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Command announces Global Strike Challenge scores

Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, presents Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV, commander of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., the Fairchild Trophy naming the 509th the best bomb wing in the Air Force at the 2015 Global Strike Challenge trophy presentation at Barksdale AFB, La., Oct. 21, 2015. After months of fierce competition, the ‘best of the best’ were named among Global Strike Challenge teams around Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Raatz)

Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, presents Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV, commander of the 509th Bomb Wing, and Col. Michael Francis, commander of the 131st Bomb Wing, both at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., the Fairchild Trophy naming the 509th Bomb Wing and their Total Force partner, the 131st Bomb Wing, the best bomb wing in the Air Force at the 2015 Global Strike Challenge trophy presentation at Barksdale AFB, La., Oct. 21, 2015. After months of fierce competition, the ‘best of the best’ were named among Global Strike Challenge teams around Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Combat Command, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command. . (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Raatz)

Barksdale Air Force Base, La -- Air Force Global Strike Command announced the winners of the fifth Global Strike Challenge during a score posting event here Oct. 21.

The 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, along with their Total Force partner the Missouri Air National Guard's 131st Bomb Wing, won the Fairchild Trophy for the Best Bomb Wing, while the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB, Montana, won the Blanchard Trophy for the best ICBM Wing. This is the fourth time Whiteman has earned top honors since the competition began in 2010, and this win is the first for the 341st Missile Wing.

Other top honors included the Bourland Trophy for the Best Helicopter Squadron, awarded to the 37th Helicopter Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming, the Charlie Fire Team trophy for Best Security Forces, 90th Missile Wing, F.E. Warren AFB, and the Ellis Giant Sword trophy for the Best Bomber Maintenance, 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas.

The score posting event connects the command's heritage and mission, while at the same time recognizing and celebrating the "best of the best" in technical and weapons system expertise in the bomber, missile and security forces areas.

Participants in the 2015 Global Strike Challenge included Air Force Global Strike Command's nine wings plus units from Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard.