By Mike MilordFebruary 27, 2019
Hometown: Pensacola, Fla.
Military Occupational Specialty: Information Protection Tech (255S)
Duty title: Chief Warrant Officer 3 -- S3 Cyber Operations Planner
-- Initially joined as a 31F (Network Switching Systems Operator/Maintainer)
-- Served on Cyber Protection Team 155 conducting Defensive Cyber Operations and currently in the battalion S3 shop.
-- Bachelor of Science in Computer Networks and Cyber Security and various industry certifications
RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENT: Chief Warrant Officer 3 Butler planned, coordinated, and supervised the execution of the first Task Force level, DCO-focused collective training exercise to simultaneously train multiple CPTs in diverse environments. He also successfully completed the Army's Basic Airborne Course earning his jump wings in December of last year.
ON WHY I CHOSE ARMY CYBER AS A CAREER: "I chose cyber because it adds a new dynamic to what I've already experienced throughout my career. Having a signal background, most of what you're focused on is install, operate, and maintain. It's very interesting, to me, to focus on security and protection of valuable network and host assets."
ON THE REWARDS AND CHALLENGES OF BEING AN ARMY CYBER WARRIOR: "A challenge of cyber is that it's a new branch. For quite some time we never had any documentation or references to look back on. A reward couples with the challenge in that you have the unique opportunity to creative things from scratch. You can potentially shape the culture based on your individual contribution to Cyber."
ON WHAT IT TAKES TO SUCCEED AS AN ARMY CYBER CAREER WARRIOR: "Creativity and flexibility, I feel, are keys to a successful Cyber career. The Cyber career field is in its infancy stage and is continuing to grow. Because of this, you will have some natural growing pains, but at the same time you have the opportunity to be at the forefront of techniques and procedures."
WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT ARMY CYBER: "I would tell people that if you have an interest to just go for it. I feel like Cyber is a culmination of a multitude of skill sets and there is always a need for that niche skill."
For information on the Army's cyber officer, warrant officer, noncommissioned officer program, visit:
-- GoArmy.com: https://www.goarmy.com/army-cyber/army-cyber-training.html
-- U.S. Army Recruiting Command: http://www.usarec.army.mil/hq/warrant/prerequ/WO170A.shtml
-- U.S. Army Human Resources Command (CAC access): https://www.hrc.army.mil/content/WelcometoHRCCyberBranchAssignmentManagement
ABOUT US: United States Army Cyber Command directs and conducts integrated electronic warfare, information and cyberspace operations as authorized, or directed, to ensure freedom of action in and through cyberspace and the information environment, and to deny the same to our adversaries.