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Air Force Network (AFNet) Migrations on the Way to Andersen AFB

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Juan Valenzuela
  • 36th Communications Squadron
Andersen AFB will soon become the second Pacific Air Forces base to migrate its computer users into a central Air Force Network (AFNet). On Nov. 14, technicians will begin migrating Andersen workstations, network users and email into the AFNet.

The goal of this project is to collapse all individual or stand-alone Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard networks into the AFNet. To the majority of Andersen computer users, most of the changes will be transparent and should not cause any interruption to network access or normal day-to-day operations, but for the Air Force this represents a major change to how computer networks are managed. Until now, Air Force major commands and other Air Force organizations have been operating their own independent networks driving unique and unit specific requirements. Over the years, this approach led to standardization and security problems, high operation and maintenance costs, and a lack of enterprise situational awareness. In short, there was no single organization or commander responsible for the entire network. The AFNet migration project addresses these issues and places Air Force cyber operations under the operational control of a single commander. This approach will yield a significant improvement in the Air Force's ability to fight daily virus activity and malicious intrusion attempts. Additionally, AFNet migrations will centralize services like email and data storage, significantly improving network security and standardization. Finally, operational and training costs will be reduced through the elimination of redundant systems and services.

So how will this affect you? The most visible change will be in the format of your e-mail address. The migration replaces the old first.last@andersen.af.mil e-mail address with a standard first.last@us.af.mil address. The new addresses will remain with users for the duration of their career, employment, or affiliation with the Air Force regardless of the base or organization assigned. As more bases join the AFNet, Airmen will be able to login to their accounts from any AFNet base without requesting and creating an additional account. This will allow easy access to the network during deployments, and throughout TDY and PCS moves. Sites such as the Air Force Portal, Air Force Personnel Center, Defense Finance Accounting Service, will also remain easily accessible regardless of your duty location.

As Andersen approaches its projected start date, teams from the Air Force Network Integration Center, 690th Network Support Group and 36th Communications Squadron are busy preparing equipment and resources to facilitate the migration. To ensure a smooth transition to the AFNet, look for future 36 CS generated eAdvisories for additional migration related information.
For any questions or additional information, please contact the 36 CS Comm Focal Point at 366-2666, or by email at commservice@andersen.af.mil.