Defense News Global: Face of Defense: Female Fighter Pilot Continues Family Legacy

Face of Defense: Female Fighter Pilot Continues Family Legacy

8/18/2016 10:37 AM CDT
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Air Force Maj. Ashley Rolfe is the first female fighter pilot for the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing based at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass. Rolfe is an Air Force Academy graduate and combat veteran who has served in the Air Force for 11 years. Massachusetts Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey

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Face of Defense: Female Fighter Pilot Continues Family Legacy

By Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey

104th Fighter Wing

BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass., Aug. 18, 2016 — Air Force Maj. Ashley Rolfe, a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, is making history at the 104th Fighter Wing here as the first female fighter pilot in the wing’s 70-year history.

Having grown up near Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida as an Air Force “brat,” Rolfe wanted to follow in her father’s and grandfather’s footsteps to carry on the family legacy of military service.

“The noise of the sonic booms would shake the entire room,” Rolfe recalled. “I thought it was the coolest thing in the entire world. So I made my dad take me to all the air shows, and I would drag him from pilot to pilot and ask them, ‘How did you become a pilot?’”

Determined to Become a Flier

Most of them said the most direct path was the Air Force Academy, she said. “So, I was a 10-year-old girl in 5th grade saying, ‘I’m going to be a fighter pilot,’” she added. “I was usually shorter than everyone else, and people were usually saying, ‘OK, little girl.’”

Rolfe did go on to graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy and serve in the active-duty Air Force for 11 years. In addition to serving at Tyndall, she has been stationed as a fighter pilot at Kadena Air Base in Japan and Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. She has deployed twice, most recently to Afghanistan for six months.

During her swearing-in ceremony to join the Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing, she thanked the wing’s airmen for a warm welcome.

“I’m really excited to get to know everyone here,” Rolfe recalled saying at the time. “Hopefully, you don’t necessarily just see me as a ‘chick,’ but you see me as one of the pilots or one of the ‘bros.’”

“I think it is really awesome to hire our first female to the 104th Fighter Wing,” said Air Force Lt. Col. William Bladen, 104th Operations Group commander. Bladen said he’s known Rolfe since around 2012.

Rolfe said she flew T-38 aircraft in an aggressor role as part of the F-22 Raptor fighter program at her previous duty assignment at Tyndall before coming to the 104th.

Becoming a fighter pilot wasn’t easy, Rolfe said.

“For anyone going into flying fighters, it’s a challenge — a lot of hard work, a lot of studying, and a lot of practice, [and] getting into the fighter pilot culture,” she said.

F-15 Fighter Pilot

Rolfe graduated from pilot training in 2007, fulfilling her lifelong dream to become an F-15 Eagle fighter pilot.

“I was the only girl in my first half of pilot training,” Rolfe said. “But then, I ended up transitioning after the first section of training. Once I went to the T-38s in Columbus, Mississippi, there was another girl in my class. She ended up being one of my bridesmaids, and we’re still very close. We were competitive, but still became lifelong friends, and she ended up going to [F-15E] Strike Eagles. We were a little nervous when we first met, because we are both type-A personalities, and who knew how that meshing was going to work? But it worked out great.”

Women first entered pilot training in 1976 and fighter pilot training in 1993. The Air National Guard has 195 female pilots. Of those, 10 are fighter pilots.

Kadena was Rolfe’s first duty assignment, where she served as the 67th Fighter Squadron as the only female F-15 pilot.

“At first, the guys were hesitant, because they hadn’t had a female in the squadron for a few years,” Rolfe recalled, “but it didn’t take long until I became just one of the ‘bros.’ They were very accepting and gave me just as much crap as I could give them. Brotherly love, pretty much, and [they] treated me as a little sister, picking on me.”

‘Fiercely Independent’ Daughter

Rolfe said she has a year-and-a-half-old daughter.

“She’s already a fiercely independent little girl,” Rolfe said.

“I just want to impart you don’t have to be limited by what other people say,” Rolfe said. “There was a high school football and baseball coach at my school when I was a senior. I had been telling people, ‘I want to go to the Air Force Academy. I want to be a fighter pilot,’ and blah-blah. He straight-up told me, ‘You won’t ever be a fighter pilot, because you are a girl.’”

Rolfe emphasized that she wants her daughter “to know even though someone might say you can’t do that, do the research and realize, ‘No kidding, if you put your mind to it, you can most likely do this.’”

Rolfe added, “Like my mom, she said I couldn’t fly off the dining room table when I was 2 and a half. I broke my arm doing it [anyway], and that’s the kind of thing my daughter got from me. I’m having to tell her, ‘Don’t stand on that rocking chair.’”

Cyber Attack – Suspected Chinese malware used to spy on PH gov’t – security firm

CNN PH – Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The maritime dispute in the South China Sea has been decided by the arbitration court in favor of the Philippines — but now it seems the sea spat has been taken to cyber space.

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RAT Cyber Attack2

Finland-based web security company F-Secure claimed on Thursday it has found a malware targeting the confidential information of government and private organizations, including the Philippines’ Department of Justice.

RAT Cyber Attack

The organizers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit held in Manila last November and an unnamed prominent international law firm, which represented Philippines during the arbitration case, were not spared from the cyber security attack.

The malicious program dubbed “NanHaiShu” (南海鼠) translates to “South China Sea rat” in English. F-Secure suspects it to be of Chinese origin.

The Remote Access Trojan (RAT) is disguised as an innocent file, usually sent through an email. But once opened, it releases a virus into the victim’s computer, gathering and sending back information to the attacker.

F-Secure said the attacks all pointed to be politically-motivated, considering the timing of the attacks.

“They occurred either within a month following notable news reports related to the dispute, or within a month leading up to publicly-known political events featuring the said issue,” F-Secure said in a published 16-page whitepaper.

F-Secure said it stumbled upon the NanHaiShu malware when it explored the web security environment ahead of the Manila APEC Summit. They traced the malware’s history and found variants that coincided with developments in the dispute and milestones in Manila’s arbitration case against Beijing. The recorded attacks spanned late 2014 to March 2016.

F-Secure Threat Intelligence Team Senior Manager Mina Aquino said on Friday that based on organizations targeted, the attacker was most likely the Chinese government.

Related: Ex-SolGen: PH’s case vs. China may have done more harm than good

Was confidential Philippine data compromised?
Aquino said several targets of the “cyber espionage” attack were successfully breached.

“The attackers were able to gain access to confidential information — that includes documents or could-be political secrets,” she said.

NBI on it
National Bureau of Investigation Cybercrime Division Chief Ronald Aguto Jr. said they are looking into the published report. Aguto only found out about the reported threat after CNN Philippines asked him for comment.

CNN Philippines has also asked the Chinese Embassy for comment. It has yet to respond.

Aquino said her team, composed of three Filipinos and three Finns, felt strongly about the case and they are out to find out who was truly behind the cyber attacks.

JC Gotinga – CNN PH

What is R.A.T

Remote Access Trojans (RATs) provide cybercriminals with unlimited access to infected endpoints. Using the victim’s access privileges, they can access and steal sensitive business and personal data including intellectual property, personally identifiable information (PII and patient health information (PHI). While automated cyber-attacks (e.g. Man-in-the-Browser) allow cybercriminals to attack browser-based access to sensitive applications, RATs are used to steal information through manual operation of the endpoint on behalf of the victim. Most Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attacks take advantage of RAT technology for reconnaissance, bypassing strong authentication, spreading the infection, and accessing sensitive applications to exfiltrate data. RATs are commercially available (e.g. Poison Ivy, Dark Comet) and can be maliciously installed on endpoints using drive-by-download and spear-phishing tactics.

Organization should specifically address RATs in their enterprise defense strategy at the endpoint layer. The risk is especially high when RAT infection occurs, as the detection of RATs in run-time is extremely difficult to do.

Defense News Daily and Calriger Cyber Center

National Defense College of the Philippines


The National Defense College of the Philippines is an educational, training, and research agency of the Philippine government located inside Camp Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Metro Manila.

The Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) Program is the main academic program of the NDCP. It is a one-year, full-time master’s degree course consisting of 39 units earned through various forms of classroom work, case studies, regional security and development studies and academic enhancement travels.

The MNSA curriculum focuses on the various dimensions of national security management:

  1. socio-cultural dimension
  2. political-legal dimension
  3. economic dimension
  4. techno-scientific dimension
  5. environmental dimension
  6. military dimension

The MNSA is open to military officers, government officials and private sector leaders. Students write a national security-oriented thesis. Civilian graduates are commissionedLieutenant Colonels or Commanders in the AFP Reserve Force.

AFP hosts today the Miss Earth Sportsfest @ Camp Aguinaldo

Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) hosts the Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Sports Fest, today, June 3 at the AFP Gymnasium here.

Uniformed men from the AFP General Headquarters will don their athletic uniforms and join all 47 candidates in today’s military-inspired games.

Ten scholars of the AFP Educational Benefit System (AFPEBS) and ten youth movers from the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement will also participate in the sports fest.

The Civil Relations Service, AFP (CRSAFP) is spearheading the activity which aims to promote both Miss Earth Foundation and AFP’s environmental awareness, protection, and preservation campaigns.

Brig Gen Rhoderick Parayno AFP, Commander of the CRSAFP said that “the goal of this activity is to encourage the youth and audiences of beauty pageants to influence and involve more stakeholders in the AFP’s environmental and peace-building projects. The combination of beauty and service, especially for the environment, is a perfect match to drumbeat support to this worthy endeavor”.

After the sports fest, the candidates will pot seedlings for the Race to One Million Seedlings Project of CRSAFP launched last March 11, 2016. This is the AFP’s response to combat the effects of global warming wherein Miss Earth Foundation and Carousel Productions are partner stakeholders.

The ladies will also get a chance to bond with their military and civilian teammates over a traditional boodle fight.

Lt. Col. Marlowe Patria, the Group Commander of 7CRG, CRSAFP based in Camp Aguinaldo said that the activity will be a good venue for the candidates to get to know the AFP and its soldiers better.

“It will allow establishment of good rapport, and inform the participants about the heroism of our soldiers,” he said.

Miss Earth is an international beauty pageant and is one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world. The prime purpose of their advocacy focuses on environmental awareness, protection, and preservation – an advocacy which the AFP also shares.

The candidates’ performance in the sports fest will form part of their overall ranking in the pageant. The competition will conclude at the coronation night on June 12, 2016.

Photo by SSg Noynay



ANTI-CRIME CAMPAIGN | Centralized CCTV for the entire country


Quezon City — The Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomes the possible installation of CCTVs in the entire country if ever the next administration considers it.

According to PNP spokesman Police Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor it would be a big help if president-elect Rudy Duterte would push thru with possibility as it would surely help the PNP in the performance of their anti- crime campaign.

Mayor said that though there are already existing cities that are equipped with CCTV it would be better that there is an initiative from the national government.

He also mentioned it would be advantageous to convert it on a national scope so that CCTV that has the low-quality reception would also be replaced by high definition.

Pilipinas Run with the Stars 2016: An advocacy race for families of fallen heroes

Pilipinas Run with the Stars 2016: An advocacy race for families of fallen heroes set on May 22

FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – Philippine Army soldiers will have the opportunity to run alongside with some Philippine movie stars and at the same time run for a worthy cause.

More or less 80 military personnel will participate in the advocacy race Pilipinas Run with Stars 2016 to be held at Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila on Sunday, May 22, to show support to children of soldiers who were killed in action.

This is a fun run event where celebrity stars, like Aiza Siguera, E-Jay Falcon, Karylle and others are expected to join for the benefit of the families of Philippine Army Fallen Heroes. There will be four race categories to include 3K, 5K, 10K and 16K. Finisher shirts will be given to the first 300 finishers per race category.

Said advocacy rate is a joint venture between Streetwise Events Management and Public Relations and HERO Foundation Inc. The Philippine Army is a partner stakeholder of Hero Foundation hence the participation of military personnel in this noble endeavor.

“IWASTO” Flood Free Manila

This unit led by LTC MARLOWE E PATRIA (INF) PA, along with the students of AFP CMO Strategic Course and Civil Affairs Course from CMOG, PA attended and participated during the symposium conducted and initiated by Rotary Club of Makati, Pasong Tamo with a theme “IWASTO” Flood Free Manila (Pateros River Rehabilitation and Urban Development Symposium) at 10th Floor, People’s Hall, SM Aura Tower, Fort Andres Bonifacio, Metro Manila on 251300 April 2016.


Photos by Sgt San Esteban and RSR



WW2 veterans take center stage in week-long Philippine Veterans Week
For the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), there are no awards or decoration that can repay Filipino veterans’ heroism in fighting for the Flag.
But just to remind them how grateful the nation is to them, the DND-AFP commemorate the Philippine Veterans Week by citing several World War 2 veterans.
Leading this year’s awardees is 101-year-old Sgt. Jose S Quilatan, who received a Certificate of Recognition for his contributions in the guerilla campaigns during World War II that had been instrumental in saving the lives of hundreds of his countrymen and contributed to the victory of the country.
Sgt. Quilatan was a member of the Trigger Unit of the Hunter’s ROTC Guerilla, one of the main anti-Japanese guerilla groups that operated in the National Capital Region and Southern Luzon, as rifleman from 1942 to 1945.
Sgt. Quilatan personally received his award during the Review in honor of the Veterans at the Hunters ROTC Guerilla Field, Headquarters Philippine Army here on April 5, Tuesday.
A total of 15 Filipino veterans, both living and dead, were recognized during the Veterans Week celebration which kicked off on Tuesday, April 5, with a Sunrise and Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, Libingan ng mga Bayani, and Review in honor of the Veterans at the Hunters ROTC Guerilla Field, HPA.
The Living Veteran awardees are Cdr Bienvenido A Alano, Col Guillermo T Garcia, Sgt Isaias C Lucena, PFC Francisco S Palmaran, Pvt. Pedro T Olarte, Pvt. Pedro R Mayumay, and Pvt. Juanita J Pasco.
The Posthumous awardees include Col Teofilo B Padua, Maj. Lorenzo P Padua, Cpt. Ambrosio M Reyes, 2Lt Marcela R Rosales, Sgt Luciano E Lactao, Sgt Olimpio D Navales, and Pvt. Apolonio V De Leon. 
Brigade-sized troops, composed of personnel from the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy and Philippine Air Force, tendered the review. 
Former Executive Secretary and Secretary of National Defense, Hon Eduardo R Ermita was the guest of honor and speaker. 
The Philippine Army joins the whole nation in giving tribute to the Filipino freedom fighters, remembering their bravery and drawing inspiration from their sacrifices.
The week-long celebration of the Philippine Veterans Week and the 74th Araw ng Kagitingan will culminate on April 11 through a sunset ceremony at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
On the part of the DND, Hon. Jesus C. Millan, Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans, and Retirees Affairs, led the veterans and the youth in a “Tribute to all Filipino Heroes” ceremony on 7 April in the historic Corregidor Island in the province of Cavite.
Undersecretary Millan honored all Filipino heroes, patriots and defenders who fought and died for country’s freedom and liberty.
In his speech, Millan extolled the three posthumous awardees of the event. “The fight for the ideals of freedom and this sad memory shall be forever etched in our history. Those who survived continued their struggle and joined other resistance movement just like what our three awardees courageously demonstrated—Lt Heracleo Alano earned a Silver Star Award for his gallantry against superior Japanese dive bombers, Lt Federico Martir after his release from prison aided in mapping enemy locations and Lt Eliseo Rio demonstrated gallantry in the battle of the pockets against attacking the enemy forces,” he said.
The program proper featured a “Tolling of Bell” by Veteran Leandro T. Pacio, with Maria Lilibeth S. Lapena, student of Florentino Joya Elementary School, reciting a pledge extolling those who sacrificed their lives for their love for the Philippines, and vowing to keep the flame of patriotism ever burning in the hearts of Filipinos of all generations.
The event was attended by veterans and other guests who were ferried by the vessels of the Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard, and Sun Cruises. The luxury cruise of the veterans via MV Sun Cruiser was made possible through the sponsorship of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), a member of the Technical Working Committee for the conduct of 2016 Philippine Veterans Week. #

Why does cybersecurity extend beyond computers?

Why does cybersecurity extend beyond computers? DefenseNewsPh

Actually, the issue is not that cybersecurity extends beyond computers; it is that computers extend beyond traditional laptops and desktops. Many electronic devices are computers—from cell phones and tablets to video games and car navigation systems. While computers provide increased features and functionality, they also introduce new risks. Attackers may be able to take advantage of these technological advancements to target devices previously considered “safe.” For example, an attacker may be able to infect your cell phone with a virus, steal your phone or wireless service, or access the data on your device. Not only do these activities have implications for your personal information, but they could also have serious consequences if you store corporate information on the device.

What types of electronics are vulnerable?

Any piece of electronic equipment that uses some kind of computerized component is vulnerable to software imperfections and vulnerabilities. The risks increase if the device is connected to the internet or a network that an attacker may be able to access. Remember that a wireless connection also introduces these risks (see Securing Wireless Networks for more information). The outside connection provides a way for an attacker to send information to or extract information from your device.

How can you protect yourself?

  • Remember physical security – Having physical access to a device makes it easier for an attacker to extract or corrupt information. Do not leave your device unattended in public or easily accessible areas (see Protecting Portable Devices: Physical Security for more information).
  • Keep software up to date – If the vendor releases updates for the software operating your device, install them as soon as possible. Installing them will prevent attackers from being able to take advantage of known problems or vulnerabilities (see Understanding Patches for more information).
  • Use good passwords – Choose devices that allow you to protect your information with passwords. Select passwords that will be difficult for thieves to guess, and use different passwords for different programs and devices (see Choosing and Protecting Passwords for more information). Do not choose options that allow your computer to remember your passwords.
  • Disable remote connectivity – Some mobile devices are equipped with wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth, that can be used to connect to other devices or computers. You should disable these features when they are not in use (see Understanding Bluetooth Technology for more information).
  • Encrypt files – If you are storing personal or corporate information, see if your device offers the option to encrypt the files. By encrypting files, you ensure that unauthorized people can’t view data even if they can physically access it. When you use encryption, it is important to remember your passwords and passphrases; if you forget or lose them, you may lose your data.
  • Be cautious of public Wi-Fi networks – Before you connect to any public wireless hotspot – like on an airplane or in an airport, hotel, train/bus station or café:
    • Be sure to confirm the name of the network and exact login procedures with appropriate staff to ensure that the network is legitimate.
    • Do not conduct sensitive activities, such as online shopping, banking, or sensitive work, using a public wireless network.
    • Only use sites that begin with “https://” when online shopping or banking. Using your mobile network connection is generally more secure than using a public wireless network.

Authors: US-CERT Publications and Stop.Think.Connect™

Army Dragon Warriors are in Adelaida, Australia

The Army Dragon Warriors are in Adelaida, Australia for the 10th IDBF World Club Crews Dragon Boat Championships

From April 1 – 7, 2016, Our Dragon Warriors are conducting team preparations and trainings for the main event of the championships. Our Army Dragon Warriors are in full enthusiasm to familiarize the water flow in synergy with their boat and their paddling techniques as their formidable team spirit came out for this World Championships!

Aim High Army Dragon Warriors! We are praying for your safety and good fight!


Photos by Sgt Marlon San Esteban (Inf) PA

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