Major General James A. Hoyer assumed the duties as The Adjutant General, West Virginia Joint Forces Headquarters-West Virginia on 1 February 2011. As the Adjutant General, State of West Virginia, he provides command guidance and vision to the West Virginia Army and Air National Guard of more than 6,500 Citizen Soldiers and Airmen. He provides the overall supervision of the day to day operations and management of the readiness, fiscal, personnel, equipment and the real property resources of the agency.
General Hoyer received his undergraduate degree from the University of Charleston and was commissioned in 1983 through a joint Reserve Officer Training Corps program with West Virginia State University. General Hoyer began his military career in the West Virginia National Guard as a Cavalry Officer. He attended the Special Forces Officer Qualification course and spent over 14 years with the 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group. General Hoyer led the development of the West Virginia National Guard Counterdrug Task Force and the Joint Interagency Training and Education Center and its Center for National Response; a national level operational and training capability for critical infrastructure protection and consequence response. General Hoyer's most recent assignment was Director, Joint Staff, West Virginia Joint Force Headquarters.
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West Virginia Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy is a 1976 graduate of Parkersburg High School, a 1979 graduate of Marshall University with a BBA specializing in accounting, and a 1980 graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center with a designation of special agent with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Criminal Investigations Division. He is designated as a certified fraud examiner and a certified anti-money laundering specialist.
Sandy was then assigned to a wide variety of criminal investigations, including the successful prosecution of a judge in Ohio. From 1982 to 1993, he was assigned to the Presidential Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in the Northern Judicial District of West Virginia. During that time, Sandy worked on several significant investigations which resulted in him receiving the Attorney General Award, West Virginia U.S. Treasury Employee of the Year, Mid-Ohio Valley Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, and several commendations from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. In 1991, he became the first West Virginia law enforcement officer to be nationally recognized as an expert in the field of money laundering. He has trained federal, state, county, and local law enforcement officers, and was selected to train dignitaries from Russia and the Baltic countries in the field of money laundering.
In 1993, he accepted the supervisory special agent position for the Southern Judicial District of West Virginia in Charleston. By 1996, his group was recognized as one of the top agencies in the U.S. in a major university study. Then in 2000, Attorney General Janet Reno and U.S. Attorney Rebecca Betts commended his office for their investigative work on the Keystone Bank failure; two major drug investigations that resulted in 63 convictions and $1 million dollars in forfeitures; the conviction of a West Virginia mayor on a multimillion dollar check-kiting scheme; and an international fraud and money laundering conspiracy involving a Huntington businessman and an Atlanta attorney. In total, his group, through the U.S. Treasury Asset Forfeiture Fund, shared more than $2.5 million dollars with the WV State Police. On multiple occasions, he was selected for long-term managerial assignments in Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, and Louisville.
After the terrorist attacks of 2001, Agent Sandy received orders to immediately depart to a secure facility in the eastern U.S. The Office of the Secretary of the Treasury designated Sandy as the special agent in charge of the security of the facility for 24 consecutive days. Sandy then volunteered to work on counter-terrorism efforts in Washington, D.C. and by an executive order by President George W. Bush, worked in Baghdad, Iraq, and Doha, Qatar. He received the honor award from Secretary of the Treasury John Snow and the Department of Defense achievement medal for his investigative work in the Middle East. Agent Sandy believes one of his proudest career moments was when he secured the cooperation of Tariq Aziz, the deputy prime minister of Iraq, and when the U.S. Department of Defense and United States Army Major General Keith W. Dayton said the following about his work in Baghdad:
“Agent Sandy participated in dangerous, high stress missions to meet with sources that resulted in actionable intelligence. He conducted a financial investigation of the sale of billions of dollars of Iraqi oil throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Agent Sandy used all legal means to freeze the former Iraqi regime’s assets and protect them from being used by terrorists.”
In 2005, he became a member of the nationally recognized U.S. Department of Justice State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program. Per a “Rand Corporation Report” published in November 2016, Sandy has been involved in the training of more than 146,000 law enforcement officers in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. He has guest lectured for the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces, the West Virginia State Police and Fusion Center, and dozens of state, county, and local law enforcement agencies.
Sandy was elected sheriff of Wood County in 2008. Upon taking this position, Sandy inherited an office that was antiquated, and during his time serving as sheriff modernized it with new investigative techniques and equipment. He established an Intelligence unit and started the widely accepted Intelligence-based policing. While sheriff, he was selected by Governor Joe Manchin to serve on the Board of the Regional Jail Authority, and in 2012 was elected as the chairman of the Regional Jail Board. He also served on the Board of the West Virginia Sheriff’s Association. In 2012, he was named the Marshall University Distinguished Alumnus of the year.
In 2013, he returned to private practice, and in 2015, he formed a forensic investigative partnership with Jodey Altier, the president of Perry & Associates, Certified Public Accountants A.C. Their goal is to provide services to protect federal, state, and local governments, businesses and individuals from fraud and corruption.
In May 2015, he had the honor of training in Israel, and being selected as a speaker at the 10th Annual National Anti-Terrorism Conference in Orlando. He is the author of a training manual for law enforcement called “Trace It” that has been provided free of charge to more than 85,000 law enforcement officers in the U.S.
Sandy is married to Renee Moffit from Akron, Ohio. They have three children who are all graduates of Marshall University. Ben and Matt are certified public accountants and Brittany is a school teacher specializing in special education.
Logan Hicks is a Service Disabled Veteran (Army), Founder of Eduarmor Inc. and the Dream of Dreams Foundation. Logan is a leader in small business with a passion for all sectors of the Information Technology Industry and Education. Logan has helped several small businesses evolve into successful Information Technology Firms, and has consulted in his private career with many major Federal Contracting Firms & Private Sector Fortune 500 as well as Russell 2000 Corporations.
Logan believes in the concept of "practice makes perfect" and "think.learn.do". Logan believes that the more you learn, the more you realize the less you know.
Currently, Logan is working on several open source projects, including building an open source datacenter for collaborative research between Open Source Developers and Federal Organizations (PANDA).
Logan is currently looking for strategic partnerships, individuals who have a passion for IT to join the Eduarmor Inc. family, open source projects to get more involved with, and would love to learn more about the following topics:
Adam Beatty has worked in the field of information technology for over ten years. He has taught information technology at the collegiate level for five years now. The subjects he has taught include software engineering, network engineering, Microsoft Applications, and information technology career readiness. Along with teaching, he is also the program director for the Computer Information Technology programs at the West Virginia Northern Community College located in Wheeling West Virginia.
In the summer of 2016, he was honored to work with NASA in regards of cyber security. During this time, they discussed potential attacks that can take place in a public Wi-Fi environment.
Anthony currently heads the largest police agency in the County of Chester, Pennsylvania and has worked in every aspect of the policing mission from patrol to investigations to SWAT to community policing to administration. Besides acting as the Superintendent of Police, he has also been appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania to act as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Township of Tredyffrin.
Concurrently, he formulates, administers and oversees an $11M government operating budget and a $26M pension fund.
In addition to the law enforcement work, he teaches (in-seat) at Immaculata University in the Sociology/Criminal Justice department, University of Charleston -Leadership and Business Studies (online) and is a regular guest speaker at West Chester University.
Supervisory Special Agent L. Thomas Seals oversees the Counterintelligence program in the Philadelphia Field Office of the FBI. SSA Seals recently returned to the Philadelphia Field Office after spending a year and a half working at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C., where he worked on sensitive Counterintelligence matters which took him around the world. While in Philadelphia, SSA Seals has investigated Counterintelligence matters, Economic Espionage, Counterterrorism, White Collar matters, and served as the CI Outreach Coordinator. SSA Seals previously worked in the Albuquerque Field Office where he worked foreign counterintelligence, violent crimes, gangs/drugs, Native American Reservation crimes, and was a crisis negotiator. Prior to joining the FBI, SSA Seals was a police officer and detective in the Baltimore Police Department. He holds a BA in Criminology/Sociology from James Madison University.
As a Professor in the Computer Technologies department at Anne Arundel Community College, Ms. Markowski teaches in areas such as Cisco Networking, cybersecurity, data communications, database concepts, programming concepts, html, and web design.
Ms. Markowski received her BA in Education with an emphasis in Computer Science from Goucher College. She received her MS in Applied Management from the University of Maryland University College. She has been teaching with the Cisco Networking Academy for over 12 years. She brings over 26 years of teaching and learning. She received the NISOD teaching Excellence award from the University of Texas - Austin.
Joshua Spence was named Chief Information Security Officer for the State of West Virginia, Office of Technology, in March 2015. He holds expertise in cybersecurity strategy, risk management, certification & accreditation, cryptography and incident response. Prior to his appointment as CISO, Spence served as the Cybersecurity Manager for the West Virginia Air National Guard, 130th Airlift Wing. During his tenure, the organization excelled at all Department of the Air Force cybersecurity audits. Spence has also participated as an evaluator and red team member in multiple Department of Defense cyber-incident response exercises. He maintains a drill status guardsman position with the West Virginia Air National Guard as a Cyber Operations Officer.
Spence holds a master's degree in Information Technology Management from Marshall University. He has numerous industry certifications, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Incident Handler (CIH), Certified EC-Council Instructor (CEI), and Security+. He has provided cybersecurity training for the West Virginia Department of Education and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Charleston. Most recently, he was name a recipient of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Thomas M. Jarrett Cybersecurity Scholarship.
Patrick Smith has been working and teaching in the IT industry for over 17 years. He holds his MCSE is Windows NT 4, 2000, 2003, 2008, and 2012. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, WV where he teaches classes in Microsoft certification, virtualization, network security, and digital photography.