Master Sgt. James Riddick is the Futures Course manager and serves as an adviser on matters affecting the cyber enlisted, warrant officer and officer cohorts. He and other course managers help ensure they are properly staffed and resourced to conduct scheduled courses, and he assists in the modernization of many of the courses.
Sgt. Riddick enlisted in the Army in 2001. He attended Basic Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Upon completion of training, he was awarded the military occupational specialty (MOS) 98J, non-communications intelligence interceptor/analyst. In 2007 he reclassified to a signals intelligence analyst, 98C later redesignated as a 35N. In 2011 he reclassified again as a cryptologic network warfare specialist, 35Q, which would eventually become the MOS 17C cyber operations specialist we know now today.
Sgt. Riddick completed his Bachelor’s in cybersecurity at UMUC, and a Master’s in computer science with a concentration in cyber operations from Dakota State University. His military education includes Basic, Advanced, and Senior of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System. He is a graduate of several Army courses, most recently the Common Faculty Development – Instructor Course and Cadre Training Course, certifying him as a Programing and Scripting Instructor in the United States Army Cyber and Electromagnetic School on Fort Gordon, Georgia.