by Airman 1st Class Malcolm Mayfield
90th Missile Wing Public Affairs
8/4/2015 - F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. -- Ninetieth
Missile Wing Airmen gathered in the Trail's End ballroom, waiting for
the announcement of who among them were selected to represent the wing
at this year's Global Strike Challenge. The room went dark and the
Airmen fell silent.
Suddenly, a shot rang out, followed by several more.
Capt. Joshua Haynes, replete in cowboy hat, bandana and black duster
storms the room with two six-guns loaded with blanks, creating an
orchestra of noises livening the crowd. It was time to get the show
This week marks the beginning of the fifth annual Global Strike
Challenge and, the 90th Missile Wing held their announcement, July 31 to
motivate the base and the Airmen competing.
Global Strike Challenge is the world's premier bomber, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and security forces competition.
Teams from the 90th Missile Wing and Warren vie for the title of the best of the best in AFGSC.
Airmen will compete through September, testing the capabilities of
mission critical units along with essential supporting agencies. Units
participating from Warren include the 90th Security Forces Group, 90th
Maintenance Group, 90th Operations Group, 90th Mission Support Group and
36th Helicopter Squadron.
"I think it's an awesome competition," said 1st Lt. Daniel Uresti, 320th
Missile Squadron. "This year I'll be competing, so I'm training every
day until competition."
The single thing each competitor shares, despite facing different challenges, is their motivation to succeed.
"It really makes all of the different units work together and motivate
each other," Uresti said. "You cheer each other on. It's not an
individual competition or a specific unit's fight. We're all in this
Each team has a personal instructor assigned to assist them in their path to victory.
"I feel confident. Our base has phenomenal people competing and
coaching," Staff Sgt. Katie Coble, 90th Maintenance Group quality
assurance evaluator and past competitor. "I'm using my previous
experience of doing the challenge as a team chief to help me be a better
Maj. Grant Fowler, 90th Maintenance Operations Squadron, is the wing
lead for the GSC. He said, there are several objectives for the Global
Strike Challenge. Through competition and teamwork, the event aims to
foster esprit de corps, recognize outstanding AFGSC personnel and teams,
and improve combat capabilities.
Like scopes aimed at a target, the competitors appear to be ready to
tackle every challenge they meet head on. However, winning is not the
purpose, but a milestone for the competitors.
"This is to motivate and increase the morale, to push us to work harder and shows us the fun side of our careers," Fowler said.
To help those Airmen make it to the finish line, it will take the effort of the entire base populous.
"For us to be a success, it'll take the dedication and motivation of everyone [on Warren,]" Coble said.
But all work and no play isn't what the facility maintenance section instructor is aiming for.
"I want them to have fun," Coble said. "At the end of the day it's a friendly competition."
Coble, along with a few of the other instructors for the teams, have
experienced the full force of the GSC and are working to ensure the
Airmen competing get the most out of the experience.
Col. Stephen Kravitsky, 90th Missile Wing commander, closes the event with his expectations of the competition.
"This isn't about the wing or competing with the other wings, the focus
is on those Airmen competing," Kravitsky said. "At the end of the day,
whether we bring home the trophy or not, have fun, enjoy your time and
learn from this experience."