Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel C. Avilla is the Chief, Fusion Operations Division, Joint Forces Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network, Fort Meade, Maryland. He leads 26 military, civilians, and contractors providing analysis, reporting, response, and mitigations to counter malicious cyberspace activity and threats. He coordinates cybersecurity defense strategy at the operational level of warfare for over 240,000 cyberspace forces across 43 components. Prior to this assignment, Lieutenant Colonel Avilla served as Commander, 673d Communications Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Lieutenant Colonel Avilla attended Northern Arizona University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems in 2001. Lieutenant Colonel Avilla also received his commission from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Northern Arizona University. Lieutenant Colonel Avilla has been married to his wife the former Ms. Gina Stasik for 16 years. They have two wonderful children, Lana and Benjamin

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