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NEWS | Aug. 28, 2017

The 24th AF mission continues to grow after eight years

By 1st Lt Lauren Woods 24th Air Force Public Affairs

The 24th Air Force held a celebratory cake-cutting and burger burn Aug. 18, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland to celebrate eight years of Air Force Cyber.

The numbered air force, which serves as the Air Force component of U.S. Cyber Command, is responsible for planning and conducting cyberspace operations in support of combatant commands.

The 24th AF was activated at Lackland Air Force Base Aug. 18, 2009 under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Richard Webber. At its onset, the 24th AF consisted of two wings as well as the 624th Operations Center. The 5th Combat Communications Group (then 5th Combat Communications Wing) would not be added until October of the same year.

Since 2009 change has been a constant as the organization matures and grows. Today the 24th AF consists of 31,000 active-duty military and civilians, plus an additional 13,000 Guardsmen and reservists.

The mission has also grown, and now is encapsulated by its six lines of effort, known by the moniker BOSDEE: Build, Operate, Secure, Defend, Extend, and Engage. 

“If you think about what we have done in only eight years, no other domain can match the learning curve that we have followed and that is entirely due to the hard work of the Airmen and civilians of this institution,” said Maj. Gen. Chris Weggeman, 24th Air Force commander.