By 2nd Lt. Victoria Wright
/ Published November 20, 2019
The 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, took home the FairchildTrophy for Best Bomb Wing in Global Strike Command during the 2019 Global Strike Challenge. Trophies were awarded during a scoreposting event Nov. 20 at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tessa B. Corrick)
The 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, took home the Blanchard Trophy for Best ICBM Wing in Global Strike Command during the 2019 Global Strike Challenge. Trophies were awarded during a scoreposting event Nov. 20 at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tessa B. Corrick)
Global Strike Challenge 2019 concluded with Air Force Global Strike Command announcing the winners at a scoreposting event here, Nov. 20.
Global Strike Challenge is the world's premier bomber, intercontinental ballistic missile, helicopter operations, maintenance and security forces competition.
The 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, won the Fairchild Trophy for the best bomb wing for the second time in a row, while the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB, Montana, won the Blanchard Trophy for the best ICBM wing for the third time in a row.
Other top honors included the Bourland Trophy for the best helicopter squadron, awarded to the 54th Helicopter Squadron, Minot AFB, North Dakota, the Charlie Fire Team Trophy for best security forces, 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, and the Ellis Giant Sword Trophy for the best bomber maintenance, 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota.
Malmstrom AFB won the Spirit Bell Trophy for the best team spirit.
For the first time, the Doolittle Trophy for innovation excellence, formerly known as the Innovation Trophy, was presented to the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB, Montana. This trophy recognizes the innovation efforts of the base and their dedication to staying competitive in the 21st century.
The community of Shreveport and Bossier presented the Barksdale Trophy to Minot, North Dakota which surrounds Minot AFB. The Barksdale Trophy is presented to the community that best supports an Air Force Global Strike Command wing.
This year’s GSC focused on great power competition and AFGSC Commander Gen. Tim Ray’s “fight the base” initiative from the command’s 2020 strategic plan. Fight the base focuses on reinvigorating and revising wing exercise programs to strengthen preparedness for potential attacks and threats.
Participants in the 2019 Global Strike Challenge included AFGSC’s nine wings plus units from Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard.
GLOBAL STRIKE CHALLENGE
Fairchild Trophy for Best Bomb Wing
2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
Blanchard Trophy for Best ICBM Wing
341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Montana
Klotz (Best ICBM and Helicopter Operations)
90th Missile Wing, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming
Charlie Fire Team Trophy
Best Security Forces Mental and Physical (MAP) Challenge Trophy.
Best Security Forces Marksmanship Trophy
Best Security Forces Tactics Trophy
Best M4 Shooter
TSgt Scott Wildenhain, 2nd Security Forces Squadron, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
Best M9 Shooter
SSgt James Hillman, 153 CACS, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming
Best M24 Shooter
SSgt Jordan Valentine, 7th Security Forces Squadron, Dyess, AFB, Texas
Best M320 Shooter
SSgt Blake Barley, 5th Security Forces Squadron, Minot AFB, North Dakota
Linhard Trophy (Best ICBM Ops Crew)
321st Missile Squadron, 90th Missile Wing, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming
Neary (best EWO Crew)
McMahon (Best Weapons System Crew)
12th Missile Squadron, 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Montana
91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, North Dakota
Best ICBM Missile Handling Team
Best ICBM Electro-Mechanical Team
Best ICBM Missile Communications Team
Best Missile Wing Nuclear Weapons MUNS team
Best ICBM Facilities Maintenance Section Team
Bourland (Best Helicopter Squadron)
54th Helicopter Squadron, 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, North Dakota
Best Aerial Interdiction
Best Convoy Response
Best Security Response
40th Helicopter Squadron, 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Montana
Best Fires Observer
SrA Jacob Weaver, 90th SSPTS, 90th Missile Wing, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming
LeMay (Best Bomb Squadron)
343rd Bomb Squadron, 307th Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
Mitchell (Best Bomb)
Linebacker (B-52 Squadron)
Eaker (Best B-1 Squadron)
34th Bomb Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
Tibbets (Best B-2 Squadron)
110th Bomb Squadron, 131st Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Missouri
Bartsch (Best Electronic Countermeasures)
9th Bomb Squadron, 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas
Ellis Giant Sword (Best Bomber Maintenance)
28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
Best Conventional Munitions Maintenance Team
Best Conventional Aircraft Crew Chief Team
Best Conventional Weapons Load Team
7th Bomb Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas
Best Bomb Wing Nuclear Munitions Maintenance Team
5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, North Dakota
Best Nuclear Aircraft Crew Chief Team
509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Missorui
Best Nuclear Weapons Load Team
Doolittle Trophy for Innovation Excellence
Barksdale Trophy (awarded to the best community support for an AFGSC base)
City of Minot, Minot AFB, North Dakota
Spirit Bell (awarded to the team who best represents Global Strike Challenge teamwork and esprit de corps)