Command announces Global Strike Challenge scores

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. - The 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, N.D., was awarded the Blanchard Trophy for Best Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Wing during the Global Strike Challenge score posting at Barksdale AFB, La., Nov. 7. Global Strike Challenge is an amalgam of the best of the historic bomb competition and the former missile competition held under previous major commands that owned the missile and bomber missions at the time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph A. Pagán Jr.)(RELEASED)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. - The 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, N.D., was awarded the Blanchard Trophy for Best Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Wing during the Global Strike Challenge score posting at Barksdale AFB, La., Nov. 7. Global Strike Challenge is an amalgam of the best of the historic bomb competition and the former missile competition held under previous major commands that owned the missile and bomber missions at the time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph A. Pagán Jr.)(RELEASED)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. - The 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo., was awarded the Fairchild Trophy for Best Bomb Wing during the Global Strike Challenge score posting at Barksdale AFB, La., Nov. 7. Global Strike Challenge is an amalgam of the best of the historic bomb competition and the former missile competition held under previous major commands that owned the missile and bomber missions at the time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph A. Pagán Jr.)(RELEASED)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. - The 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo., was awarded the Fairchild Trophy for Best Bomb Wing during the Global Strike Challenge score posting at Barksdale AFB, La., Nov. 7. Global Strike Challenge is an amalgam of the best of the historic bomb competition and the former missile competition held under previous major commands that owned the missile and bomber missions at the time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph A. Pagán Jr.)(RELEASED)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Air Force Global Strike Command announced the winners of the third-annual Global Strike Challenge during a score posting event here Nov. 7.

The 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., won the Fairchild Trophy for the Best Bomb Wing, while the 91st Missile Wing at Minot AFB, N.D., won the Blanchard Trophy for the best ICBM Wing. This is the second time the 509th Bomb Wing has earned top honors since the competition began in 2010, while this win is the first for the 91st Missile Wing.

Other top honors included the Bourland Trophy for the Best Helicopter Squadron, awarded to the 54th Helicopter Squadron, Minot AFB, N.D., the Charlie Fire Team trophy for the Best Security Forces Group, 91st Security Forces Group, Minot AFB, N.D. and the Ellis Giant Sword trophy for the Best Bomber Maintenance Group, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo.

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.

Awards were as follows:


Global Strike Challenge

Category Winner
Fairchild Trophy for Best Bomb Wing 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
Blanchard Trophy for Best ICBM Wing 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.
LeMay Trophy (Best Bomb Squadron) 7th Operations Support Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
Mitchell Trophy (Best Bomb) 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
Linebacker Trophy (Best B-52 Squadron) 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
Bartsch Trophy (Best electronic countermeasures) 23rd Bomb Squadron, Minot AFB, N.D.
Eaker Trophy (Best B-1 Squadron) 7th Operations Support Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
Tibbets Trophy (Best B-2 Squadron) 110th Bomb Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
Best Security Forces M4 Shooter 509th Security Forces Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
Best Security Forces M9 Shooter 91st Security Forces Group, Minot AFB, N.D.
Best Security Forces M203 Shooter 90th Security Forces Group, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
Best Security Forces M240 Crew 2d Security Forces Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
Best Security Forces Firing Team 90th Security Forces Group, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
Best Security Forces Tactics  5th Security Forces Squadron, Minot AFB, N.D.
Best Security Forces Mental and Physical Challenge 91st Security Forces Group, Minot AFB, N.D.
Charlie Fire Team (Best Security Forces Group) 91st Security Forces Group, Minot AFB, N.D.
Best Bomber Nuclear Load Team 5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.
Best Bomber Conventional Load Team 2d Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, La.
Best Bomber Crew Chief Team 5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.
Best Bomber Nuclear Crew Chief Team 5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.
Best Bomber Conventional Munitions Maintenance Team 2d Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, La
Best Bomber Nuclear Munitions Maintenance Team 5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.
Ellis Giant Sword (Best Bomber Maintenance Group) 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
Best Helicopter Search and Rescue Crew 37th Helicopter Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
Best Helicopter TRF Response Crew 40th Helicopter Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
Best Helicopter Tactical Crew 54th Helicopter Squadron, Minot AFB, N.D.
Bourland Trophy (Best Helicopter Squadron) 54th Helicopter Squadron, Minot AFB, N.D.
Best ICBM Missile Communications Team 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
Best ICBM Missile Handling Team 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
Best ICBM Facilities Maintenance Section 341St Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
Best ICBM Electro Mechanical Team 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.
Best ICBM Munitions Team 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.
Blackburn Trophy (Best ICBM Maintenance Group) 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
Klotz Trophy (Best ICBM Operations) 90th Missile Wing, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
Linhard Trophy (Best ICBM Ops Crew) 320th Missile Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
McMahon Trophy (Best Weapons System) 320th Missile Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
Neary Trophy (Best EWO Crew) 320th Missile Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
Spirit Bell (awarded to the team who best represents Global Strike Challenge teamwork and esprit de corps) 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.

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