Hilary H. Minkler Awarded Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship

The Lint Center for National Security Studies Awards 2018 Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship to Army SSG Hilary H. Minkler.

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on supporting the next generation of America’s National Security professionals through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, today announced the winner of the 2018 Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship.

SSG Hilary H. Minkler was awarded the Lint Center’s Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. scholarship for her continued and demonstrated commitment to advancing national security. The scholarship provides $1,000 to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to alliance building, counterintelligence, cultural understanding, and national security studies.

SSG Minkler is studying American History with a minor in Intelligence Studies, and boasts an already-successful Army service career. She has briefed commanding generals in Afghanistan on threats and contingencies, is a graduate of the Army’s paratrooper school, has filled both intelligence and counterintelligence roles, and was one of the first women NCOs in a special forces battalion. Ms. Minkler’s scholarship essay explored a significant vulnerability in American cybersecurity – the physical submarine fiber optic cables that stretch between countries on the ocean floor. These cables, which carry 99% of international data transmissions, are left entirely unprotected and are an easy target for any adversary looking to cripple our cross-ocean communications. The ability to protect those cables represent the next great arms race, she says, and America and our allies would be wise to begin considering ways to win that contest.

“I am incredibly honored to receive the Staff Sergeant Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship,” she says. “I started my degree plan in 2013 due to an exceptional leader I had, now-Captain Hong, and his focus on the betterment of the mind and how far an education will get you professionally and personally left a lasting impression. The struggle to complete this degree is trying, and without the support of the Lint Center I would essentially be stagnant in my goal.

“Thank you for the faith and confidence towards my educational goals, I hope that one day I will be able to support another soldier working to compete their educational goals through endorsing the Lint Center.”

“SSG Minkler has many of the same traits as SSG Eaton,” said James R. Lint, President and CEO of the Lint Center for National Security Studies.   “I served with SSG Eaton for over a decade and during multiple tours of duty. I can see that just as SSG Eaton was, SSG Minkler is mission focused and understands the larger picture for operations. SSG Minkler is poised to expand upon her Army knowledge base, leverage the experiences acquired through her tenure in multiple units, and I am confident she will continue to build an excellent career with the support of the Lint Center’s mentoring program.”

About the Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship:

The Staff Sgt Richard Eaton Jr. Memorial Scholarship is dedicated in honor of Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton, a United States Army Counterintelligence Special Agent and Bronze Star recipient who died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on August 12, 2003 (Iraq time). The scholarship fund provides $1,000 to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, Cultural Understanding, and National Security studies.

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization awards award merit-based scholarships and mentoring programs for students pursuing careers in national service with a particular focus on counterintelligence, military intelligence, national security and cross-cultural studies. The Center is Veteran and minority operated and managed. It awards scholarships semi-annually in both January and July. For more information, please visit https://www.lintcenter.org/.

This press release was prepared by Lint Center Volunteer, Ben Oatis.