Robins Air Force Base welcomed a new unit into its ranks as the 689th Combat Communications Wing was activated in a Monday afternoon ceremony at the Museum of Aviation.
The unit is a subordinate to the 24th Numbered Air Force, the Air Force’s cyber defense headquarters, which itself was activated Aug. 18. The activation ceremony was overseen by Gen. Robert Kehler, commanding general of the U.S. Space Command, and Maj. Gen. Richard Webber, commanding general of the 24th Numbered Air Force.
The 689th Combat Communications Wing will add about 40 active duty airmen to Robins Air Force Base. It is the first unit of its size with its capabilities in the Air Force. The 689th will specialize in facilitating communications in deployed locations. It figures to help defend lines of communication to and from deployed bases against cyber attacks.
“As we activate the Combat Communications Wing, that fills in a critical niche,” Webber said. The 689th “cyber warriors” will have a “high rate of deployment,” Webber added.
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