This month Brigadier General Bernie Skoch (USAF, Ret.) will be presenting on AFA’s CyberPatriot Program. The presentation will take place at McCormick & Schmick’s in Tysons Corner, VA. Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Skoch is the National Commissioner of CyberPatriot, the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Education Program. He has over 20 years of experience in leadership positions developing, managing and implementing communications and information systems for the United States Air Force as well as the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Bio and abstract can be found at below.

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Date: Wednesday, March 18th
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: AFA’s CyberPatriot Program
Presenter: Brigadier General Bernie Skoch (USAF, Ret.)
Cost: $15 for INCOSE Members, $20 for INCOSE Non-Members, $10 for INCOSE Students
Location: McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant in Tysons

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About CyberPatriot

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. There are three main programs within CyberPatriot: the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative. CyberPatriot was conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire high school students toward careers in c​ybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. ​

Bio

Brigadier General Bernie Skoch (USAF, Ret.) was named National Commissioner of CyberPatriot, the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Education Program, in 2010. Skoch graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. His 29-year Air Force career took him throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and the Middle East on permanent and temporary duty until retiring at the rank of brigadier general.

Skoch has more than 20 years of experience in leadership positions developing, managing and implementing communications and information systems for the United States Air Force as well as the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). During his time at DISA he served as the Principal Director for Customer Advocacy and also as the Principal Director for Network Services. Within the USAF he served as Director of Mission Systems, Director of Communications Operations, and Director of Chief Information Officer Support where he was responsible for aligning information technology systems with business process improvements. He has developed policies for global telephone, video, radio, voice, data and satellite systems. Before joining CyberPatriot, Skoch was a consultant in the cyber and IT industry.

As Commissioner, Skoch oversees the planning and implementation of CyberPatriot and provides leadership and support for the program’s development. In this role, Skoch is able to further student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics related studies, as well as increase their awareness of cybersecurity threats.

Bernie is an Instrument-Rated Commercial Pilot, an amateur astronomer, a marathon runner and a ham radio operator. Bernie and Debbie, his wife of 42 years, have six children and sixteen grandchildren, all residing in Northwest Arkansas.