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MacDill Command Cyber Readiness Inspection soon to kickoff

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  • By Lt. Col. Reynaldo Champion
  • 6th Communications Squadron commander

MacDill Air Force Base will undergo a Command Cyber Readiness Inspection, or CCRI, from August 28 – 1 September.

This inspection is a thorough evaluation of compliance with Department of Defense and U.S. Cyber Command directives by the Defense Information Systems Agency, on how well the installation complies with DoD and U.S. Cyber Command cyber security directives. Additionally, we can expect an assessment of our overall cyber readiness posture as inspectors review the security of base networks and the command, control, communications & computer (C4) systems that support the 6th Air Mobility Wing and our 33 mission partners.    

The inspection will be conducted at multiple locations throughout the base, and DISA’s end goal is to evaluate the overall security of the networks and C4 systems. The base will be evaluated on network vulnerabilities, physical security, user education, and compliance with security orders and directives.

To that end, the men and women of the 6th Communications Squadron are reminding everyone that they need help each day to continue to implement the practices learned in the annual DoD Cyber Awareness Challenge training.  Those practices include, but are not limited to:

-- Be aware of suspicious email and web traffic.

-- Never leave Common Access Cards and SIPR tokens unattended.

-- Only allow properly cleared personnel into controlled areas.

-- Power on computers every day and conduct restarts at the end of each day to ensure they receive all upgrades and patches needed to mitigate cyber vulnerabilities.

As we prepare for this important inspection, I want to remind you that this is not just a cyber inspection, but rather a readiness inspection that will affect the entire installation and it is imperative that all of our mission partners work together to achieve success.


Base personnel can expect some delays in the processing and remediation of trouble tickets and/or new communications requirements. Our team will evaluate all issues on a case-by-case basis by assessing operational impact.


Overall, the 6th CS is committed to achieving a successful rating during the upcoming CCRI.  Leadership involvement is key to our CCRI preparation efforts, and we look forward to providing the wing and mission partners with the information and resources necessary to ensure success for MacDill.