A ceremony was hosted at the Air Force Cyberspace and Communications Heritage Center, Jan. 4, 2021, to enshrine the Executive Airlift Communications Network (EACN) and the significant efforts undertaken by a number of Air Force teams.
Born from communications deficiencies aboard Air Force One during the homeland terrorist events of Sept. 11, 2001, EACN serves as a specialized government-unique Internet Service Provider. This service provides senior leaders the ability to access multiple classification levels of voice, video and data services from select platforms while in flight.
After 9/11, there was a need to improve various in-flight communications. According to Tom Korte, HQ Cyberspace Capabilities Center technical services director, in order to update these airborne communications systems for senior leadership, Air Mobility Command took the overall lead for the project with their Communications Directorate, or AMC/A6, tasked to find a solution to this project.