive cyber capabilities, and information operations to provide direct support to Army commanders and Soldiers operating around the globe and increase lethality and readiness
- Design, build and deliver integrated capabilities to enable full-spectrum operations
- Attract, develop and sustain a world-class workforce
The key to achieving all those goals, Fogarty said, is people.
Our success is dependent upon the talent and motivation of our most important weapons system ? the human being," he said. "In cyber operations humans are more important than technology."
A native of Savannah, Georgia, Fogarty was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Military Intelligence (MI) in May 1983. He has served in a wide variety of command, staff, joint and combined assignments in his 35-year career. Prior to commanding ARCYBER he served as Chief of Staff, U.S. Cyber Command.