Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio has been chosen as the site for the 24th Air Force, part of Space Command, after four years of deliberation. The inauguration, activating the Cyber Command, was held today for the facility whose goal is to prevent cyber attacks on military bases and systems. The Base borrows from three wings, including: the 688th Information Operations Wing, the 67th Network Warfare Wing, and the more recent 689th Combat Communications Wing; to create the new Force.
General Robert Kehler, overseer of Space Command presided over the ceremonies. He said of the 24th “The first advantage we get is focus.”
The new commission is expected to add 400 new jobs and will be headed by Major General Richard Webber, although it was earlier thought that General Keith Alexander would oversee the efforts. New career fields will also be developed within the department, most notably cyber missions and the development of an acquisition teams that can react quickly to new gear and software.
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro said, “President Obama has prudently focused on securing our nation’s digital networks…Today’s activation of the Cyber Command is vital to our national defense, and San Antonio is proud to play an important role. What Silicon Valley is to software and San Diego is to biotech, San Antonio is to cyber.”