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Cyber Innovative Readiness Training 2023

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The New Mexico Air National Guard completed their second Cyber Innovative Readiness Training at Central New Mexico Community College.

The NMANG partnered with the Air Force Reserve Component, United States Air Force, United States Space Force and the Marine Corps Reserve to develop and provide Security Operations Center training for our community partners: CNM, Luna Community College and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

“This was one of the best events I’ve ever been to with the community and military working together,” said Senior Master Sgt. Cassie Beauchene, Cyber Security program manager, AFRC.

The training was held at CNM and instructed by military personnel for 41 military and civilian students. Typically, this training would cost $2,500 per person, but students receive it at no cost, said Beauchene.

“The thing I like the most about this event is the opportunities it opens for our future and where we can go from here,” said Bill Halverson, CNM community partner. “I appreciate the opportunity and we will continue to work with our community partners to bring more IRT opportunities to New Mexico in the future.”

The joint service team also performed three penetration tests, one on CNM, one on Luna and one on the IPCC.

“The penetration testing really helps the military prepare for cyber warfare in the future,” said Beauchene. “Doing three separate tests against systems we aren’t used to is a great training and development opportunity.”

Five military members were also coined by Brig. Gen. Jamison Herrera, Deputy Adjutant General, New Mexico, for their outstanding achievement during the IRT.