4/27/2010 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) -- Air Force Chief of
Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz has approved the new cyberspace badge and
associated wear criteria.
In his Apr. 21 memorandum, General Schwartz set forth guidelines and
addressed standard eligibility requirements for officers working in the
cyberspace domain. Eligibility criteria for enlisted personnel are
slated for release in a future message.
Maj. Gen. Michael Basla, Air Force Space Command vice commander, who
will wear the new badge, highlighted its significance.
"The Air Force mission -- to fly, fight and win in air, space and
cyberspace -- acknowledges the significance and interrelationship of our
three operational domains in effective warfighting. The establishment of
the Air Force cyberspace badge underscores the crucial operational
nature of the cyberspace mission," General Basla said.
Lt. Gen. William T. Lord, the Air Force's chief of warfighting
integration and chief information officer said the new badge reflects
the importance of cyber operations.
"The Air Force's cyberspace operators must focus on operational rigor
and mission assurance in order to effectively establish, control and
leverage cyberspace capabilities," he said. "The new cyberspace operator
badge identifies our cyberspace professionals with the requisite
education, training and experience to operate in this new critical
domain. The badge symbolizes this new operational mindset and the Air
Force's commitment to operationalize the cyberspace domain."
The new badge is authorized in three levels: basic, senior and master.
Badge level eligibility criteria are consistent with those listed in Air
Force Instruction 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force
Personnel. The guidance for the cyberspace badge will be included in the
next revision of the AFI.
Certain officers are "grandfathered" and eligible to wear the new badge.
Officers converting from the 33S to the 17D Air Force Specialty Code on
April 30 are authorized the basic cyberspace badge. Officers may
continue to wear the communications and information badge at the
authorized level until Oct. 1, 2011.
Upon completing the Distance Learning Cyberspace Operations Transition
Course -- the "X- course," Undergraduate Network Warfare Training or
meeting criteria for upgrade, officers who earned the senior or master
level communications and information badge are authorized to wear that
same level of the cyberspace badge.
Officers from other AFSCs who have completed the X-course and have at
least one year of cyberspace experience since Jan. 1, 2006, also are
eligible to wear the cyberspace badge. The 17D career field manager is
coordinating with Air Force Space Command's Space and Cyberspace
Professional Management Office to identify eligible officers.
Beyond the grandfathering period, standard eligibility criteria will
apply and officers will be identified in orders published by the
commander of Air Force Space Command, who is responsible for cyberspace
The AFSPC commander, in conjunction with the Air Staff functional
authorities responsible for cyberspace-related specialties, will
regularly approve authorization orders listing additional officers who
have earned the badge.
The design element of the badge holds significant meaning. The lightning
bolt wings signify the cyberspace domain while the globe signifies the
projection of cyber power world-wide. The globe, combined with lightning
bolt wings, signifies the Air Force's common communications heritage.
The bolted wings, centered on the globe, are a design element from the
Air Force seal signifying the striking power through air, space and
cyberspace. The orbits signify the space dimension of the cyberspace
The new badge is equal in precedence to the aeronautical and space
badges. Those awarded multiples of the cyberspace, aeronautical and
space badges must wear the cyberspace badge above the others while
serving in a cyberspace billet.
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