Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Maryland Defense Force Receives Cyber Security Presentation from Brig. Gen. Guy Walsh

By CPT (MDDF) Stephen Rice
Maryland Defense Force Public Affairs
February 7, 2012

On February 7, 2012 Maryland Defense Force (MDDF) personnel were briefed on cyber security by U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Guy Walsh. Brig. Gen. Walsh is currently detailed at the Guard and Reserve Directorate of the U.S. Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Maryland. In this role, he coordinates reserve component support for the U.S. Cyber Command mission.

Prior to the presentation, Brig. Gen. (MDDF) Brian R. Kelm, commanding general of the Maryland Defense Force and Brig. Gen. (MDDF) Fred Smalkin welcomed Brig. Gen. Walsh to the Pikesville Military Reservation. The presentation was coordinated by Maj. (MDDF) Jane Ohlmacher, commander of the Maryland Defense Force Cyber Security Unit.

Gen. Walsh’s presentation included the display of an historical timeline illustrating the proliferation of cyber domain growth over the last twenty years. He also discussed the “Future of Warfare” as well as cyber offense and cyber defense in relation to national security priorities. The presentation concluded with a question and answer session followed by a discussion of the importance of cyber security at the state and local level.

After the presentation, Brig. Gen. Walsh thanked the Maryland Defense Force personnel for their commitment and service to the State of Maryland. He stated “As a former commander of the Maryland Air National Guard’s 175th Wing I know firsthand of the MDDF’s superb professionalism and performance.” “I thank you for your important service to this state.”

Brig. Gen. Walsh graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1979 and started his career flying the F-4 Phantom. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels during his 31 year career with the U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard. Gen. Walsh is rated as a command pilot and has logged 4,200 flight hours in seven different aircraft. He retired in 2010 as a pilot of the A-10 Warthog. His last assignment was commander of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. Gen. Walsh retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2010.

The Maryland Defense Force (MDDF) is the State’s uniformed volunteer military unit providing professional and technical assistance to the Maryland Military Department. Established in 1917, the MDDF consists of nearly 450 personnel who perform legal, engineering, finance, medical, chaplain, field support and ceremonial services for the State of Maryland. For more information: http://mddf.maryland.gov.