by Senior Airman Jannelle Dickey
2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs
4/20/2015 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- The
second round of nuclear and missile operations officers selected for
the Air Force Global Strike Command's Striker Trident exchange program
finished their pre-assignment professional development, here April 14.
Striker Trident is a joint Air Force - Navy program that supports
professional development of company grade officers trained and qualified
in similar nuclear deterrence missions. The program is an opportunity
to facilitate process and idea interchange between the two services and
increase awareness of how the Department of Defense conducts operations
throughout the nuclear triad.
"This is a unique opportunity for some of our young nuclear officers to
learn a great deal about the other legs of the triad," said Wilson.
"Ultimately, this experience will benefit both the Air Force and Navy by
creating stronger, better-rounded nuclear professionals to secure our
The board-selective program is highly competitive for nuclear missile
officers. The officers selected this year are Capt. Jessica Tiffany,
341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Montana, and Capt Cody daMota, 91st
Missile Wing, Minot AFB, North Dakota.
"It is a great honor and opportunity. I am looking forward to broadening
my horizons and becoming that nuclear expert," said Tiffany. "We will
be able to bring back the best practices and lessons learned from being
immersed in a completely different culture."
Tiffany will serve with the commander of Submarine Force Atlantic in
Norfolk, Virginia, and daMota will serve with the commander of Submarine
Force U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where they will work
jointly with their Navy counterparts.
"This gives our Air Force officers the opportunity to see how the Navy
runs their ballistic missile submarine program and understand how fleet
nuclear submarines work, how they are scheduled and employed," said
Capt. Tracy Prey, the chief of Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
Operations Command and Control Programs for AFGSC's operations
directorate. "It allows them to see and understand the interworking's of
how we utilize that leg of the triad to fit into U.S. Strategic
Prior to moving to their new assignments, Tiffany and daMota received
additional professional development to assist with the transition,
including advanced nuclear immersion at the Nuclear Weapons Center at
Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, and Sandia and Los Alamos National
Laboratories, New Mexico; viewing of an operational test launch at
Vandenberg AFB, California; and received senior leader perspectives of
the mission at headquarters USSSTRATCOM and AFGSC.
"When you get the chance to talk to the people doing the job it opens
your eyes to the wider world," said daMota. "The training was really
beneficial as we go into our new assignments and learn their practices
to further expand our lenses and come back to improve the nuclear
As Air Force and Navy counterparts gain experience in joint operations
under the Striker Trident program, they will be better equipped to
provide safe, secure, and effective global strike operations.