Global Thunder Rolls at Minot AFB

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  • By Senior Airman Michael Richmond
  • Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. – Airmen commenced participation in U.S. Strategic Command’s nuclear command and training exercise, Global Thunder 22 on Nov. 2.

Global Thunder is an annual command and control exercise designed to train USSTRATCOM components, units and task forces as well as assess joint operational readiness. Airmen and Guardians at Minot Air Force Base are taking part in the exercise to test and demonstrate their technical skillsets, which enable USSTRATCOM to confront any uncertainty and ensure the nation’s safe, secure, credible and ready deterrent force.

As a part of the exercise, Airmen and aircraft from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, integrated with 5th Bomb Wing personnel at Minot AFB, to conduct combined B-52H Stratofortress planning, maintenance, security, logistics, and operations in support of the GT22 scenario. Day-to-day, both bomber wings maintain a combat-ready, global-strike posture, enabling geographic combatant command requirements from either U.S.-based or forward locations around the world when called upon.

As part of GT22, in addition to bomber operations, the 91st Missile Wing validated the always responsive, quick strike posture of the Minuteman III fleet, through various command post injects, maintenance actions, and training objectives. The 91st maintains a safe, secure, and effective 24/7/365 alert posture through the efforts of skilled maintenance, operational, and security forces Airmen.

With the 5th Bomb Wing, 2nd Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing training side by side, GT22 helps Airmen to enhance resiliency and interoperability both at Minot AFB and across Air Force Global Strike Command.

For more information, contact the USSTRATCOM Public Affairs Office at 402-912-0020 or USSTRATCOMPA@mail.mil or visit www.stratcom.mil.