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Westmoreland Applauds New Army National Guard Cyber Protection Station in Georgia
On February 25, 2015, Army National Guard officials at the National Guard Bureau have announced that Georgia has been selected for one of the new 10 Army National Guard cyber protection stations. Georgia is already home to the U.S. Army’s Cyber Command Headquarters, located at Fort Gordon in Augusta, and this selection solidifies the state as a strong contributor to the United States’ cyber and intelligence efforts.Congressman Westmoreland applauds the Army National Guard’s decision.
“I would like to formally welcome the Army National Guard’s new cyber protection team to Georgia,” stated Westmoreland. “It is an honor to have our state selected for the cyber protection station, and it will be a great addition to the crucial cyber and national security work this state produces. The National Guard Bureau’s development of the cyber protection teams is a significant step towards improving state and federal cyber defense programs and capabilities, and will help grow the manpower needed to combat the new threat of cyberterrorism our nation faces every day. I look forward to working with and supporting the efforts of the National Guard Bureau on cyber issues to protect the citizens of our nation.”
Each of the 10 cyber stations will be staffed by specially trained National Guard citizen-soldiers to be qualified as Army Cyber Soldiers. The selection process was a highly competitive process; including the review of 45 states, territories and the District of Columbia, and the careful evaluation of 32 nomination packets.
Congressman Westmoreland is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he serves as Chairman of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee.