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Reserve units set to support cyber commend: seven from AFRC to be part of new AFCYBER organization.

While the Air Force is actively looking for a location to host Air Force Cyber Command's headquarters, it knows which Air Force Reserve Command units will be part of the new organization.

The command's organizational structure will include seven Reserve units. These units will be among more than 65 squadrons assigned to AFCYBER when it reaches initial operations capability later this year.

"We are aggressively moving forward with plans for having initial operational capability by the Oct. 1 deadline mandated for us by the secretary of the Air Force," said Maj. Gen. William T Lord, AFCYBER (Provisional) commander. 'That IOC) means we will have a portion of the staffing we need and the organizational structure in place to continue to build the command until we reach full operational status."

The seven AFRC units included in the AFCYBER organizational structure are the 310th Communications Flight at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.; 622nd CF, Langley AFB, Va.; 917th CF, Barksdale AFB, La.; 610th Information Operations Flight, Offutt AFB, Neb.; 710th IOF, Brooks City-Base, Texas; 35th Combat Communications Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.; and 55th CCS, Robins AFB, Ga. When mobilized, members of these Reserve units will be gained by AFCYBER.

Conditions for obtaining initial operational capability include, but are not limited to, establishing a budget, articulating details of organizational realignments, developing and assigning manpower requirements, and establishing policies and procedures for daily operations.

Normally, having a permanent location is also part of IOC requirements. However, Air Force officials have not yet decided where AFCYBER headquarters will be located. Until that decision is made, Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne has directed the command headquarters to function at Barksdale AFB.

HQ AFCYBER is authorized 541 positions to carry out its mission, and officials are planning to organize the command under a distributed command concept, whereby those positions will be spread across numerous bases.

The AFCYBER provisional team is still determining the exact numbers and details of what this staffing will look like, who will be assigned to the command and from where those resources will originate.

"We're looking at what's the best, most feasible way to operate this command, so we're obviously doing what we in the Air Force do best--adapt and overcome," General Lord said. "We have to move on with getting this command established, and we can do that without a permanent location at this point. That's why one of our options is this idea to operate as a virtual community for awhile.

"Most of the units and people conducting the missions are already in place and can be easily reassigned to cyber duties without having to move. We live in a time where technology makes operating 'virtually' possible. and practical But, let me be clear that we're still exploring all our options, and even this option may change."

The proposed organizational structure of the command calls for a headquarters, a numbered air force, to be designated as 24th Air Force, and four wings, which will comprise regular Air Force, Reserve and Air National Guard units.

The headquarters will oversee the Air Force Network Operations Center and, through the NAF, command an Air and Space Operations Center. These functions serve to set policy, enforce standards and guide the rest of the Air Force in its daily cyberspace operations.

The four wings will include the creation of the 450th Electronic Warfare Wing and 689th Cyberspace Wing, both brand-new organizations. Joining these will be the Air Force Information Operations Center, located at Lackland AFB, Texas, which will be re-designated as the 688th Information Operations Wing. Finally, the 67th Network Warfare Wing, also located at Lackland, will round out the command.

Establishing the two new wings will require the same basing process as the headquarters has undergone. Until then, they will operate at interim locations as well. Plans call for the electronic warfare wing's interim location to be at Lackland AFB and for the cyberspace wing to be at Scott AFB, I11. Details about the structure and manning of these units are still under review.

Figuring out all of the details has been a task for the 160 members of the provisional staff, who have been working since September to chart the command's course toward achieving initial operational capability. Once that is declared, the new team will then continue to work to bring the command to full operational capability, which may take another year to complete.

(Information for this article taken from an Air Force Print News article.)
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Publication:Citizen Airman
Date:Jun 1, 2008
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