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CHIPS Articles: Army Reserve cyber leader receives prestigious award from Military Cyber Professionals Association

Army Reserve cyber leader receives prestigious award from Military Cyber Professionals Association
By Maj. David Bryant, Army Reserve Cyber Operations Group - September 14, 2018
U.S Army Col. Michael Smith, a cyber-lead for the chief missions and stationing section of the 335th Signal Command (Theater), and former commander the Army Reserve Cyber Operations Group (ARCOG) 335th (SC), was inducted into the Military Cyber Professionals Association's Order of Thor. He received the honor at the Army Research Laboratory before an audience of his former ARCOG Soldiers and other Army cyber professionals.

Brig. Gen. Matthew Easley, deputy commanding general, sustainment for the 335th, presented the medal to Col. Smith and recognized a career spent building and promoting the cyber branch.

He thanked Col. Smith for his efforts in, "integrating information operations, signal, and this relatively new and evolving cyber field," said the general.

An induction into the prestigious Order of Thor is a recognition of members of the cyber community that have made considerable contributions and embody values of loyalty, duty and excellence. Inductees are presented a medal symbolizing the appreciation on behalf of the American military cyber profession.

The Order of Thor is named for the mythological warrior who battles beyond the clouds - appropriate, considering the cloud is a widely recognized symbol of cyber space, according to the Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA) website.

Recipients must be members of the MCPA (which is free for government employees) and have made special contributions to the military cyber profession and/or MCPA. The MCPA is dedicated to developing the American military cyber profession and investing in the nation's future through the STEM program -- a program for interests in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The MCPA is a non-profit organization and counts military personnel from all the services, retirees and civilians in the cyber community among its members. Current and retired military officers from across the services serve as MCPA advisors.

MCPA is working toward an American military cyber profession that is dedicated to developing cyberspace as a domain of activity and national asset, according to its vision statement.

The MCPA is the byproduct of graduate research into innovation at the Naval Postgraduate School in California, funded by the U.S. Army Cyber Command. After beginning operations in 2013, the MCPA spread by word of mouth and press coverage of events. Now there are numerous MCPA chapters distributed across the American defense community in strategic locations like the National Capital Region, Saint Louis, Tampa, and San Antonio.

To learn more about the MCPA, please visit: https://milcyber.org

Additional editing by CHIPS Magazine.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Matthew Easley, deputy commanding general, sustainment for the 335th Signal Command (Theater), presents the Order of Thor medal to Col. Michael Smith, cyber lead for the chief missions and stationing section of the 335th Signal Command (Theater), on August 4, 2018, at the Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, Maryland. Col. Smith was recognized by the association for contributions which shaped the information and cyber operations mission for the Army Reserve.  Photo by Maj. David Bryant
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Matthew Easley, deputy commanding general, sustainment for the 335th Signal Command (Theater), presents the Order of Thor medal to Col. Michael Smith, cyber lead for the chief missions and stationing section of the 335th Signal Command (Theater), on August 4, 2018, at the Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, Maryland. Col. Smith was recognized by the association for contributions which shaped the information and cyber operations mission for the Army Reserve. Photo by Maj. David Bryant
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