FORT MEADE, Md. – Petty Officer 1st Class Kellie Price, a resident of Winthrop, NY, protects America from cyber threats as a member of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command.
Information technology is advancing at an astounding rate. Virtually all major systems on ships, planes, submarines, and unmanned vehicles are networked to some degree. This includes most combat, communications, engineering and navigation systems. While connectivity provides the military with speed, agility and precision, it also opens up many attack opportunities for skilled cyber adversaries.
“My dad was in the Marines, and his service was a big influence on my decision to join the military,” Price said. “What keeps me going is my amazing husband, who retired from the Marines. He has supported me in my career since we met 13 years ago.
Today, Price plays a crucial role in defending against cyber threats in support of the command’s mission to collect, analyze and report communications signals using computers, computer-aided equipment specialized and video display terminals.
According to Navy officials, the networks are under constant threat of attack from a wide range of state actors, terrorist organizations, “hacktivist” groups, organized crime and individual hackers. Motives include personal gain, theft of information, discrediting the United States, sabotage, political gain, denial or impairment of Navy access to cyberspace.
“As leaders and experts in information warfare, our sailors and civilians are at the forefront of disrupting the ability of bad actors to execute their plans, which often degrade American interests,” the vice said. -Admiral Ross Myers, Commander of US Fleet Cyber Command and United States. 10th Fleet. “Because of our manpower, world-class skills and dedication to service, today’s Navy has the agility, tactical skills, cutting-edge technologies and spirit of innovation to succeed. Alongside our sister services, Fleet Cyber Command is on the front lines of thwarting malicious efforts in cyberspace – we are engaged against adversaries, worldwide and 24/7 – 24/7/365.
This is why the work done by Price is so important.
Serving in the Navy means Price is part of a team that takes on new importance in the United States’ focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support national defense strategy.
“We are the global force in sea power,” Price said. “You put a ship off the coast of another nation, and that shows the strength of our nation.”
With more than 90% of all commerce traveling by sea, and 95% of global telephone and Internet traffic carried by fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the America’s prosperity and security depend directly on a strong and ready navy.
Price and the sailors with whom they serve have many opportunities to achieve feats during their military service.
“To be able to wear the uniform is a great honor,” Price said. “Being in this career for so long gives me meaning. I pave the way for something bigger than me.
As Price and other sailors continue to train and complete the missions assigned to them, they are proud to serve their country in the United States Navy.
“Serving in the Navy is a sense of selfless service,” Price added. “I represent my family and my community. When you put me in a position with military people from all walks of life, it’s very interesting. I learned a lot about myself and others during my military service.
Price’s father, Spencer Price, is from Akron, Ohio and currently resides in Winthrop.