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Fountain-Ft Carson JROTC CyberPatriot Team Competes in National Semifinals


Members of the FFCHS JROTC CyberPatriot Team at work (from back to front): Jarod Tipton, Daniel Palis, Tyler Hammond, Caleb Robinson, and John Hess.

A team of students from Fountain-Ft Carson High School JROTC competed in the National Semifinals of CyberPatriot X – the Air Force Association's (AFA) National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. Established by AFA in 2009, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program is designed to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.

CyberPatriot's core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of students across the United States, Canada, and from DoDD schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. At this high school level, the CyberPatriot field was divided into two divisions: the Open Division for public, private, and home school teams, and the All Service Division for JROTC, Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Sea Cadet Corps teams. Within these divisions are three skills levels – Platinum, Gold, and Silver. The Trojans competed in the top (Platinum) All Service Division.

The team was required to secure four Operating Systems (Windows 7, 8.1, Linux 16, and Windows Server 16) as well as complete a Cisco Network Security Exam and a Packet Tracer Virtual Network Design component. These six areas were done with only a five-person team in a six hour time limit. As a result, the FFCHS Trojan team finished in 11th place in the nation among Army teams and second place overall in the state of Colorado in the State Championship round.

Members of the FFCHS JROTC CyberPatriot Team Caleb Robinson, left, and John Hess.

In all, 5,584 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot X. Of these teams, 325 teams competed as part of the All Service Division Platinum tier. FFCHS JROTC is among the 89 teams to advance to the National Semifinals round from this subdivision and was among the top 6 in the Army.

Led by Coach Herbert Maison and Mentor Bill Blatchley, the team of students from FFCHS JROTC excelled in the CyberPatriot X All Service Division qualification rounds, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity. The team consists of Army Cadets from the program lead by C-CPT Tyler Hammond, C-COL Daniel Palis, C-LTC Caleb Robinson, C-MAJ Jarod Tipton, and C-SSG John Hess.

More information is available at or from the CyberPatriot staff at [email protected]


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