Tag Archives: Global Strike Command

First-Ever Global Strike Challenge Recognizes ‘Best of the Best’ Bomb and Missile Wings

By Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs

Nov. 19, 2010

Air Force Global Strike Command’s first-ever Global Strike Challenge concluded on a high note with the presentation of the Blanchard and Fairchild trophies for the best Missile and Bomb Wings. The competitors energized the crowd with loud cheers and display of their mascots, proudly showing them off throughout the score posting. After months of preparation by the teams, the competition ended as the best of the best were recognized.

Whiteman’s 509th Bomb Wing took home the Fairchild trophy in what proved to be a tough race for the best bomb wing.

F.E. Warren’s 90th Missile Wing was the night’s other big winner and was awarded the Blanchard trophy.

The competition served a dual purpose of training and recognizing Airmen throughout Global Strike Command.

PHOTOS: (Top) The 509th Bomb Wing from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., was awarded the Fairchild Trophy for best bombardment wing during the Global Strike Challenge score posting events at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 17, 2010. The trophy is named after Gen. Muir S. Fairchild, former U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, and is one of the competition’s two top awards. For Global Strike Challenge, teams had mascots and spirit uniforms to show esprit de corps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Corey A. Clements)
(Bottom) The 90th Missile Wing from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., was awarded the Blanchard Trophy for best missile wing during the Global Strike Challenge score posting events at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 17, 2010. The trophy is named after Gen. William H. Blanchard, Strategic Air Command’s Director of Operations in the early 1960s, and is one of the top two awards for the competition. For Global Strike Challenge, teams had mascots and spirit uniforms to show esprit de corps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chad Warren)

Air Force Global Strike Command Reaches Full Operational Capability



By Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs

Here’s something a little different. With the edge coming off the heat in the northwest Louisiana “Ark-La-Tex” region and with Air Force Global Strike Command’s just-declared Full Operational Capability under their belt, the vast majority of the 900 full-time members of the headquarters staff gathered outside the Global Strike Command headquarters building at Barksdale Air Force Base for a family photo of sorts Oct. 21. The temperature on picture day was sunny and an unseasonably warm 85 degrees with very low fall humidity of less than 50 percent.

What the group accomplished was not just a first-ever headquarters staff photo (“suitable for framing”) but the culmination of a remarkably fast build-up of the first all-new major command in nearly 30 years, from scratch. Members of the headquarters gathered for the picture, recognizing the Command’s rapid growth from about 50 full-time and 50 temporary duty employees to nearly 900 full-time staff in less than 14 months.

In remarks after the photograph, Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, Global Strike Command commander, praised Barksdale’s host 2d Bomb Wing and community leaders for their support providing workspace, living space, schools and a welcome reception to members of the new command. Imagine being the 2d Bomb Wing, already having a numbered Air Force headquarters (8th Air Force) on base and then being tasked to bed-down, as they call it, about 900 new people, a new three-star commander, and all the facilities and housing they would need to get their jobs done starting immediately and finishing in about a year’s time. Apparently, from the general’s remarks, the men and women of the 2d Bomb Wing succeeded. Their vice commander, Col. Tom Hesterman, and wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Joe Ann Pace represented the wing in the photo.

Not only that, the general praised the local Shreveport-Bossier City community for their welcoming attitude and Southern Hospitality in assisting with the transition. On stage with the general and Global Strike Command Chief Master Sgt. Jack Johnson were community leaders Mr. Doug Rogers, of the local military affairs committee, and Mr. Murray Viser and Ms. Linda Biernacki, who are civilian advisors to the commander.

Good job to all in building a command without the command’s three missile wings and three bomb wings missing a beat! Obviously there were some heroic efforts by the 2d Bomb Wing to bring all those new folks and new mission on base so quickly.

Air Force Global Strike Command is now full-up, providing combat-ready forces for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations with, as they say, “a special trust and responsibility for the most powerful weapons in our Nation’s arsenal,” and abiding by their motto: To Deter and Assure.


Visit to the 917th Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base–Passion for the Job

Maja Checks out B-52 Cockpit

Rarely do people find a job that they’re passionate about. We frequently hear from our Airmen that they love their jobs and that serving their country is the best thing they ever did. Yet, the Air Force also employees thousands of civilians and contractors to help support the mission. One of those civilian employees is Maja Stevanovich, who I’ve known for a couple years through Twitter and other social media sites. We only met in person this for the first time at this year’s Milblog Conference.  Maja currently works for Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs. She started there a few months ago, but has been a longtime supporter of the Air Force, and the military, through her participation as a milblogger. She has written about the Air Force numerous times on her blog, Not Your Average Brooklynette.

For her to have the opportunity to move from passionate blogger to being employed by the service branch she loves was a great opportunity. And so, after writing about the Air Force for years, Maja sent me the link to a post for Air Force Live (as shared from her blog). Maja recently had the opportunity to spend the day with the 917th Wing of the Air Force Reserve Command “and got to learn about their remarkable mission and the part they take in national security.” The 917th Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, is home to both A-10 and B-52 aircraft. The A-10 schoolhouse mission is to train A/O A-10 pilots in initial qualification, forward air control and night vision goggles. The B-52 combat mission is to employ the bomber in support of Air Force worldwide conventional commitments. In addition to writing about their mission, she has some great photos of her day there.

B-52 Stratofortress at Barksdale AFB

Take the opportunity to visit Maja’s blog, and please be sure to check out Milblogging.com for links to thousands of other milblogs. The milblog community is an important part of the Department of Defense. The people who write these blogs are active duty, retired military, spouses, friends, families, or simply military enthusiasts. They support our mission and write about aspects of the military that public affairs or the news may not cover. And you never know, your passion may turn into a career just like Maja’s did.

Paul F. Bove, Air Force Public Affairs Agency