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CIO addresses class of 16 Army National Guard graduates

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Kirk Lonbom, Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the State and Local Practice for CITI, and former Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Illinois, recently had the opportunity to address a class of 16 graduates from the Signal Support Specialist Reclassification Course, held at the Army National Guard’s 129th Regiment Regional Training Institute, located at Camp Lincoln, Springfield Illinois. Graduates had just completed their training with 4 weeks at the Regional Training Institute. Signal support systems specialists are responsible for battlefield signal support systems and terminal devices. Signal support specialists are part of the Army Signal Corps (USASC), which handles communications and information systems support for the combined armed forces.

As part of the formal graduation ceremony, Kirk had the opportunity to thank all for their service to our country and to discuss the criticality of building, supporting and protecting networks that support our military. The training that was provided to the graduates provides them with further opportunities, as the skills learned and certifications earned by the graduates are in high demand in both the private and public sectors.

“I was honored to have the opportunity to speak with the graduates, instructors and command staff of the Army National Guard who collectively make our nation a safer place. These men and women are now postured to help better secure our nation as a whole, including helping protect all of us from the significant cybersecurity threat. Building strong and secure computer networks is the foundation not only for combat operations, but also to better protect all of our citizens. We all use the Internet to work, to play and to learn. The Internet is not only about communications, but it is truly a key component of critical supply chains, both in the military and for all of us.”

- Kirk Lonbom

129th Regiment - Regional Training Institute

The 129th Regiment Regional Training Institute (RTI) is headquartered at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, IL. The unit' mission is to train current and future leaders in those skills and traits necessary to lead, train, coach, and mentor soldiers to United States Army standards.

The 129th Regiment's academic structure is based upon Battle-Focused instruction in a small group format. The Regional Training Institute's staff provides instruction in both the classroom and field environment. Certain subjects, such as, personnel and supply management, are more classroom oriented; while other subjects, such as tactics and land navigation, are more hands-on practical application and take place in the field.

CIO addresses class of 16 Army National Guard graduates