Cyber snapshot: Sgt. Alan Kim
By CourtesyAugust 6, 2019
Hometown: Little Neck, Queens, New York
Job title: Cryptologic Cyberspace Intelligence Collector Analyst (Military Occupational Specialty 35Q)
Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber), Fort George G. Meade, Md.QUICK SKETCH:
-- Tool Developer Qualification Course (TDQC) Distinguished Graduate for 2019. TDQC is a nine-month training program designed to train students with little or no experience in writing software to write srite software and create capabilities supporting the Army cyber mission, taught by instructors from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
-- Completed Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. and the Joint Cyber Analysis Course at Corry Station, Pensacola, Fla.
-- Has a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the State University of New York at BinghamtonON WHY HE JOINED THE ARMY AND CHOSE A CYBER CAREER:
"I joined the Army because I wanted to have a military experience, and I joined the Cyber branch because it was interesting. I wanted to do cyber stuff, and when I initially went through all that training I wanted to be a cyber operator."ON WHY HE ATTENDED THE TOOL DEVELOPER QUALIFICATION COURSE:
"I took the course because programming is an interesting skill and it was a challenge. Programming and computer engineering are not that related. They are different and I feel that programming is at a higher level."ON WHAT HE LIKED ABOUT THE TOOL DEVELOPER QUALIFICATION COURSE:
"When this (TDQC) opportunity came up I went for it and worked hard through it. The instructors provided the requirements and we had to code it to their standards. It's kind of hard to find things to do on your own without guidance, and when you have that and you're pumping out projects every week you just keep getting better really fast."ABOUT WHAT A CAREER WITH ARMY CYBER OFFERS THAT OTHER CAREER PATHS DON'T:
"One of the great things about a career with Army Cyber is that Cyber Soldiers learn so many skills and earn so many certifications that apply to lucrative civilian fields. Some more combat-related or less technical, less intensive fields can have limited applications for personal growth. And working with other governmental organizations can really broaden a Cyber Soldier's horizons and pulls aside the veil on a fascinated and connected world."------------
ABOUT US: United States Army Cyber Command integrates and conducts full-spectrum cyberspace operations, electronic warfare, and information operations, ensuring freedom of action for friendly forces in and through the cyber domain and the information environment, while denying the same to our adversaries.Interested in the challenge of joining the Army Cyber team? Check out military and civilian cyber career and employment opportunities by clicking on the "Careers" tab at www.arcyber.army.mil