AFNet Migrations on the way to Kunsan AB
5/29/2012 - KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Kunsan Air Base will soon become the latest Pacific Air Force base to migrate its computer users into a centralized Air Force Network - or simply AFNet. Over a five week period beginning June 11, technicians will begin migrating Kunsan workstations, network users and email accounts into the AFNet.
The goal of this project is to collapse all "individual" or "stand-alone" networks into the AFNet. To the majority of Kunsan AB computer users, most of the changes will be transparent and should not cause any interruptions 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, major commands and various other Air Force organizations have been operating their own independent networks, causing multiple unique and unit specific requirements. Over the years, this approach has 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 securing and configuring the network.
The AFNet migration project addresses these issues by bringing all MAJCOMs and Air Force organizations into one network that is under the operational control of a single commander. This approach will yield a significant improvement in the Air Force's ability to standardize, secure, maintain and manage the Non-classified Internet Protocol Routed Network (NIPRNet). Additionally, AFNet migrations will centralize services like email and data storage and reduce operational and training costs 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 firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address with a standard email@example.com address. Most users already have an @us.af.mil email address; however, the user may not use it as their primary email address. Once Kunsan AB migrates to AFNet, the @us.af.mil address will become your primary (and only) email address. Looking beyond Kunsan AB, as more bases join AFNet, this email address will be used for the duration of your career or employment with the Air Force regardless of the base or organization you're assigned to. In addition, users can login to AFNet using this one account from any AFNet base without requesting and creating an additional account. This will allow easy access to the network during deployments, TDYs, and PCS moves.
With the centralization of organizations that service AFNet, you will also experience a change in how you obtain support with NIPR account and network related issues. A frequently-asked-questions knowledge base, called Tier 0 support, is also made available to assist users with resolving common issues that do not require support from an AFNet administrator.
If your issue cannot be resolved using the Tier 0 support tools and you call 782-NIPR (6477) to obtain further assistance, you will be connected with a centralized Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) that will assist remotely if possible. If your issue cannot be resolved by ESD personnel, a ticket is opened on your behalf and assigned to the appropriate workcenter for further action. For all issues that require "touch maintenance", local 8 CS personnel will receive the ticket and respond to assist with resolving the issue. SIPR and other comm support will remain with the local 8 CS helpdesk who will continue to be reachable at 782-2666.
What can you do to prepare? As with any migration of computer data, you should cleanup your storage space, both in email and on your desktop. You should also backup data whenever possible to a shared drive or CD.
Please be patient. While Kunsan AB approaches its projected start date, a team of technicians from the Air Force Network Integration Center, 690th Network Support Group, and 8th Communications Squadron will be busy preparing equipment and resources to facilitate the migration of over 3,000 users. During this period, you may experience some interruptions to network services. Whenever possible, these interruptions will be scheduled and users will be notified ahead of time via email. However, please continue to save data often, log off when not using your workstation, and restart your workstation at the end of each duty day. Also, look for future 8 CS generated Network Advisories for additional migration related information.