A C-9 Nightingale, C-21A and C-12F Huron of Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base.
U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart (D-Illinois) announced the addition of two new cyberprotection squadrons at Scott Air Force Base.
“This is a direct message from the Air Force about Scott’s critical role in cybersecurity,” Enyart said. “These two squadrons will create 320 new positions at Scott and will come with a $16 million investment in the base’s existing infrastructure. As a 35-year member of the military, I can tell you that this addition is a huge win for Scott and our region.”
Enyart personally received a call from Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Kathleen Ferguson detailing the cybermission force expansion. The project development will begin immediately, and the positions will be filled over the next two years.
The cyberprotection mission is to operate and defend Department of Defense information networks, which consists of five elements: vulnerability mitigation, mission protection, defensive counter cybercommunications, penetration testing and compliance.
Scott is one of two bases announced for the cybermission force expansion; the other is Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The sites were selected from seven finalists evaluated on 11 categories, including cybermission synergy, available facilities, proximity to command leadership and other criteria. The Air Force also signaled a goal of including the Illinois Air National Guard personnel for support of the new squadrons.
“The Air Force realizes what we already know,” Enyart said. “Scott Air Force Base has mission synergy, adequate facilities, and low security risk. And this is a cost-effective location which will benefit national security at maximum return for the taxpayers.”
“We all know that Scott plays a vital role in the Southern Illinois economy,” Enyart said. “It’s clear that the Air Force also considers Scott to play a critical role in our nation’s security.”