by Airman 1st Class Mozer O. Da Cunha
2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs
10/1/2015 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Air
Force Global Strike Command hosted a two-day tour for
The Higher Headquarters Professional Development Tour was designed to
educate ICBM Airmen on both the nuclear and conventional capabilities of
AFGSC bomber operations and how the command integrates its capabilities
for the nuclear deterrence and assurance mission.
"The ICBM side of the house is often focused solely on the nuclear part
of the mission," said Capt. Paul Gephart, AFGSC operations chief of
emergency war order plans. "All the missileers see is the nuclear side,
and a lot of times they don't recognize the other platforms or their
The tour included a variety of briefings providing ICBM Airmen with
knowledge on bomber operations and capabilities. Areas highlighted
included B-52 long-range nuclear and conventional heavy bomber missions
and B-2 Spirit stealth abilities.
"The briefings ranged from AFGSC operations to maintenance and security
forces missions," Gephart said. "They also received a bomber briefing on
the B-52 Stratofortress and the B-2 Spirit, explaining what they do,
what kind of armor and weapons they carry, and some of their previous
Airmen also had the opportunity to see the B-52 up close and learn about its capabilities from aircrew.
"We learned a lot about the other platforms available to AFGSC and their
capabilities," said 1st. Lt. Jared Fairchild, 490th Missile Squadron
ICBM operator, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana "With that information,
we can better understand the overall effect the command has when it
comes to our nuclear operations."
Participants also had the rare opportunity to learn about the U.S. Navy submarine enterprise and its part in the nuclear triad.
"The Airmen learned about different classes of submarines, their
payloads and command structures, and how they are integrated into the
nuclear triad," said Gephart. "Understanding the full nuclear triad and
how this works is invaluable knowledge for all military personnel."
To conclude the tour Airmen learned about, AFGSC's heritage and history.
"We spent time looking at the heritage of what we do," Fairchild said.
"We usually talk about it back at the wing, but seeing it from
headquarters, perspective makes it easier to understand. The bombers and
ICBMs have developed over time to become the enterprise that it is