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CYBER SNAPSHOT: Sgt. Drew Madsen

CYBER SNAPSHOT: Sgt. Drew Madsen

Story by Mike Milord on 02/26/2019

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Military Occupational Specialty: Cryptologic Cyberspace Intelligence Collector/Analyst (MOS 35Q)
Duty title: Cyber Operations Noncommissioned Officer

QUICK SKETCH:
— Currently assigned to Headquarters and A Company, 1st Cyber Battalion, Cyber Protection Brigade, Fort Gordon, Ga., as a network security analyst
— Participated in the Cyber Support to Corps and Below pilot program with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.
— Supported real-world operations with the 151st Cyber Protection Team and supporting U.S. Cyber Command
— Completed the Army’s Basic Airborne Course, earning his jump wings in December 2018
— Currently pursuing a master’s degree in Computer Networks and Cybersecurity
ON WHY HE CHOSE CYBER AS A CAREER:
“With the current rate of technological advancement in the world, the United States Army is also developing its cyber domain, which includes people, processes and supporting technologies. I wanted to be part of developing that corps from its infancy, through operational trials, and full implementation, thus helping to establish those systems, processes and doctrine that would be used for many years.”
ON THE REWARDS AND CHALLENGES OF BEING AN ARMY CYBER WARRIOR:
“The rewards of being a cyber warrior greatly outweigh the challenges that come with the MOS. Being able to provide a skill set to multiple domains, supporting the joint environment that supports worldwide operations, provides me with the highest job satisfaction. The challenges of being a cyber warrior would include being able to keep up with the ever-evolving technological world that we live in.
“Furthermore, the challenges of cyber operations, including the high (operational tempo) and the ability to operate globally supporting coalition partners provides job satisfaction that I cannot receive elsewhere. Unlike other MOSs that are trained for a specific function on a specific target set, cyber warriors have to be adaptable to an environment that can change every day based on a dynamic that is dependent on individuals and equipment.”
ON WHAT IT TAKES TO SUCCEED AS AN ARMY CYBER WARRIOR:
“Progression in knowledge, on a daily basis, is the key to succeeding as a cyber warrior. At its current rate technology and methodologies evolve every two weeks. Cyber warriors must be adaptable in this environment, continuously training and working to safeguard our networks and infrastructure from the adversary. Cyber is not just a 9-to-5 office job, but a discipline that must continually grow with the industry, meeting and exceeding the adversary’s capabilities.”
ON WHAT HE WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT ARMY CYBER:
“Army Cyber is a young branch with a lot of room for growth, both professionally and personally. Cyber warriors are provided the unique opportunity to earn entry level through intermediate level (Information Technology) certificates, along with real-world experience, and unique leadership opportunities. This culminates in the development of adaptable, agile and capable leaders that will help structure the future of Army Cyber. Although a very technical MOS, cyber warriors remain competent in their warrior tasks and battle drills, (and) train physically and mentally to support the greatest fighting force in the world.”

For information on the Army’s cyber officer, warrant officer, noncommissioned officer program, visit:
— GoArmy.com: https://www.goarmy.com/army-cyber/army-cyber-training.html
— U.S. Army Recruiting Command: http://www.usarec.army.mil/hq/warrant/prerequ/WO170A.shtml
— U.S. Army Human Resources Command (CAC access): https://www.hrc.army.mil/content/Welcome to HRC Cyber Branch Assignment Management
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ABOUT US: United States Army Cyber Command directs and conducts integrated electronic warfare, information and cyberspace operations as authorized, or directed, to ensure freedom of action in and through cyberspace and the information environment, and to deny the same to our adversaries.

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