Scott Air Force Base to gain 300 jobs with cyber protection squadrons

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O’FALLON, IL (KPLR) – On Wednesday, U.S. Congressman Bill Enyart announced that two new cyber squadrons are coming to Scott Air Force base.

The $16 million dollar investment will add 320 new jobs to the area. The group will be responsible for defending networks, vulnerability testing and correction of flaws.

Bike Surgeon employee Joshua Manwaring says workers at his 5-year-old O`Fallon store are looking forward to seeing new customers. He also says owners are more than happy to keep their doors open.

'It`s really exciting for us especially Scott Air force Base they`ve been very supportive of us over the years. The great thing about the military personnel is they have a passion for the outdoors.' Manwaring said.

The base was selected out of 7 across the country. Right now there are over 8,500 military personnel and the new positions make up a 5% jump in jobs.

Officials say the process will start immediately and will take two years to complete.

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