153rd Airlift Wing migrates to AFNet
By Chief Master Sgt. Leslie Raney, 153rd Communications Flight
/ Published June 30, 2015
CHEYENNE, Wyoming --
For the past several months, the 153rd Communications Flight has been preparing both internally and externally for the downward directed AFNet migration. This change in our network is part of a push to incorporate all branches into shared IT services. The different branches are working to strike that balance with a number of initiatives designed to streamline defense IT operations. The Joint Information Enterprise (JIE) has launched in Europe and in the Pacific, and most Air Force components have migrated to defense enterprise e-mail (DEE).
As part of a larger USAF effort to transform cyber operations, the AFNet Migration project is intended to consolidate all individual or stand-alone Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard networks into the centralized AFNet. This effort significantly improves network security and standardization; as well as drastically reduces operations and training costs through the elimination of redundant systems and services. A major benefit of the AFNet for users across the USAF is the ability to manage personal information and communicate on the same user account whether they are deployed, TDY, or in garrison.
Users are asked to be prepared for an occasional service interruption as migrations progress and expect to restore some features to your desktop environment (e.g., SharePoint access, drive mapping, printers) after they've migrated.
As the 153 AW approaches its projected August 3, 2015 start date, teams of technicians from the 153rd Communications Flight, the 299th Network Operations Support Squadron, the Air Force Network Integration Center, and the 690th Cyber Operations Group are busy preparing equipment and resources to facilitate the migration of almost 1,100 users.