Cyberspace wing commander highlights legacy of innovation

Col. Michael Harasimowicz, 688th Cyberspace Wing commander, officiates the wing's redesignation ceremony Sept. 13. The wing was changed from its former designation of the 688th Information Operations Wing to better recognize its current mission set. The 318th Information Operations Group was also redesignated as the 318th Cyberspace Operations Group as part of the ceremony. The 688th is the first of two wings being redesignated as cyberspace wings; the 67th Network Warfare Wing will be redesignated to a cyberspace wing on Sept. 27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dorian Chapman)

Col. Michael Harasimowicz, 688th Cyberspace Wing commander, officiates the wing's redesignation ceremony Sept. 13. The wing was changed from its former designation of the 688th Information Operations Wing to better recognize its current mission set. The 318th Information Operations Group was also redesignated as the 318th Cyberspace Operations Group as part of the ceremony. The 688th is the first of two wings being redesignated as cyberspace wings; the 67th Network Warfare Wing will be redesignated to a cyberspace wing on Sept. 27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dorian Chapman)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - LACKLAND, Texas -- The Air Force Chief of Staff's new strategy document "Global Vigilance, Global Reach, and Global Power" calls out air power as a pivotal force during volatile times in modern world history. As true as that statement was during the Great War, during World War II, the Cold War, and through current times, now the next chapter of history is ours to write as America's first cyberspace wing. As he states:

America has only one Air Force that was specifically designed and precisely employed to exploit the global advantages realized from operating in air, space, and cyberspace.

Our successors will judge our effectiveness by our ability to achieve our objectives in all domains: air, space, and cyberspace. Truly, we must understand the many networks and intersections that generate the decision advantage for our nation. Our adversary is dynamic and the cost of complacency is unacceptably high.

The 688th Cyberspace Wing is uniquely postured and expected to achieve strategic advances in cyberspace, but this is no different than what was expected of us historically. For nearly six decades, this wing has been in the forefront of the communications and intelligence mission areas -- from our initial stages as the 6901st Special Communications Center to our transformation to the Information Operations Center and now as a cyberspace wing -- our legacy of innovation, our enduring total force, allied and industry partnerships, and our highly skilled professional force make us the solution center for the Air Force's hardest problems. We have proven time and time again that we like hard problems -- our organizational culture is built upon them. It is that spirit of perseverance, ingenuity and focused skill which will lead our nation into the next age: cyberspace dominance.