CyberCom scrambles after lieutenant accidentally deletes Alaska
FORT MEADE, Md. — Chaos erupted this week at U.S. Cyber Command’s Joint Operations Center when, while conducting routine internal training, Air Force 2nd Lt. David Larson inexplicably deleted the State of Alaska. Sirens blared and red emergency lights flooded the JOC shortly after Larson demonstrated on a projection screen “a neat trick” he taught himself from his laptop.
“Every week, we have someone conduct some training to the Floor [the collective workspace for JOC personnel],” explained Master Sgt. Julian Vargas, pausing for a moment from shouting commands to staff running frantically across the operations area. “I thought for sure he was going to show some stupid gif import thing in Powerpoint.”
“But before I even knew what was going on, we all watched him highlight Alaska on a map that I’ve never even seen before. Then it was gone. Just—gone.”
“Holy shit,” he muttered, then ran back into the frenzied mix of personnel rushing back and forth between various computer stations.
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