2018-10-05 / Front Page

GLOBAL FIGHTING FORCE

Cyber Protection Brigade welcomes new leader
Laura Levering
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Col. Paul T. Stanton, right, former Cyber Protection Brigade commander, passes the CPB colors to Maj. Gen. John W. Baker, Network Enterprise Technology Command commanding general, in a ceremony held Tuesday at the Barton Field reviewing stand. Jason Bowman / Department of the Army Col. Paul T. Stanton, right, former Cyber Protection Brigade commander, passes the CPB colors to Maj. Gen. John W. Baker, Network Enterprise Technology Command commanding general, in a ceremony held Tuesday at the Barton Field reviewing stand. Jason Bowman / Department of the Army The U.S. Army Cyber Protection Brigade welcomed a new commander earlier this week.

Col. Paul T. Stanton relinquished command to Col. Michael L. Hammerstrom during a change of command ceremony held Oct. 2 at the Barton Field reviewing stand.

Maj. Gen. John W. Baker, Network Enterprise Technology Command commanding general, presided over the ceremony.

Stanton had served as the CPB commander since June 2016, just two years after it was officially established. His next assignment will be with U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Baker said that Stanton’s time in command reminded him of a Native American proverb that says nothing lasts forever except the sky and the rocks.


Col. Michael L. Hammerstrom, right, Cyber Protection Brigade incoming commander, receives the CPB colors from Maj. Gen. John W. Baker, Network Enterprise Technology Command commanding general. Jason Bowman / Department of the Army Col. Michael L. Hammerstrom, right, Cyber Protection Brigade incoming commander, receives the CPB colors from Maj. Gen. John W. Baker, Network Enterprise Technology Command commanding general. Jason Bowman / Department of the Army “As we stand here, the legacy of your hard work is transcended onto the Soldiers, the noncommissioned officers, the officers, and the DoD civilians you successfully led these past two-plus years, and their capability remains like the sky and rocks,” Baker said.

He went on to list some of Stanton’s accomplishments, describing them as “groundbreaking.”

During his two-year tenure, the CPB formation grew from being a single company to five companies and two battalions that represent 20 cyber protection teams at full operational capability.

Stanton also contributed greatly to improving the CPB’s cohesiveness and warfighting capabilities, supported five combatant commands, the Department of Defense Information Network, Cyber National Mission Force, and the Army often while supporting 20 simultaneous missions at any one time.

Perhaps his greatest accomplishment, Baker said, was the creation of the first-ever Defense Cyber Operations Gunnery Program.

“You have taken the brigade and molded it into a mature, seasoned, and effective fighting force capable of global operations,” Baker said. “Your concentrated efforts have really paid off with the men and women you are developing as the finest cyber warriors in our Army.”

Touching on the gunnery program, Stanton said he was immensely proud of its development, but emphasized there is much more work ahead.

“We now have an entire formation qualified on a state of the arts system trained and ready for ‘no notice’ global deployment,” Stanton said. “Our current gunnery training is simply an intermediate march objective in a campaign ... the team didn’t even pause, but rather designed a master gunnery course and is actively working to scale the solution, put it in a cloud environment for universal access, improve cyber scenarios, drive collective training, and share our concept with the entire Department of Defense – because good enough isn’t.”

Baker assured the brigade that the Army chose the right person to take Stanton’s place as the CPB moves forward.

Prior to taking command, Hammerstrom served as the deputy commanding officer for Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber at Fort Gordon. He brings more than 20 years of operational experience to the brigade.

“His career of experiences and new perspectives are exactly what is needed to target and shape the countless opportunities that will accelerate the CPB’s successes,” Stanton said.

Hammerstrom said he felt honored and privileged to be entrusted with the CPB. “I promise to bring my very best every day so your successes continue,” Hammerstrom said. “I look forward to seeing your innovative and expert solutions to overcome complex challenges in defense of our Nation, and I have no doubt that you’re up to the task.”

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