Challenger 1 cadets participate in the Air Force Association (AFA) CyberPatriot competition. During the 2018-2019 season, Challenger 1 fielded two all service teams which qualified in the Silver and Gold Tiers respectively.
The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.