AEDC Program Helping CCCHS Students

Pictured left to right is Jere Matty, AEDC STEM Educational Outreach Specialist; Angela Gribble, CCCHS vice principal; Lt. Col. Philip Bailey, CCCHS AFJROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor; Cadet Maj. Kevin Kaufman, CCCHS AFJROTC corps commander, Cameron Liner, AEDC CyberPatriot V mentor; Cadet 1st Lt. Billy Nippers, CCCHS AFJROTC deputy corps commander; and Michael Glennon, AEDC CyberPatriot V Mentor. (photo provided)

Representatives from Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s (AEDC) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) center recently visited the Coffee County Central High School Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) to loan CyberPatriot V laptops for their CyberPatriot V team.

CyberPatriot V is a national high school cyber defense competition created to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other STEM disciplines critical to the nation’s future.

AEDC’s STEM center is a sponsor for the high school’s CyberPatriot V team. Michael Glennon, AEDC engineering and technical management director, and Cameron Liner, AEDC aeropropulsion test information systems manager, are mentors for the team providing knowledge of computer operating systems (OS) and network vulnerabilities.

During competitions students are provided one to three virtual machines. The machines contain several vulnerabilities that students must identify and defend against.

CyberPatriot V was established by the Air Force Association. The Northrop Grumman Foundation is the presenting sponsor for the fifth phase of the program, CyberPatriot V. The organizations founding partners are the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and the Center for Infrastructure Assurance & Security (CIAS) at the University of Texas-San Antonio.