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Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Commander Air Force Sustainment Center, addresses Air Force Global Strike Command wing, vice wing and operations group commanders about how AFSC can support the deterrence mission during the Senior Officer Sustainment Course. The two-day course focused on logistics, maintenance and asset management processes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Raatz)
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Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, commander, Air Force Sustainment Center, addresses Air Force Global Strike Command wing, vice wing and operations group commanders about how AFSC can support the deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Raatz)
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A B-52H Stratofortress takes off in support of the 5th Bomb Wing's support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence at Andersen AFB, Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Keith Ballard)
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Airman 1st Class Jarrett Nave, 91st Missile Maintenance Squadron electro-mechanical technician and Senior Airman Todd Nave, 91st MMXS missile communications team chief pose for a photo at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 15, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Apryl Hall)
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter provides remarks during the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) change of command ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Nov. 3, 2016. Carter, who presided over the change of command, congratulated Gen. John E. Hyten on his appointment as the new USSTRATCOM commander. He also thanked Adm. Cecil D. Haney, outgoing USSTRATCOM commander, for his service. Additionally, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford provided remarks during the ceremony and presented the Joint Meritorious Unit Award to USSTRATCOM. Hyten previously served as commander of Air Force Space Command, and Haney will retire from active military duty during a separate ceremony in January. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions assigned through the Unified Command Plan that include 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lovelady)
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford (left) attaches the Joint Meritorious Unit Award streamer on the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) guidon during a change of command ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Nov. 3, 2016. The award was presented to USSTRATCOM and its components, who distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service from Nov. 16, 2013, to Nov. 3, 2016. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter presided over the change of command and thanked Adm. Cecil D. Haney (right), outgoing USSTRATCOM commander, for his service. He also congratulated Gen. John E. Hyten on his appointment as the new USSTRATCOM commander. Also pictured is USSTRATCOM Senior Enlisted Leader Chief Master Sgt. Patrick F. McMahon (center). Hyten previously served as commander of Air Force Space Command, and Haney will retire from active military duty during a separate ceremony in January. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions assigned through the Unified Command Plan that include 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lovelady)
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From top to bottom, Gen. John E. Hyten, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) commander; Adm. Cecil D. Haney, former USSTRATCOM commander; and Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, salute Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at USSTRATCOM’s change of command ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Nov. 3, 2016. Carter presided over the change of command and provided remarks during which he thanked Adm. Cecil D. Haney, outgoing USSTRATCOM commander, for his service. He also congratulated Gen. John E. Hyten on his appointment as the new USSTRATCOM commander. Additionally, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford provided remarks during the ceremony and presented the Joint Meritorious Unit Award to USSTRATCOM. Hyten previously served as commander of Air Force Space Command, and Haney will retire from active military duty during a separate ceremony in January. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions assigned through the Unified Command Plan that include 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Byron C. Linder)
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Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) provided remarks during the change of command ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Nov. 3, 2016. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter presided over the change of command and provided remarks during which he congratulated Hyten on his appointment as the new USSTRATCOM commander. He also thanked Adm. Cecil D. Haney, outgoing USSTRATCOM commander, for his service. Additionally, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford provided remarks during the ceremony and presented the Joint Meritorious Unit Award to USSTRATCOM. Hyten previously served as commander of Air Force Space Command, and Haney will retire from active military duty during a separate ceremony in January. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions assigned through the Unified Command Plan that include 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lovelady)
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Gen. John E. Hyten (right), accepts the command guidon from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter as he assumes command of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) during a change of command ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Nov. 3, 2016. Carter presided over the change of command and provided remarks during which he congratulated Hyten on his appointment as the new USSTRATCOM commander. He also thanked Adm. Cecil D. Haney, outgoing USSTRATCOM commander, for his service. Additionally, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford provided remarks during the ceremony and presented the Joint Meritorious Unit Award to USSTRATCOM. Hyten previously served as commander of Air Force Space Command, and Haney will retire from active military duty during a separate ceremony in January. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions assigned through the Unified Command Plan that include 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lovelady)
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (right) provides remarks during the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) change of command ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Nov. 3, 2016. Carter, who presided over the change of command, congratulated Gen. John E. Hyten (seated right) on his appointment as the new USSTRATCOM commander. He also thanked Adm. Cecil D. Haney (seated center), outgoing USSTRATCOM commander, for his service. Additionally, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford (seated left) provided remarks during the ceremony and presented the Joint Meritorious Unit Award to USSTRATCOM. Hyten previously served as commander of Air Force Space Command, and Haney will retire from active military duty during a separate ceremony in January. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions assigned through the Unified Command Plan that include 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lovelady)
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Staff Sgt. Riley Neads and Airman First Class Kejion Madden-Vaughn, crew chiefs with the 55th Maintenance Group, prepare to launch an RC-135 V/W Rivet Joint aircraft during Global Thunder 17, U.S. Strategic Command’s annual command post and field training exercise, Oct. 30, 2016, at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. The exercise provided training opportunities for USSTRATCOM-tasked components, task forces, units and command posts to deter and, if necessary, defeat a military attack against the United States and to employ forces as directed by the President. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Delanie Stafford)
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U.S. Air Force crew chiefs, assigned to the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, talk with pilots during pre-flight operations at Global Thunder 17, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Oct. 27, 2016. Exercise Global Thunder is U.S. Strategic Command’s annual field training and battle staff exercise to train Department of Defense forces and assess joint operational readiness. GT17 will provide training opportunities to and exercise scenarios for all USSTRATCOM mission areas, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andy Kin)
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A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) takes off from the flightline at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 30, 2016, during exercise Global Thunder 17. AFGSC supports U.S. Strategic Command's (USSTRATCOM) global strike and nuclear deterrence missions by providing strategic assets, including bombers like the B-52 and B-2, to ensure a safe, secure, effective and ready deterrent force. Global Thunder is an annual training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)
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A KC-135 Stratotanker prepares to refuel a B-52 Stratofortress in midair over the United States Oct. 30, 2016, as part of Exercise Global Thunder. Exercise Global Thunder provides training opportunities for USSTRATCOM components, task forces, units and command posts to deter and, if necessary, defeat a military attack against the United States and to employ forces as directed by the President.This tanker refueled two B-52s on this mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Travis Edwards)
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Five KC-135R Stratotankers from the 92nd Air Refueling Squadron make a line on the runway at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Oct. 30, 2016. The KC-135 can do more than refuel, as it is also capable of transporting litter and ambulatory patients using patient support pallets during aeromedical evacuations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)
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Adm. Cecil D. Haney (front row, center), U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) commander; Vice Adm. Charles A. Richard (front row, fourth from left), USSTRATCOM deputy commander; and other senior command leaders host representatives from the U.K. and Canada for exercise Global Thunder 17 at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Oct 28, 2016. More than 20 representatives from the U.K. and Canada traveled to the command’s headquarters for the exercise and discussions on continuing collaboration in exercise and real-world operations. The U.K. team was led by Operations Director for the U.K. Ministry of Defence Air Vice Marshal Edward Stringer (front row, fifth from right); and the Canadian team was led by Canadian Armed Forces Director General for Cyberspace Brig. Gen. Frances Allen (front row, fourth from right). Hosting these international participants supports USSTRATCOM’s priority to build, support and sustain partnerships with allies to confront challenges with agility and innovation. (USSTRATCOM photo by Steve Cunningham)
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