Three Bomb Wings from the USAF’s Air Combat Command have transferred to the new Global Strike Command.
February 1: Three Bomb Wings (BW) from the US Air Force’s Air Combat Command have transferred to the new Global Strike Command based at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
Transferred are the B-52H Stratofortresses of the 5th BW at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota and the 2nd BW at Barksdale, together with the B-2A Spirits of the 509th BW at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.
Global Strike Command will balance the nuclear and conventional missions of its three bomber wings, says it commander, Lt General Frank Klotz. It is the first time since the disbandment of Strategic Air Command in 1992 that the Air Force has had its 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles and its nuclear-capable bombers under one command.
“Consolidating the ICBM force and the long-range, nuclear-capable bomber force under a single major command will enhance our ability to uphold the high standards required to operate, maintain, secure and support nuclear deterrence and global strike forces,” said Klotz.