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B-52H Stratofortress crew members prepare to take off during Global Thunder 19 at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 4, 2018. Global Thunder provides training opportunities that assess all U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) mission areas and joint and field training operational readiness, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness. The training is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces'; ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon J. Audit)