Seven national guard soldiers said their goodbyes as they head off for a cybersecurity mission.
These seven soldiers will join a 40-member team at the U.S. Capitol where they will attack cyber threats to the nation. They will work at Fort Meade for 400 days. Senator Mike Rounds stopped by to wish the soldiers well.
Rounds says too many online users in China and Russia are manipulating information and are causing a negative influence to the people here in the U.S. He says these soldiers are needed to be one of the first crucial lines of defense for the country.
“Cyber security is a critical part of defense of this country today. These young men and women that are leaving are cyber warriors. They’ve been trained. And we do not go to war today. We do not involve our armed services unless we also have the cyber front protected,” says South Dakota U.S. Senator Mike Rounds.
One of the deployed soldiers says while they are away they hope the public takes care of their families.
“Keep us in your thoughts and prayers. We are a small team but five of us have small children and the sixth one has their first child on the way. The families will need support just as well as the troops,” says South Dakota Army national Guard IT Specialist Michael Reiprich.