24th Air Force celebrates seven years in cyber

Maj. Gen. Christopher Weggeman, 24th Air Force commander, poses with Mr. Chris Putko (right), Executive Officer, Cyber Security and Communication Systems and Dr. Marc Zissman, Associate Division Head, Cyber Security and Communication Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, Mass. 1 August.  The MIT cyber specialists briefed Weggeman on current research and development efforts related to cyber security, operations, and analytics.

Maj. Gen. Christopher Weggeman, 24th Air Force commander, poses with Mr. Chris Putko (right), Executive Officer, Cyber Security and Communication Systems and Dr. Marc Zissman, Associate Division Head, Cyber Security and Communication Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, Mass. 1 August. The MIT cyber specialists briefed Weggeman on current research and development efforts related to cyber security, operations, and analytics.

Maj. Gen. Burke “Ed” Wilson, 24th Air Forces’ fourth commander, addresses guests and Airmen during a Basic Military Training graduation Wilson officiated in San Antonio, Texas May 2016 (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Salvidar).

Maj. Gen. Burke “Ed” Wilson, 24th Air Forces’ fourth commander, addresses guests and Airmen during a Basic Military Training graduation Wilson officiated in San Antonio, Texas May 2016 (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Salvidar).

Maj. Gen. James K. McLaughlin, 24th Air Forces’ third commander, throws the first pitch during a minor league baseball game between the San Antonio Missions and the San Diego Padres in San Antonio July 2013 (Courtesy photo).

Maj. Gen. James K. McLaughlin, 24th Air Forces’ third commander, throws the first pitch during a minor league baseball game between the San Antonio Missions and the San Diego Padres in San Antonio July 2013 (Courtesy photo).

Maj. Gen. Suzanne M. Vautrinot (Ret.), 24th Air Forces’ second commander, addresses visitors and members of the media during the official ribbon cutting ceremony in the Numbered Air Forces new location at Port San Antonio, Texas Mar 2012 (Courtesy photo).

Maj. Gen. Suzanne M. Vautrinot (Ret.), 24th Air Forces’ second commander, addresses visitors and members of the media during the official ribbon cutting ceremony in the Numbered Air Forces new location at Port San Antonio, Texas Mar 2012 (Courtesy photo).

Maj. Gen. Richard E. Webber (Ret.), 24th Air Forces’ first commander, speaks to the 5th Combat Communications Group during the 2010 Combat Challenge at Robins AFB, Macon Ga. July 2010 (Courtesy photo).

Maj. Gen. Richard E. Webber (Ret.), 24th Air Forces’ first commander, speaks to the 5th Combat Communications Group during the 2010 Combat Challenge at Robins AFB, Macon Ga. July 2010 (Courtesy photo).

The 688th Cyberspace Wing poses for a group photo 27 Jan 2016. Under 24th Air Force, the 688th is mission critical in denying adversaries freedom to maneuver on cyber key terrain (U.S. photo by MSgt Luke Thelen).

The 688th Cyberspace Wing poses for a group photo 27 Jan 2016. Under 24th Air Force, the 688th is mission critical in denying adversaries freedom to maneuver on cyber key terrain (U.S. photo by MSgt Luke Thelen).

General Mark Welsh (Ret.) receives a cyber operations brief from Col. Mike Dombrowski, 624th commander, during the former CSAF's second and final visit to 24th Air Force Aug 2015.

General Mark Welsh (Ret.) receives a cyber operations brief from Col. Mike Dombrowski, 624th commander, during the former CSAF's second and final visit to 24th Air Force Aug 2015.

"Twenty-five airmen from the 5th Combat Communications Group returned from Jordan 26 July. The airmen were a part of a Expeditionary Support Squadron (ESPTS) supporting the combat missions. During their 6 month deployment, they provided critical, uninterrupted, communications to joint warfighters assisting in global counter-ISIL efforts. (Courtesy photos)."

"Twenty-five airmen from the 5th Combat Communications Group returned from Jordan 26 July. The airmen were a part of a Expeditionary Support Squadron (ESPTS) supporting the combat missions. During their 6 month deployment, they provided critical, uninterrupted, communications to joint warfighters assisting in global counter-ISIL efforts. (Courtesy photos)."

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James receives a briefing from Col. Michael Dombrowski, 624th Operations Center commander during a visit to JBSA - Lackland Jan 5. James and leaders of 24th and 25th Air Force discussed a series of cyber and global ISR initiatives focused on industry partnerships and innovation. (US Air Force photo by MSgt Luke Thelen)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James receives a briefing from Col. Michael Dombrowski, 624th Operations Center commander during a visit to JBSA - Lackland Jan 5. James and leaders of 24th and 25th Air Force discussed a series of cyber and global ISR initiatives focused on industry partnerships and innovation. (US Air Force photo by MSgt Luke Thelen)

"Chief Master Sgt. Brendan Criswell, Command Chief, 24th Air Force, salutes Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson, Commander, 24th Air Force, during the chief's final reenlistment swear-in at JBSA-Lackland 10 June. Criswell, after 27 years on active duty, is scheduled to transfer in July to serve as command chief for Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colo." (US Air Force photo by MSgt Stuart Wilson)
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"Chief Master Sgt. Brendan Criswell, Command Chief, 24th Air Force, salutes Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson, Commander, 24th Air Force, during the chief's final reenlistment swear-in at JBSA-Lackland 10 June. Criswell, after 27 years on active duty, is scheduled to transfer in July to serve as command chief for Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colo." (US Air Force photo by MSgt Stuart Wilson)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson (center), 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber Command (AFCYBER) commander shakes hands with Turkish Air Force Lt. Col. Hasan Cifci, Head of Cyber Defense Command and member of a Turkish Air Force cybersecurity delegation during their visit to Headquarters, 24AF - AFCYBER, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, Feb 23. The delegation visit was centered upon strengthening U.S. and allied forces partnerships as well as to gain further insight on how 24AF - AFCYBER organizes, trains, equips, and tasks our cyber forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson (center), 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber Command (AFCYBER) commander shakes hands with Turkish Air Force Lt. Col. Hasan Cifci, Head of Cyber Defense Command and member of a Turkish Air Force cybersecurity delegation during their visit to Headquarters, 24AF - AFCYBER, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, Feb 23. The delegation visit was centered upon strengthening U.S. and allied forces partnerships as well as to gain further insight on how 24AF - AFCYBER organizes, trains, equips, and tasks our cyber forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Shelia Zuehlke (center-right), mobilization assistant to the commander, 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber Command (AFCYBER), and French Air Force Brig. Gen. Thierry Combel (center), Deputy Director General of Employment and Training-Air Force Human Resources, stand with other members of a cybersecurity delegation during a visit to Headquarters, 24AF - AFCYBER, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, Jan 13. The delegation visited to discuss how the U.S. and French Air Force’s approach cyber organization, training, and exercise participation as well as to facilitate future partnerships and engagements.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Shelia Zuehlke (center-right), mobilization assistant to the commander, 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber Command (AFCYBER), and French Air Force Brig. Gen. Thierry Combel (center), Deputy Director General of Employment and Training-Air Force Human Resources, stand with other members of a cybersecurity delegation during a visit to Headquarters, 24AF - AFCYBER, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, Jan 13. The delegation visited to discuss how the U.S. and French Air Force’s approach cyber organization, training, and exercise participation as well as to facilitate future partnerships and engagements.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson, 24th Air Force commander speaks to attendees of the 2015 AF Cyberspace Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) Workshop on Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, October 20. The three-day LVC workshop is co-chaired by 24 AF and the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS). The theme of the workshop is Training the Cyber Mission Force. As the leader in realistic Cyber training, the AF seeks to integrate air, space, and cyberspace training through its full-spectrum LVC capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)
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Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson, 24th Air Force commander speaks to attendees of the 2015 AF Cyberspace Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) Workshop on Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, October 20. The three-day LVC workshop is co-chaired by 24 AF and the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS). The theme of the workshop is Training the Cyber Mission Force. As the leader in realistic Cyber training, the AF seeks to integrate air, space, and cyberspace training through its full-spectrum LVC capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Solito, cyber transport technician, uses a punch down and tone generator to locate power for ethernet cables during Vigilant Shield 16 at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Canada, Oct. 11, 2015. From Oct. 15 to 26, 2015, approximately 700 members from the Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, and the United States Air National Guard are deploying to Iqualuit, Nunavut, and 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador for Exercise Vigilant Shield 16. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jasmonet Jackson/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Solito, cyber transport technician, uses a punch down and tone generator to locate power for ethernet cables during Vigilant Shield 16 at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Canada, Oct. 11, 2015. From Oct. 15 to 26, 2015, approximately 700 members from the Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, and the United States Air National Guard are deploying to Iqualuit, Nunavut, and 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador for Exercise Vigilant Shield 16. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jasmonet Jackson/Released)

Airmen assigned to the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron move cases of communication equipment during Vigilant Shield 16 at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Canada, Oct. 10, 2015. From October 15-26, 2015 approximately 700 members from the Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, and the United States Air National Guard are deploying to Iqualuit, Nunavut, and 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador for Exercise Vigilant Shield 16. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jasmonet Jackson/ Released)
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Airmen assigned to the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron move cases of communication equipment during Vigilant Shield 16 at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Canada, Oct. 10, 2015. From October 15-26, 2015 approximately 700 members from the Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, and the United States Air National Guard are deploying to Iqualuit, Nunavut, and 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador for Exercise Vigilant Shield 16. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jasmonet Jackson/ Released)

General Mark A. Welsh III, United States Air Force Chief of Staff, addresses members of the 24th and 25th Air Forces at the Pfingston Basic Military Training Center, and praises their work in the cyber and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance domains. (U.S. Air Force photo by William B. Belcher/Released)
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General Mark A. Welsh III, United States Air Force Chief of Staff, addresses members of the 24th and 25th Air Forces at the Pfingston Basic Military Training Center, and praises their work in the cyber and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance domains. (U.S. Air Force photo by William B. Belcher/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)
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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)

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael Lyons, Joint Tactical Communications Office communications operator, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, looks through information on a workstation inside the Combined Air and Space Operations Center-Nellis during Red Flag 14-1 Feb. 5, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This is the first exercise that truly integrates advanced operational and tactical air, space and cyber training in a live, virtual, constructive environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brett Clashman)
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U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael Lyons, Joint Tactical Communications Office communications operator, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, looks through information on a workstation inside the Combined Air and Space Operations Center-Nellis during Red Flag 14-1 Feb. 5, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This is the first exercise that truly integrates advanced operational and tactical air, space and cyber training in a live, virtual, constructive environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brett Clashman)

Royal Australian Air Force Flight Sgt. Sean Bedford (left), Australian Space Operations Centre space duty technician, New Norcia, Australia, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Frederick Riggans-Huguley, 603rd Air and Space Operations Center space duty technician, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, analyze air missile defense systems inside the Combined Air and Space Operations Center-Nellis during Red Flag 14-1 Feb. 5, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Space duty technicians direct air missile ballistic warnings and provide communication to combat search and rescue teams. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brett Clashman)
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Royal Australian Air Force Flight Sgt. Sean Bedford (left), Australian Space Operations Centre space duty technician, New Norcia, Australia, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Frederick Riggans-Huguley, 603rd Air and Space Operations Center space duty technician, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, analyze air missile defense systems inside the Combined Air and Space Operations Center-Nellis during Red Flag 14-1 Feb. 5, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Space duty technicians direct air missile ballistic warnings and provide communication to combat search and rescue teams. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brett Clashman)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Lt. Col. Todd Schug, 52nd Combat Communications Squadron and ruck march commander, (left) and Staff Sgt. Rome Reiswig, 52nd CBCS Customer Support Squadron non-commissioned officer in charge, talk with Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Coyle, 52nd CBCS superintendent, about the ruck march route while 2nd Lt. Patrick Beville prepares his ruck pack. The route would take more than 30 members of the 689th Combat Communications Wing across six miles of Robins’ roadways and woodlands March 15, in honor of Chief Coyle’s retirement March 19. (U.S. Air Force Photo/2nd Lt. Joel Cooke)
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ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Lt. Col. Todd Schug, 52nd Combat Communications Squadron and ruck march commander, (left) and Staff Sgt. Rome Reiswig, 52nd CBCS Customer Support Squadron non-commissioned officer in charge, talk with Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Coyle, 52nd CBCS superintendent, about the ruck march route while 2nd Lt. Patrick Beville prepares his ruck pack. The route would take more than 30 members of the 689th Combat Communications Wing across six miles of Robins’ roadways and woodlands March 15, in honor of Chief Coyle’s retirement March 19. (U.S. Air Force Photo/2nd Lt. Joel Cooke)

Members of the 5th Combat Communications Group Combat Challenge Team, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. participate in the filming of "The Footlocker," a short film by Julie Gerisch that will premier in July at the 8th Air Force Historical Society Reunion in Tucson, Ariz. (US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert Talenti)
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Members of the 5th Combat Communications Group Combat Challenge Team, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. participate in the filming of "The Footlocker," a short film by Julie Gerisch that will premier in July at the 8th Air Force Historical Society Reunion in Tucson, Ariz. (US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert Talenti)

Senior Airman Nathan Joiner, member of the 689th Combat Communications Wing Guardian Challenge Security Forces team adjusts his helmet prior to the start of his team’s tactics event May 16. The 689th team is comprised primarily of members from the 3rd Combat Communications Group, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.  (US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert Talenti)
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Senior Airman Nathan Joiner, member of the 689th Combat Communications Wing Guardian Challenge Security Forces team adjusts his helmet prior to the start of his team’s tactics event May 16. The 689th team is comprised primarily of members from the 3rd Combat Communications Group, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. (US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert Talenti)

First Lt. Karl Kappler, 689th Combat Communications Wing loads a clip for an AK47 during the field striping portion of the AK-47 familiarization class held by the 689th CCW Aug. 20.
This opportunity was hosted off base in conjunction with the Warner Robins Police Department, a partner of Robins Air Force Base. Members were taught basic functionality, history and weapon specifications, they were also provided with a hands-on field striping and range opportunity.  "Today combat communications Airmen were able to place something else into their combat-readiness tool box, we are looking forward to the next familiarization class," said Capt. Josh Aultman, the class instructor. (US Air Force photo by Capt. Josh Aultman)
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First Lt. Karl Kappler, 689th Combat Communications Wing loads a clip for an AK47 during the field striping portion of the AK-47 familiarization class held by the 689th CCW Aug. 20. This opportunity was hosted off base in conjunction with the Warner Robins Police Department, a partner of Robins Air Force Base. Members were taught basic functionality, history and weapon specifications, they were also provided with a hands-on field striping and range opportunity. "Today combat communications Airmen were able to place something else into their combat-readiness tool box, we are looking forward to the next familiarization class," said Capt. Josh Aultman, the class instructor. (US Air Force photo by Capt. Josh Aultman)

The CyberPatriot competitors represent their school against nearly 500 teams during the third round of competition Dec. 4. The top teams compete in the finals in Orlando. The Air Force Association serves as the lead for CyberPatriot, University of Texas-San Antonio and SAIC, Inc. (NYSE: SAI), a scientific, engineering, and technology applications company, provide the educational tools for the program. While UTSA provides schools with most of the academic information and solely runs the collegiate competition, SAIC provides the hardware and software to make the competition possible. The Air Force is the fourth contributor to CyberPatriot with manpower through volunteers like the ones from 24th Air Force. (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott McNabb)
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The CyberPatriot competitors represent their school against nearly 500 teams during the third round of competition Dec. 4. The top teams compete in the finals in Orlando. The Air Force Association serves as the lead for CyberPatriot, University of Texas-San Antonio and SAIC, Inc. (NYSE: SAI), a scientific, engineering, and technology applications company, provide the educational tools for the program. While UTSA provides schools with most of the academic information and solely runs the collegiate competition, SAIC provides the hardware and software to make the competition possible. The Air Force is the fourth contributor to CyberPatriot with manpower through volunteers like the ones from 24th Air Force. (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott McNabb)

Captain Charles A. Ransom, a cyberspace Airman assigned to the 83rd Network Operations Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Va., died April 27, 2011, at the Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan of wounds suffered from gunfire while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The captain was deployed to Afghanistan from the 83rd NOS, a part of the 67th Network Warfare Wing, located at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. (Courtesy photo provided by the 83rd Network Operations Squadron)
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Captain Charles A. Ransom, a cyberspace Airman assigned to the 83rd Network Operations Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Va., died April 27, 2011, at the Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan of wounds suffered from gunfire while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The captain was deployed to Afghanistan from the 83rd NOS, a part of the 67th Network Warfare Wing, located at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. (Courtesy photo provided by the 83rd Network Operations Squadron)

Members of the Alamo Colleges Information Technology and Security Academy team were recognized by both the Texas House and Senate March 7 after placing first in the regional competition of CyberPatriot. They are seen here as Texas Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (left) reads Senate Resolution Number 385 on the Senate floor. They placed third in the CyberPatriot national championships in April. They now work on the staff of the 33rd Network Warfare Squadron’s Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team – a subordinate unit of the 67th Network Warfare Wing and 24th Air Force. The summer hires will work right alongside other entry-level cyber operators, getting real-world experience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christine D. Millette)
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Members of the Alamo Colleges Information Technology and Security Academy team were recognized by both the Texas House and Senate March 7 after placing first in the regional competition of CyberPatriot. They are seen here as Texas Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (left) reads Senate Resolution Number 385 on the Senate floor. They placed third in the CyberPatriot national championships in April. They now work on the staff of the 33rd Network Warfare Squadron’s Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team – a subordinate unit of the 67th Network Warfare Wing and 24th Air Force. The summer hires will work right alongside other entry-level cyber operators, getting real-world experience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christine D. Millette)

Eighteen of 25 volunteers from the 67th Network Warfare Wing pose for a group shot at the Habitat for Humanity-San Antonio build site Aug. 11. The team battled against sweltering heat and bees sharing the drinking water to build the first layer of the roof. More than 12,000 people volunteer at the site each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt Scott McNabb)
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Eighteen of 25 volunteers from the 67th Network Warfare Wing pose for a group shot at the Habitat for Humanity-San Antonio build site Aug. 11. The team battled against sweltering heat and bees sharing the drinking water to build the first layer of the roof. More than 12,000 people volunteer at the site each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt Scott McNabb)

Technical Sgt. Gary Harris, a 24th Air Force personnelist, hands off the baton to Maj. James Hale, 26th Network Operations Group, during the 24-hour POW/MIA Vigil Run at the Gillum Fitness Center track, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 15. Volunteers also read aloud the names of American military members listed as prisoners of war or missing in action. Cyberspace operators and support personnel from across 24th Air Force units participated in the Lackland Security Hill vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott McNabb)
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Technical Sgt. Gary Harris, a 24th Air Force personnelist, hands off the baton to Maj. James Hale, 26th Network Operations Group, during the 24-hour POW/MIA Vigil Run at the Gillum Fitness Center track, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 15. Volunteers also read aloud the names of American military members listed as prisoners of war or missing in action. Cyberspace operators and support personnel from across 24th Air Force units participated in the Lackland Security Hill vigil. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott McNabb)

Staff Sgt. Stephen Herron reviews his Bronze Star medal and citation in the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron front office. Herron was presented the medal at a 689th Combat Communications Wing field commander's call, Oct. 31. Herron received the award for his efforts during his seven month deployment in support of forward deployed EOD teams. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert A. Talenti)
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Staff Sgt. Stephen Herron reviews his Bronze Star medal and citation in the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron front office. Herron was presented the medal at a 689th Combat Communications Wing field commander's call, Oct. 31. Herron received the award for his efforts during his seven month deployment in support of forward deployed EOD teams. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert A. Talenti)

Staff Sgt. Phillip Graves, 346th Test Squadron, calibrates equipment for radio frequency emission testing here Oct. 4. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Barker)
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Staff Sgt. Phillip Graves, 346th Test Squadron, calibrates equipment for radio frequency emission testing here Oct. 4. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Barker)

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Command Master Chief Daniel Miller, senior enlisted leader for U.S. Cyber Command, National Security Agency and Central Security Service, speaks to fellow E-9s during a "Chief’s Call" at Gott Dining Facility here Jan. 12. Miller visited 24th Air Force and subordinate units of Air Forces Cyber during his 24th AF and AFCYBER update, to include recognition of some of the unit members for their outstanding work. The enlisted leaders exchanged views on trends in military culture, supervisory needs and ways of improving established programs during the Chief’s Call. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Parks)
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LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Command Master Chief Daniel Miller, senior enlisted leader for U.S. Cyber Command, National Security Agency and Central Security Service, speaks to fellow E-9s during a "Chief’s Call" at Gott Dining Facility here Jan. 12. Miller visited 24th Air Force and subordinate units of Air Forces Cyber during his 24th AF and AFCYBER update, to include recognition of some of the unit members for their outstanding work. The enlisted leaders exchanged views on trends in military culture, supervisory needs and ways of improving established programs during the Chief’s Call. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Parks)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Senior Airman Ruth Bryce, a 34th Combat Communications Squadron cyber transport journeyman here, looks forward to her new role as a Tops in Blue team technician Feb. 7. Bryce is one of six technicians selected from 50 candidates to build the team’s stage sets and run the audio, video and lighting for the Tops in Blue show. Although she will miss the 34th CBCS during her one year tour with Tops in Blue, her deployment experience while assigned to combat communications will help ensure the show is set up safely and efficiently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert Talenti)
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TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Senior Airman Ruth Bryce, a 34th Combat Communications Squadron cyber transport journeyman here, looks forward to her new role as a Tops in Blue team technician Feb. 7. Bryce is one of six technicians selected from 50 candidates to build the team’s stage sets and run the audio, video and lighting for the Tops in Blue show. Although she will miss the 34th CBCS during her one year tour with Tops in Blue, her deployment experience while assigned to combat communications will help ensure the show is set up safely and efficiently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert Talenti)

SAN ANTONIO -- Members of the CyberPatriot team from the Information Technology Security Academy stop for a picture with Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot, 24th Air Force commander, after attending the 2nd Annual Mayor's Cyber Cup at the Venues at Valero here Feb. 18. The Mayor's Cyber Cup luncheon recognized the high school team in San Antonio that has performed the best in the national CyberPatriot competition as well as the thirty-six high school teams in San Antonio that have participated in the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Cynthia East)
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SAN ANTONIO -- Members of the CyberPatriot team from the Information Technology Security Academy stop for a picture with Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot, 24th Air Force commander, after attending the 2nd Annual Mayor's Cyber Cup at the Venues at Valero here Feb. 18. The Mayor's Cyber Cup luncheon recognized the high school team in San Antonio that has performed the best in the national CyberPatriot competition as well as the thirty-six high school teams in San Antonio that have participated in the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Cynthia East)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Four flatbed trucks loaded with communications equipment stand ready here June 28. The 51st CBCS is postured and on-call with nearly 123,000 pounds of communications equipment to support wildfire operations in Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert Talenti)
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ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Four flatbed trucks loaded with communications equipment stand ready here June 28. The 51st CBCS is postured and on-call with nearly 123,000 pounds of communications equipment to support wildfire operations in Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert Talenti)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Master Sgt. Gene Jameson, III, 689th CCW wing policy manager, stands proudly in front of the U.S. flag here August 23. Jameson was awarded the medal for his actions while deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan. He battled a fire started by an insurgent’s 107-millimeter rocket. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert Talenti)
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ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Master Sgt. Gene Jameson, III, 689th CCW wing policy manager, stands proudly in front of the U.S. flag here August 23. Jameson was awarded the medal for his actions while deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan. He battled a fire started by an insurgent’s 107-millimeter rocket. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert Talenti)

Brig. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, Deputy Commander of Air Forces Cyber, greets a World War II veteran at Baltimore Washington International Airport Sept. 28. Nearly 400 veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War were greeted by memers of the Air Forces Cyber as they visited Washintton, D.C., to visit their respective memorials. (Courtesy photo)
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Brig. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, Deputy Commander of Air Forces Cyber, greets a World War II veteran at Baltimore Washington International Airport Sept. 28. Nearly 400 veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War were greeted by memers of the Air Forces Cyber as they visited Washintton, D.C., to visit their respective memorials. (Courtesy photo)

Members of the 3rd Combat Communications Group stand in formation at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. The 3rd CCG was officially inactivated Sept. 30, along with the 689th Combat Communications Wing at Robins Air Force Base, Ga.  (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)
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Members of the 3rd Combat Communications Group stand in formation at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. The 3rd CCG was officially inactivated Sept. 30, along with the 689th Combat Communications Wing at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

A World War II veteran poses for a photo with members of Air Forces Cyber at Baltimore Washington International Airport Sept. 28. Nearly 400 veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War were greeted by memers of the Air Forces Cyber as they visited Washintton, D.C., to visit their respective memorials. (Courtesy photo)
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A World War II veteran poses for a photo with members of Air Forces Cyber at Baltimore Washington International Airport Sept. 28. Nearly 400 veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War were greeted by memers of the Air Forces Cyber as they visited Washintton, D.C., to visit their respective memorials. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael Lyons, Joint Tactical Communications Office communications operator, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, looks through information on a workstation inside the Combined Air and Space Operations Center-Nellis during Red Flag 14-1 Feb. 5, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This is the first exercise that truly integrates advanced operational and tactical air, space and cyber training in a live, virtual, constructive environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brett Clashman)
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U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael Lyons, Joint Tactical Communications Office communications operator, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, looks through information on a workstation inside the Combined Air and Space Operations Center-Nellis during Red Flag 14-1 Feb. 5, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This is the first exercise that truly integrates advanced operational and tactical air, space and cyber training in a live, virtual, constructive environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brett Clashman)

2nd Lt. Curan Clonch (left center) poses in front of a B-2 bomber at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.  (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)
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2nd Lt. Curan Clonch (left center) poses in front of a B-2 bomber at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

The Gonzalez family, recipients of a new home from Habitat for Humanity, stand with Air Force volunteers who helped make their home a reality in San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 22.
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The Gonzalez family, recipients of a new home from Habitat for Humanity, stand with Air Force volunteers who helped make their home a reality in San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 22.

Airmen assigned to the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron move cases of communication equipment during Vigilant Shield 16 at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Canada, Oct. 10, 2015. From October 15-26, 2015 approximately 700 members from the Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, and the United States Air National Guard are deploying to Iqualuit, Nunavut, and 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador for Exercise Vigilant Shield 16. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jasmonet Jackson/ Released)
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Airmen assigned to the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron move cases of communication equipment during Vigilant Shield 16 at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Canada, Oct. 10, 2015. From October 15-26, 2015 approximately 700 members from the Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, and the United States Air National Guard are deploying to Iqualuit, Nunavut, and 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador for Exercise Vigilant Shield 16. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jasmonet Jackson/ Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Solito, cyber transport technician, uses a punch down and tone generator to locate power for ethernet cables during Vigilant Shield 16 at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Canada, Oct. 11, 2015. From Oct. 15 to 26, 2015, approximately 700 members from the Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, and the United States Air National Guard are deploying to Iqualuit, Nunavut, and 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador for Exercise Vigilant Shield 16. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jasmonet Jackson/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Solito, cyber transport technician, uses a punch down and tone generator to locate power for ethernet cables during Vigilant Shield 16 at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Canada, Oct. 11, 2015. From Oct. 15 to 26, 2015, approximately 700 members from the Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, and the United States Air National Guard are deploying to Iqualuit, Nunavut, and 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador for Exercise Vigilant Shield 16. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jasmonet Jackson/Released)

Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson, 24th Air Force commander speaks to attendees of the 2015 AF Cyberspace Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) Workshop on Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, October 20. The three-day LVC workshop is co-chaired by 24 AF and the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS). The theme of the workshop is "Training the Cyber Mission Force." As the leader in realistic Cyber training, the AF seeks to integrate air, space, and cyberspace training through its full-spectrum LVC capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)
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Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson, 24th Air Force commander speaks to attendees of the 2015 AF Cyberspace Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) Workshop on Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, October 20. The three-day LVC workshop is co-chaired by 24 AF and the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS). The theme of the workshop is "Training the Cyber Mission Force." As the leader in realistic Cyber training, the AF seeks to integrate air, space, and cyberspace training through its full-spectrum LVC capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James (center) poses with senior leaders from 24th and 25th Air Force during a visit at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas Jan 5.  With James is Command Chief Master Sgt. Roger Towberman, 25th Air Force (left), Maj. Gen. B.J. Shwedo, 25th Air Force commander, Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson, 24th Air Force commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Brendan Criswell, 24th Air Force (right). (US Air Force photo by MSgt Luke Thelen)
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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James (center) poses with senior leaders from 24th and 25th Air Force during a visit at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas Jan 5. With James is Command Chief Master Sgt. Roger Towberman, 25th Air Force (left), Maj. Gen. B.J. Shwedo, 25th Air Force commander, Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson, 24th Air Force commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Brendan Criswell, 24th Air Force (right). (US Air Force photo by MSgt Luke Thelen)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Shelia Zuehlke (center-right), mobilization assistant to the commander, 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber Command (AFCYBER), and French Air Force Brig. Gen. Thierry Combel (center), Deputy Director General of Employment and Training-Air Force Human Resources, stand with other members of a cybersecurity delegation during a visit to Headquarters, 24AF - AFCYBER, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, Jan 13. The delegation visited to discuss how the U.S. and French Air Force’s approach cyber organization, training, and exercise participation as well as to facilitate future partnerships and engagements.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Shelia Zuehlke (center-right), mobilization assistant to the commander, 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber Command (AFCYBER), and French Air Force Brig. Gen. Thierry Combel (center), Deputy Director General of Employment and Training-Air Force Human Resources, stand with other members of a cybersecurity delegation during a visit to Headquarters, 24AF - AFCYBER, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, Jan 13. The delegation visited to discuss how the U.S. and French Air Force’s approach cyber organization, training, and exercise participation as well as to facilitate future partnerships and engagements.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson (center), 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber Command (AFCYBER) commander and Chief Master Sgt. Brendan Criswell (left), 24AF/AFCYBER Command Chief shake hands with Turkish Air Force members of a cybersecurity delegation during their visit to Headquarters, 24AF - AFCYBER, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, Feb 23. The delegation visit was centered upon strengthening U.S. and allied forces partnerships as well as to gain further insight on how 24AF - AFCYBER organizes, trains, equips, and tasks our cyber forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson (center), 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber Command (AFCYBER) commander and Chief Master Sgt. Brendan Criswell (left), 24AF/AFCYBER Command Chief shake hands with Turkish Air Force members of a cybersecurity delegation during their visit to Headquarters, 24AF - AFCYBER, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, Feb 23. The delegation visit was centered upon strengthening U.S. and allied forces partnerships as well as to gain further insight on how 24AF - AFCYBER organizes, trains, equips, and tasks our cyber forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke P. Thelen/Released)

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to personnel within the 624th Operations Center during a visit at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas March 3. Goldfein received briefings focused on 24th Air Force – AFCYBER’s command and control of cyber forces and took the opportunity to personally thank the cyber warriors as well as to stress the significance of cyber in today’s multi-domain operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt Luke P. Thelen/Released)
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Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to personnel within the 624th Operations Center during a visit at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas March 3. Goldfein received briefings focused on 24th Air Force – AFCYBER’s command and control of cyber forces and took the opportunity to personally thank the cyber warriors as well as to stress the significance of cyber in today’s multi-domain operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt Luke P. Thelen/Released)

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