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Air Force Activates 867th Cyberspace Operations Group; Col. Jeffrey Phillips Quoted

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Col. Jeffrey Phillips
Col. Jeffrey Phillips Commander 67th Cyberspace Wing

The U.S. Air Force reorganized some units in order to form a new cyber group in support of U.S. Cyber Command in an effort to bring together cyber developers, operators and intelligence forces, C4ISRNET reported Friday.

The 867th cyberspace operations group at Fort Meade in Maryland will operate under the 67th cyberspace wing and include the 315th, 341st, 833rd and 836th cyberspace operations squadrons. The two intelligence units of the 659th ISR Group will be redesignated under the 867th group.

“The activation and redesignation activities we will complete today will bring unity of command and unity of effort to our air force cyber mission forces an ultimately increase the lethality we can bring to bear against our adversaries,” said Col. Jeffrey Phillips, commander of the 67th Cyberspace Wing.

The Air Force officially established the 867th cyberspace operations group during a ceremony held Friday in San Antonio. The activation of the 867th group came a year after the formation of the 16th Air Force, which combined the 24th and 25th air forces.