Global Strike Command Assumes ICBM Mission
/ Published December 01, 2009
Barksdale AFB, LA --
Air Force Global Strike Command assumes the U.S. Air Force's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile mission Dec 1.
The ICBM transfer is part of a phased approach to unify all Air Force nuclear-capable assets under one command, officials said.
The new command gains three missile wings, one each at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.; Malmstrom AFB, Mont.; and Minot AFB, N.D., with the assumption of the entire 20th Air Force mission, including that organization's responsibility for all of the United States' 450 ICBMs. The 576th Flight Test Squadron at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., as well as the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron at Offutt AFB, Neb., also now fall under AFGSC. Previously all of those units were part of Air Force Space Command.
"We are well on our way to consolidating all of our Air Force assets in this critical mission area under a single command--one that will serve as a single major command voice to maintain the high standards necessary for stewardship of our nation's most powerful weapons," said Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, AFGSC commander.
"The creation of this new command reflects the Air Force's firm and unshakable conviction that nuclear deterrence and global strike operations are a special trust and responsibility--one that we take very seriously," the general said.
On Feb. 1, AFGSC will also gain 8th Air Force, based at Barksdale, and along with it, 8th Air Force's nuclear-capable bombers. At that time, the command will gain the B-52 Stratofortress wings at Barksdale and Minot, and the B-2 Spirit wing at Whiteman AFB, Mo.
Air Force Global Strike Command stood up in August to provide combat-ready forces to conduct strategic nuclear deterrence and global strike operations in support of the president and combatant commanders.