26TH NETWORK OPERATIONS SQUADRON

The mission of the 26th Network Operations Squadron, located at Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Ala., is to deliver 24/7 cyberspace availability to the warfighter. The squadron motto is "Always On, Always Ready."

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The 26th Network Operations Squadron (26th NOS) is assigned to the 26th Cyberspace Operations Group, 67th Cyberspace Wing, Air Force Space Command. The 26th NOS is located at Maxwell AFB - Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Alabama.  The 26th NOS delivers persistent Defensive Cyberspace Operations, DoD Information Network (DODIN) Operations, and Cyber Security Service Provider support to the 24th Air Force Commander.  The 26th NOS is the home of the Air Force’s cyber Sentinels and the squadron motto is “Always On! Always Ready”. 

History:
The 26th NOS originated as the 1987th Communications Squadron on June 1, 1966, at Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand before moving to Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado on October 31, 1975.  The unit was redesignated as the 3415th Communications Squadron on April 1, 1991 and deactivated on June 28, 1994.  On August 11, 2009, the former 3415th Communications squadron was redesignated as 26th Network Operations Squadron and activated on August 18, 2009.  The 26th NOS, along with its sister squadrons, the 33rd Network Warfare Squadron and 68th Network Warfare Squadron, provide the preponderance of persistent defensive cyber capability for the Air Force.       

Mission:
Provide premier Mission Assurance for Air Force core missions through persistent Defensive Cyberspace and DODIN Operations via the employment of the Air Force Intranet Control (AFINC) cyber weapon system and the Joint Regional Security Stack (JRSS).

People:
Approximately 205 military, civilian, and professional contractors assigned conducting 24/7/365 Air Force enterprise boundary defense and network operations.

Vision:
Be the premier Defensive Cyberspace and DODIN Operations unit in the Air Force and DoD

Organization:
The 26th NOS is comprised of three flights: Current Operations, DODIN Operations, and Operations Support.  Additionally, the unit also has the following sections: Commander’s Support, Standardization and Evaluation, Quality Assurance, Operations Training, and Weapons and Tactics. 

Capabilities:

The Current Operations Flight is the unit focal point for employment of the AFINC cyber weapon system and the JRSS.  The flight is comprised of the following teams: Sentinel Battlecab, Authorized Service Interruption, Boundary Protection, Router, Special Missions, and Alternate Operating Location.

The DODIN Operations Flight is the unit focal point for all sustainment of the AFINC cyber weapon system.  The flight is comprised of the following teams: Domain Name System and Email Hygiene, System Administration, Infrastructure, Asset and Change Management, and Knowledge Management.

The Operations Support Flight is the unit focal point for all AFINC cyber weapon system enabling functions.  The flight is comprised of the following teams: Cybersecurity, Vulnerability Management, Enterprise Network Analysis, Circuit Actions, Plans and Programs, Project Management, and JRSS Service Migration Team.   

(As of Nov 2016)