Tuesday, April 19, 2011


(Submitted by Richard A. Ortega, VP Aerospace Education, AFA Florida Region)

During the CAP Florida Wing Conference held April 16, 2011, John T. “Tim” Brock, AFA National Director, addressed the leadership of the Florida CAP Wing. Tim recognized the members of the Orlando CAP Squadron’s renowned Team Wilson, the "All Service Division" winners of AFA’s CyberPatriot III National High School Cyber Defense Competition held April 1, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Members of Team Wilson included Cadets Josh Dovi, Reid Ferguson, Evan Hamrick, Michael Hudson, Issac Harding and Mrs. Nina Harding (Team Wilson Coach). Tim commended the cadets for their brilliant performance that enabled them to qualify as one of the seventeen teams selected from a national pool of 700 original teams. After an exhausting day-long competition "Team Wilson" emerged triumphant as the First Place Winners of the "All Service Division" National contest.

From left, Cadets Josh Dovi, Reid Ferguson, Evan Hamrick, Michael Hudson, Isaac Harding and the Team Coach, Nina Harding
proudly accept framed certificates from Col. James Rushing, CAP Southeast Region Commander and the AFA Overall Trophy Cup from
John T. Brock, AFA National Director.

Tim explained that our nation is critically dependent on cyber systems for industry, commerce, communication, and national defense and the importance of cyber systems is rapidly increasing. He further explained that our nation is increasingly vulnerable to disruption of our computers and networks. He also explained that AFA has been instrumental in creating America's largest and fastest growing High School students, AFJROTC and CAP cadets Cyber Defense competitions.

Tim thanked the CAP local, state, and national leaders for their outstanding contributions to the success achieved this program. He indicated that the Central Florida Chapter of the Air Force Association takes great pride in providing financial support to the Squadrons in CAP Group 4 and specially in motivating CAP Cadets to achieve academic excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Finally, Tim joined Col. James Rushing, Florida CAP Southeast Region Commander in the presentation of framed citations to the cadets and Mrs. Harding. Tim then re-presented the CyberPatriot Commander-In-Chief Trophy to Team Wilson.

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