Civil Air Patrol

Colorado team takes CAP’s 2nd straight CyberPatriot national title

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – 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 1st Lt. Thomas Jessop.
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.

Capt. Bill Blatchley coached the Wolf Pack, while Senior Member John Parish was team mentor.

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 Squaron team, meanwhile, finished first in the morning Cyber Forensics competition. That team consisted 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 sponsors, and receive 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.

Reprinted from CAP’s online news:  VolunteerNow; written by Steve Cox

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