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CHIPS Articles: NIOC Pensacola Cyber Teams Participate in Cyber Flag 17 Exercise

NIOC Pensacola Cyber Teams Participate in Cyber Flag 17 Exercise
By Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet Public Affairs - July-September 2017
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (NNS) – Three Cyber Mission Force Teams based at Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Pensacola recently participated in the Cyber Flag 17 exercise.

Cyber Flag is U.S. Cyber Command’s annual joint and combined military exercise focused on training and validating the Cyber Mission Force's capabilities and readiness.

“This was my first time participating in an exercise like this but I think our team did a great job working together to meet the objectives and we really learned a lot,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Liwanag, assigned to NIOC Pensacola.

The main objectives of the exercise were to determine resources in sharing information between coalition forces, ensure cyber teams could identify key terrain, successfully mitigate the compromise of a network infrastructure, and incorporate cyber initiatives into current and future military operations.

“As we as a Navy and nation move towards more integrated and networked command and control and weapons systems, network defense has become a critical mission to sustain these warfighting capabilities,” said Cmdr. Paul Lashmet, commanding officer, NIOC Pensacola. “This exercise ensures that the personnel assigned to our Cyber Mission Force teams are properly prepared to meet any operational tasks assigned to them in the future.”

U.S. Fleet Cyber Command serves as the Navy component command to U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, and the Navy’s Service Cryptologic Component commander under the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. Fleet Cyber Command also reports directly to the Chief of Naval Operations as an Echelon II command.

U.S. 10th Fleet is the operational arm of Fleet Cyber Command and executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders. In this role, C10F provides operational direction through its Maritime Operations Center located at Fort George Meade Md., executing command and control over assigned forces in support of Navy or joint missions in cyber/networks, information operations, electronic warfare, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space.

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