|CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Sept. 21, 2007 — Most soldiers who need computer access while in theater are aware of the numerous rules regulating its use. Many soldiers, however, may not know who enforces those rules at the lowest level.
Behind the scenes is Staff Sgt. James Abel, a quiet professional who is dedicated to the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, network operations mission.
Assigned to Company C “Rough Riders,” 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st ACB, 1st Cavalry Division, he is one of the brigade’s leading information assurance representatives.
Abel, a native of Kelso, Wash. – home of the Kelso High School “Highlanders”, became interested in computers while stationed at Fort Irwin, Calif. By self-educating troubleshooting programs and using the Internet as a source of knowledge, he planned his dream for a long-term military career as well as a better life for his wife, Katrina, and 12-year-old daughter, Sharissa.
Once he retires after 20 years of service, he and his wife plan to open a consulting business, which will include creating websites and providing network management, he said.
While deployed to Iraq, this Rough Rider has had to handle varying problems that include the storage of improper material on government computers.