by Senior Airman Malia Jenkins
Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
3/10/2015 - MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Minot's
Warbirds were named the 2014 Omaha Trophy recipient for the fourth time
as the command's premier strategic aircraft operations wing.
The Omaha Trophy is awarded annually to four outstanding units that
represent USSTRATCOM's mission areas, their role in global operations
and USSTRATCOM's continued emphasis on strategic deterrence.
The level of sustained mission performance while the 5th Bomb Wing had
the runway being rebuilt was pretty outstanding, said Col. Jason
Armagost, 5th BW commander.
"I think that contributed greatly to the kind of spectrum of mission
accomplished," he added. "Counting operations taking place essentially
at actually three different locations at once really allowed leadership
to shine at the squadron level and above at the group level. They really
tackled the challenges they were faced with and they did it in a very
high profile way."
"I think the Omaha Trophy in general is a wonderful accomplishment and a
huge testament to everything we accomplished in 2014," said Capt.
Margaret Ingerslew, 69th Bomb Squadron radar navigator. "We overcame a
lot of obstacles: operating out of Guam as well as Ellsworth Air Force
Base in Rapid City, South Dakota, because our runway was closed for the
majority of the summer. So, having to pick up and transport everything
from Airmen to aircraft to maintenance supplies - that's just a huge
feat, and I think we did it relatively seamlessly because the mission
The four awards given are the Global Operations, Intercontinental
Ballistic Missile, Submarine Ballistic Missile and Strategic Aircraft
Operations trophies. Selections are based on formal evaluations,
meritorious achievement, safety and factors such as community
involvement and humanitarian actions.
This trophy was first awarded in 1970 by the citizens of Omaha,
Nebraska, through the Strategic Air Command Consultation Committee, to
the most outstanding SAC wing in honor of the 25th anniversary of the
In an article written by USSTRATCOM honoring all the recipients for this
award, U.S. Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, USSTRATCOM commander, praised the
organizations for demonstrating "the highest standards of performance
in support of USSTRATCOM's diverse missions."
When submitting for this award, wings write packages listing all of the
attainments across the various categories depicting how they complete
the mission and go above and beyond.
"The big thing is probably it's looked at in its entirety. It's not any
singular event, and the Airmen really shined this year," Armagost said.
"It's a fantastic recognition for the Airmen and all of the folks,
family and community because really I see it as a very broad level of
sustainment of excellence -- not just for the mission but for how
everything gets done," Armagost said. "It's a 365 kind of award. It's
not a singular event and it's how we get after our assigned mission