The 24th Air Force Cyber Command will be based in San Antonio, Texas, as announced last week.
The provisional unit will operate under the command of Maj. Gen. William T. Lord under Air Force Space Command, and will operate in concert with the 67th Network Warfare Wing, the 688th Information Operations Wing, both headquartered at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, as well as the NSA’s Texas Cryptology Center in San Antonio.
AFCYBER will primarily operate to defend Air Force networks from hostile action, but will also conduct some offensive operations to assess adversaries’ network security. The new command will employ around 400 airmen and civilian contractors, including the commander’s staff and a 24-hour operations center.
Texas, because of a low state-tax impact, has enjoyed rapid growth in its skilled workforce, and this may have factored into the decision to locate the 24th Air Force Cyber Command there.