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Fort Belvoir and the Community, Military, and Federal Facility Partnership of Northern Virginia received an Army Community Partnership Award, Dec. 5. The partnership was recognized developing and implementing the Northern Virginia Cyber Training and Education Roadmap, which seeks to address a shortfall in cyber readiness throughout the region.

A consortium of Northern Virginia community, educational, Federal and military organizations, including Fort Belvoir, was recognized as a 2019 recipient of an Army Community Partnership Award Dec. 5, during a ceremony in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon.

The Community Partnership Awards recognizes exceptional community partnerships that have improved readiness, driven modernization and contributed to reform initiatives throughout the total-force Army.

Fort Belvoir and the Community, Military, and Federal Facility Partnership of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission developed and implemented the Northern Virginia Cyber Training and Education Roadmap, which seeks to address a shortfall in cyber readiness throughout Northern Virginia.

The roadmap is a collaborative effort to prepare, grow and sustain a cybersecurity workforce that safeguards and promotes the region’s security and economic prosperity.

Virginia’s current cyber talent demand greatly exceeds supply, with many jobs requiring a security clearance and at least 3 plus years of experience. The increasing cyber workforce gaps demands that the region come together in a collaborative manner to produce the talent through new partnerships, alternative strategies, new investments, and accelerated efforts.