OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. – The Omaha Trophyis presented annually to U.S. Strategic Command units demonstrating the highest standards of performance. Selection for the award is based on formal evaluations, meritorious achievement, safety, and other factors such as community involvement and humanitarian actions. The 2007 winners are:
- Deterrence Operation Trophy: 341st Space Wing, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls, Montana.
- Space Operations Trophy: Joint Space Operations Center (JSPOC), Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc, California.
- Cyberspace Trophy: Joint Functional Component Command – Network Warfare (JFCC-NW), Fort Meade, Maryland.
"The accomplishments of the these units are noteworthy because of their impressive performance, and all the more noteworthy because of the keen competition among the nominees. Their contributions to the security and defense of our great nation cannot be overrstated," said General Kevin P. Chilton, U.S. Strategic Command commander "As leaders in strategic deterrence and the preeminent global war fighters in space and cyberspace, it is important we recognize the warfighters on the frontline providing global security for America. "
The Omaha Trophy was presented to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) in 1971 on behalf of the citizens of Omaha, by the SAC Consultation Committee, with the request that it be awarded annually to the outstanding SAC wing. From 1992-1997, two categories were created, one for aircraft and one for a ballistic missile unit. In 1998, the Omaha Trophy was expanded to three categories: intercontinental ballistic missile trophy, submarine ballistic missile command trophy, and strategic aircraft operations trophy. A fourth category, the strategic space and information operations trophy, was added in 2003. The award categories this year were updated to reflect United States Strategic Command's current missions and organizational structure. The three categories reflect the command's primary lines of operations and continued emphasis on global deterrence and its evolving role in global Department of Defense operations.
USSTRATCOM is one of ten U.S. unified commands under the Department of Defense (DoD). The command, including components, employs more than 2,500 people representing all four services including DoD civilians and contractors who oversee the command's operationally focused global strategic mission. (For further information contact Navy Lieutenant Charlie Drey at (402) 234-5659 firstname.lastname@example.org).