688th IOW earns AFSPC awards

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- The 688th Information Operations Wing was named Air Force Space Command's most outstanding wing with a cyberspace mission May 14.

"These exceptional units and individuals have distinguished themselves through superb professionalism and dedication to AFSPC's highest standards of excellence," said Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, AFSPC director of air, space and cyberspace operations.

The wing commander, Col. Paul Welch, attributed the award to the work ethic and devotion to duty his personnel display every day.

"Within the domain of cyberspace, sometimes what gets a significant amount of attention is the latest technology and capability, but what we are bringing to the fight everyday would grind to a halt without our people," he said. "From our uniformed military members, to our government and contract civilians, everyone contributes directly toward the strength of our organization."

In addition to the wing-level award, two 688th squadrons were recognized for their outstanding performance. The 318th Operations Support Squadron earned the Chief Master Sergeant Edward W. Weaver award for AFSPC's best OSS, and the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron was named AFSPC's best cyberspace support squadron.

"These awards are well deserved for everyone's hard work, and I consider myself extremely lucky to serve with all of you," said Welch.