Air Force Cyber Command to Go Operational

The 24th Air Force was certified for operation yesterday by the head of the Air Force Base Command, according to San Antonio Business Journal.

The unit stationed at Lackland Air Force Base will begin cybersecurity operations immediately.

The mission of the 24th Air Force is to defend and operate the Air Force’s information technology network. The unit was activated back in August 2009.

Maj. Gen. Richard Webber, commander of 24th Air Force, said “Cyber mission assurance is a top priority of the Air Force. Cyberspace operations represent one of the critical and major areas of growth within the Air Force today. The challenge of maintaining our freedom of action in cyberspace is of substantial importance to military operations around the world.”

This certification demonstrates the 24th Air Force has proven its capabilities to operate and defend the vast Air Force IT network.

Gen. C. Robert Kehler, Air Force Space Command commander, said:

“We’ve reached all the milestones established by the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force and after a very rigorous inspector general inspection, the 24th Air Force team has proven their capability to meet their initial operational responsibilities.”

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