Girls Scouts, 184th IW partner for new cyber badge


2nd Lt. Ashley Bowen, cyber-warfare officer, 127th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, assists girls during a binary code exercise at Wichita Area Technical College, Jan. 26. Bowen helped teach a class on cyber technology as part of curriculum required for the Girl Scout’s new cyber badges. The class was designed to reinforce the concepts that the girls had been studying. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt McCoy)


By Master Sgt. Matt McCoy, 184th Public Affairs

A new partnership developed between Wichita-area Girl Scouts and the 184th Intelligence Wing in January. The Girl Scouts recently approved new cyber badges for young ladies to earn, and the IT professionals in the Kansas Air National Guard were excited to get involved..

“We’re one of three councils of Girl Scouts out of 112 that are piloting those badges,” said Liz Workman, CEO, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. “We’re using the opportunity to partner with the 184th Intelligence Wing so the girls in our troops can learn a little bit more about cyber and what all that means.” Continue reading

127th COS completes first deployment in-garrison

By Senior Master Sgt. Leland Weathers and Tech. Sgt. Ben Johnston 127th Cyber Operations Squadron

On April 1, 2016, the 127th Cyberspace Operations Squadron faced a challenge to find 71 qualified personnel to establish a new squadron, many of whom needed to cross train into new career fields. The squadron activation was only 12 months away and required 20 of those Airmen to operate a Cyber Protection Team, ready to defend key Air Force weapon systems and other cyber assets. During the stand-up process, the squadron was also tasked with establishing traditional programs required for new units. Continue reading