Indiana National Guard activates cyber battalion
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 1st Sgt. John Stickler uncases one of Indiana National Guard’s new 127th Cyber Protection Battalion guidons at the Indiana War Memorial on Oct. 3, 2020. The battalion of nearly 100 citizen-soldiers and headquartered in Indianapolis focuses on protecting military networks and service members from internet-based and online attacks. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Joshua Syberg) VIEW ORIGINAL
Indiana National Guard activates cyber battalion
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A socially distanced audience at the Indiana War Memorial watches the Indiana National Guard’s 127th Cyber Protection Battalion be officially activated on Oct. 3, 2020. Indiana National Guard Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles, the adjutant general and leader of nearly 13,000 troops commented on the importance of battalion during his ceremony speech. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Joshua Syberg) VIEW ORIGINAL
Indiana National Guard activates cyber battalion
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Col. Rose Gilroy, the Indiana National Guard’s new 127th Cyber Protection Battalion commander, finishes her speech during her activation ceremony on Oct. 3, 2020. “This unit brings unique capabilities and capacity to support our state, the joint force, and our nation,” said Gilroy in her speech. “The Army National Guard, Army Cyber Command and U.S. Cyber Command recognize the tremendous value of our cyber soldiers working with leaders and partners full time in their civilian careers. The partnerships we build and the skills that are honed on a daily basis are absolutely invaluable to all parties.” (Photo Credit: Sgt. Joshua Syberg) VIEW ORIGINAL
Indiana National Guard activates cyber battalion
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers of the Indiana National Guard’s new 127th Cyber Protection Battalion stand with their newly uncased guidons at the Indiana War Memorial on Oct. 3, 2020. The Indiana National Guard’s dual mission to state and nation assists Hoosiers and Americans in times of crisis protects Americans and their critical infrastructure, and helps win our nation’s battles overseas. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Joshua Syberg) VIEW ORIGINAL
Indiana National Guard activates cyber battalion
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Command Sgt. Maj. Kermit Harless and Lt. Col. Rose Gilroy assume command of the Indiana National Guard’s new 127th Cyber Protection Battalion during a ceremony at the Indiana War Memorial on Oct. 3, 2020. The unit's cyber operations specialists will command a cybersecurity company, a cyber warfare company and two cyber protection teams, and they will report to the only cyber brigade in the Army National Guard, the 91st Cyber Brigade based in Virginia. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Joshua Syberg) VIEW ORIGINAL

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana National Guard hosted an activation ceremony for the 127th Cyber Protection Battalion Oct. 3 at the Indiana War Memorial.

The battalion of nearly 100 Citizen-Soldiers headquartered in Indianapolis focuses on protecting military networks and service members from internet-based and online attacks.

"This force structure enhances, complements and strengthens Indiana's efforts to provide a world-class approach at Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center for cyber training, testing and experimentation," said Indiana National Guard Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles, the adjutant general and leader of nearly 13,000 troops. "It also provides a mechanism to connect with key players in both within Department of Defense and the private sector working inside the cyberspace."

The unit's cyber operations specialists will command a cybersecurity company, a cyberwarfare company and two cyber protection teams, and they will report to the only cyber brigade in the Army National Guard, the 91st Cyber Brigade based in Virginia.

The unit's commander, Lt. Col. Rose Gilroy, a Westfield resident and a native of Princeville, Illinois, also stressed the importance of military cyber operations and the skills her Soldiers bring to the cyber fight.

"This unit brings unique capabilities and capacity to support our state, the joint force, and our nation," said Gilroy in her speech. "The Army National Guard, Army Cyber Command and U.S. Cyber Command recognize the tremendous value of our cyber soldiers working with leaders and partners full time in their civilian careers. The partnerships we build and the skills that are honed on a daily basis are absolutely invaluable to all parties."

For now, Lyles, Gilroy and the cyber warriors will work together to ensure the unit is fully mission capable.

"I am firmly committed to achieve the highest levels of readiness for this battalion, and I am dedicated to giving the resources to it to make it as operationally ready and as quickly as we can," said Lyles.

The Indiana National Guard's dual mission to state and nation assists Hoosiers and Americans in times of crises, protects Americans and their critical infrastructure, and helps win U.S. battles overseas.

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