688 IOW, 39 IOS named best in AFSPC

The mission of the 688th Information Operations Wing is to deliver proven information operations and engineering infrastructure capabilities integrated across air, space and cyberspace domains.  Headquartered at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, the 688 IOW consists of more than 1,200 military, civilian and contractor personnel skilled in the areas of systems engineering, weaponeering, engineering and installation, operations research, intelligence, communications and computer applications.

The mission of the 688th Information Operations Wing is to deliver proven information operations and engineering infrastructure capabilities integrated across air, space and cyberspace domains. Headquartered at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, the 688 IOW consists of more than 1,200 military, civilian and contractor personnel skilled in the areas of systems engineering, weaponeering, engineering and installation, operations research, intelligence, communications and computer applications.

39th Information Operations Squadron

39th Information Operations Squadron

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Two of Air Force Space Command's newest units were named the best in cyberspace operations May 17.

The 688th Information Operations Wing was awarded the honor of Outstanding Wing with a Cyberspace Mission for 2009 for its exceptional meritorious service across the spectrum of cyber operations. The 39th Information Operations Squadron, one of six IO squadrons in the 688 IOW, was also honored as AFSPC's Best Information Operations Squadron for 2009.

"This is a very proud moment for the 688th," said Col. Robert Skinner, 688th IOW commander. "Since our designation in 2009, we've been on afterburners standing up the wing, accomplishing the mission, and taking care of our people."

The colonel noted that the wing's impact reaches beyond the scope of Air Force systems.

"Our dedication to cyber operations is essential to not only the Air Force network, but to the warfigher down range," said the colonel. "Day in and day out, we focus on supporting military operations across the spectrum of conflict."

As the Air Force's sole cyber and IO formal training unit, the 39 IOS launched a 12-phase, 74-lesson online cyber training course and resolved a Headquarters Air Force top training priority for 3,500 Airmen transitioning from communications career fields into cyber career fields.

"It's about helping Airmen throughout 24th Air Force increase their skill at employing effective cyber power in every operation," said Lt. Col. Dean Clothier, 39th IOS commander. "Defense of the nation's networks is a core focus of our instruction and through our courses we build those skills necessary for all Air Force cyber professionals."

Additionally, the squadron graduated 458 cyber and information operations students, equipped to integrate effects-based planning within Air and Space Operations Centers worldwide.

"The integration of cyber warfare into operations is essential and vital to the future of the U.S. military," said Staff Sgt. Ty Lantta, 39th IOS IO instructor. "While cyber warfare is capable of operating on its own, only when it is combined with the other capabilities will the true benefits of cyber operations be realized."

The wing has no plans to rest on the successes of 2009 as it looks forward to "driving the art of the possible" in 2010.

"We've set a high bar of excellence and look forward to continued improvement as we drive mission assurance and take care of our people," said Colonel Skinner. "As we mature the wing and build on our momentum, we will focus on efficiency, standards and tackling the hard issues."