39TH INFORMATION OPERATIONS SQ

Located at Hulburt Field, Fl., the 39 IOS is a subordinate unit under the 688th Cyberspace Wing, 24th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Located at Hulburt Field, Fl., the 39 IOS is a subordinate unit under the 688th Cyberspace Wing, 24th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.


The 39th Information Operations Squadron, located at Hurlburt Field, Florida, is the U.S. Air Force's premier information operations and cyberspace formal training unit. The unit conducts initial qualification training to provide mission-ready information operations and cyber warfare operators for all Air Force major commands. 

The 39 IOS has three flagship courses: One each for Information Operations, United States Cyber Command’s Cyber Mission Force and Air Force Network cyber weapon systems.  The Information Operations Integration course is initial qualification training for Airmen assigned to operational-level information operations team billets in air operations centers. Cyber Warfare Operations is the core of initial qualification training for Cyber Mission Force operators, and feeds weapon system-specific tracks for operators of each system. Cyber Defense and Control Operations is the core for Air Force Network cyber weapon systems training, and feeds separate tracks for each cyber weapon system.

Mission:

Provide initial qualification training for Airmen to plan and execute missions requiring Cyberspace Operations and Information Operations capabilities.

Vision:
Preparing graduates to fight our Nation’s wars.

People:
125 professionals, representing 17 Air Force Specialty Codes to perform the 39 IOS mission. The instructor corps at 39 IOS consists of 100 experienced active duty, civilians and contractors with a wide range of expertise in cyber warfare, electronic warfare and information operations.

Organization:
The 39 IOS is part of the 318th Cyberspace Operations Group and 688th Cyberspace Wing, both located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, which are aligned under 24th Air Force and Air Force Space Command.  The 39 IOS also has a detachment located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Cyberspace Capabilities:
The 39 IOS is housed in a state-of-the-art 22,000 square-foot facility featuring six classrooms and a 50-person auditorium.  Each cyber student workspace has connectivity to multiple networks, enabling individual students to research unclassified and classified material and perform hands-on exercises on our state-of-the-art in-house cyber training range. 

History:
The 39 IOS traces its roots back to 7 February 1942, when the 136th Signal Radio Intelligence Company (136 SRIC) was constituted.  The 136 SRIC was activated 15 February 1942.  Several redesignations took place before it was deactivated on 8 May 1955. On 1 October 1986, the unit was reactivated and consolidated with the 6919th Electronic Security Squadron at Sembach Air Base, Germany.  The mission was command, control and communication countermeasures support to U.S. and allied forces.  This squadron was deactivated 31 May 1991. On 1 November 1994, the 39th Intelligence Squadron (39 IS) was activated at Nellis AFB, Nevada.  The 39 IS provided tactical intelligence integration training for the Weapons and Tactics Center and the Air Force Weapons School. The squadron was moved to Hurlburt Field in 1998. The initial cadre of permanent party members arrived on station between October 1998 and May 1999.  The first class of information operations warriors was trained in a temporary facility in December of 1998. The Air Force approved changing the squadron's name from the 39th Intelligence Squadron to the 39th Information Operations Squadron on 1 September 1999 to better reflect its new and expanded mission set.  Since the initial Information Operations Integration Course, the schoolhouse has graduated more than 3,400 students from various courses.

(Current as of Oct 2016)