AFSPC commander, command chief visit JBSA-Lackland cyber units

Gen. John E. Hyten (right), Air Force Space Command commander receives instructional support from Technical Sgt. Bryan Moore a Cyber Vulnerability Assessment/Hunter (CVA/H) weapon system operator with the 92d Information Operations Squadron while participating in a scenario-based cyber training mission known as “CyberDome” during a visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 2. During the simulation, Hyten was tasked with investigating a training network for indicators of compromise and was tested on his ability to properly identify malicious activity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Gen. John E. Hyten (right), Air Force Space Command commander receives instructional support from Technical Sgt. Bryan Moore a Cyber Vulnerability Assessment/Hunter (CVA/H) weapon system operator with the 92d Information Operations Squadron while participating in a scenario-based cyber training mission known as “CyberDome” during a visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 2. During the simulation, Hyten was tasked with investigating a training network for indicators of compromise and was tested on his ability to properly identify malicious activity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander receives a simulated intelligence report from Capt. William Garvey, an intelligence analyst assigned to the 318th Operations Support Squadron, while participating in a simulated cyber mission during his visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 2. During the simulation, Hyten was given a scenario-based, hands-on experience which demonstrated an example of the continuation training provided to Air Force cyber operators assigned to Cyber Protection Teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander receives a simulated intelligence report from Capt. William Garvey, an intelligence analyst assigned to the 318th Operations Support Squadron, while participating in a simulated cyber mission during his visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 2. During the simulation, Hyten was given a scenario-based, hands-on experience which demonstrated an example of the continuation training provided to Air Force cyber operators assigned to Cyber Protection Teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Col. Michael C. Harasimowicz (left), 688th Cyberspace Wing commander speaks to Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander during his visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 2. Harasimowicz seized the opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of multiple personnel assigned to the 688th CW which has led to the many recent outstanding successes of the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Col. Michael C. Harasimowicz (left), 688th Cyberspace Wing commander speaks to Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander during his visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 2. Harasimowicz seized the opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of multiple personnel assigned to the 688th CW which has led to the many recent outstanding successes of the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander speaks in a courtyard while surrounded by the men and women of the 67th Cyberspace Wing during his visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 2. Hyten took the time to answer questions from several personnel, to share his priorities and vision and to personally recognize multiple cyber professionals for being outstanding performers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander speaks in a courtyard while surrounded by the men and women of the 67th Cyberspace Wing during his visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 2. Hyten took the time to answer questions from several personnel, to share his priorities and vision and to personally recognize multiple cyber professionals for being outstanding performers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander presents a commander’s coin to Staff Sgt. Jacob W. Stowe, a Cyber Operations Analyst assigned to the 68th Network Warfare Squadron during his visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 2. Stowe was one of serveral cyber warriors within 24th Air Force who were recognized by Hyten for standing out as top performers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander presents a commander’s coin to Staff Sgt. Jacob W. Stowe, a Cyber Operations Analyst assigned to the 68th Network Warfare Squadron during his visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 2. Stowe was one of serveral cyber warriors within 24th Air Force who were recognized by Hyten for standing out as top performers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Col. Bradley L. Pyburn, 624th Operations Center commander briefs Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander during his visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 3. Hyten was given the opportunity to observe the real-world operations conducted by the units within the 24th Air Force and to personally recognize several cyber warriors as outstanding performers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Col. Bradley L. Pyburn, 624th Operations Center commander briefs Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander during his visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 3. Hyten was given the opportunity to observe the real-world operations conducted by the units within the 24th Air Force and to personally recognize several cyber warriors as outstanding performers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander pauses for a photo with Major Katherine V. Jones, Director of Operations at the 91st Network Warfare Squadron and Maj. Gen. B. Edwin Wilson, 24th Air Force commander during his visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 3. Hyten presented Jones with the Air Force Outstanding Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Field Grade Officer of the Year award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander pauses for a photo with Major Katherine V. Jones, Director of Operations at the 91st Network Warfare Squadron and Maj. Gen. B. Edwin Wilson, 24th Air Force commander during his visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 3. Hyten presented Jones with the Air Force Outstanding Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Field Grade Officer of the Year award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander and Chief Master Sgt. Douglas L. McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief speak to the men and women of 24th Air Force during an All-Call at the Pfingston Reception Center located on Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas, June 3. Hyten and McIntyre concluded their multi-day by sharing their insights on the importance of the Air Force’s cyber mission as well as the importance of being a good Wingman to fellow Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander and Chief Master Sgt. Douglas L. McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief speak to the men and women of 24th Air Force during an All-Call at the Pfingston Reception Center located on Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas, June 3. Hyten and McIntyre concluded their multi-day by sharing their insights on the importance of the Air Force’s cyber mission as well as the importance of being a good Wingman to fellow Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander accepts a “Ranger’s” badge; 24th Air Force’s mascot from Maj. Gen. B. Edwin Wilson, 24th Air Force commander during his visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 3. Wilson presented Hyten the badge as a token of appreciation for sharing his time and insights with the men and women of 24th Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander accepts a “Ranger’s” badge; 24th Air Force’s mascot from Maj. Gen. B. Edwin Wilson, 24th Air Force commander during his visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, June 3. Wilson presented Hyten the badge as a token of appreciation for sharing his time and insights with the men and women of 24th Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander and Chief Master Sgt. Douglas L. McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, visited several cyber units within 24th Air Force during a multi-day trip to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland June 1-3.

Hyten and McIntyre began by visiting the 346th Test Squadron and 92d Information Operations Squadron, units that fall under the 688th Cyberspace Wing.  There, they received mission briefs, as well as the opportunity to participate in a scenario-based cyber training mission known as "CyberDome".  The training event provided Hyten and McIntyre a hands-on opportunity to experience the challenges cyber operators face every day.  Prior to concluding the tour, Hyten took time to meet and personally recognize several outstanding performers.

Later, the same day, Hyten and McIntyre spoke in a courtyard surrounded by the men and women of the 67th Cyberspace Wing.  The two leaders conducted an informal Q&A session and once again recognized several top performers from the wing.  Among the individuals recognized was Staff Sgt. Jacob W. Stowe, a Cyber Operations Analyst assigned to the 68th Network Warfare Squadron.

"Being coined by anyone is an honor, but being coined by Gen. Hyten is an even greater honor," said Stowe.  "It was a rare opportunity and something I do not take lightly; something very special and it's an awesome story that I will carry throughout my career."

The 624th Operations Center and 24th Air Force headquarters were the last two units visited. During this time, Hyten and McIntyre observed the real-world operations conducted by the units within the 24th Air Force, as well as met with the men and women of the two organizations.  Keeping with the trend, Hyten and McIntyre took the opportunity to personally thank the cyber warriors and to once again recognize a number of outstanding personnel during this last stop of their tour.
  
"Our Airmen accomplish amazing things every day, but occasionally they may wonder how significant their individual jobs are for the Air Force," said Chief Master Sgt. Brendan Criswell, 24th Air Force command chief.  "Having our MAJCOM Commander and command chief take the time to personally visit to say "thank you" and explain how the Air Force couldn't do what it does without them is tremendous."

Hyten concluded the visit by conducting an All-Call for the cyber units that fall under his command here at JBSA-Lackland.  He discussed the importance of the cyber mission and how it directly relates to the combat effects for Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

During the All-Call, Hyten continued to recognize the accomplishments of 24th Air Force Airmen when he presented Major Katherine V. Jones, Director of Operations at the 91st Network Warfare Squadron, with the Air Force Outstanding Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Field Grade Officer of the Year award.

"I was very honored to be recognized by Gen. Hyten and was most proud that I provided a catalyst to describe the great work done by members of the 91st Network Warfare Squadron" said Jones.  "I am humbled to work with my fellow Demon Chasers every day.  It was a proud moment to share this recognition with the whole team."

Hyten's focus wasn't only on mission, but also taking care of Airmen and their families.  He gave a moving example of an un-named senior master sergeant who provided support to a commander, ultimately saving the commander's marriage.  In addition, he spoke to the importance of being in tune with fellow Airmen and co-workers in the constant pursuit of suicide prevention.

"Our 24th Air Force team was extremely proud to have Gen. Hyten visit and spend the time to share his priorities and vision in person," said Maj. Gen. B. Edwin Wilson, 24th Air Force commander.  "It was a tremendous opportunity for the entire team to gain insights not only on the importance of our cyber mission to the Department of Defense and our Nation, but the need to be a good Wingman, in every sense of the word, to our fellow Airmen."