Army Guard Activates First Cyber Brigade

Washington Report

(September 26, 2017) The Virginia National Guard activated the 91st Cyber Brigade as the Army National Guard’s first cyber brigade recently at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

The new brigade provides training and readiness oversight for cyber units across 30 states and deploys personnel to meet the demands of growing cyber-mission sets throughout the Army and Defense Department. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and members of his cabinet joined Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, the director of the Army National Guard, and Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Virginia adjutant general, for the ceremony activating the brigade, also known as the Shadow Brigade.

“Starting today and moving forward, the 91st Cyber Brigade will play a crucial role in our national defense,” Kadavy said.

The 91st Cyber Brigade was reflagged from the 91st Troop Command, and the 123rd Data Processing Unit was divided into the 123rd and 124th Cyber Protection Battalions. The brigade will also serve as the higher headquarters for 125th and 126th Cyber Protection Battalions stationed in Columbia, South Carolina, and Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Massachusetts, as well as an additional battalion that has not yet been stationed.

The 10 previously approved Army cyber-protection teams stationed across the country will also align under the 91st Cyber Brigade for training and validation management. The 91st Cyber Brigade consists of approximately 950 traditional-status Army Guard officers, warrant officers and enlisted soldiers across units in the 30 states.