Captain Sean R. Heritage
A native of Pleasanton, California, entered the United States Navy as a member of the United States Naval Academy’s Class of 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He assumed his present duties as Commanding Officer Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command and Commander Task Force 1020 in August 2015.
As a Naval Cryptologist, now Information Warfare Officer, Heritage began his career at Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Adak, Alaska, where he served as the Collections, High Frequency Direction Finding and CLASSIC WIZARD Division Officer. He then reported to the National Security Agency as an operations officer serving within the National Systems Processing Office, Information Operations Technology Center (IOTC) and liaison officer to the Joint Chiefs of Staff – Information Operations Directorate (J39). In 1998, he joined the Commander, Sixth Fleet Staff embarked in USS LASALLE (AGF-3) home ported in Gaeta, Italy, where he served as the Assistant Fleet Information Warfare Officer during Operation ALLIED FORCE.
Heritage served as the Executive Officer of NSGA Naples, Italy from 2000 to 2002, where he led a talented team of Sailors providing communications support to shore and afloat units operating throughout the Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Cryptologic Resource Coordinator for Carrier Strike Group 11/USS NIMITZ Strike Group during deployment in the western Pacific Ocean.
As Information Warfare Community Strategy and Policy Director for the Cyber Type Commander, he led numerous aspects of both development and implementation of the Human Capital Strategy across the three Information Warfare Officer designators and all five cryptologic technician ratings. As the Total Force Information Dominance Corps (IDC) and Information Warfare Officer Community Manager from 2008 to 2010, among other strategic initiatives, he led the team that created the Cyber Warfare Engineer and Cyber Warrant Officer designators, as well as the formalization of the collaborative IDC governance model. During the period between 2010 and 2012, he served as the Commanding Officer of Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Pensacola. Most recently, he served at United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) where he was the Director of Exercises, Training and Readiness and later the Executive Assistant to Commander, USCYBERCOM and Director, National Security Agency.
Captain Heritage has earned Masters of Science degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the Naval War College in the fields of Information Technology Management and National Security Studies, respectively. The Sailors with whom he has served over the course of his career have accomplished much and their contributions have given Joint and Navy Commanders reason to award him with various personal decorations, which he proudly considers team awards. He remains most appreciative of the relationships he continues to build and opportunities afforded to lead across and beyond the Fleet with valued Shipmates representing each of the Services.
Commander Victor Spears
A native of San Diego, California, graduated from Samuel F. B. Morse High School in June 1992. Entered the United States Naval Academy and graduated in May 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. He assumed his current duties as Executive Officer Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command in May 2017.
Began his career as a Cryptologist attending the Cryptologic Division Officer Course from August to December of 1996, and reported for duty at Naval Security Group Activity Fort Meade, Maryland. While assigned at Fort Meade, CDR Spears deployed on three Atlantic combatants (USS GRAYLING, USS BALTIMORE, and USS SAND LANCE) as well as served as the division officer for the Maritime Cryptologic Database Facility supporting worldwide Fleet requirements.
CDR Spears served as the Assistant Operations Officer and then Operations Officer conducting computer network operations in support of a national mission at Naval Security Group Activity Pensacola, Florida from 2002 to 2004. Following Pensacola, CDR Spears served at Naval Central Command/Commander FIFTH Fleet in Manama, Bahrain until early 2006, serving as the SIGINT Collection Manager and Assistant Naval Activities Control Officer. As well, he had the opportunity to serve as the HUMINT Collection Manager during a manpower shortfall.
CDR Spears next served at Naval Special Warfare Command in San Diego, California from 2006 to 2008 as the Force Cryptologist and Information Operations Officer supporting worldwide SEAL team combat operations. From 2009 to 2010, CDR Spears served on the SECNAV staff, supporting the Secretary's advisory panel and writing assessments on the Secretary's interest items such as Maritime Domain Awareness, Next Generation Network, Cyber Workforce, and Unmanned Systems.
From 2010 to 2012, he served as the Executive Officer of Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command, overseeing tremendous growth in manpower and mission during his tenure. CDR Spears next served at the NATO Maritime Command in Northwood, United Kingdom as the Information Operations Branch Chief from 2012-2015. He also served as the Executive Officer of the US element that experienced 50% growth in manpower to include the first US Flag Officer in the command.
CDR Spears returned to sea with Carrier Strike Group EIGHT from 2015-2017 as the Deputy Information Warfare Commander, deploying to C5F and C6F AORs supporting Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
CDR Spears earned a Master of Science degree in Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
CTNCM Robert Brashear
Master Chief Brashear enlisted in 1994 from Elizabeth, West Virginia. He attended recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois, and completed Cryptologic Technician Maintenance “A” School at Naval Technical Training Center Corry Station Pensacola, Florida. He continued his military and technical education with the completion of CTM Subsurface Maintenance “C” School (NEC: 9238), Information Systems Administrator “C” School (NEC: 2735), Navy Instructor “C” School (NEC: 9502), Basic Digital Network Analysis “C” School (NEC: 9305), and Intermediate Digital Network Analysis “C” School (NEC: 9306).
His tours include Naval Security Group Activity Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Naval Security Group Activity Groton, Connecticut; Naval Technical Training Center/Center for Information Dominance (CID) Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida; Navy Information Operations Command Pensacola, Florida, Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC), Virginia Beach, Virginia; and United States Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. During his tour at CID Corry Station he cross-rated to Cryptologic Technician Networks.
CTNCM(IDW/SS) Brashear currently serves as the NCDOC Senior Enlisted Leader.
Master Chief Brashear is a Master Training Specialist who earned Network Security Associates and Bachelors of Science degrees from ECPI University. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), and various unit and personal awards.
Mr. Robert Boshonek, Technical Director
A native of Pennsylvania, enlisted in the United States Navy in April 1985 and received a commission in 1996.
Mr. Boshonek is responsible for maintaining strategic alignment of the vision, goals and objectives for future computer network defense transformational efforts affecting DoD, Service and command level initiatives. A retired Navy Information Warfare officer, he has more than 29 years experience in Information Technology providing authoritative expertise on capability planning, developing innovative technical solutions to complex operational challenges, and formulating technical policy to establish standardized procedures.
Mr. Boshonek holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Security Manager and maintains a GIAC Security Leadership Certification.