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By Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs
Air Force Global Strike Command
Air Force Global Strike Command announced the winners of Global Strike Challenge 2023 at the multi-month competition’s capstone event Nov. 8.
Global Strike Challenge is the world's premier bomber and intercontinental ballistic missile operations and maintenance, helicopter operations and security forces competition with units from Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard participating.
"This is a phenomenal event to show the American people, the Department of Defense and the rest of the Department of the Air Force how professional, skilled and awesome the men and women of the nuclear enterprise are," said Gen. Thomas Bussiere, AFGSC commander. "Tonight is a celebration of your excellence in this competition."
Top Honors of the night included:
Fairchild Trophy – Best Bomb Wing
28th Bomb Wing - Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota
Blanchard Trophy – Best ICBM Wing
341st Missile Wing - Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana
Other top honors included:
Bourland Trophy – Best Helicopter Squadron
37th Helicopter Squadron - 90th Missile Wing - F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming
Charlie Fire Team Trophy – Best Security Forces
Ellis Giant Sword Trophy – Best bomber maintenance
The 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, won the Doolittle Trophy for innovation excellence. This trophy recognizes the innovation efforts of the base and their dedication to staying competitive in the 21st century.
The 5th Bomb Wing also won the Spirit Bell Trophy for the best team spirit.
The Shreveport-Bossier community presented the Barksdale Trophy to the Minot, North Dakota, community. The Barksdale Trophy is awarded to the community that goes above and beyond to support Airmen and families at an Air Force Global Strike Command wing.
Participants in the 2023 Global Strike Challenge included AFGSC’s nine wings plus units from Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard.
Bussiere told those attending that they now have a responsibility to share what they learned during the competition with their fellow Airmen.
"The competitors and the winners have an obligation to grow those around you stronger next year," he said. "Steel sharpens steel. You make those around you stronger so that they're representing you and your leadership at the next Global Strike Challenge.
"Tonight is all about you and what you do for our nation," Bussiere said. "Thank you for what you do."
GLOBAL STRIKE CHALLENGE 2023
Fairchild Trophy for Best Bomb Wing
28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
Blanchard Trophy for Best ICBM Wing
341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Montana
Klotz (Best ICBM and Helicopter Operations)
90th Missile Wing, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming
Charlie Fire Team Trophy
Best Security Forces Mental and Physical (MAP) Challenge Trophy
Best Security Forces Marksmanship Trophy
253rd Security Forces Squadron, Wyoming Air National Guard
Best Security Forces Tactics Trophy
Best M4 Shooter
Best M18 Shooter
Best M240 Shooter
509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Missouri, Senior Airman Ronnie Hopper
Best M320 Shooter
253rd Security Forces Squadron, Wyoming Air National Guard, Tech Sgt. Ashton Henry
Linhard Trophy (Best ICBM Ops Crew)
Neary (best EWO Crew)
McMahon (Best Weapons System Crew)
Best ICBM Missile Handling Team
Best ICBM Electro Mechanical Team
Best ICBM Facility Maintenance Section Team
Best ICBM Missile Communications Maintenance Team
Best ICBM Nuclear Weapons Maintenance Team
Bourland (Best Helicopter Squadron)
Best Convoy and Aerial Interdiction
40th Helicopter Squadron, 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Montana
Best Launch Facility Recapture and Threat Detection
Best Fires Observer
LeMay (Best Bomb Squadron)
Mitchell (Best Bomb)
Linebacker (B-52 Squadron)
23rd Bomb Squadron, 5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, North Dakota
Eaker (Best B-1 Squadron)
Tibbets (Best B-2 Squadron)
13th Bomb Squadron, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Missouri
Bartsch (Best Electronic Countermeasures)
93rd Bomb Squadron, 307th Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
Ellis Giant Sword (Best Bomber Maintenance)
Best Conventional Munitions Maintenance Team
Best Conventional Weapons Load Team
Best Conventional Aircraft Crew Chief Team
509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Missouri
Best Nuclear Bomber Weapons Maintenance Team
Best Nuclear Aircraft Crew Chief Team
5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, North Dakota
Best Nuclear Weapons Load Team
Doolittle Trophy for Innovation Excellence
Barksdale Trophy (awarded to the best community support for an AFGSC base)
The Minot, North Dakota, Community
Spirit Bell (awarded to the team who best represents Global Strike Challenge teamwork and esprit de corps)