by Senior Airman Malia Jenkins
Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
3/10/2015 - MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- The
Rough Riders were named the 2014 Omaha Trophy recipient as the
command's premier Intercontinental Ballistic Missile wing, in
recognition of outstanding support to U.S. Strategic Command's global
strategic deterrence mission over the last year.
This is the fifth time the wing has earned the Omaha Trophy and will be
added to the 91st MW having earned the coveted Blanchard Trophy from the
Air Force Global Strike Challenge along with the other awards last
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 Omaha Trophy is the result of unwavering dedication to mission,
leadership at all levels, and a reflection of our outstanding Airmen and
their families," said Col. Mike Lutton, 91st MW commander. "Teamwork
and integration across the wing and the outstanding mission support the
Warbirds provided made this happen--Bully."
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.
"The 91st MW won the Omaha Trophy because all Airmen across the board
take their jobs very seriously and preform their job at high levels,"
said Airman 1st Class Robert Cook, 91st Maintenance Operations Squadron
mechanical and pneudraulics section technician. "It takes every shop
working together fluidly to put ICBMs on alert and we demonstrate this
Members of the 91st MW ensured their teammates were prepared to complete
their assigned tasks and knew where they needed improvement.
"I spent half my time as a line crew member pulling about six to eight
alerts a month," said Capt. Christopher Hall, 91st Operations Group ICBM
combat crew flight commander. "During this time, our focus was doing
the operational mission. We participated in tests and exercises and made
sure we did it to the best of our abilities."
"It feels great to see all the hard work and dedication pay off. Many of
the people in our office worked 12 hours or more on a consistent basis
to ensure that we were meeting the mission requirements," he added.
"This award validates all that hard work and says that it did not go
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."
Members of one unit that contributed to the wing's victory, the
mechanical and pneudraulics section, said their crew was excited to hear
the news that Minot had won the Omaha Trophy. It was especially nice to
be recognized for all of the long hours and dedication they put into
doing everyday maintenance.