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The leadership, including all squadron commanders at the 688th Information Operations Wing, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas celebrate the wing's first anniversary Aug. 18. (Couresy photo)
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688th IOW celebrates one year anniversary

Posted 8/31/2010   Updated 8/31/2010 Email story   Print story


by Capt. Christopher Corbett
688th Information Operations Wing

8/31/2010 - LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas  -- The 688th Information Operations Wing celebrated its one year anniversary Aug. 18 during the wing's commanders conference.

In looking back over the last year, the 688th IOW has operated on afterburners improving and integrating cyber effects across all domains, said Col. Robert Skinner, 688th IOW commander. The 688th had the complex task of bringing together the different cultures of three major commands into a new wing, and work to lay the foundation upon which the Air Force will build future full spectrum operational cyber excellence.

"While there have been cultural challenges, the professional men and women of the 688th have risen to the task and made incredible strides over the last year," Colonel Skinner said.

The new wing, consisting of the 318th Information Operations Group, the 38th Cyberspace Engineering Group and wing staff, stepped off smartly to pursue their task of driving the "art of the possible" in cyberspace.

Since the stand up, they have deployed over 20,000 days supporting Air Expeditionary Forces and engineering and installation missions. Cyber has been incorporated into the majority of Red Flag Exercises at the Air Force Warfare Center, integrating cyber with air and space operations.

The 38th Cyberspace Engineering Group managed over 956 contracts with a value of $91 million. They teamed with Air Force Space Command to establish the E&I Corporate Structure Process, providing direction, prioritization and resourcing decisions for requirements valued in excess of $4 billion.

The 318th Information Operations Group created and managed a computer based training course to help transition personnel into the new cyberspace Air Force Specialty Codes. More than 1,200 students have been trained in the first six months, and the course capacity has been increased by 300 percent allowing more than 7,000 students to be projected in the next year. They have also developed and deployed over 150 network tools supporting both Air Force and joint cyber operations--nearly double the Air Force's previous year's production.

It is no wonder that the 688th IOW was selected for AFSPC's inaugural, Most Outstanding Wing with a Cyberspace Mission Award, said Colonel Skinner.

The 688th professionals continue to forge relationships with Joint Base San Antonio and the local San Antonio community, as well as local communities throughout the United States.

"[The 688th is] grateful to our host base(s) and greater communities for always going the extra mile to support mission success, personal growth and positive experiences for our families," said Colonel Skinner at a recent event.

The next year will be equally remarkable as the 688th IOW drives their mission forward...showing the Air Force and DoD the art of the possible in delivering game-changing information operations capabilities integrated across air, space and cyberspace domains, said Colonel Skinner.

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