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    Defense Cyber Scholars Complete NAVSUP BSC Orientation

    Naval Supply Systems Command Business Systems Center

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    Story by Thomas Zimmerman 

    NAVSUP Business Systems Center

    MECHANICSBURG, Pa. -- Eight students selected for employment at Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC) through the Department of Defense (DOD) Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) completed a three-day virtual command orientation, January 6.

    The orientation was the first of a two-part program designed to familiarize and acclimate the students with civil service at NAVSUP BSC. This is the third group of students to go through the first phase of orientation since January 2020.

    NAVSUP BSC has hired 16 full-time employees through the DOD CySP in the information technology (IT) fields. Two more students are expected to start work following their graduation in May.

    “I am really looking forward to building relationships and making connections with my fellow employees and supervisors as well as expanding my knowledge in the field of computer science,” said Maria Balega, a Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Software Engineering major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. “No matter what my role is at NAVSUP BSC, I will be doing something to benefit my country.”

    During the orientation, students completed pre-employment paperwork, received a DOD employee benefits brief, and learned more about NAVSUP BSC from leadership and employees.

    “There is some top-notch talent in this group, and I can see that you all have accomplished a lot already,” said Capt. Gene Cash, commanding officer, NAVSUP BSC, during the orientation. “The Navy needs you and your talents to help us continue innovating IT infrastructure and ensuring our operating forces are ready to execute their mission of defending our nation.”

    The DOD CySP is both a scholarship program and a capacity-building tool. It is sponsored by the DOD Chief Information Office and administered by the National Security Agency. The objectives of the program are to promote higher education in all disciplines of cybersecurity, enhance the Department’s ability to recruit and retain cyber and IT specialists, increase the number of military and civilian personnel in the DOD with this expertise, and enhance the nation’s cyber posture.

    “It’s essential that we recruit the best and brightest personnel to accomplish our mission,” said Brian Zirbel, executive director, NAVSUP BSC. “The DOD CySP is an important tool to bring in new employees and augment our already strong group of highly skilled IT professionals.”

    “From the first day alone, I learned about the extensive hierarchy and breakdown of NAVSUP BSC, coupled with a touch of history of the Navy,” said Tanya Wang, a Data Science major at Pennsylvania State University. “I was able to acquire more knowledge and establish new relationships, despite the virtual format.”

    The eight students who completed NAVSUP BSC’s January orientation came from regional colleges and universities, including Farleigh Dickinson University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University, and Towson University.

    Later this year, students will participate in the second phase of orientation by completing a 10-week summer session that includes administrative processing, training, and an IT group project.

    After completion of the two-part orientation, graduating students are hired as full-time employees. Senior-year students return to college to finish academic requirements.

    To apply for the DOD CySP, students must be enrolled in an institution certified as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. Applicants must submit a package to the DOD CySP program office that includes university sponsor signoff, resume, transcripts, essay response, and two letters of recommendation. Packages are due in February each year to be considered for the scholarship starting in the fall semester. There is a six-month service commitment to the DOD for each semester students receive tuition, stipend, book allowance, and a paid summer internship.

    NAVSUP BSC provides the Navy with information systems support through the design, development, and maintenance of systems in the functional areas of logistics, supply chain management, transportation, finance, and accounting and is one of 11 commands under Commander, NAVSUP.

    For more information about NAVSUP BSC, visit

    For more information on the DOD CySP, visit



    Date Taken: 01.06.2022
    Date Posted: 01.11.2022 07:50
    Story ID: 412686
    Location: MECHANICSBURG, PA, US 

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