Girls Scouts, 184th IW partner for new cyber badge


2nd Lt. Ashley Bowen, cyber-warfare officer, 127th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, assists girls during a binary code exercise at Wichita Area Technical College, Jan. 26. Bowen helped teach a class on cyber technology as part of curriculum required for the Girl Scout’s new cyber badges. The class was designed to reinforce the concepts that the girls had been studying. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt McCoy)


By Master Sgt. Matt McCoy, 184th Public Affairs

A new partnership developed between Wichita-area Girl Scouts and the 184th Intelligence Wing in January. The Girl Scouts recently approved new cyber badges for young ladies to earn, and the IT professionals in the Kansas Air National Guard were excited to get involved..

“We’re one of three councils of Girl Scouts out of 112 that are piloting those badges,” said Liz Workman, CEO, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. “We’re using the opportunity to partner with the 184th Intelligence Wing so the girls in our troops can learn a little bit more about cyber and what all that means.” Continue reading

Cyber Security Forum filled with Fighting Jayhawks


Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, adjutant general, Kansas National Guard, is the keynote speaker at the Wichita Cyber Security Forum at Wichita State University, Oct. 4. Tafanelli explained the affects of cyber security in everyday operations, both military and civilian. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt McCoy)

By Master Sgt. Matt McCoy, 184th Public Affairs

Cyber experts and business professionals gathered at Wichita State University’s Eugene M. Hughes Metroplex for the Wichita Cyber Security Forum, Oct. 4.

The forum offered “how-to” insights on reducing security risks, building strong defenses, protecting networks and recovering systems after a breach. The audience was filled with business leaders and IT personnel for small businesses, schools, government organizations and non-profit organizations. Continue reading

184th IW hosts Cyber Patriot Boot Camp

Eleven high school students from the Wichita area participated in the Cyber Patriot Boot Camp hosted by the 184th Intelligence Wing at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, Oct. 14. Cyber Patriot is a National Youth Cyber Education Program that exposes students to various aspects of IT professions.(Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Alex Brun)

By Senior Airman Alex Brun, 184th Public Affairs

As technology advances, cyber security has become a skill that is necessary in most career fields. On October 14, the 184th Intelligence Wing hosted a group of local Cyber Patriot students for cyber education training. Continue reading