Cyberspace squadron celebrates 100 years

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas --

The 91st Cyberspace Operations Squadron celebrated its 100th birthday the week of Aug. 21-26 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas with a week of festivities designed to both honor its heritage and celebrate its cyber Airmen who accomplish the mission daily.

The 91st COS, located on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, began on Aug. 20, 1917 as the 91st Aero Squadron out of Kelly Field, Texas, predating the establishment of the U.S. Air Force by a full 30 years. The 91st was one of five Aero Squadrons initially sent to France in World War I, where members racked up 21 aerial kills and included four Aerial Aces among their ranks. The unit went on to fly thousands of reconnaissance sorties in both WWII and the Korean War.

The 91st COS transitioned to the cyber domain in 2007 and currently operates underneath the 67th Cyberspace Wing, 24th Air Force, where it is tasked by U.S. Cyber Command to deliver combat power and fires in support of Combatant Commander and joint warfighter objectives.

“Our people are what make our mission possible, and it is an honor and a privilege to serve with them”, said Lt. Col. Christopher Robinson, 91st COS commander. “We stand on the shoulders of giants who served before us, and we strive to continue the legacy of warfighting excellence our organization is known for.”

The week of activities kicked off with a cake-cutting on Aug. 21, which was the date chosen to mark the unit’s official birthday.

Aug. 24 members of the squadron laid a wreath on the grave site of the founding unit squadron commander, Colonel John Reynolds, at the Fort Sam National Cemetery on Ft. Sam Houston. Members of Reynolds’ family including his grandson, great grandson, and great-great grandson were in attendance.

On Aug. 25 the 91st opened its doors for an Open House, where alumni and families were afforded a rare glimpse into daily life for the squadron. A formal military dinner planned to culminate the week was postponed due to inclement weather.

The U.S. Air Force turns 70 years old on Sep. 18.

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