NEWS | March 14, 2022

U.S. Strategic Command celebrates a legacy spanning over 50 years

By Rachel Kibbe Williams

U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and the Strategic Command Consultation Committee (SCC) unveiled the Omaha Trophy Honor Wall at USSTRATCOM headquarters on March 14, 2022.

The Omaha Trophy is the highest honor bestowed upon a nuclear enterprise unit by a civilian organization, and the Omaha Trophy Honor Wall celebrates that legacy.

Tim Burke, SCC Chairman, spoke during the unveiling ceremony. “Adm. Richard, on behalf of the SCC, please accept this Omaha Trophy Honor Wall to recognize your warriors that are committed to service, excellence and the United States Strategic Command’s mission.”

The SCC has celebrated USSTRATCOM units for over 50 years by presenting the Omaha Trophy for exemplifying strategic readiness, and providing the nation with a safe, secure and reliable strategic deterrent.

 “There’s a piece of it here where it reminds us of what our heritage is, where we came from," said Adm. Charles A. Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command. We know every day when we’re executing the strategic deterrence mission [that] we’re standing on the shoulders of 70 years of those who came before us and did this mission … did it well. We’re building off of that and that wall is going to be a constant reminder to us of our culture, of our heritage, and where we came from."

The Omaha Trophy started with a single unit in 1971, and has evolved with the USSTRATCOM missions. Currently, the SCC presents four Omaha Trophies for the following mission sets: Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, Strategic Bomber, Strategic Submarine Ballistic Missile, and Global Operations.

The Omaha Trophy Honor Wall showcases 125 patches from every unit that has received the award in chronological order with room for future recipient units.  

 “Units around the globe executing the strategic deterrence mission compete every year to gain the coveted title of Omaha Trophy winner,” said Burke.

For more information, contact the USSTRATCOM Public Affairs Office at 402-912-0020 or USSTRATCOMPA@mail.mil or visit www.stratcom.mil.