Meritorious service while serving as NCOIC, Intel Systems Cyber Defense, 1st Air and Space Communications Operations Squadron, 435th Air and Space Communications Group, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from XXXXXXXX to XXXXXXXX. During this period, Sergeant Riley A. Smart was one of only three Cyberspace defenders for the Air Force's Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS) and was critical to the stand-up of centrally managed cyberspace defense systems. In addition, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Air Force Surveillance, Intelligence and Reconnaissance Agency's Ports, Protocols, and Services Management program, eliminating three million cyberspace attack vectors and preserving critical operations. Further, Sergeant Smart established four Cyberspace Defense databases, centralizing 15 gigabytes of data and saving 80 hours of data processing monthly. Finally, Sergeant Smart's leadership and relentless attention to detail led to his recognition as the 2012 USAFE Information Dominance 1B4X1 NCO of the Year. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Master Sergeant Smart reflect great credit upon himself, the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and the United States Air Force.
Outstanding achievement as Cyber Warfare Operator, 04 National Cyber Protection Team, 833d Cyberspace Operations Squadron, 688th Cyberspace Operations Group, 688th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas from XXXXXXXX to XXXXXXXX. During this period, the professional skill, leadership, and ceaseless efforts of Technical Sergeant Carl S. Alabaster contributed to the effectiveness and success of defending the Air Force Information Network. At the tip of the 24th Air Forces' Spear, he enabled continuous Command and Control of operations by managing and sustaining 78 priority circuits around the clock and under austere conditions. His foresight, planning, and immediate responses mitigated 17 outages, assuring the continuous operation of 234 remotely piloted aircraft missions and leading to the capture of 23 high value targets. Additionally, Sergeant Alabaster organized a Network Operations cell which focused on the execution of over 2,000 missions, delivering timely full-spectrum effects to three COCOMs. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Technical Sergeant Alabaster reflect great credit upon himself, the 688th Cyberspace Wing, and the United States Air Force.
Meritorious service while serving as Cyber Warfare Operator, 315th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, 67th Cyberspace Wing, Fort Meade, Maryland from XXXXXXXX to XXXXXXXX. During this period, Technical Sergeant Samantha Stevens was essential to managing the threat analysis cell that defined indicators of adversary activity and drove intelligence collection priorities. Additionally, she led a Cyber National Mission Team exercise that provided realistic threat scenarios to posture Joint Teams for future success and culiminated in Combatant Commander recertification. Further, Sergeant Stevens demonstrated exceptional technical skill as she mastered the Department of Defense's toughest cyber training course that enabled the development and operation of a $1.5 billion weapon system to satisfy Presidential and Combatant Commander intelligence requirements. Finally, her expertise and leadership in cyberspace operations was essential during high priority missions where she led six Joint members to achieve national intelligence requirements for over 100 High Value Targets and enabled future operations on key targets. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Technical Sergeant Stevens reflect great credit upon herself, the 315th Cyberspace Operations Squadron and the United States Air Force.
Outstanding achievement as Team Lead and Cyber Warfare Officer assigned to the 833rd Cyberspace Operations Squadron, Lackland AFB, Texas from XXXXXXXX to XXXXXXXX. During this period, the outstanding professional skill, leadership, and ceaseless efforts of Major Marky Mark Kinder resulted in major contributions to the effectiveness and success of worldwide Cyber National Mission Force operations. As a Cyber Warfare Officer, Major Kinder utilized his experience and expertise to maintain a $2.5M Defensive Cyberspace Operations (DCO) weapon system, facilitating 24/7 support during real-time operations in support of multiple joint service missions. In addition, Major Kinder was a member of the first cyber mission to produce kinetic effects, which disrupted and destroyed key enemy communication assets that were being used to disseminate propaganda among the local populace. Lastly, Major Kinder was instrumental in a DCO system rebuild, which restored the primary system and mitigated failures that had plagued the unit since its inception, saving the Department of Defense $3.5M in replacement costs. The distinctive accomplishments of Major Kinder reflect credit upon himself, the 567th Cyberspace Operations group, and the United States Air Force.