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SECAF identifies 688th IOW as an outstanding unit

Posted 1/18/2011   Updated 1/18/2011 Email story   Print story


by 2nd Lt. Pete Christ
688th Information Operations Wing

1/18/2011 - LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 688th Information Operations Wing garnered the 2010 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award recently.

The Wing activated Aug. 18, 2009 and was one of only two Air Force Space Command Wings selected for the award.

The outstanding unit award citation recognized the 688th's remarkable efforts in enabling the Air Force's ability to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. The decoration is awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to units who have distinguished themselves through exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets them above and apart from similar units.

As the Air Force's only Information Operations Wing, the 688th accomplishes diverse missions including tactics development, operational testing, training and education, network assessments, network tool development, influence operations, engineering and installation capabilities. The professional team of military, civilian and contract personnel synchronizes efforts and capabilities to create and deliver what they call "The Art of the Possible."

Last year, the 688th deployed cyber warriors to 12 countries in addition to spanning our nation conducting operations in 44 States, totaling more than 10,000 deployed man-days.

"I am very proud to be a member of this amazing unit," said Col. Robert Skinner, 688th IOW commander. "This honor is a true testament to the superstars we have throughout the wing and puts a stamp on the great work they do each and every day. I look forward to raising this bar over the coming years."

The wing led the way in completing two key Air Force "firsts." The 688 IOW developed a 12-phase, 74-lesson Cyber Transition Course (X-Course) providing more than 4,000 hours of initial and advanced training to Air Force cyber warriors, enabling the transition to cyber operators. In addition to their outstanding training support, the wing also led the effort in investigating, remediating and developing operational constructs to ensure the security of Industrial Control Systems that affect America's key infrastructure. Wing members accomplished ICS data collection at 100 sites, and completed detailed surveys of four Air Force bases.

"The 688th IOW has been a very busy and exciting place to be," said Chief Master Sgt. Wayne Whetsell, 688th IOW command chief. "I am amazed every day at the accomplishments of our Airmen."

Chief Whetsell said the award is a direct result of the pride, dedication and commitment of each and every team member as they work to assure the Air Force mission to fly, fight, and win in air, space and cyberspace.

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