The School of Computing and Information is excited to welcome its second class of the United States Army War College (AWC) Fellows. Lieutenant Colonel Frank Estes and Lieutenant Colonel Javier Madrigal will be spending one year at Pitt, where they will gain unique experience through both formal and informal educational opportunities.

About the AWC Fellows:

Frank Estes

Lieutenant Colonel Frank Estes grew up in Wildomar, CA. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army after earning a BA in Political Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1996. He attended the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course and began serving in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC in 1997. He served as a Company Fire Support Officer, Fire Direction Officer, and Battalion Logistics Officer (S-4) before leaving active duty at the end of 1999.

In 2002, he began serving in the Army Reserve. His reserve duties included assignments with Special Operations Command Europe, the Underground Facility Analysis Center at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and U.S. Cyber Command. In his most recent assignment, he served as the commander of the Army Reserve’s newly formed Cyber Protection Team 186, located in Coraopolis, PA.

In his civilian career, Lieutenant Colonel Estes has managed multiple IT-related contracts at the Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Defense Healthcare Management Systems, Federal Communications Commission, and most recently, Army Futures Command where his team stood-up the command’s first Azure cloud environment and data analytics platform. He holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as numerous information systems security certifications. He and his family reside in the Washington, DC metro area.

Javier Madrigal

Lieutenant Colonel Javier Madrigal was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. LTC Madrigal enlisted in the Army in 1996 as an Information Systems Operator/Analyst. He was commissioned in April 2000 through Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. LTC Madrigal also received his Masters of Science degree in Information Technology (Information Assurance) from the University of Maryland, University College. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Captain’s Career Course, Special Forces Detachment Officer Qualification Course, Telecommunications Systems Engineering Course, and the Command and General Staff College.

LTC Madrigal’s assignments include Rifle Platoon Leader, Anti-Armor Platoon Leader, and Executive Officer with 1st BN 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. Upon completion of his time in the Infantry, LTC Madrigal successfully assessed as a Special Forces Officer and was assigned to 3rd BN 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, NC. In 2015, LTC Madrigal was part of the first group of officers re-designated as Cyber Warfare Officers (17A). His next duty assignment was with Army Cyber Command / Joint Force Headquarters – Cyber, Fort Gordon, Georgia. LTC Madrigal most recently was the commander of the 2nd Cyber Protection Battalion where he was responsible for planning, executing, and resourcing global Defensive Cyberspace Operations support to the Army, USCENTCOM, USINDOPACOM, USSOUTHCOM and other national priorities.

LTC Madrigal is a veteran of multiple combat deployments as an Infantryman and Special Forces Officer in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan) and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Metal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Unit awards include the Presidential Unit Citation Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Valorous Unit Award. LTC Madrigal is authorized to wear the Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Airborne Badge (Basic), Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge (Basic), and Pathfinder Badge.

“It’s wonderful to be able to learn and perform research at such an outstanding school.  I look forward to a fantastic year of engagement with faculty across the numerous disciplines that affect cybersecurity,” said Lieutenant Colonel Estes. Going off of that, Lieutenant Colonel Madrigal said, “I am very happy to be here, this is a great school, in a great area with world class faculty and staff.  I look forward to the learning experience and more importantly the opportunity to help build an enduring and fruitful relationship between the University of Pittsburgh and the U.S. Army War College.”

Please join us in welcoming our AWC Fellows and wishing them luck in their studies!