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NEWS | May 19, 2022

688th Cyberspace Wing activates 692nd Cyberspace Operations Squadron

By Nadine Wiley De Moura 688th Cyberspace Wing Public Affairs

The 688th Cyberspace Wing held an activation ceremony for the 692nd Cyberspace Operations Squadron on April 20, 2022, at Elgin Air Force Base, Florida.

U.S. Air Force Col. Billy Pope, 688th Cyberspace Wing A 2/3 and 690th Cyberspace Operations Group commander, presided over the ceremony. “Our mission in the 688th Cyberspace Wing is the securely connect the Air Force to Fly, Fight and Win,” Pope said.

“For the first time in the history of our force, we can now achieve this mission across all classification levels under a single organization.”

Previously the 53d Computer Systems Squadron performed the SAP EIT mission embedded within the 53rd Wing, with a primary mission of Operational Testing and Evaluation (OT&E).

In the last 20 years, the demand for SAP EIT services has seen exponential growth and expansion beyond the OT&E community.

Establishing the SAP EIT function as a separate squadron under the 688 Cyberspace Wing improves command and control, resource utilization efficiency and readiness to conduct the SAP EIT mission, thereby contributing to greater security and capabilities for the Air Force as the SAP EIT continues to experience exponential growth.

“This allows us to build synergy and share best practices from teams conducting similar missions on unclassified, classified, and highly sensitive networks,” said Pope.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. James Cho was selected as the squadron’s first commander.

“Today marks another milestone of the 53rd Wing’s successfully executing its mission and providing operation relevant capabilities to the Warfighter as we transfer Air Force SAP EIT to the 688 Cyberspace Wing,” Cho said.

“With the activation of the 692nd COS, the 688th CW will now provide network security and operations across all network classifications, the AFNeT, AFNeT-S, JWICS, and now, SAP Enterprise Network.”

The 688 CW mission of "America’s First Cyberspace Wing … Securely Connecting the Air Force to Fly, Fight and Win!" is a natural fit for the 692 COS, Cho added.

The mission of the 692nd Cyberspace Operations Squadron is to secure and provide operationally relevant Special Access Program data to the warfighter when and where required… to the Combat Air Forces, United States Air Force, the Department of Defense and our many mission partners.

“I am very excited to see this new organization activated,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. SaraJo Paluch, 692nd Cyberspace Operations Squadron director of operations.

“After years of effort by our personnel to prepare for the transition, we are finally apart of the Cyberspace Wing and ready to join the Enterprise Information Technology Team.”

I can’t wait to see where this mission goes in the future -- this new operational alignment will change some of our processes and procedures for the better, Paluch added.

“Everyone involved in establishing the Air Force’s newest Cyberspace Operations Squadron, from advocates on the Air Staff to technicians operating the networks, deserves to be proud,” Pope said.

“This is a monumental and important shift to better align warfighting communications for our force.”