An Indiana Army National Guard lieutenant stepped down to step up.
1st Lt. Steven Lee Jamison was appointed as a warrant officer in February to hold the cyber protection warrant officer position, the only one in the state and with Indiana’s Cyber Protection Team.
“I was inspired to start my career in the cyber field because of the massive presence of cyber threats and seemingly outnumbered cyber defenses. The Cyber Protection Team was a perfect fit for me because it allowed me to utilize my passions of technology and providing security for our country,” said Jamison. “I am excited to be joining this effort in the earlier stages of it's development and plan to help the team usher the cyber program into maturity.”
In a ceremony at the 38th Infantry Division Armory, Lt. Col. William R. Detlefsen, the state’s deputy intelligence officer, administered the oath of office.
Jamison's experience as an intelligence officer and significant computer technology education, along with extensive information technology experience, qualified him for appointment as a warrant officer by the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
"1st Lt. Jamison should be proud of his time as a commissioned officer, and I am certain he will continue to serve with distinction as our state's first cyber warrant officer,” said Detlefsen. “We are all very pleased to support him in helping build the Indiana cyber team and blazing the path for others to follow in this exciting new field.”
Indiana’s warrant officer strength manager praised Jamison for his knowledge, stepping up to fill a new role within the state and to lead the cyber team.
“Mr. Jamison has the knowledge, education, and motivation to lead as Indiana's first cyber protection warrant officer, and to continue to make our Cyber Protection Team among the most respected and trusted in the nation,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Bo Haugestad.
Indiana’s Cyber Protection Team and Defensive Cyber Operations Element are two relatively new units in the state that mitigate cyberattacks and help protect critical infrastructure.
The Indiana National Guard warrant officer program routinely seeks qualified noncommissioned officers and commissioned officers to fill its vacancies.