Hampton, Va. (WTKR) - The Air National Guard has selected Joint Base Langley-Eustis for an Air Force Cyber Operations Squadron.
Virginia is one of four states selected to stand up the new squadrons. Approximately 70 airmen will be assigned to the Cyber Operations Squadron.
Their primary mission will be cyberspace mission defense, protecting Air Force and U.S. critical infrastructure against cyber attacks.
Virginia's Congressional Delegation, including Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, as well as Congressmen Scott Rigell, Bobby Scott, Gerry Connolly, Rob Wittman and Randy Forbes had been lobbying to locate the cyber facility at JBLE.
“Cybersecurity is one of the greatest challenges we face as a nation, and this mission will play a critical role in responding to threats and protecting the integrity of our networks and cyber systems. This decision is a testament to Virginia’s strong record in cyber capabilities, including top defense and technology companies, research institutions, and a highly skilled workforce. We are proud to host this critical mission,” the delegation wrote in an statement.
“Virginia emerged as a front-runner due to its existing facilities, strong defense industrial base with a cyber focus, and academic institutions to sustain recruiting and retention. It is also a testament to the outstanding reputation of the Virginia National Guard for excellent performance and dedication to mission accomplishment. This announcement is yet another success in our efforts to enhance our Commonwealth’s reputation as a leader in cyber security, which is a key element of our efforts to build a new Virginia economy," stated Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.
The new squadron will directly support the Air Force and U.S. Cyber Command requirements as a cyber protection team.