Twenty-Fourth Air Force
|Twenty-Fourth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber)|
Shield of the Twenty-Fourth Air Force
|Active||7 December 2010 - 11 October 2019 (as Twenty-Fourth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber))|
11 August 2009 - 7 December 2010 (as Twenty-Fourth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic))
(8 years, 11 months)
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Type||Numbered Air Force|
|Role||Provide combat-ready air force cyber forces for U.S. Cyber Command|
|Part of|| Air Combat Command|
U.S. Cyber Command
|Headquarters||Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
|Maj Gen Robert Skinner|
Twenty-Fourth Air Force / Air Forces Cyber (AFCYBER) was a Numbered Air Force within the United States Air Force. The Air Force consolidated its cyberspace combat and support forces into 24 AF. 24 AF was the Air Force component of U.S. Cyber Command.
In August 2008, then-Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz placed a stop order suspending implementation of Air Force Cyber Command, halting personnel assignments and unit activations. On 6 October 2008, following its annual Corona conference, the Air Force announced Air Force Cyber Command activation would not take place, and that a Numbered Air Force, 24AF, would gain the cyber warfare mission as part of Air Force Space Command.
One key element under 24 AF is the Air Force's primary network warfare wing, the 67th Cyberspace Wing, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The new NAF also gained:
- The 688th Cyberspace Wing – JBSA-Lackland, Texas
- The 689th Combat Communications Wing (now inactivated) – Robins Air Force Base, Georgia
- The 624th Operations Center (taking over duty and personnel of the 608th Air Force Network Operations Center ) – JBSA-Lackland, Texas
- Although now administratively aligned under Air Combat Command, the Air Force Network Integration Center (formerly Air Force Communications Agency), works closely with 24AF on its mission to build and sustain Air Force networks.
Over 14,000 Airmen make up 24 AF. Many of these are in place at other organizations. Air Force units also host cyber specialists from other organizations. Before the 24 AF was activated, the Air Force had announced six possible locations for its headquarters: Barksdale AFB, LA; Lackland AFB, TX; Langley AFB, VA; Offutt AFB, NE; Peterson AFB, CO; and Scott AFB, IL.
On 15 May 2009, Air Force officials announced Lackland as the preferred alternative, and the decision was confirmed on 12 August 2009. The organization officially stood-up on 18 August 2009. On 22 January 2010, 24AF was certified by AFSPC/CC for its Initial Operational Capability. Full Operational Capability was declared on 1 October 2010.
In 2014, 24 AF provided the Cyber Mission Force for the Exercise Red Flag for the first time. During U.S. Strategic Command's Exercise Global Lightning 14, 24AF operated as a Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber in support of a combatant commander during a large joint exercise for the first time. Twenty-Fourth Air Force was reassigned to Air Combat Command on 17 July 2018.
- 624th Operations Center, Lackland AFB
- 67th Cyberspace Wing, Lackland AFB
- 67th Cyberspace Operations Group, Lackland AFB
- 318th Cyberspace Operations Group, Lackland AFB
- 567th Cyberspace Operations Group, Scott AFB
- 688th Cyberspace Wing, Lackland AFB
- 5th Combat Communications Group, Robins AFB
- 26th Cyberspace Operations Group, Lackland AFB
- 38th Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group, Tinker AFB
- 690th Cyberspace Operations Group, Lackland AFB
- Maj Gen Richard E. Webber, August 2009 - 29 April 2011, first commander
- Maj Gen Suzanne M. Vautrinot, 29 April 2011 - June 2013
- Maj Gen J. Kevin McLaughlin, June 2013 - July 2014
- Maj Gen Burke E. "Ed" Wilson, July 2014 – July 2016
- Maj Gen Christopher "Wedge" Weggeman, July 2016 – July 2018
- Maj Gen Robert Skinner, July 2018 – Oct 2019
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