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CAP Cyber Missions

Developing the next generation of cyberspace defense operators is an urgent national need. CAP members are rising to the challenge through self-study, classroom lessons and activities, competitions, and week-long career exploration academies. 

Cisco Partnership

Check out the announcement (PPTX) of the partnership between Cisco Networking Academy and CAP!

Civil Air Patrol is partnering with Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad) to make cybersecurity support, training and curriculum resources available for free to all 60,000 CAP members.

The partnership with Cisco was announced at CAP’s recent 2020 National Conference to benefit CAP cadets, many of whom are already involved in cyber defense education and competition, and also generate excitement among senior members interested in cybersecurity.

“I am excited to bring NetAcad to CAP members, as it will give them an opportunity to learn cybersecurity, networking and other skills that can be tied with their work in CAP and in industry,” said Sara Shreve, Cisco corporate social responsibility manager. “NetAcad provides foundational knowledge that accelerates one’s ability to find a career or upgrade their current skillset. I have personally seen this become a reality for many students.”

Click here for the full story on this exciting partnership! Access to content will be released in the near future. 

Cisco Learn-A-Thon

A Learn-A-Thon officially opened CAP’s access to the NetAcad program! CAP regions and wings competed to have the highest number of cadets and senior members complete the 15-hour Introduction to Cybersecurity course.

CAP members who participated in the Learn-A-Thon and pass the introductory course were rewarded with a Cisco Intro to Cybersecurity digital badge as well as a Learn-a-Thon Experience badge.

Results will be posted soon on the competition and winning wings and regions! 

Cyber Badge Program

Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Cyber BadgesTo encourage cadet participation in CAP’s cyber education programs, cadets may earn the Cadet Cyber Badge which recognizes a cadet's dedication to cyber education. To learn more, download the pamphlet (PDF) and use the tracking log (XLSX) to keep track of the cadet's progress in the program. 

Cyber Officer Specialty Track

CAP is in the planning stages to launch Cyber Officer Speciality Track which will be for both cadets and senior members. More information will be posted as it becomes available. 

CAP National Cyber Academy

The CAP National Cyber Academy (CNCA), the summer cyber NCSA, integrates cyber security certification standards into career exploration courses and dovetails with the Cadet Program Cyber Module which is in production. The CNCA hosts two courses, Cyber Ops Fundamentals and Cyberspace Networking, at two locations - Texas-area and Virginia-area. Exact dates and locations for 2021 will be coming later on this year.CAP National Cyber Academy Emblem

Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Academy

The CAP Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Camp provides a place for cadets to grow their knowledge of Windows and Linux operating systems, networking, cybersecurity careers, cybersecurity defense techniques, and leadership—while having some fun in the process! Cadets will become stronger CyberPatriot competitors, with sharper leadership and teamwork skills, and will learn about future education and career options.

Air Force Association CyberCamps

The Air Force Association has CyberCamps through the summer for groups to introduce students to cyber security concepts and prepare them for their first CyberPatriot competition. They have a standard camp as well as an advanced camp. The standard camp is for students and cadets who have no previous cyber security or CyberPatriot experience while the advanced camp is for students who have some experience and want to learn additional concepts.

The camp is designed around a four hour day with lecture material and hands on lab learning Monday through Thursday. Friday is a mini CyberPatriot competition designed to reinforce the material that was learned during the week.

2020 Camp Statistics:

  • June Standard Camps: 20
  • July Standard Camps: 12
  • Advanced Camps: 24
  • Estimated total enrollments: 922 cadets

In the past, the AFA CyberCamp fee for these three weeks is paid by NHQ directly. Host units will be responsible for obtaining computers and Internet connections to run the camp. In addition, the host unit will need to provide instructors to facilitate the training sessions contained in the material. Host units will be provided with electronic versions of the material and must print the workbooks for the cadets in attendance. Printing of the instructor's material is optional. The time of day when the host unit hosts the camp is up to them. It must be held Monday through Friday, however, on the days identified. Individual cadet registration is also the responsibility of the host unit.


CyberPatriot LogoCyberPatriot puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. The top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.​

  • Audience: Cadets, working in teams of 6
  • Resources: 
    • CyberPatriot Playbook: An introduction into CyberPatriot operations from the perspective of Civil Air Patrol Cyber Programs.
    For Details: See CAP CyberPatriot homepage

The CyberPatriot XIII season is here and now is the time for CyberPatriot coaches to register their team. HURRY! The deadline to register a team is 15 October 2020 and the team roster must be finalized by 1 November 2020.

This year, team members can compete from their own home or together as a team if local conditions allow. Teams consist of between 2 and 6 cadets competing in either the Middle School or All Service Division. Competition begins on 13 November. Coaches can register their teams at

We ae currently having bi-weekly coaches meetings! New or prospective coaches are welcome to connect to get information on the CyberPatriot program. The meeting will be at 9:00 PM Eastern, 6:00 PM Pacific, every other Thursday. Contact Maj Bill Blatchley at wblatchley @ to be added to these meetings. Did you miss the meeting? Click here for the past recordings. 

Introduction to Cyber Security - Activity Guide

The Introduction to Cyber Security activity guide introduces cadets to the cyber domain. Topics include codes, ciphers, and encryption; basic defense skills; basic probing skills; cyber organization profiles; cyber domain history; and more. The activity guide may be implemented as a squadron activity or a self-study activity for individual cadets.

  • Audience: Cadet class or individual cadets of any grade
  • Format: Classroom lectures, activities, readings, and quizzes
  • Resource: PDF activity guide

Encampment Module: Introduction to the Cyber Domain

The encampment program's aerospace education block has five main components which includes the Introduction to Cyber Domain (PDF) 60-minute instructional block. 

Aerospace Dimensions Cyber Lesson

In development currently, the new Aerospace Dimensions cyber module will be added the requirements for all cadet airmen and cadet non-commissioned officers to complete before they may earn the Billy Mitchell Award. The Cyber Lesson (a.k.a Module 7) will be added to the existing Aerospace Dimension modules, thus removing the "no requirement" for Aerospace as noted currently for Achievement 8. 

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Cyber Programs Staff

Contact specific Cyber Programs staff via their email addresses below or reach out to

Name Volunteer Position Supervisor
Lt Col Brett Dolnick
National Cyber Mission Leader Mr. John Salvador
Lt Col Paul Creed III
National Cyber Mission Deputy for Education & Awareness Lt Col Brett Dolnick
Lt Col Jeffrey Thomas
National Cyber Mission Deputy for Operations Lt Col Brett Dolnick
Lt Col Bryan Pettigrew
Deputy Coordinator for Mission Support Lt Col Brett Dolnick
Maj William Blatchley
Deputy Coordinator for Training Lt Col Brett Dolnick
Maj Michael Dunn
Cyber Curriculum Specialist Maj Bill Blatchley
Maj George Davis
Cadet Cyber Events Coordinator Lt Col Paul Creed III
Lt Col Joseph Zachariah
Special Projects/Liaison with 33rd NWS  
Lt Col CJ Muncy
Special Projects Lt Col Bryan Pettigrew
Maj Jacob Bixler
PA Liaison Lt Col Bryan Pettigrew
Lt Col Jeff Morris
NCR Cyber Officer  
Maj Derek Rustvold
MAR Cyber Officer  
Maj Shannon Brumfield
SER Cyber Officer  
Vacant NER Cyber Officer  
Vacant SWR Cyber Officer  
Vacant PCR Cyber Officer  
Lt Col Gene Packer
RMR Cyber Officer  
Maj Ryan Stalets
Illinois Wing Cyber Officer Lt Col Paul Creed III
Capt Sharon Howarth
Kentucky Wing Cyber Officer Lt Col Paul Creed III
Capt Stan Kowalski
Michigan Wing Cyber Officer / GLR Cyber Academy Director Lt Col Paul Creed III
Lt Col Michael Sidman
Ohio Wing Cyber Officer / Cyber Instructor Lt Col Paul Creed III
Lt Col Jeff Thomas
Wisconsin Wing Cyber Officer Lt Col Paul Creed III
Maj Paul Ault
Kentucky Wing Aerospace Officer Lt Col Paul Creed III
Capt Chuck Milam
Cyber Instructor Lt Col Paul Creed III
Maj Charlene Garcia
Florida Wing Cyber Officer (de facto) Maj Shannon Brumfield
1st Lt Heath Barker
Tennessee Wing Cyber Officer (de facto) Maj Shannon Brumfield
Capt Roy Vestal
MAR Assistant Cyber Officer Maj Derek Rustvold
Capt Jared Mast
Virginia Cyber Officer / Cyber NCSA AD Maj Derek Rustvold
Lt Col Paul Selig
South Carolina Cyber Officer Maj Derek Rustvold
Capt Omar Khouri
North Carolina Cyber Officer Maj Derek Rustvold
1st Lt Joshua Klosterman
Special Projects Maj Derek Rustvold
Lt Col Don Ells
Maryland Cyber Officer Maj Derek Rustvold
Lt Col Sean McClanahan
Delaware Cyber Officer Maj Derek Rustvold
2nd Lt Anthony Hanners
West Virginia Cyber Officer Maj Derek Rustvold
Capt Roland Wright
National Capital Cyber Officer Maj Derek Rustvold
Capt Anthony Plattsmier
Texas Wing Cyber Officer (de facto) Cyber NCSA Activity Director Maj George Davis
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