Minnesota National Guard 177th Cyber Protection Team mobilizing for deployment

October 23, 2020 (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) – 35 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 177th Cyber Protection Team (CPT) will mobilize to Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, as part of a larger task force aligned under the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber) to conduct cyberspace operations in support of U.S. Cyber Command and the Cyber National Mission Force.

“This mobilization is the culmination of years of hard work by our highly-trained and specialized cyber soldiers and officers,” said Maj. Brian Morgan, the 177th CPT Commander. “We look forward to putting this training to the test as we work alongside our counterparts from across the nation.”

The 177th Cyber Protection Team was created in 2017 as one of 11 similar units across the National Guard. The unit conducts threat-focused, intelligence-driven defensive cyber operations in response to ongoing or imminent threats as directed. Minnesota is one of only three states to have a full Cyber Protection Team, other units are split between several states. This will be the unit’s first federal mobilization.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the deployment ceremony will be available to view virtually for family members and the public on Sunday, October 25, at 11:30 a.m. at https://www.facebook.com/34DHHB.

Members of the media are invited to attend the ceremony at the Rosemount National Guard armory, 13865 South Robert Trail. Masks and social distancing will be required. RSVP to the Minnesota National Guard public affairs office at 651-282-4410 or mn.ng.web@mail.mil.

– About the Minnesota National Guard –

Established in 1856 and headquartered in St. Paul, the Minnesota National Guard has more than 13,000 Soldiers and Airmen who serve in 58 communities across the state. The Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen of the Minnesota National Guard are ‘Always Ready’ to fight the nation’s wars, protect the country, respond to state emergencies and contribute to local communities. For more information about the Minnesota National Guard, visit https://MinnesotaNationalGuard.ng.mil

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