New Squadron, New Commander, New Mission, needing New Airmen

Commander of the 960th Cyberspace Operations Group, Col. Anthony Perkins, left, passes the 689th guidon to Maj. Kevin Deibler, new commander of the 689th Networks Operations Squadron, during an Assumption of Command ceremony Feb. 12, at Gunter Annex. The 689th is the Air Force’s newest Net Ops Squadron in the Cyber fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bradley J. Clark)

Commander of the 960th Cyberspace Operations Group, Col. Anthony Perkins, left, passes the 689th guidon to Maj. Kevin Deibler, new commander of the 689th Networks Operations Squadron, during an Assumption of Command ceremony Feb. 12, at Gunter Annex. The 689th is the Air Force’s newest Net Ops Squadron in the Cyber fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bradley J. Clark)

Commander of the 960th Cyberspace Operations Group, Col. Anthony Perkins, left, and Maj. Kevin Deibler, commander of the 689th Networks Operations Squadron, participate in an Assumption of Command ceremony Feb. 12, at Gunter Annex. The 689th is the Air Force’s newest Net Ops Squadron in the Cyber fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bradley J. Clark)

Commander of the 960th Cyberspace Operations Group, Col. Anthony Perkins, left, and Maj. Kevin Deibler, commander of the 689th Networks Operations Squadron, participate in an Assumption of Command ceremony Feb. 12, at Gunter Annex. The 689th is the Air Force’s newest Net Ops Squadron in the Cyber fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bradley J. Clark)

689th Network Operations Squadron Commander, Maj. Kevin Deibler, talks to audience members in attendance following his Assumption of Command ceremony Feb. 12, at Gunter Annex. The 689th is one of the newest units in the Air Force’s Cyber fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bradley J. Clark)

689th Network Operations Squadron Commander, Maj. Kevin Deibler, talks to audience members in attendance following his Assumption of Command ceremony Feb. 12, at Gunter Annex. The 689th is one of the newest units in the Air Force’s Cyber fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bradley J. Clark)

The 689th Network Operations Squadron’s guidon is unfurled during an activation and Assumption of Command ceremony Feb. 12, at Gunter Annex. The 689th is now commanded by Maj. Kevin Deibler and is the Air Force’s newest unit in the Cyber Fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bradley J. Clark)

The 689th Network Operations Squadron’s guidon is unfurled during an activation and Assumption of Command ceremony Feb. 12, at Gunter Annex. The 689th is now commanded by Maj. Kevin Deibler and is the Air Force’s newest unit in the Cyber Fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bradley J. Clark)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- One of the newest units in the Air Force has a commander after an Assumption of Command ceremony Feb. 12, at Gunter Annex.

The 689th Network Operations Squadron is now officially commanded by Maj. Kevin Deibler having the honor bestowed upon him from Col. Anthony Perkins, commander of the 960th Cyberspace Operations Group, 10th Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Medina Annex, Texas.

The 689th is the reserve associate unit to the 26th Net Ops Squadron, providing mission assurance for Air Force Major Commands and Combatant Commanders through network operations and defensive cyber operations on the Air Force Enterprise Network.

The 689th was reactivated Aug. 12 after being deactivated for more than 70 years.

“The 689th Network Ops Squadron has already met all requirements, five months early, to meet Initial Operations Capability, and I know Major Kevin Deibler is the person to command and take this squadron to full mission readiness,” said Perkins. “Deibler’s last assignment was standing up the Headquarters of the 960th [Cyberspace Operations Group] Directorate of Operations and impressive duty at the operational level of war for Air Force Cyber, the 624th Ops Center while assigned to the 854th Combat Operations Squadron.”

With the 689th needing a leader after activation, the choice couldn’t have been clearer.

“An officer with exemplary service on active duty and now the reserve component, with a diverse background, Major Deibler is the best choice to lead the 689th NOS,” said Perkins.

Now the 689th is looking to fill their ranks with qualified team members.

“We provide cyber defense and security for the entire Air Force network as well as the Joint Information Environment,” explained Deibler. “We have a rapidly growing team and are reaching out to our Total Force and community partners to help build our unit from the ground up.”

Even though, the unit is now officially up and running, it still has positions to fill.

“We have just achieved Initial Operational Capability thanks to the team effort of our full-time cadre,” said Deibler. “However, we still need a great many more teammates to build our unit, including full time and part time cyber operators.”

The 689th Net Ops Squadron is very interested in finding people who want to be on the front lines of what they believe to be the future of warfare in the cyber domain.

“We need the best and brightest to fight today’s cyber threats,” said Deibler. “I know great people are out there wanting to do this, we are ready for you to be a part of our team.”