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May 10, 2013

Air Force News – May 10, 2013

Officials approve security user guides for mobile devices

Pentagon officials recently approved the security technical implementation guides for BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, as well as Samsung’s Android Knox, for use on Defense Department networks.

“This is a significant step toward establishing a multivendor environment that supports a variety of state-of-the-art devices and operating systems,” Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement announcing the approval.

Several mobile devices and operating systems are going through the Defense Information Systems Agency’s review and approval process. A security technical implementation guide approval establishes a configuration that allows a secure connection to DOD networks, which facilitates the process by eliminating the need for security reviews at the individual organization level, Pickart said. However, yesterday’s decision does not result in product orders.

The level of security necessary throughout the department does not rest solely on any one mobile device, Pickart said, adding that the network and software also must be secured and managed appropriately. An integral part of the secure mobility framework will be the Mobility Device Management and Mobile Application Store, which is in source selection now and anticipated for award in early summer, he said.

“We are pleased to add Blackberry 10 and the Samsung Knox version of Android to our family of mobile devices supporting the Department of Defense,” the spokesman said.

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Kyrgyzstan

Three Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Airmen from the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron tragically perished May 3 near Chon-Aryk in the crash of a KC-135 Stratotanker. The crew and aircraft were assigned to the Transit Center at Manas near Bishkek. The deceased are Capts. Mark Voss and Victoria Pinckney; and Tech. Sgt. Herman Mackey.

Mozambique

A group of Air Force Academy cadets traveled to Dunbo, where potable water is hard to come by, to hold a workshop teaching residents how to build biosand water filters from readily available materials.

Southwest Asia

Airmen from the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing loaded pallets of humanitarian aid on to a C-17 Globemaster III April 30 at an undisclosed air base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The cargo was bound for Syrian refugees displaced from their homes during the ongoing fighting in their country.

Afghanistan

Members of the 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron recently installed safe and secure bridges for local Afghans coming in and out of Bagram Airfield. The 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron entry point controllers requested the bridges to provide safe passage to and from BAF for the airfield employees.




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