“People who work here know what they do,” said Dennis. “Look at the systems we impact. There is not a mission the Air Force does that can happen without this unit. Everything is about networks and data.”
Schmidt returns to Hanscom, which was his first assignment as an officer in 1991. He last served as the PEO of Fighters and Bombers at Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He named four separate personnel whom he has worked with at previous assignments, including Michael Canavan, now chief of electronic systems development at C3I&N, who was Schmidt’s first sponsor when he arrived at Hanscom in 1991.
“This can be a tumultuous time for the enterprise,” said Bunch. “You’re losing a great leader. But, I want everyone in C3I&N to rest assured that you’re getting a great leader. Follow and support him, and you’ll see us taken to even greater heights.”
Bunch recounted many of the recent successes of C3I&N, from bringing the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node to Program of Record status to shifting many Air Force applications from government-owned servers to cloud services.
“This team is key to making sure we continue to dominate in air, space and cyberspace,” said Bunch. “This team is also key to achieving [Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David] Goldfein’s objective of fully networked combat systems.”