Major Cheickna joined the U.S Army as an enlisted Soldier in the Quartermaster’s field in 2002. In 2005, Major Soumare joined the Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Bowie State University, Bowie, MD; and in 2006, he received his commission as a second lieutenant and graduated from the program as an outstanding military graduate. During the past eighteen years, Major Soumare has served in a variety of military assignments, including a year-long deployment in 2004 to Iraq, where he supported Operation Iraq Freedom as a Logistics specialist.
From November 2018 to present, Major Soumare, has been serving as the Deputy Branch Chief for Counter-UAS. He is primary responsible for the synchronization, integration and development of the Army Counter UAS capabilities with the Army Protection Program to ensure unity of effort among the Army Staff, Commands and other organizations. He coordinates C-UAS vulnerability assessment with Intelligent and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD), Program Directorate for Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Motor (PD CRAM), and different Army Commands by developing and implementing Concept of Operation Plans (CONOP). Provides Special Security Instructions (SSIs) for covered facilities and assets. Furthermore, develops requirements and establishes Army lead for C-UAS capabilities through Army Protection Governance Cycle. He provides updates to senior leaders on C-UAS capabilities so they can make well informed decisions.
From October 2015 to November 2018, Major Soumare served as the Army Watch Officer, primary action element of the Army Command Center, coordinating worldwide Army operations and activities. He was specifically responsible for monitoring ongoing Army operations, providing situational reports to the Army Operation Center's senior leaders and facilitating Army support to Army Service Component Commands, Direct Reporting Units and Combatant Commands. Responsible for Commander's Critical Information Requirements and Army Contingency Operational reporting requirements for senior leaders. He provided coordination and supporting information for daily situation reports, briefings, and narratives for presentations to the Secretary of the Army and senior leaders.
From January 2012 to September 2015, Major Soumare Served as the Information Technology Battle Captain for the U.S. Army Command and Control Support Agency. He was responsible for providing full spectrum Information Technology (IT) support for the HQDA Army Operation Center (AOC) to include senior leaders and over 700 users in the AOC and external agencies on the classified and unclassified networks.
From July 2008 to December 2011, Major Soumare has served with the DoD Criminal Investigation Task Force (CITF), Fort Belvoir, VA; first as the Training Officer in Charge and Chief of J7, the Operational, plan and Force Development section, and later, as the Deputy of J6, Communications, where he was responsible for providing information technology support across multiple network security domains to CITF’s law enforcement special agents, intelligence analysts, attorneys and support personnel. He also served as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) at CITF. Major Soumare is a graduate of the Signal Captain Career Course, Signal Officer Basic Course, and the Anti-Terrorism Officer Basic Course. He fluently speaks, reads and writes French, and attained the highest possible score on his latest Defense Language Proficiency Test in French.