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Army swears in new cyber command leader

Edward Cardon

Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon has taken the helm at Army Cyber Command. In this 2009 photo, Cardon, left, while serving as acting commandant of the Command and General Staff College, congratulates class president Lt. Col. Richard Malish during the Intermediate Level Education graduation ceremony. (Army photo)

In a ceremony held Sept. 3 at Fort Belvoir, Va., Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno swore in Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon as commander of Army Cyber Command.

Cardon previously served as commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea. Prior to that, he was deputy commanding general for support for U.S. Forces-Iraq. That appointment was the last of Cardon’s several commanding positions in and deployments to Iraq.

According to his bio, Cardon was born in Texas and raised in California, and has received roughly a dozen decorations for his service since being commissioned as an engineer officer from the U.S. Military Academy in 1982.

Cardon succeeds Maj. Gen. Rhett Hernandez, who is retiring, as head of Army Cyber Command/2nd Army.

Posted by Amber Corrin on Sep 03, 2013 at 3:16 PM


Reader comments

Mon, Sep 9, 2013 Hugh Fort eustis

The CG doesn't have to be a geeek to run any cyber organization. I've known many savvy IT types who could not organize their way out of a paper bag. The CG needs to take care of the organization's resourcing and provide top cover, not analyze the latest virus.

Fri, Sep 6, 2013 Will Grubb United States

Lieutenant General Cardon has earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy, and Master’s Degrees from the National War College and the United States Naval Command and Staff College, both in National Security and Strategic Studies. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, United States Naval Command and Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the National War College.

Wed, Sep 4, 2013 OldCio

No offense against the general, but Someday, we will realize that we need leaders with cyber experience to leader Cyber Ops like other countries do. Until then, we stay as sheep.

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