FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- More than 20 U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to the South West Information Operations Center Regional Computer Emergency Response Team, South West Asia, were recognized for their service during a ceremony at Blesse Auditorium Oct. 3.

The Soldiers deployed to both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom to provide computer network defense for the Department of Defense in the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations from July 2009 until July 2010.

During deployment members received five Bronze Star Medals, seven Meritorious Service Medals and eight Army Commendation Medals for duty performance in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Qatar.

The RCERT-SWA maintained a 24/7 watch over an array of sensors located throughout the theater.

The team conducted incident handling and cyber threat analysis, identifying and mitigating many new malware not previously identified anywhere else in the cyber world.

The team also conducted Computer Defense Assistance Program visits to warfighting units downrange to increase the computer network defensive posture.

Liaison officers at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq and Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan interfaced with headquarters at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. CDAP teams were posted in Balad, Iraq and Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, providing "boots on the ground" for theater computer network defense.