28 January 2017

Cyber Training Battalion Opens New Company in Oklahoma

By Tony Ware

Cyber warriors defend the network at the tactical operations center for 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, on Fort Bliss, Texas, during Network Integration Evaluation 16.1, which ran from Sept. 25 to Oct. 8, 2015. (Photo Credit: David Vergun) 

A new Cyber Training Battalion company, Charlie, has been activated at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, according to an article in The Lawton Constitution tweeted by the Army Cyber Command and Second Army.

According to reporter Mitch Meador, Lt. Col. Ben Sangster, the Cyber Training Battalion commander, came from the U.S. Army Cyber School at Fort Gordon, Georgia, where the battalion is based, to unfurl and pass the colors to Charlie Company’s new command team, Capt. Jackson W. Wittkamper and 1st Sgt. Darnell L. Folsom.

Charlie Company will train soldiers no matter what branch and rank they may be in. The company’s 24 instructors and course developers, as well as additional administrators, will provide electronic warfare specialist, technician and support courses varying in size from 90 to 120 students and in length from 22 weeks to nine months.

“If we sit back and think someone else is going to take care of it for us, I think we’re misinformed and we’re setting ourselves up for failure,” Sangster said. “We’ve got to keep up with our adversaries, and if they’re going to come after our networks and our systems, then we need to be trained and educated in order to defend our systems.”

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