by Maj. Jon Stock
11/7/2014 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Air
Mobility Command cyber teams have recently been awarded both civilian
and military awards for leading the command in cyberspace operations and
Wrapping up a successful National Cyber Security Awareness Month and a
weekly informational campaign throughout the command, the AMC
Directorate of Communications "Enterprise Architecture Team" was awarded
the 12th Annual Enterprise Architecture Award for "Leadership in
Government Transformation - Defense," from the Federated Enterprise
Architecture Certification Institute (FEACTM), and Zachman
International® on Oct. 30 at the Enterprise Architecture Conference in
The team was recognized for developing a Consolidated Architecture Tools
Suite (CATS) with an underlying Oracle database to capture the
command's data, services, and enterprise-level processes to provide
leadership with reliable enterprise data to further increase their
ability to analyze and make strategic command decisions.
Team members recognized were Mrs. Jo A. Brown-Leiker; Mr. Al H. Albers,
Jr.; Mrs. Teresa L. Oeth; Ms. Faith A. Hale; Mr. Joseph J. Butchko,
MITRE; Ms. Laura J. Campbell, MITRE; and Mr. Harry W. Gore, MITRE.
Another AMC team recognized for cyber achievements was the 375th
Communications Support Squadron's USAF Air Mobility Command KC-10 Load
Management System Team that won the "2014 Government Computer News Award
for IT Achievement."
The team met the growing demand of app development for smartphones and
tablets by pursuing inexpensive methods to become self-taught and
develop a KC-10 load management app that decreased the amount of load
time by more than 40 minutes. Also, sharing their code with other teams
developing similar apps saved the Air Force another $30,000.
"Recognizing Airmen who do the cyberspace mission for AMC and our Air
Force is a great way to wrap up National Cyber Security Awareness
Month," said Colonel Rob Lyman, the AMC Director of Communications and
Chief Information Officer. "I'm not surprised that some have been
recognized as the best in the nation, not just in military circles, but
across the sector. They continue to do great things for our nation."
This is evidenced throughout the Command just recently with the Annual
General John P. Jumper for Excellence in Warfighting Integrations and
Information Dominance Awards. These are a compilation of all Cyber
AFSCs from across the MAJCOM competing in over 40 categories. Here are
just a few of AMC's MAJCOM-level winners in Cyber Security.
SrA Janson B. Egloff, 628th Communications Squadron, JB Charleston, SC.
He is a 3D052, Cyber Systems Operations Journeyman. He tackled his
wing's recent Commanders Cyber Readiness Inspection, helping to earn an
"Excellent" by ensuring 46,000 patches were implemented, eliminating
over 136 thousand cyber risks. In addition, he was responsible for
enforcing Personal Identification Verification (PIV) Certificate
Activation for Network Administrators. This technology allows the
elimination of 16 character passwords and now allows Network
Administrators to use their Common Access Card (CAC) instead. This
greatly enhances network security and controls.
SSgt Luong H. Phan, 60th Communications Squadron, Travis AFB, CA. He is
a 3D072, Cyber Systems Operations Craftsman. He was responsible for
launching a Personal Information (PII) digital enforcement tool,
advancing his wing's information security posture. This helped protect
over 12,000 users PII. In addition, he detected major network
vulnerabilities, authoring code to detect and ratify backdoor access
eradicating 175 violations. Lastly, he designed complex "phishing"
scenarios evaluating real world cyber-attack vectors during his wing's
first Cyber Training Exercise.
"Securing our physical and cyber infrastructure, helping to modernize
it, and making it more resilient are a crucial part of our national
security effort," said Senior Master Sergeant Ray Tuggle,
Superintendent, AMC/A6 Director's Action Group. "This is a team effort
and you have to lead by example."
All in all, AMC's cyber professionals are working hard to make a
difference in awareness and its application to protect our nation's
premier weapon system now and into the future.