Captain Sean R. Hertiage
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 Michael Brons
A native of Newport News, Virginia and raised just north of New York City. After attending Regis High School in Manhattan, he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with distinction in May 1996 (B.S. Marine Engineering).
Upon completion of nuclear submarine officer training, CDR Brons was assigned to USS MONTPELIER (SSN-765) from 1997 to 2001. He served in a variety of positions including Reactor Controls Assistant, Damage Control Assistant, and Assistant Combat Systems Officer. During that time, MONTPELIER deployed to the North Atlantic and participated in UNITAS 2000.
CDR Brons returned to MONTPELIER from 2003 to 2006 as Engineer Officer. During a fifteen-month Depot Modernization Period at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, he oversaw the installation and testing of the first generic microprocessor instrumentation and control system to be deployed on a Los Angeles-class submarine. Following his Engineer tour, CDR Brons was selected to serve as a Junior Board Member on the Fleet Forces Command Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, responsible to the Fleet Commander and the Department of Energy for certifying safe operation of the 63 reactors aboard submarines and aircraft carriers in the Atlantic.
Ashore, CDR Brons has served as the Aide to the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy and as a submarine technical expert on the U.S. Delegation in Geneva for negotiation of the New START Treaty. Following completion of submarine CO/XO training, he transferred to the Information Warfare community and served as the N3/Operations Officer at Navy Information Operations Command Maryland. At NIOC Maryland, he led 480 officers, civilians, and Sailors in providing support to the National Security Agency and the U.S. 6th Fleet Commander. He was subsequently assigned as U.S. THIRD Fleet Cryptologist in San Diego, responsible for SIGINT tasking and readiness of 47 cryptologic-capable platforms in the Eastern Pacific while informing the Fleet Commander’s deliberate planning efforts for operations across the entire Pacific theater.
CDR Brons was named the 2000 Submarine Squadron SIX Junior Officer of the Year, won the L.Y. Spear Award for his performance during the Submarine Officer Basic Course, and received the David Lloyd Award for Leadership at the conclusion of the Submarine Officer Advanced Course. He holds a M.S. in Information Systems Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University (concentration in Network Engineering).
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, Ca. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Security Manager and maintains a GIAC Security Leadership Certification.