Commentary by Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff. 5/28/2009- WASHINGTON, D.C —
In executing our Air Force mission of fly, fight and win, our Airmen, civilians and contractors, knowingly or unknowingly, engage daily on the cyber battlefield. Computers and personal electronic devices connected to our networks can simultaneously be powerful tools and critical vulnerabilities. At times, our networks have been compromised by multiple means: Malware hidden in emails, virus-corrupted thumb drives, and media moved incorrectly between networks. We can prevent these events with due consideration and proper procedures, but in the past, we’ve regarded network protection and security as the « comm guy’s job, » and as a user inconvenience. This must no longer be the case.
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11/6/2009 – KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, New Mexico
Fiscal year 2009 was the safest flying year in the 62-year history of the Air Force with only 17 Class A mishaps.
According to William C. Redmond, Air Force Safety Center executive director, regarding destroyed aircraft specifically, the Air Force matched its safest year, (fiscal year 2006) with eight destroyed aircraft, down from 15 in fiscal year 2008.