Rep. Zeldin Launches Effort to Create a Cyber Security Squadron at 106th Air Rescue Wing
Washington, DC –Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1) joined with the entire New York Congressional Delegation to establish a Cyber Operations Squadron within the Air National Guard (ANG) in New York State. As a result of Congressman Zeldin's direct advocacy, the request now includes as a possible location the 106th Air Rescue Wing, based at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton.
The Air National Guard is currently looking to develop four Cyber Operation Squadrons in the United States. The New York delegation just sent a joint letter to the Director of the Air National Guard, Lieutenant General Stanley E. Clarke, and the Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Admiral Michael Rogers, highlighting the unique role New York, as a financial hub, leader in the cyber security field, and a terror target, can play in the military’s expanding cyber mission.
Congressman Lee Zeldin said, “Establishing a cyber security team in New York would greatly expand the tools available in order to rapidly respond to the diverse range of cyber threats that New York faces on any given day, as well as improve our ability to react quickly and effectively to cyber threats. The New York Air National Guard, which plays a critical role in our nation’s security, is the largest Air Guard unit in the country. New York already has the existing infrastructure needed to establish an Air National Guard Cyber Operations Squadron. The 106th Air Rescue Wing on Long Island would be the perfect location to strengthen the state's developing network of cyber and information assurance expertise.”
You can view a copy of the letter here: NYDel Cyber Air National Guard Team - Oct 2015.pdf.