Press Release: 5th BW awarded 2016 Omaha Trophy
By Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs, Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
/ Published February 21, 2017
MINOTAIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --
The 5th Bomb Wing was named the 2016 Omaha Trophy recipient for the fifth time, in the Strategic Bomber category, as the command’s premier strategic aircraft operations wing.
The Omaha Trophy is awarded annually to five outstanding units that represent USSTRATCOM's mission areas, their role in global operations and USSTRATCOM's continued emphasis on strategic deterrence.
The five awards given are the Global Operations, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, Submarine Ballistic Missile, Strategic Bomber and Strategic Aircraft Operations trophies. Selections are based on formal evaluations, meritorious achievement, safety and factors such as community involvement and humanitarian actions.
The Omaha Trophy, which dates back to the U.S. Air Force’s Strategic Air Command, was originally created by the Strategic Command Consultation Committee in 1971. At the time, a single trophy was presented annually as a token of appreciation to the command’s best wing.
In an article by U.S. Strategic Communication, U.S. Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten was quoted as saying, “These awards are a direct reflection of the hard work and tireless effort demonstrated by the men and women, in and out of uniform, who support the command. USSTRATCOM is a powerful, dominant warfighting command whose ultimate strength is its people, joint and allied warfighters—officers, enlisted and civilians.”
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