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690th ISS earns top honors in GC network operations competition

Posted 5/7/2010   Updated 5/7/2010 Email story   Print story


by 690th Network Support Group

5/7/2010 - LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- In their first Air Force Space Command Guardian Challenge competition, the 690th Intelligence Support Squadron, Lackland AFB, emerged victorious, earning high marks for demonstrating their proficiency and expertise to support their mission area- Air Force network operations.

The 561st Network Operations Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. came in second followed by the 83rd Network Operations Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Va.

Guardian Challenge has been an AFSPC tradition since 1967 when two ballistic missile wings and a combat targeting and aligning wing went toe-to-toe to determine the best. Since that time, the competition has grown to include every facet of AFSPC operations, from security forces to food services, and every AFSPC wing competes. The 2010 competition is the first year for the inclusion of the cyber mission.

The 690th ISS, the 83rd NOS, and the 561st NOS fielded teams for the first time that were augmented by members of the 690th Network Support Squadron, Lackland AFB.

The teams consisted of six members who performed tasks including: crew commander, operations controller, boundary and infrastructure, network defense, directory services and messaging, and help desk. Team members traveled to Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and performed these tasks in a variety of scenarios that ranged from network outages to facility emergency action plan events.

After a team orientation, it was time to compete. The teams got their moment in the spotlight where their reaction times, composure, performance, and ability to locate the correct procedures were measured and evaluated by exercise leaders. The teams completed 23 different scenarios.

Special recognition was awarded to Ian Bowdidge from the 690th Intelligence Support Squadron, Senior Airman Tyrone Flores from the 690th Network Support Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Johnny Jones of the 83rd Network Operations Squadron.

The team from the 690th Intelligence Support Squadron will be one of four teams representing the 67th Network Warfare Wing at the 2010 Guardian Challenge Awards Ceremony May 20 and 21 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Three additional competitions were held among 67th Network Warfare Wing squadrons to test the other cyber mission areas - network defense, network attack and electronic security systems assessment, the winners of these competitions will also represent the 67th at the awards ceremony.

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