Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh, formerly commander of the Cyber National Mission Force, assumed leadership of a newly created information warfare-focused numbered air force on Friday at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas, the Air Force reported.
The 16th Air Force was created after Air Combat Command combined the 24th and 25th air forces to integrate electronic warfare, cyber, information operations and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance activities.
“The Air Force is ready to forge new concepts for cognitive warfare in all domains; we stand prepared to create decisive outcomes against our adversaries,” Haugh said. “We’re moving out with a mandate to transform the way the Air Force fights in the information environment.”
Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of ACC, said the establishment of the 16th Air Force seeks to synchronize ISR, cyber and electronic warfare operations to help ensure the joint force’s ability to deter and win future wars across all domains.
Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff of the Air Force and a previous Wash100 awardee, delivered a speech during the 16th Air Force activation ceremony.