Saber Junction 2019: Army Cyber Partners with Unified Land Operations
On his first rotation as an active duty Soldier, 2nd Lt. Shane Neal, an Offensive Cyber Operations Planner (OCO Planner), with the Expeditionary Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) Team (ECT), 915th Cyber Warfare Support Battalion, is eagerly engaged in the U.S. Army’s recent applications of cyber warfare technologies during Saber Junction 2019 (SJ19), Sept. 3-30, 2019, Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, Germany.
As one of the nearly 5,400 participants from 16 ally and partner nations who have gathered together to participate in SJ19, Neal is working alongside many U.S. Army commanders to plan and organize the integration of cyber warfare strategies and tactics.
“As an ECT OCO planner, I’m part of the cyber planning cell, which has been integrated with a brigade plans team,” Neal said. “Our mission is to aid in the strategic assignment of CEMA technologies to battlefield operations here at Saber Junction 2019.”
A Brighton, Michigan, native, Neal attended Michigan State University where he first learned about cyber operations and the opportunities to work in the U.S. Army as a Cyber and Electronic Warfare Officer.