OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - In recognition of outstanding support to U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) strategic deterrence, space and cyberspace missions, U.S. Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, USSTRATCOM commander, announced the winners of the 2015 Omaha Trophies at USSTRATCOM Headquarters on Feb. 3, 2016.
Haney said the winning organizations demonstrated “the highest standards of performance in support of USSTRATCOM’s global, diverse missions.”
“We salute the members of these professional units for their outstanding contributions to twenty-first century strategic deterrence and extend appreciation for their contributions and congratulations on their selection for this prestigious award,” he added.
Haney also lauded the efforts of the other nominated units for their dedication to providing a safe, secure, effective and ready deterrent force.
“Each nominee is truly an outstanding representative of their task force, joint task force, or functional component. Their sustained professionalism, record of mission accomplishment and emphasis on effective warfighting readiness is remarkable,” he said. “I am proud of each and every one for their contributions to our nation's defense.”
The Omaha Trophy, which dates back to the U.S. Air Force’s Strategic Air Command, was originally created by the Strategic Command Consultation (SCC) Committee in 1971. At the time, a single trophy was presented annually as a token of appreciation to the command’s best wing.
Since then, the tradition has evolved to unit-level awards that recognize USSTRATCOM’s premier intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) wing, ballistic missile submarine, strategic bomber wing and global operations (space/cyberspace) unit. This year, a new category was added to include the combatant command’s top strategic aircraft wing.
Those receiving awards represent organizations throughout USSTRATCOM which are critical to fulfilling the combatant command's primary mission: to detect, deter and prevent strategic attacks against the United States and its allies.
Ken Stinson, SCC chairman, said “the people and communities that make up the greater Omaha area are honored to recognize the 2015 Omaha Trophy winners.”
“Congratulations and thank you for your service and commitment to our nation,” he added.
The 2015 Omaha Trophy recipient organizations are listed by category below:
- ICBM: 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana
- Ballistic Missile Submarine: USS Wyoming (SSBN 742), Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia
- Strategic Bomber: 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana
- Strategic Aircraft: 92nd Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington
- Global Operations: 460th Space Wing, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado
One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting.