by Bo Joyner
Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs
3/4/2013 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) -- Air Force Reserve Command activated the first cyberspace operations group in the Air Force March 1.
Colonel Lloyd Terry Jr., the 960th Cyberspace Operations Group
commander, is charged with providing combat-ready forces with
specialized expertise in the operation and defense of Air Force and
Defense Department global information grids.
"The 960th is the one belly button for cyber in AFRC," Terry said. "Just
like the 310th Space Wing is the one-stop shop for all things space in
AFRC, we are the one-stop shop for cyber."
The 960th CYOG has administrative control of 10 Reserve cyber organizations throughout the country.
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
provide theater-deployable communications during wartime and contingency
operations or humanitarian missions in austere locations.
The command's two classic associate network operations squadrons - the
860th NOS, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., and 960th NOS, 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
Finally, 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 &
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 currently about 800 people working in cyber throughout AFRC, and that number is sure to grow.
"We are definitely hiring, both TRs (traditional reservists) and ARTs
(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
A lot of the Reserve cyber positions that are currently open are based
at Lackland, but Terry said opportunities exist at locations throughout
"Besides, you don't have to live near Lackland to serve at Lackland," Terry said. "You just have to be willing to commute.
"The cyber mission is constantly changing and evolving," he said.
"That's one reason I think it is such a great career field to be
involved with and a great mission for the Air Force Reserve."
Terry encouraged reservists or active-duty Airmen who might be
interested in a cyber career to check out www.usajobs.gov for a listing
of current ART positions available, along with Air Force Reserve
Recruiting Service and the Reserve Management Volunteer System for
traditional reserve opportunities. Young men and women who would like to
pursue a Reserve cyber position should contact their local Air Force