By 1st Lt. William Newby
95th Communications Group
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- There is an Airman on the frontlines
fighting a battle right now, battling an enemy who hides and launches
attacks from more than 120 countries around the world. Every 4.5
seconds, that Airman has to face an enemy who builds new staging grounds
for attacks. That Airman is attacked from more than 20,000 sites each
"Who is this Airman who is so unrelentingly attacked? That Airman is
you," said Col. John Odey, 95th Communications Group commander. "The
frontlines are as close as your computer, and your best defense is
As a part of a Department of Defense-wide direction from U.S. Strategic
Command, Edwards will hold a Network Security Focus Day on March 13. In
an effort to inform all base users and provide solid informative
training, the 95th CG will be hosting mandatory briefings at the base
theater at 9 and 11 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m.
According to the USSTRATCOM directive, cyberspace is a warfighting
domain and the Global Information Grid is vital to national security.
There are more than one million people who regularly use this system and
each person plays an important role in ensuring its integrity. This
initiative is intended to refocus the force on the threats to the system
and their personal responsibilities to protect it.
"This training will incorporate several aspects of network security and
information assurance to bring everyone into a more defensive mindset,"
Colonel Odey said. "We have to understand that each and every one of us
is a defender in cyberspace, and we all have a very real and important
responsibility to the security of our network."
All DOD military members, civilians and contractors are faced with this
battle each and every day when they log on to the network.
"The Global Information Grid is our network," the colonel said. "It is
what we all 'plug' into on a daily basis to do our work. Whether we are
sending or receiving e-mails, mission planning for a sortie, conducting
day-to-day work or caring for patients, we all use this grid to
accomplish our missions."
Recent events continue to remind everyone that the networks are
constantly under attack, Colonel Odey said. Because of this very real
threat, every network user needs to adopt a more "cyber sentry" ethos to
stay vigilant, focused and disciplined as they use the network.
"The network has become so integrated into our daily routines and is
used so extensively in the accomplishment of our missions that its
security has become the responsibility of all who use it," Colonel Odey
said. "It is for this very reason that Edwards is using the Network
Security Focus Day to train and remind our users of their responsibility
in our very real cyber-war."
The mission of the Air Force is to fly, fight and win in air, space and
cyberspace, he said. Because of this, it is equally as important and
critical for Edwards to establish and maintain freedom of maneuver in
cyberspace, as it is in the air and space domains. This will allow
Airmen to execute the Air Force mission each day. Every Airman, to
include civilians and contractors, is a crucial part of defending the
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