The U.S. Air Force’s Cyber Mission Force teams reached full operational status Friday ahead of the U.S. Cyber Command deadline, slated for Sept. 30.
CYBERCOM declared the status for the 39 teams after reviewing Air Forces Cyber’s assessment of personnel performance, the service branch said Thursday. The assessment involved the combating of simulated cyber threats in themed exercises.
After completing the personnel and training requirements, commanders will engage the force teams in mission readiness activities. These operations include consecutive cyber mission assignments for the force members and the continuous training of new airmen to expand the teams.
In 2013, the Air Force began forming the cyber teams, which are comprised of 1,700 airmen, civilians and contractors for the Cyber Mission Force. They include 15 squadrons from the Air National Guard and one squadron from the service branch’s reserve unit.
CYBERCOM’s 133-CMF team features 41 teams from the U.S. Army, 40 from the U.S. Navy and 13 from the U.S. Marine Corps. The CMF implements the direction, coordination and synchronization of cybersecurity operations at CYBERCOM.