The wing will play a support role in combat theaters where resources are sparse, such as Afghanistan, and in humanitarian aid operations, according to the Air Force. The dedicated cyber command, the 24th Air Force, reports to the Air Force Space Command. The Air Force created the cyber command this year, and it became operational Aug. 18.
“As we activate the Combat Communications Wing, that fills in a critical niche,” Maj. Gen. Richard Webber, commanding general of the 24th Air Force, said at a commemorative ceremony Oct. 5, according to a report from local news service macon.com. Webber added that the “cyber warriors” would have a “high rate of deployment,” the report said.
The 24th Air Force's integration under Space Command represents a landmark in Air Force operations, combining space and cyberspace under a single organization. Like traditional Air Force units, the 24th is set to provide forces for combat -- but unlike traditional units, these forces can also conduct cyber warfare.
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