Timmerman Composite Squadron awaits semi-final results in CyberPatriot competition
Milwaukee, Wis. – Anxiously waiting for the results of the semi-final round of the fifth CyberPatriot competition, cadets from Civil Air Patrol’s Timmerman Composite Squadron had given it their best shot on Saturday at the Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, Wis.
Results for this round of competition cannot come fast enough for the team of six cadets who have participated in this event for three years running. The cadets, who currently meet at Milwaukee County’s Timmerman Airport located in the northwest corner of Milwaukee, must wait until January 18 to learn of their standing.
It has been a growing process in which First Lieutenant John Bruwer, assistant aerospace education officer and CyberPatriot coach for the squadron, has been proud to witness in the past three years. This is the first year they have advanced to the semi-final round.
“The first year I served as the cadet’s only coach,” Bruwer said. “In the second year the cadets needed additional in-depth knowledge of computers, so Second Lieutenant Jeff Serpas helped to mentor the cadets. This year, due to Serpas’ recent move out of state, we needed to find mentors who would take them to the next level if we wanted to advance in competition.”
Bruwer looked to Waukesha County Technical College for help. Mark Krzyszkowski, network security instructor for WCTC did not need much persuasion to help the eager cadets. Assisting Krzyszkowski were Christopher Hasler, WCTC BIT network support specialist, along with Jeffrey Piquette and Eli Kelling, both students of WCTC. Together the WCTC team mentored the cadets for the past four months.
“This is a huge win for the cadets” said Kryszkowski, “They have been working very hard towards this!”
In reference to the total number of teams in the Open Division competition, “Only the top 42 teams (out of approximately 338) advanced to semifinals, and Timmerman Civil Air Patrol was one of them.”
“Hosting the facilities and providing mentors from WCTC have been a huge plus for us this year,” said Bruwer. “We couldn’t have done this without them and their willingness to help the cadets. We greatly appreciate their volunteering their time to mentor the cadets.”
Bruwer noted that the volunteers from WCTC took time from their busy schedules to help. “They are on Christmas break right now, but still took time from their personal vacation to help us.” he said. “That means a lot to us and shows their dedication to our youth.”
“The mentors from WCTC continue to be impressed with how quickly the cadets learn,” he added.
Lieutenant Colonel Robert June, safety officer for the squadron, also mentors the cadets along with Bruwer.
A total of six rotating team members, participated during Round 3 (semi-finals) and include:
- Cadet Second Lieutenant Travis Maxwell, team captain
- Cadet Chief Master Sergeants Carter Welsh and Andrew Parr
- Cadet Technical Sergeant Jacob Fuiten
- Cadet Senior Airman Taide Romero
- Cadet Kyle Maloy
Cadets who participated in Round 1 and 2 of the competition were:
- Cadet Master Sergeant Tyus Stoltenberg
- Cadet Staff Sergeant Kristopher Hildebrand
- Cadet Airman Cooper Dozi
Training began in Milwaukee in October to help the cadets prepare for competition. By the end of October, training sessions moved to WCTC where in Round 1 of the competition the cadets had to secure a Windows 7 computer. Scores are remotely monitored by the CyberPatriot competition system. Round 2 of the competition involved the cadets working as a team to secure a Windows Vista and Server 2008 operating system.
The top three CAP teams during the semi-finals will compete in the final competition at National Harbor, Md. on March 14-15.
CyberPatriot is a national high school cyber defense competition created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cyber security or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.
Now in its fifth phase, the All Service Division of CyberPatriot is open to Civil Air Patrol Units, Air Force, Army, Marine and Navy JROTC Units, and U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Units around the country. The Open Division consists of teams from public and private high schools and home schools.
This year, CAP once again accounted for the largest number of teams in the All Services Division competition. With 261 teams of the 806 entrants, CAP made up nearly one-third of the teams, hailing from 48 of the organization’s 52 wings. The semi-final round included 10 teams from CAP.
If interested in fielding a team for next year’s competition, registration is now open for CyberPatriot VI.