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Omaha Trophy returns to Buckley AFB

The USSTRATCOM team visited Buckley to recognize and interact with its members, who had an outstanding year of performance in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

Gen. John E. Hyten, U.S. Strategic Command commander, his wife Lauren Hyten and Chief Master Sgt. Patrick McMahon, USSTRATCOM command senior enlisted leader, are greeted by the Team Buckley leadership team and their spouses May 9, 2018, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. The USSTRATCOM team visited Buckley to recognize and interact with its members, who had an outstanding year of performance in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

Hyten congratulated Team Buckley Airmen on their accomplishments of deterring threats against America and our allies throughout 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

Gen. John E. Hyten, U.S. Strategic Command commander, speaks to Team Buckley members during the Omaha Trophy presentation May 9, 2018, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Hyten congratulated Team Buckley Airmen on their accomplishments of deterring threats against America and our allies throughout 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

Hyten came to present Team Buckley with the Omaha Trophy and take a short tour of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

Gen. John E. Hyten, U.S. Strategic Command commander, takes time after the Omaha Trophy presentation to speak with Team Buckley Airmen May 9, 2018, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Hyten came to present Team Buckley with the Omaha Trophy and take a short tour of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

Hyten came to present Team Buckley with the Omaha Trophy and take a short tour of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

Gen. John E. Hyten, U.S. Strategic Command commander, is greeted by Col. Troy L. Endicott, 460th Space Wing commander, and his wife Tammy Endicott May 9, 2018, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Hyten came to present Team Buckley with the Omaha Trophy and take a short tour of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

This trophy highlights the success of Team Buckley, which would not be possible without the support of local community leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

Gen. John E. Hyten, U.S. Strategic Command commander, joins the Team Buckley leadership team and Buckley Air Force Base’s honorary commanders for a group photo with the Omaha Trophy May 9, 2018, at Buckley AFB, Colorado. This trophy highlights the success of Team Buckley, which would not be possible without the support of local community leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

Hyten visited Buckley AFB to recognize and interact with Team Buckley members, who had an outstanding year of performance in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

Gen. John E. Hyten, U.S. Strategic Command commander, stands with Team Buckley leaders in the Space Based Infrared System Mission Control Station lobby May 9, 2018, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Hyten visited Buckley AFB to recognize and interact with Team Buckley members, who had an outstanding year of performance in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

This trophy highlights the accomplishments of Team Buckley’s deterrence of threats against America and our allies throughout 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

Team Buckley leadership is joined by Gen. John E. Hyten, U.S. Strategic Command commander, Chief Master Sgt. Patrick McMahon, USSTRATCOM command senior enlisted leader, and Mr. Steve Martin, USSTRATCOM Consultation Committee member and Blue Cross Blue Shield chief executive officer, as the Omaha Trophy is presented to Buckley Air Force Base May 9, 2018, at Buckley AFB, Colorado. This trophy highlights the accomplishments of Team Buckley’s deterrence of threats against America and our allies throughout 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

During the ceremony, Hyten congratulated Buckley Airmen on their accomplishments of deterring threats against America and our allies throughout 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

Gen. John E. Hyten, U.S. Strategic Command commander, Chief Master Sgt. Patrick McMahon, USSTRATCOM command senior enlisted leader, Mr. Steve Martin, USSTRATCOM Consultation Committee member and Blue Cross Blue Shield chief executive officer, Col. Troy L. Endicott, 460th Space Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Rod Lindsey, 460th Space Wing command chief, enter the Buckley Fitness Center as the presentation ceremony of the Omaha Trophy begins May 9, 2018, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. During the ceremony, Hyten congratulated Buckley Airmen on their accomplishments of deterring threats against America and our allies throughout 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado --

Gen. John E. Hyten, U.S. Strategic Command commander, visited Buckley Air Force Base to present the Omaha Trophy, recognize Airmen and toured the Space-based Infrared System mission May 9, 2018.

For the second time in three years, the 460th Space Wing has been awarded the Omaha Trophy for its excellence in global operations and for maintaining a critical role with USSTRATCOM’s priority mission, nuclear command, control and communications.

The 460th Space Wing was one of five organizations to achieve this accomplishment in 2017. The winning organizations are selected based on formal evaluations, meritorious achievement, safety, community involvement, humanitarian actions and other criteria.

“Last year, the 460th Space Wing reported 521 missile launches and over 30,000 more reports that directly assisted warfighters,” said Hyten. “Your ability to do it right every single time, without doubt and without any mistakes allows me to sit in front of the Secretary of Defense, confidently telling him that any missile launched will be detected from this wing. Fifty years ago, people would’ve said your job is impossible.”

The Omaha Trophy, which dates back to the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Air Command, was originally created by the Strategic Command Consultation (SCC) Committee in 1971. At the time, a single trophy was presented annually as a token of appreciation to the command's best wing. The strategic space and information operations field was added in 2003 but soon became the cyberspace and global operations categories a few years later.

Steven Martin, Strategic Command Consultation Committee member and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska chief executive officer presented the Omaha Trophy to Team Buckley leadership, on behalf of the Omaha, Nebraska citizens, during a ceremony held at the Buckley Fitness Center.

The achievement of the Omaha Trophy by the 460th Space Wing demonstrates the wing’s importance and excellence at deterring and preventing strategic attacks against the U.S. and its allies.

“This year’s Omaha Trophy winners demonstrated the highest levels of excellence in support of our global warfighting command,” said Hyten.

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