NEWS | April 18, 2011

Four Military Units Win Prestigious Omaha Trophy

By U.S. Strategic Command Public Affairs

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command here, recently announced the 2010 Omaha Trophy winners, an honor awarded annually to military units demonstrating the highest performance standards in USSTRATCOM’s mission areas. Selections are based on formal evaluations, meritorious achievement, safety, and other factors such as community involvement and humanitarian actions. The winners are:

  • Global Operations Trophy: 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Trophy: 91st Missile Wing, Minot Air Force Base, Minot, N.D.
  • Submarine Ballistic Missile Trophy: USS RHODE ISLAND (SSBN 740), Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Ga.
  • Strategic Aircraft Operations Trophy: 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, N.D.

“These units demonstrated the highest standards of performance in support of USSTRATCOM’s array of capabilities in space, cyberspace and strategic deterrence. We applaud the members of these units for their outstanding contributions and extend our heartiest congratulations on their selection for this prestigious award,” said General Kehler. “Congratulations to all nominees — you are each outstanding representatives of our task forces, joint task forces, and functional components. Your sustained professionalism, record of mission accomplishment, and emphasis on effective warfighting readiness are remarkable and contribute significantly to our Nation’s defense. ”

Each year, Omaha’s Strategic Command Consultation Committee recognizes four outstanding units. The categories reflect the command's primary lines of operation, continued emphasis on strategic deterrence, and their evolving role in global operations. The former Strategic Air Command Consultation Committee first presented the Omaha Trophy as a single trophy to the Strategic Air Command in 1971 on behalf of the citizens of Omaha. The number of awards increased over the years as the USSTRATCOM missions and organizational structure changed.

USSTRATCOM is one of ten U.S. unified commands under the Department of Defense. The command, including components, employs more than 4,300 people representing all four services including DOD civilians and contractors who oversee the command's operationally-focused global strategic mission. For further information, contact Rodney Ellison at (402) 294-4130 or