318TH CYBERSPACE OPERATIONS GROUP

The 318 COG is a subordinate unit under the 688th Cyberspace Wing, 24th Air Force located JBSA-Lackland, Texas.

The 318 COG is a subordinate unit under the 688th Cyberspace Wing, 24th Air Force located JBSA-Lackland, Texas.


The 318th Cyber Operations Group, located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, seamlessly conducts Cyber Warfare and Information Operations training, testing, tactics development, exercise planning and cyberspace protection for Air Force and joint warfighers. 

Mission:
The mission of the 318th Cyberspace Operations Group (318 COG) is to drive cyber innovation in order to optimize existing weapon systems and cyberspace capabilities to shape operational employment of cyber mission forces that evolve cyberspace force development to meet current and future force needs 

Vision:
The 318 COG Total Force Airman, Civilian and contractor team will innovate and partner to deliver combat capability through materiel and non-materiel development, testing, training and operations in the cyberspace domain in order to generate offensive and defensive effects anywhere, anytime.

People:
Approximately 850 cyberspace military, civilian and contractor professionals assigned to five operating locations -- JBSA-Lackland, Texas; Hulbert Field, Fl.; Ft. Meade, Md.; Scott AFB, Ill. and Nellis AFB, Nev. -- perform the 318 COG missions.

Organization:
The 318 COG is aligned under the 688th Cyberspace Wing, 24th Air Force and Air Force Space Command.  

History:
The 318 COG originally constituted as the 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Group on 15 September 1943, and activated on 1 October 1943. The unit trained to provide photographic intelligence for air and ground forces, then moved to India, February – March 1944, with F-5, F-6, F-7 and P-40 aircraft.  The unit conducted photographic reconnaissance, photographic mapping and visual reconnaissance missions which produced maps, mosaics, terrain models and target charts of areas in Burma, China, French Indochina and Thailand.  In addition, the unit bombed and strafed enemy installations and provided escort for bombardment units.  Next, the unit was re-designated the 8th Reconnaissance Group in June 1945.  Returned to the US, October – November 1945, inactivated on 5 November 1945, and eventually disbanded on 6 March 1947.  

In 1985, this Group was reconstituted and re-designated the 318th Electronic Warfare Group, but was never active under that designation. Re-designated the 318th Information Operations Group (318 IOG) on 17 July 2000, and activated as 318 IOG on 1 August 2000.  Finally the unit re-designated as the  318th Cyberspace Operations Group on 22 August and activated 13 September 2013. 

During the units proud heritage it was responsible for operations of the P-40, F-5, F-7, F-6 aircraft and earned three campaign streamers for the unit guidon, (India Burma 1942-1945, China Defense 1942-1945, Central Burma 1945) in addition the unit earned 4 Outstanding unit awards (2002, 2008, 2009, 2011).


(As of Oct 2016)