AFSPC commander visits cyber wings

Senior Airman Matthew Welch (right), a cyber operations controller with the 68th Network Warfare Squadron, demonstrated methods to detect breaches of personally identifiable information on Air Force networks to Gen. William L. Shelton (left), commander of Air Force Space Command, during a visit to the 67th Cyberspace Wing at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland Dec. 4, 2013.  Information obtained due to PII breaches could be used by malicious actors for identity theft or other nefarious activity. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Senior Airman Matthew Welch (right), a cyber operations controller with the 68th Network Warfare Squadron, demonstrated methods to detect breaches of personally identifiable information on Air Force networks to Gen. William L. Shelton (left), commander of Air Force Space Command, during a visit to the 67th Cyberspace Wing at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland Dec. 4, 2013. Information obtained due to PII breaches could be used by malicious actors for identity theft or other nefarious activity. (U.S. Air Force photo)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- General William L. Shelton, Air Force Space Command commander, visited the 67th and 688th Cyberspace Wings during a visit to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland Dec. 4-6.

Shelton was here to tour the facilities and meet with personnel from both wings.

Shelton's first stop was the 67th CW and its units, whose mission is to operate, manage and defend Air Force networks. In addition, the wing trains and readies Airmen to execute computer network exploitation and attack.

"Our Airmen enjoyed showcasing our mission and initiatives, and there's no better venue than the operations floor for General. Shelton to personally engage with our Cyber Airmen, witness innovation in action and admire our talented force," said Col. William Poirier, 67th CW commander.

In addition to updates on the Cyber Mission Force and mission evaluation, the AFSPC commander was briefed on the status of personally identifiable information breaches and the efforts to reduce those breaches.

"It was an amazing opportunity to be able to tell our message directly to General Shelton," said Senior Airman Matthew Welch, 68th Network Warfare Squadron cyberspace operations controller. "He was extremely enthusiastic and to see such a high ranking leader caring about what we do was an uplifting experience."

The wing commander agreed.

"Our Airmen gained unique senior leader perspective firsthand while they shared stories with the general that will help inform the discourse among senior Air Force leadership on this exciting mission area," said Poirier.

Shelton then visited the 688th CW, which delivers proven information operations and engineering infrastructure capabilities integrated across air, space and cyberspace domains.

"General. Shelton's visit was a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate how the 688th Cyberspace Wing is delivering asymmetric advantage across the air, space and cyberspace domains," said Col. Michael Harasimowicz, 688th CW commander.

The 688th CW represents the largest single growth area in the Air Force, noted Harasimowicz. He cited the Cyber Protection Teams and National and Combat Support teams, which make up the majority of Air Force investment in the Cyber Mission Force construct.

"We were able to reinforce that we are his 'go-to' leaders in the still largely uncharted domain of cyberspace," said Harasimowicz.