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Global Strike Challenge 2019 kicks off

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --

The 2019 Global Strike Challenge kicked off this week with a bomber maintenance competition at Minot AFB, N.D., and an intercontinental ballistic missile operations competition at Malmstrom AFB, Mont.

Global Strike Challenge is the world's premier bomber, ICBM, helicopter operations and security forces competition with units from Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard participating.

The competition occurs every other year with operations and maintenance competitions occurring throughout the summer months. This year, teams will compete at their home bases from June to August.

“This is an opportunity to showcase our command's talent and ability to project power, defend our strategic fleet and use our nation’s most lethal force,” said Lt. Col. Jeremy Gore, lead Global Strike Challenge coordinator.

The competition is designed to enhance readiness, lethality, teamwork, mission pride, competitive spirit and recognize the “best of the best” in weapons systems and technical expertise.

Connecting heritage and mission, Global Strike Challenge traces its roots to the Strategic Air Command’s bomber, weapons loading and missile competitions. However, it is unique when compared to SAC’s competitions because it includes operations, maintenance and security forces participants from both the missile and bomber communities, launching a new tradition that celebrates the past.

Global Strike Challenge concludes Nov. 20 with the score posting and trophy presentations at Hoban Hall on Barksdale AFB.