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Cyber Patriot team members solve computer challenges

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force's Cyber Patriot Team participated in The National Cyber League Spring 2023 Competition (*).  Led by Team Captain Graham Rawlins, the team worked to solve challenges such as identifying hackers from forensic data, pentesting and auditing vulnerable websites, recovering from ransomware attacks, and more. They scored well above the average scores in the both the High School and Standard (all age groups) competition!

CyberPatriot program

Registration for the 2024/2025 CyberPatriot program will open in April. This program is open to students entering grades 9 through 12.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students towards careers in cybersecurity and learning about securing computer networks. Applicants should have a strong desire to work on a team of students and be interested in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. They should also have the time and dedication to commit to this 10-11 month learning and competition program. All materials and equipment will be provided to participants.

At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition which puts teams of high school and middle school in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the computers and network of a small company. Through a series of online competition rounds, teams are given a set of virtual operating systems and are tasked with finding and fixing cybersecurity vulnerabilities while maintaining critical services. Please go to the CyberPatriot website to learn more at* prior to making a decision to apply for an opportunity on this year’s team at the Museum.

The Museum is looking for students who are eager to learn, who want to contribute to a team effort, and who have the time and interest to devote to this fun program. It requires a lot of work to be successful, but the rewards are numerous! Colleges and employers are looking for students with just the kind of experiences and skills that being on a Cyber Education Program team will develop. And working on computer programs is educational, fun, and promotes comradery!

Previous experience with cyber technology is not a requirement. However, a strong dedication to learn and the willingness - and ability - to spend the effort and time is a must!

The program runs from approximately April 2024 to January 2025. The frequency of meetings varies throughout the process: two times a month on Saturdays and one virtual meeting would be expected. Meetings, training rounds, and competition will be held at the NMUSAF (Dayton, OH). The only exception would be if the team qualifies for competition finals.

Check back here in April for additional details and the registration link.

National Cyber League

We are now accepting applications to join the museum's Cyber Team for the National Cyber League 2024 Spring Competition.

Participate in the season to track your skills growth with an NCL Scouting Report or represent your school in the national Cyber Power Rankings.

The National Cyber League (NCL) is a cybersecurity competition that prepares students for a career in cybercrime. In the NCL Games, students work to solve challenges such as identifying hackers from forensic data, pentesting and auditing vulnerable websites, recovering from ransomware attacks, and more. NCL offers competitions for those who want to compete for fun or to hone their skills.

National Cyber League Spring 2024 Season begins in February. All cyber "Open Gyms" will be conducted virtually. Students must be able to attend in-person at the museum for competition days on April 6 and April 20.
Apr 5 - Apr 7 : Individual Game|Apr 19 - Apr 21 : Team Game

To register click HERE.



Materials for these programs are provided through generous support by the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc*. 
(*Federal endorsement is not implied).



For more information about this, or other educational programs, please contact the Education Division at or call (937) 255-4652.