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Category: 194th Regional Support Wing


Panetta describes cyber attacks on U.S. utilities, showing urgency of new role for WA Guard

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s call to arms on cyber security Thursday highlights the urgency of the Washington National Guard’s effort to get its citizen soldiers to work protecting utility and municipal digital networks.

Panetta in a New York speech described efforts by foreign organizations to gain control of domestic computers running electric, chemical, water and transportation networks.

“We also know they are seeking to create advanced tools to attack these systems and cause panic, destruction and even the loss of life,” he said.

“An aggressor nation or extremist group could gain control of critical switches and derail passenger

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WA Guard’s cyber warriors get new digs today

Washington Air National Guard soldiers charged with protecting Air Force computer systems will set up shop today in a new, $5.6 million building at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The Air National Guard’s 262nd Network Warfare Squadron draws on the expertise of tech-savvy Puget Sound residents to carry out a mission that rarely gets public recognition. Commanders seldom give specifics about what the unit does, instead referring to its mission in the general terms of “cyber warfare.”

That assignment has been in the news in the past week with Chinese officials calling cyber war the battleground of the

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Washington National Guard squadron deploying to Afghanistan for air support mission

About 20 Washington Air National Guard airmen are heading to Afghanistan tomorrow, where they’ll work with Special Operations teams and help provide close-air support.

The soldiers belong to the 116th Air Support Operations Squadron, 194th Regional Air Support Wing. Their farewell ceremony for their four-month deployment will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday in building No. 92 at Camp Murray.

“We are extremely proud of the 116th.  They are well trained, experienced and ready to accomplish any mission they are given,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Lowenberg, the commander of the Washington National Guard.

The National Guard described the squadron’s

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Going on offense

We received a press release about the groundbreaking ceremony for a new headquarters building for the 262nd Network Warfare Squadron at McChord Air Force Base.

You might know the unit: It was previously known as the 262nd Information Warfare Aggressor Squadron. It’s a Washington Air National Guard unit that draws heavily on the dot-com businesses in the Seattle region to perform highly classified missions in cyberspace.

Now here’s the interesting twist from the release. It says the unit’s mission is “to train citizen airmen to provide network warfare capabilities to secure defense information networks and provide full-spectrum cyberspace options to

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Pros, joes, Sea Gals and an Xbox

RENTON – Tech. Sgt. Brian King can’t count the number of times he’s driven past the Seattle Seahawks’ training facility and wondered what it’d be like to hang out with the players.

He calls himself a “huge, gigantic fan” of the team. He once had an opportunity be a part of an honor guard before kickoff at Qwest Field, an experience he calls one of the highlights of his life.

Until he jammed out to some Aerosmith with tight end John Carlson and defensive tackle Craig Terrill.

“It’s like a dream,” the 34-year-old Air National Guardsmen from Puyallup said Tuesday. “It took a while to digest that I was really here. I couldn’t be happier right now.”

He was one of about 25 soldiers and airmen at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for the Pro vs. GI Joe event, which had players and service members competing in Xbox 360 games against troops deployed to Qatar.

The Hawks and the joes cracked jokes, posed for photos and talked trash over rounds of Guitar Hero, Call of Duty 4 and Halo. Oversized speakers thumped out the sounds of the video games, and plasma TVs displayed the game and a choppy video feed from Qatar, where troops deployed to Iraq go for a short break from the war.
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Today’s contracts:

Pine Island/Takatsuki 8 (a) JV, Seattle, Wash., was awarded on Sep. 29, 2009 a $5,568,800 firm-fixed-price contract to construct Washington Air National Guard Information Warfare Aggressor Squadron Facility, McChord Air Force Base. Work is to be performed at McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, Wash., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 2010. Bids were solicited via FedBizOpps with six bids received. Department of the Army & Air Force, National Guard Bureau, Contracting Office, Tacoma, Wash., is the contracting activity
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Local links, Sept. 28

The long list of stories from over the weekend starts with deaths from 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. The Pentagon released the names of three soldiers from the unit killed Thursday.

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division:
Soldier knew ‘duty and desire’ [The News Tribune]
Bellevue man among three soldiers killed in Afghanistan [Seattle Times]
As death toll rises, Ft. Lewis soldiers honored [KOMO-TV]
Area soldier killed in Afghanistan [Columbus Dispatch]

2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment:
The night that changed Hilltop [The News Tribune]

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division:

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