Components

Task Forces

USSTRATCOM utilizes various task forces to plan and execute its global missions. These forces include:

Task Force 124 - Airborne Communications

The Commander of Strategic Communications Wing One provides operations and administrative command and support for the Navy’s E-6B Mercury community.

These aircraft provide a survivable communications link between national decision-makers and the nation's strategic forces. As an airborne command post, the E-6B enables the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense to communicate with crews operating the nation's ballistic missile submarines, land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles and long-range strategic bombers. E-6B aircraft are assigned to Strategic Communications Wing One, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

Task Force 134 - COMSUBPAC

Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) also acts as Task Force 134 on behalf of USSTRATCOM for strategic deterrent submarine operations.

Considered the most survivable leg of the nation's strategic forces, U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarines, or SSBNs, provide launch capability from around the globe using the Trident missile weapon system.

The Pacific Submarine Force (SUBPAC) includes attack, ballistic missile and auxiliary submarines, submarine tenders, floating submarine docks, deep submergence vehicles and submarine rescue vehicles throughout the Pacific.

Pacific SSBNs are based at Bangor, Wash., with headquarters at Naval Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Task Force 144 - COMSUBLANT

Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMSUBLANT) also acts as Task Force 144 on behalf of USSTRATCOM strategic deterrent submarine operations.

Considered the most survivable leg of the nation's strategic forces, U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarines, or SSBNs, provide launch capability from around the globe using the Trident missile weapon system.

Atlantic SSBNs are based at Kings Bay, Ga., with headquarters at Naval Base Norfolk, Va.

Task Force 204 - Strategic Bomber and Reconnaissance Aircraft

8th Air Force, headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., is designated as USSTRATCOM's Task Force 204. This task force provides the President of the United States with combat-ready forces capable of deploying air power to any area of the world.

Aircraft assigned to 8th Air Force include B-52 Stratofortress bombers located at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. and Minot Air Force Base, N.D. as well as B-2 Spirit stealth bombers stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.

Reconnaissance aircraft assigned to 8th Air Force that support the USSTRATCOM mission include the RC-135 Rivet Joint located at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. and the U-2S Dragon Lady located at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.

Task Force 214 - Land-based Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

Designated as STRATCOM's Task Force 214, 20th Air Force has dual responsibilities to Air Force Global Strike Command and USSTRATCOM. This task force provides the President of the United States with quick-reacting and highly reliable strategic missile forces.

These forces are dispersed in hardened silos across the nation's central tier and are based at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. and Minot Air Force Base, N.D.

Task Force 294 - Aerial Refueling/Tankers

18th Air Force also acts as Task Force 294 on behalf of USSTRATCOM and is responsible for generating aerial-refueling tanker forces and acting as an interface between Air Mobility Command and USSTRATCOM.

Air refueling greatly enhances the command's capability to conduct global combat and reconnaissance operations. Tankers are assigned to 18th Air Force, Scott AFB, Ill., with headquarters at Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.