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    Colo. team takes CAP's 2nd straight CyberPatriot national title

    March 23, 2012

     

    (1)
    The champion “Wolf Pack” team from the Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron – (from left) Cadet 1st Lt. Thomas Jessop; Cadet Senior Airman Christopher Ottesen; Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Kyal Lanum; Cadet Airman Basic Stephen Parish; Senior Member John Parish,; Cadet 2nd Lt. Carlin Idle; Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Chris Vasquez, team captain; and Capt. Bill Blatchley, team coach.
    Photo courtesy of Jim Lanum

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    The Cyber Forensics competition-winning team from the South Dakota Wing’s Big Sioux Composite Squadron – (from left, first row) Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Simon Pulscher; Cadet 2nd Lt. Josh Klosterman; Cadet 2nd Lt. Daniel Klosterman, team captain; (second row) 1st Lt. Shannon Hofer, team coach; Cadet Staff Sgt. Tyler Gross; Cadet Senior Master Sgt. James Skon; and 2nd Lt. Michael Klosterman; team mentor.
    Photo by 2nd Lt. Maria Klosterman
     
    (3)
    The “Springville Spartans,” members of the Alabama Wing’s Springville Composite Squadron – (from left) Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Katey Ray; Cadet Master Sgt. Shayla McCay; Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Cody McCay, team mentor; Capt. Walter J. Alexander IV, team coach; Cadet Senior Airman Vince Corey, team captain; and Cadet 2nd Lt. Walter J. Alexander V.
    Photo by 2nd Lt. Amy Gibson

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    "Team Hercules,” named after the fleet of Air Force C-130 “Hercules “aircraft stationed at the same base the Ohio Wing’s Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron – (from left) Capt. Paul Creed III, team coach; Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Jacci Acierno; Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Andrew Stoneburner, team captain; Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Austen Peters; 2ndLt. Brian Stoneburner, team mentor; and Cadet Staff Sgt. Sean Beatty.
    Photo by 2nd Lt. Shelia Stoneburner


    Steve Cox

    Public Affairs Manager
    National Headquarters

    MARYLAND – It's official!

    Civil Air Patrol defended its claim to the Commander-in-Chief Cup today, capturing the top spot again in the championship round of CyberPatriot IV: The National High School Cyber Defense Competition.

    Cadets from the Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron, known as the “Wolf Pack,” bested 11 other All Service Division finalists – including the Alabama Wing’s Springville Composite Squadron, Ohio Wing’s Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron and South Dakota Wing’s Big Sioux Composite Squadron – to lay claim to the national title.

    Their triumph followed a full day of competition during the Air Force Association’s CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

    Members of the Wolf Pack, who successfully defended virtual networks from a professional aggressor team during Friday’s competition, are: 

    • Cadet 2nd Lt. Carlin Idle.
       
    • Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Kyal Lanum.
       
    • Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Chris Vasquez, team captain.
       
    • Cadet Senior Airman Christopher Ottesen.
       
    • Cadet Airman Basic Stephen Parish.
       
    • Senior Member John Parish.

    Capt. Bill Blatchley coached the Wolf Pack; his assistant coaches were Cadet 1st Lts. Thomas Jessop and Simeon Blatchley.
     
    The Colorado Wing team is the second straight CAP team to capture the Commander-In-Chief Cup. Last year, cadets from several central Florida units hoisted the cup after CyberPatriot III.

    The Big Sioux Composite Squadron team, meanwhile, finished first in the morning Cyber Forensics competition. That team consists of:

    • Cadet 2nd Lts. Daniel Klosterman, team captain, and Josh Klosterman.    
       
    • Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Simon Pulscher.   
         
    • Cadet Senior Master Sgt. James Skon.      
       
    • Cadet Staff Sgt. Tyler Gross.

    Team coach is 1st Lt. Shannon Hofer, with 2nd Lt. Michael Klosterman serving as team mentor.

    CyberPatriot IV began Oct. 28 with more than 600 teams registered in the All Service Division, which pitted teams from CAP and from junior ROTCs from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps against each other. A second division, the Open Division, was made up of teams from public and private high schools and home schools.

    In all, more than 1,000 teams signed up to participate, representing all 50 states, U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific, and Canada.

    A record 218 teams from CAP competed in at least one of the first three virtual rounds of competition before the four finalists made it to the fourth and final round.

    Each team received an all-expenses-paid trip to National Harbor. Cadets from the winning teams also receive academic scholarships from Northrop Grumman, one of CyberPatriot’s presenting sponsors, and get a tour of the nation’s capital.

    Created by the AFA in 2008, CyberPatriot is a unique competition geared toward teenagers that replicates real-life cyber security situations faced by computer administrators. It provides students hands-on learning about cyber security while exciting, educating and motivating them to be America’s next cyber defenders.

    The Springville Composite Squadron's "Springville Spartans" are:

    • Cadet 2nd Lt. Walter J. Alexander V.
       
    • Cadet Master Sgt. Shayla McCay.
       
    • Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Katey Ray.      
       
    • Cadet Senior Airman Vince Corey.

    Capt. Walter J. Alexander IV serves as team coach and Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Cody McCay as team mentor.

    The Youngstown ARS Composte Squadron's "Team Hercules" members are:

    • Cadet Chief Master Sgts. Austen Peters and Andrew Stoneburner, team captain.
       
    • Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Jacci Acierno.
       
    • Cadet Staff Sgt. Sean Beatty.

    Team coach is Capt. Paul Creed III, with 2nd Lt. Brian Stoneburner serving as team mentor.

    Registration for CyberPatriot V begins April 1. For more information, go to www.uscyberpatriot.org
     

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