Decorah High School alumnus Major Linus J. Barloon II, United States Air Force, Chief, J3 Cyber Operations Division, White House Communications Agency, will be the featureed speaker at the 13th annual Veterans Day Breakfast and Program for veterans and their families Monday, Nov. 11.
The DHS Wind Ensemble and the DHS Concert Choir will perform.
Breakfast will be served to veterans and their family members in the high school cafeteria starting at 8:30 a.m. The Veterans Day program will be held in the high school auditorium and is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. Parking will be available in the parking lot located on the west side of the high school. Veterans and their family members can enter through either the auditorium doors or the doors located off the west parking lot.
The Veterans Day Program will be recorded for play at a later time on the Decorah Public Access station.
Major Linus J. Barloon II is a Cyberspace Officer assigned to the White House Communications Agency (WHCA) as the Chief of the Cyber Operations Division in the J3 Directorate, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.
Major Barloon, a 1989 graduate of Decorah High School, has been active duty for the last 24 years.
Upon entering the Air Force, he was trained as a FB-111A Avionics Technician and then retrained as a Ground Radio Maintenance technician. Once finished with these technical schools, he was stationed at Cannon AFB, N.M., Malmstrom AFB, Mont., Camp Casey, Republic of South Korea and Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan. After 12 years of being enlisted, Major he was selected for Officer Training School and earned his commission on 28 Jun 2002.
Since his commissioning, he has served in many leadership roles, including: Network Operations Security Center Crew Commander and as a Flight Commander of both the Air Force Network Red and Blue Team. As the Flight Commander for the Air Force Blue Team, he was responsible for building the ability to "hunt" the Cyber adversary on Air Force networks.
Major Barloon is also an experienced speaker in the Cyber community and has been requested to speak at the National Security Agency's Red Blue Symposium, the Defense Information System Agency's Cyber Technical Exchange, the Senate Sergeant at Arms Cyber Security Working Group, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Conferences, the Mobile Work Exchange and other conferences. He was also the Vice Chair of the Advanced Threat Response Panel for the National Board of Information Security Examiners and co-authored the first national level document which highlighted the core competencies required to educate the Cyber work force at the National and International level. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Governor of Virginia's Cyber Security program Semper Secure.
He has a Bachelor's of Science in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland, University College and a Master's Degree in Information Resource Management from Central Michigan University.
He and his wife, Rhonda, are the proud parents of five children: Michaela, Brittany, Courtney, Elizabeth and Linus III. They are also members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and actively involved in the Religious Education program.
He is the son of Linus and Marguerite Barloon of rural Decorah.