InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S.

The Huntsville Chapter of InfraGard meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Meeting details are posted on this website at least one week prior to every meeting.

April 2019 Chapter Meeting – Colonel Smith, Garrison Commander, RSA

April 2 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cost: $15 w/lunch (choose when completing registration), $0 w/o lunch

All attendees must register: Eventbrite (will open a new window)

Speaker: Colonel Kelsey A. Smith, Garrison Commander, Redstone Arsenal.

Colonel Kelsey Smith’s hometown is Bellingham, WA; He graduated and was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA in 1995.  After completion of flight school in 1996, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment at Ft. Hood serving as an AH-64A platoon leader and III/V platoon leader and deploying to Bosnia in support of SFOR 5. Returning to Ft. Hood he served as the 1-4 AVN S4 until departing for the Aviation Captains Career Course at Fort Rucker, AL.  From AVCCC, he was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 6th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, Illesheim Germany. There he served as the Squadron Assistant S3 during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.  Following Operation Iraqi Freedom, COL Smith returned to Ft. Hood where he assumed command of B Troop, 2nd Squadron 6th Cavalry and transitioned it through the Unit Fielding and Training Program (UFTP).  After UFTP, COL Smith returned to Illesheim, Germany and deployed B/2-6 CAV to Bagram, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2006. After Afghanistan, COL Smith served as the Attack Aviation Observer Controller at the Joint Multi-national Training Center in Hohenfels, Germany and later attended the U.S. Marine Corps Command and General Staff College in Quantico, VA where he received a Masters of Military History.  LTC Smith then returned to Ft. Hood and was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood. While in the 1st Cavalry Division, he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-11 as the Brigade Aviation Officer for 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team in Mosul and as the Battalion Executive Officer for 1st Squadron, 12th Cavalry Regiment (Combined Arms Battalion) in Quayarra, Iraq.  Returning from OIF 09-11 COL Smith served as the Battalion Operations Officer for 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment (ARB), 1st Air Cavalry Brigade before deploying to Afghanistan as the Executive Officer to the Commanding General, 1st Cavalry Division and Combined Joint Task Force-East in 2011 and then as the Deputy Brigade Commander of the 166th Aviation Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas.  Following 166th Aviation Brigade, COL Smith returned to Germany assuming command of the 2-159th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion “Gunslingers from 2013 to 2015. After relinquishing command, COL Smith was assigned as the Senior Aviation Observer/Trainer at The U.S. Army National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. Following his assignment as Eagle 07, COL Smith attended the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania 2016-2017. COL Smith’s most recent assignment is as the Executive Officer to the Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Commanding General in Huntsville, Alabama.

COL Smith’s military education includes the Aviation Officer’s Basic Course, Initial Entry Rotary Wing, Aviation Captain’s Career Course, U.S. Marine Corps Command and General Staff College, the Joint Firepower Controller Course and the U.S. Army War College.  His aircraft qualifications include the TH-67, UH-1, OH-58A/C, AH-64A, and AH-64D Longbow. 

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with V device, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Expeditionary Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Combat Action and the Master Army Aviator badges.

Digital Forensics Special Interest Group (SIG) Kickoff

January 30 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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UPDATE-2: This event has been rescheduled for January 30, 2019.  All other information remains the same.

UPDATE-1: If the government is still shutdown on January 9th, 2019, this event will be rescheduled.  

FBI SA Todd Spiker will kick off the Digital Forensic SIG on January 30, 2019 on Redstone Arsenal.  The kickoff will include a tour of the Tennessee Valley Regional Computer Forensic Lab (TVRCFL).  Interested parties may contact SA Spiker at

Tentative Agenda:

9:30am – 10:00am Introductions Bldg 3334A Wells Road
10:00am – 10:45 am Tour of training compound, Cyber and TVRCFL
10:45 am – 11:30 am Discussion of SIG Goals, Objectives and Projects
11:30am – End


  • Current member of the Huntsville InfraGard Member Alliance
  • Access to Redstone Arsenal

December Meeting – Risks to Critical Infrastructure

December 4, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cost: $15 w/lunch (choose when completing registration), $0 w/o lunch

All attendees must register: 


Director, National Security Strategies, Intrepid LLC

As Intrepid’s Director of National Security Strategies, Mr. Joe DiNoto brings over 30 years of experience in conducting intelligence activities, managing security operations, and leading counterterrorism efforts. At Intrepid, he leads all national security efforts for client services involving Intelligence Programs, Security Operations, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Activities, and Security Engineering & Protective Sciences. Joe leads these corporate capabilities by providing unique expertise, support, and specialized services to the Intelligence community, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and Department of Defense, as well as a portfolio of international clients in those same missions.

His most recent assignment has been Chief Security Officer, United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT). In this role, Joe led the organization’s global security enterprise spanning 23 world-wide locations across 11 time zones, managing the security clearances of 2,800 employees. This included 200 technology programs, 50 international programs, over 110 classified contracts (estimated $380M contracting value), and 22 Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities. Responsibilities included leading insider threat efforts, supply chain risk management, technology protection, support to defense critical infrastructure protection, and cybersecurity cognizance for information networks classified at the Top Secret level.

His previous Intelligence Community assignments included serving as the Director of Intelligence & Security for the U.S. Army’s Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office, Chief, International Security Branch for USASMDC/ARSTRAT, and Chief, Foreign Disclosure & Technology Protection Branch for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). Prior to his federal service, Joe served as a Supervising Criminal Investigator

for the State of New York where he led complex criminal investigations and undercover operations, as well as infiltration and exploitation activities against transnational crime groups and organizations providing material support to terrorist organizations.

Joe is currently completing his Doctorate in Strategic Security Studies from the Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security. He possesses a Master’s Degree in Global Strategies,  a Bachelor’s Degree in National Security Affairs & Intelligence Studies, and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. In 2015 he was inducted into the Order of the Sword and Shield, the national academic honor society for intelligence and security professionals.

Joe is the only person in the history of the DoD to have ever been awarded both the Thomas Dillon Award for Security Excellence (2016) and the Kenneth C. Raymer Award for Excellence in Foreign Disclosure (2007). His other official awards and certifications include: LTC Thomas Knowlton Award for Excellence in Military Intelligence,

Army Superior Civilian Service Award (3 times); Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (2 times); Army Patriotic Civilian Service Award; DoD Physical Security Certification; DoD Industrial Security Officer Certification; DoD Security Program Integration Professional Certification; DoD Security

Asset Protection Professional Certification; DoD Security Fundamentals Professional Certification; and the U.S. Army Space Cadre Qualification.

InfraGard and Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile is an Amazon program that donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.  Huntsville InfraGard Member Alliance (HIMA) is registered with Amazon as a charitable organization and eligible to receive donations.  To take advantage of this opportunity to support the Huntsville InfraGard Member Alliance, you need:

  • an Amazon account
  • have that account associated with the Huntsville InfraGard Member Alliance, and
  • use the Smile Amazon URL

If you need help getting started with Amazon Smile, the link below will walk you through the process.

Amazon Smile Instructions

November Meeting – Critical Infrastructure

November 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

SPEAKER: Earl “Butch” Erskine

Emergency Planning for Critical Infrastructure:  Chemical, Communications, Dams, Commercial Facilities, Critical Manufacturing, and Defense Industrial Base.

This presentation will explain what “critical infrastructure” is, the elements that make up “critical infrastructure,” the realistic threat of electromagnetic pulse (EMP), and coronal mass ejection (CME). Attendees will learn from an emergency management perspective what drives requirements to protect critical infrastructure, and the potential shortfalls of not protecting critical components in the civil sector and in the military industrial complex. Attendees will be able to participate in a brief two-way discussion on the topics covered at the conclusion of the presentation.

About the Speaker:

Earl “Butch” Erskine is a decorated U.S. Air Force Veteran of 20 years and public speaker on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery. With over 34 years of experience in all facets of global security, vulnerability assessments and emergency planning, Butch continues his efforts to focus on the foundation of individual preparedness.

Eventbrite Registration:


Lunch will be $15.00 and the menu selections from McCallister’s are :

  • Club sandwich box
  • Traditional box
  • The Veggie box
  • Harvest chicken salad sandwich box
  • Tuna salad sandwich box
  • The Memphian box
  • Wrap box
  • Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Garden Salad
  • Caesar Salad


Quantum Research International Inc
991 Discovery Dr NW
Huntsville, AL 35806


Note: Our host request we park at the rear of the building. There is ample parking available.

Make sure your RSVP by the Monday before at 8:00am and don’t forget to mark you lunch order.

September Meeting: Current cyber threat picture in Northern Alabama

Register on EventBrite

September 4, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

MEMBERS ONLY – ALL attendees must RSVP (with or without lunch).

THIS IS A MEMBERS ONLY MEETING. Only InfraGard members can attend. No guests are permitted.
Title: Current cyber threat picture in Northern Alabama
Speaker: SSA Darren J. Mott, FBI
Description: SSA Mott will discuss the current cyber threat picture in Northern Alabama to include the evolving nature of the cyber threat and the rise of the state-sponsored cyber actor in Northern Alabama and how to protect your personal and business computer networks.
Speaker Bio:: Darren J. Mott is the Supervisory Special Agent for the Counterintelligence Program for the Birmingham Division of the FBI. This program works with other USIC partners to detect, deter, and neutralize the threat of hostile nation intelligence services active in Northern Alabama. SSA Mott entered on duty with the FBI in 1999 and has worked both the counterintelligence and cyber threats during his career. SSA Mott has worked in the Charlotte and Cleveland Field Divisions and worked at the national program level at FBIHQ. SSA Mott was responsible for building a working relationship between the FBI and Russian Federal Security Service to combat the cyber threat and he created the first national level program blending the counterintelligence and cyber disciplines within the FBI. The Birmingham Division operates its counterintelligence program out of the Huntsville Resident Agency and has primary responsibility for mitigation of counterintelligence and cyber threats present in Cummings Research Park. SSA Mott holds two Masters Degrees, the most recent, obtained in 2018, being in Cybersecurity Policy and Risk Analysis.
Lunch Selection:
Lunch will be $15 from McAlister’s Deli. Menu selections are:

  • Club sandwich box
  • Traditional box
  • The Veggie box
  • Harvest chicken salad sandwich box
  • Tuna salad sandwich box
  • The Memphian box
  • Wrap box

Earn 1 hour of continuing education unit

Note: Our host request we park at the rear of the building. There is ample parking available.

Make sure your RSVP by the Monday before at 8:00am and don’t forget to mark you lunch order.

Infragard, FBI and Duo are Stopping the Bad Guys

Today’s IT platforms are more secure than ever before, but the risk of data breaches is still higher. Your IT infrastructure has changed (cloud, BYOD, etc.) but your security hasn’t. Attackers are targeting end users directly which pushes the need to establish a Zero Trust initiative, 95% of all breaches involve compromised end user credentials; 70% of all breaches involve compromised end user devices. How can you take a modern approach to reducing the risk of data breaches?

Join Scott Augenbaum, former FBI Special Agent to learn why almost 90% of the Cyber Crime activity seen throughout his career could have been prevented.

When: Wednesday, September 12, 11:00am – 1:00pm CST
Where: B&A Warehouse, 1531 First Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233
Register online

He will be discussing:

  • How usable security is the most effective security in practice
  • How to win the hearts of your users and business with multi-factor authentication
  • Why a single platform can replace several mobile, cloud and authentication products
  • How companies such as Facebook are securing BYOD, users and cloud apps using Duo