MEDIA ADVISORY: Schriever leadership to accept Omaha Trophy
/ Published April 17, 2015
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
Release No: 1504-001
April 15, 2015
Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, will present the Omaha Trophy for Global Operations to the 50th Space Wing in a ceremony here Tuesday at 2 p.m.
This is the third time in the last four years the wing has earned this honor, which is 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 'Masters of Space' are joined this year by the following other 2014 Omaha Trophy award winners: the 91st Missile Wing and 5th Bomb Wing, both from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota; and USS Alaska (SSBN 732), Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Georgia.
"We applaud the members of these professional units, and extend our heartiest congratulations on their selection for this prestigious award. I am proud of your contributions to our nation's defense," said Admiral Haney in a statement announcing the winners.
The Omaha Trophy celebrates USSTRATCOM's premier intercontinental ballistic missile wing, ballistic missile submarine, strategic aircraft operations wing and global operations (space/cyberspace) unit. The tradition began as a single award in 1971, when the Strategic Command Consultation Committee created the trophy as a token of appreciation to (then) Strategic Air Command's best wing.
Those receiving awards represent units 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.
USSTRATCOM is one of nine unified commands under the Department of Defense and is responsible for 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.
*Editor's Note: Media wishing to attend the event need to RSVP by calling the 50th Space Wing Public Affairs Office at 567-5040 not later than Friday, April 17 11 at 4 p.m. The gate call for media will be at 1:25 p.m. Additionally, Admiral Haney will be available for interviews following the ceremony. His biography is available at http://www.stratcom.mil/biographies/1/Admiral_Cecil_D_Haney/.