Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet A.J. Read poses for a photo between Hamilton and Chase Hall at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., April 4, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: First Class Cadet A.J. Read

For the past four years, U.S. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet A.J. Read has defended the Bears on the soccer team as a center back, but this summer he takes defense to a new level as he joins Coast Guard Cyber Command in Washington, D.C. The Academy soccer star had a bumpy road trying to find his calling within the Coast Guard – he eventually found his passion within the electrical engineering major leading him to the Coast Guard Academy Cyber Team.

Cadet 1st Class Caleb Stewart, the team captain, finished third in the finals for the rapid fire hacking event against two West Point cadets and a Navy midshipman. Photo courtesy of ForAllSecure.

Developing leaders in cyber: U.S. Coast Guard Academy excels at CyberStakes

Recently, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy established a competitive cyber team to assist in educating and training the future cyber leaders of the service. The team allows cadets to get “hands on the keyboard” and go head-to-head with some of the best cyber operators in the world. Lt. Grant Wyman, the Coast Guard Academy’s cyber team advisor, knows that the establishment and training of the team is crucial for the Service.

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Release of U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Strategy

The Coast Guard’s commitment to cyberspace as an operating domain requires a comprehensive strategy that provides a clear framework for mission execution. Today, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft released his new Cyber Strategy, which aligns with the Department of Homeland Security’s and Department of Defense’s plans and will guide the service’s efforts in the cyber domain for the next 10 years.

Forward, Engaged, Ready

Our history as a maritime nation is intertwined with the missions of America’s Sea Services – the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. From engaging and defeating adversaries to assisting other nations through humanitarian and disaster relief, our maritime forces have a proud tradition of cooperative partnership.