Cyber wing activates at Robins AFB

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The Air Force activated its first combat communications wing during a ceremony here Monday.

The 689th Combat Communications Wing's mission is to train, deploy and deliver expeditionary and specialized communications, air traffic control and landing systems for Humanitarian Relief Operations and dominant combat operations, anytime, anywhere.

Utilizing unique tactical skill sets, the 689th CCW will specialize in conducting tactical operations in austere, deployed, and joint/coalition environments. The combined wing will execute Air Force priorities by allowing a single advocate for standard operations and synergy among all missions and total force members to provide relevant and effective combat capabilities to the joint fight.

For the surrounding community, the decision to activate the 689th CCW brings with it an increase of approximately 40 military and civilians to the new wing headquarters staff.

The wing in its entirety consists of approximately 5,000 active duty, Air Force Reserve, and Air Force National Guard personnel, as well as civilian and contractor support from the 3rd Combat Communications Group, 5th Combat Communications Group, ten Air National Guard Combat Communications units and four Air Force Reserve Combat Communications Squadrons located at bases in several different states.

Colonel Theresa Giorlando is the first 689th CCW commander. She has commanded at the squadron and group levels and has served on the joint and Air Force staffs. She has recently completed a tour as the director of Communications for Headquarters, Air Education and Training Command.

Colonel Giorlando's assumption of command was held in conjunction with the wing activation ceremony.