by Airman 1st Class Kiana Brothers
375 Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
12/11/2015 - SCOTT AFB, Ill. -- From
the small microchip embedded in your common access card to the world of
cyberspace, the Cyber Support Squadron, or CYSS, at Scott has a hand in
it all. They provide Air Force Space Command with the cyber expertise
required to manage cyberspace-lead programs and activities.
Air Force Network Integration Center recently divided into different
squadrons. CYSS previously was part of AFNIC and not long ago was
re-designated as their own squadron. During its transition, CYSS took on
a very big part of AFNIC.
"Virtually every organization in the Air Force is dependent on
cyberspace to accomplish its mission," said Lt. Col. Robert Biggers,
CYSS commander. "These dependencies are not always obvious, but whether
you are in a force support squadron or a fighter squadron, business and
operations will come to a standstill without it."
CYSS's support goes as far as providing field support to the Air Force,
defining enterprise requirements for the new cyber systems, managing the
sustainment of existing systems, and assisting Headquarters AFSPC with
programs in the planning, programming, budgeting and execution
CYSS is also involved with the development of new requirements, system
sustainment for programs like the Presidential Global Communications
System, weapon system modifications, Air Force Cyber Defense, Secret
Internet Protocol Router DoD-Enterprise Email (SIPR DEE), and many more.
Chief Master Sgt. Andrew Mathias, said, "Everything we do has an Air
Force-wide impact from e-Learning, e-publishing, the Air Force Portal to
the many weapon systems we support. All these things are touched by
During Lt. Col. Robert Biggers, CYSS commander's, tour at Aviano, a
network went down for about a week and missions came to a halt. Flying
missions along with the Force Support Squadron, maintenance, and many
other units on base came to a standstill.
The lieutenant colonel was asked why units like FSS and maintenance were closed during this time.
Biggers said, "If workers can't order parts or run equipment using the
internet, it is hard to open up for business to the base."
Scott supports and hosts many Air Force servers. When a server goes
down, CYSS is a call away for assistance because of the partnership
Scott has with them.
"The base provides all our local communications, and we use that a lot,"
said Mathias. "We spend a lot of time on the phone and DCOs."
A maintainer may just turn a wrench, but it also leads to that fighter
being able to complete its mission down the line, but if the maintainer
can't make that connection all they see is the fact that they are
turning wrenches, said Biggers.
"It's easy to not realize the overall impact, so I want my squadron to
make the correlation between what they are doing and the big Air Force,"
he said. "Sometimes that doesn't happen, we just get wrapped up in the
everyday job, but almost everything we do in the Air Force has a
connection to the war fighter."