2018-10-05 / Front Page

Cyber celebrates 4 years, welcomes new branch

Nick Spinelli
Office, Chief of Signal


Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Ebinal, a technical director and electronic warfare Soldier with the Cyber Center of Excellence, and Sgt. 1st Class James Kennedy, a career manager and electronic warfare Soldier assigned to the Cyber Center of Excellence, march back after receiving their Cyber Regimental insignia. Photo by Anne Bowman / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Ebinal, a technical director and electronic warfare Soldier with the Cyber Center of Excellence, and Sgt. 1st Class James Kennedy, a career manager and electronic warfare Soldier assigned to the Cyber Center of Excellence, march back after receiving their Cyber Regimental insignia. Photo by Anne Bowman / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office The Cyber Corps held a dual purpose ceremony Sept. 28 outside Signal Tower celebrating its four-year anniversary and welcoming Electronic Warfare under the Cyber umbrella.

“I think it’s important to take some time to reflect on how much progress we’ve made as a branch over the past four years…and celebrate the exciting transition of Electronic Warfare into the Cyber Corps,” said Brig. Gen. Neil S. Hersey, Cyber School commandant and chief of the Cyber Corps.

During his remarks, Hersey discussed how electronic warfare has changed and adapted over the years, constantly evolving to combat in an ever-changing, ever-growing threat.

“Now the Army is calling on electronic warfare to evolve once again – reinvesting in readiness to counter near-peer adversaries,” he said.

“The future fight requires a fully integrated Cyber and Electromagnetic Activity, commonly known as CEMA, capability. As we field new integrated CEMA capability throughout the Army, we can harness the lethality of both the cyber and electronic warfare disciplines – we need to evolve together to compete in this new information environment.”

As part of the ceremony, Hersey recognized three electronic warfare Soldiers – Maj. John Delessio, CW4 Michael Ebinal, and Sgt. 1st Class James Kennedy – officially welcoming them to the Cyber team with the Cyber Regimental insignia.

“The fact that the Cyber branch incorporated me into their ceremony was a humbling experience and one that I’m extremely appreciative of,” Delessio, who serves as executive officer for the Cyber Training Battalion, said.

Approximately 1,100 Soldiers – officers, enlisted, and warrant – were authorized to wear the Cyber Regimental insignia beginning Oct. 1. However, many have been working as part of the cybercommunity.

“I’ve been immersed in Cyber branch since April, when I was assigned to Fort Gordon as the senior career manager for the electronic warfare enlisted cohort,” Kennedy said. “I’ve represented the Cyber branch at major events like Augusta TechNet 2018; so while I was honored to participate in the ceremony, I very much already felt like part of the Cyber team.”

Stood up in 2014, the Cyber Center of Excellence works to enable commanders and leaders to operate successfully in both the real world and cyberspace. According to Hersey, the incorporation of electronic warfare will ensure the continued success of that mission.

“The incorporation of cyber and electronic warfare is the right move for the Army – toward a fully integrated force….educated, trained and equipped for multi-domain competition,” he said. “We’ll move together toward truly technical education, effective materiel solutions, and organizational constructs that build the capabilities our Army and joint force need.”

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