AF Cyberspace Operations Group deployed to protect global grids

A new Cyberspace Operations Group activated March 1 by the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) will have as one of its most important duties the protection of Air Force and Defense Department global information grids, service officials said.

The 960th Cyberspace Operations Group will furnish combat-ready forces with specialized expertise that will serve as primary focal point for cyber matters for the AFRC, according to a news story on the Air Force's website.

The operations group has administrative control of 10 Reserve cyber organizations throughout the country, officials said.
There are four combat communications squadrons -- the 23rd CBCS, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., 35th CBCS, Tinker AFB, Okla., 42nd CBCS, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and 55th CBCS, Robins AFB, Ga. - that furnish communications that can be deployed into combat theaters during wartime and contingency operations or humanitarian missions in remote locations.
The command's two classic associate network operations squadrons -- the 860th NOS at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., and the 960th NOS, at Peterson AFB, Colo., -- work with their active-duty counterparts to operate sustain and defend assigned Air Force networks.
Two classic associate network warfare flights -- the 860th NWF, JBSA-Lackland, San Antonio, and 960th NWF at Offutt AFB, Neb., -- monitor Air Force communications-computer systems to determine if any information is being revealed that may be of intelligence value to an adversary.
In addition, there are two 960th CYOG detachments that operate as classic associate units with the 624th Operations Center and the 33rd Network Warfare Squadron at JBSA-Lackland that are on track to become squadrons later this year.
Det. 1, associated with the 624th OC, establishes, plans, directs, coordinates, assesses and provides full-spectrum cyber command and control operations and capabilities in support of Air Force and Joint requirements. Det. 2, associated with the 33rd NWS, produces effects for the Air Force and combatant commands in, through and from cyberspace by employing synchronized network defense operations to detect, respond to and prevent network intrusions.
There are about 800 people working in cyber throughout AFRC, and the command is scouting for more, officials said.
"We are definitely hiring, both [traditional reservists] and [air reserve technicians]," Terry said. "That's one of our primary challenges right now - to fill all of the openings we have. And, we're not just looking to bring in prior-service people. We know there are kids in high school today who have a lot of the basic skills we are looking for."


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