Nine soldiers from the Vermont Army National Guard are now stationed at Maryland's Fort Meade as part of a year-long deployment supporting U.S. Army Cyber Command.
One guardsman on the deployment, Col. Bill Wagner, tells Vermont Edition that even after a month of training, it's unclear what the small Vermont contingent will do day-to-day during the year-long missions.
The U.S. Cyber Command was created in 2009 to coordinates defense of U.S. networks and information.
Recently it's been authorized to take more offensive cyberspace actions as well.
Col. Wagner explains the training the Vermont guard members have undergone and how such a long deployment affects their jobs and families in Vermont.
Broadcast on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.