U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) applauded the first class of graduates of the Air National Guard Cyber Skills Validation Course at Little Rock Air Force Base (LRAFB).
“This is a historic day at Little Rock Air Force Base. These graduates are essential to combatting our nation’s growing cyber threat. This cyber training course is an important mission to Little Rock and maintains an important role for Arkansas in preserving our national security. I’m proud of the graduates and the work done to launch this course and train these cyber warriors,” Boozman said.
Guard members started the inaugural class on February 7, and on Wednesday the class of 20 was recognized in a graduation ceremony attended by the director of the Air National Guard Lieutenant General L. Scott Rice.
Boozman, a co-chair of the Senate Air Force Caucus, joined the Arkansas Congressional Delegation in fighting for a cybersecurity mission at Little Rock Air Force Base. In 2015, then Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited LRAFB to see the unique capabilities of the base.
This class is the first of its kind. The Department of Defense plans to increase cyber missions nationwide.