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LtCol Charles. T. Berry Jr., USMC, CSFI Advisory Director  Branch Head, Field Testing Branch at Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

LtCol Charles. T. Berry Jr., USMC, CSFI Advisory Director

LtCol Charles. T. Berry Jr., USMC, CSFI Advisory Director
Branch Head, Field Testing Branch at Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

LtCol Charles. T. Berry Jr.serves as the Branch Head of the Field Testing Branch of Experiment Division, responsible for planning, execution, analysis and post-event reporting for concept based, live-force experimentation.
Upon graduation from Penns Grove-Carney’s Point High School in 1989, LtCol Berry accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. He graduated from the academy with the class of 1993, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography while receiving a commission as a second lieutenant in the USMC. LtCol Berry attended The Basic School shortly after graduation and subsequently reported to Pensacola, FL for flight training. He was designated a Naval Aviator in April of 1996 and then proceeded to AH-1W replacement aircrew training with HMT-303 at Camp Pendleton, CA. LtCol Berry completed his training at HMT-303 and then reported for his first operational tour with HMLA-269 in the late summer of 1996. While assigned with HMLA-269 LtCol Berry served as an Operations Schedule Writer, Maintenance Division Officer, Assistant Aviation Maintenance Officer and as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor. LtCol Berry participated in a Landing Force 6th Fleet (LF6F) deployment as part of the HMLA detachment attached to HMM-162 (REIN) with the 22nd MEU. Following his first tour with HMLA-269 LtCol Berry attended TACP School in the winter of 2000 and then joined 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines as a forward air controller (FAC). While with 3/6, LtCol Berry served as a FAC for India Company, as the Battalion S-5 Officer, and as the Air Officer.

He participated in a LF6F deployment with Battalion Landing Team 3/6, 26th and Task Force 58 operations in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM AND OPERATION SWIFT FREEDOM. In the summer of 2002 LtCol Berry left 3/6 and reported to the Office of Naval Intelligence to serve as an intelligence analyst in the Strike Projection Evaluation and Anti-air warfare Research (SPEAR) Division. Following two years in this assignment LtCol Berry returned to HMLA-269 for a second tour. LtCol Berry rejoined HMLA-269 in 2004 and was designated as the Director of Safety and Standardization. He deployed with the squadron to Iraq in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF 04-06). Upon return from deployment he was reassigned as the Operations Officer and deployed again with the squadron ISO of OIF 05-07. Following his second deployment to Iraq LtCol Berry detached from the squadron to report for Marine Corps Command and Staff College. LtCol Berry attended Command and Staff College (CSC) at Marine Corps University during academic year (AY) 2006-07.

While at CSC LtCol Berry was awarded a Master’s degree in Military Studies, was recognized as a distinguished graduate and was accepted into the School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW). He attended SAW during AY 07-08 and was awarded a Master’s degree in Military Operational Studies. Following school, LtCol Berry reported to the Department of Aviation at Headquarters, Marine Corps and was assigned to the Plans, Policies, Budget and Joint Matters Branch (APP). While assigned to APP he served as the Strategic Plans and Concepts Officer and as the Section Head for the Plans, Concepts, and Integration Section. Concurrently, LtCol Berry was designated as the lead service action officer for the Marine Corps to the Air-Sea Battle Concept Development Group. Upon the completion of his tour at the Pentagon, LtCol joined the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. At MCWL, he serves as the Branch Head of the Field Testing Branch of Experiment Division, responsible for planning, execution, analysis and post-event reporting for concept based, live-force experimentation.

 

 

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Career Thoughts

I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to manage and run one of the biggest and most active forums on the Internet dealing with cyber warfare and cyber security – CSFI (The Cyber Security Forum Initiative). With over 16 years of cyber security experience, I continue to actively raise Cyber Warfare/Cyber Security awareness worldwide. I have worked as a Chief Security Engineer for AT&T, where I designed and approved secure networks for MSS. I have also consulted for several governments, military and private institutions on best network security practices throughout my career.

CSFI and its divisions CSFI-CWD (Cyber Warfare Division), CSFI-LPD (Law and Policy Division) and CSFI-WD (Wireless Division) continue to grow and expand with more than 60,000 information security members.

One of my personal goals is to serve our security community to the best of my abilities, in the protection and defense of our American national security interests, the American people, and that of our international partners. I am always ready to serve and to give of my time and skills to help our society with the growing problems we experience in cyberspace. I thank God and my family for the opportunities I have had in life and the most precious of all opportunities, which is the chance to serve others. I love what I do, and I appreciate all the support I have received from friends, family and our CSFI members.

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Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder Director

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