2d Battalion Mission

2d Bn(Red Team) conducts threat emulation and multi-functional security assessments to improve the readiness and resilience of Army and DoD networks against sophisticated adversary attacks.

2d Battalion Vision

We are DoD's Preferred Red Team:

Best Team | Best Operators | Best Tradecraft | Best Results

2d Battalion Commander LTC Matthew W. Maness

LTC Maness commissioned from the United States Military Academy in 2006 as an Armor Officer.

From 2007 to 2010, LTC Maness was assigned to 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO. He served as a scout platoon leader, troop executive officer, and troop commander in Apache, Bandit, and Crazy Troops respectively and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

From 2011 to 2013, LTC Maness was assigned to US Army Japan and I Corps (Forward) at Camp Zama, Japan. He served as an operations officer and exercise planner within the G3 and supported the USARPAC Contingency Command Post.

In 2014, LTC Maness transitioned to the Information Systems Engineer functional area. From 2014 to 2016, LTC Maness was assigned to 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX. He served as the Information Systems Manager for 41 FA BDE/1CD DIVARTY and the Division Automations Management Officer for 1CD G6. From 2018 to 2020, LTC Maness was assigned to US Army Cyber Command at Fort Belvoir, VA. He served as a DoDIN Operations Planner within the G35.

From 2020 to 2023, LTC Maness was assigned to the Mission Command Capability Development Integration Directorate, Futures and Concepts Center, Army Futures Command at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He served as the Science and Technology Branch Chief for the MC Battle Lab and the Command and Control Information Systems Branch Chief for the Army Capability Manager – Mission Command and Command Posts.

LTC Maness was born in Lawrence, KS. He earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Systems Engineering from West Point (2006) and George Washington University (2018) respectively. His military education includes Armor Officer Basic Course, Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, and Intermediate Level Education (CGSC). He is married to LTC Holly Maness (Grey); they have two children: Lillian Belle (3 years) and Matthew Grey (6 months).

2d Battalion Command Sergeant Major CSM Naomi L. Smith

CSM Smith is a native of Forsyth, Georgia, and entered the United States Army on 5 September 2000. She attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eisenhower, Georgia, where she graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate and was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty of 74C (Telecommunications Operator-Maintainer).

Her previous assignments have included: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 304th Signal Battalion, Camp Colburn, Korea; United States Army Intelligence Security Command, Regional SIGINT Operations Center , 206th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Eisenhower, Georgia; 580th Signal Company, 25th Signal Battalion, Bagram, Afghanistan; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Liberty, North Carolina, where she deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 05-06 and 09-10; United States Army Signal School Detachment, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland; Defense Coordinating Element Region IV, United States Army North, Atlanta, Georgia; 293rd Signal Company, 41st Signal Battalion, Camp Red Cloud, Korea; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 106th Signal Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; V Corps, Fort Knox, Kentucky

CSM Smith holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from Columbus State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Management. Her military education includes the Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate), Senior Leader Course (Commandant List), United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 71), Battle Staff NCO Course, AIT Platoon Sergeants Course, Master Resilience Trainers Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Course, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Course, Standardized COMSEC Custodian Course, Local COMSEC Management Software Course, and Combat Lifesavers Course

CSM Smith’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th award), Army Commendation Medal (4th award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2nd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th award), Army Achievement Medal, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3)

BN Task Organization


Provide a persistent threat emulation and assessment capability for the Army and DoD.

Develop highly competent and technically proficient cyber mission force leaders and teams

Modernize infrastructure, platforms, payloads, tactics, and techniques

Set conditions for graceful mission transition (on order)


  1. Conduct multi-functional cyber threat emulation to identify technical and human vulnerabilities in an organization.
  2. Identify wireless and physical security weakness that present a risk to an organization.
  3. Conduct Cyber OPFOR threat emulation against a training audience to stimulate CND personnel and provide training opportunities.
  4. Support cyberspace operations through design, deployment, operations, and maintenance of required digital weapons, systems and networks.


For general inquiries, contact 2d BN S3 CUOPS:

For incoming personnel, or assignment questions, contact 2d BN S1:

We are looking for experienced and qualified cyber security personnel in MOS's 17A (2LT-CPT), 26B (CPT-MAJ), 35A (CPT), 25B (SGT-SFC), 35N (SGT-SFC), and 35L (SSG-SFC). Interested personnel should reach out to 2d BN S1 email above.