5th Bomb Wing awarded 2016 Omaha Trophy
By Airman 1st Class Austin M. Thomas, Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
/ Published June 08, 2017
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) -- Gen. John E. Hyten, the U.S. Strategic Command commander, presented the 2016 Omaha Trophy to the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, June 6, 2017.
The 5th BW was named the 2016 Omaha Trophy recipient in February 2017, making it the fifth time the unit has been recognized, as the command’s premier strategic bomber wing, in the Strategic Bomber category.
“These awards are a direct reflection of the hard work and tireless effort demonstrated by the men and women, in and out of uniform, who support the command,” said Hyten in an article published earlier this year. “USSTRATCOM is a powerful, dominant warfighting command whose ultimate strength is its people, joint and allied warfighters—officers, enlisted and civilians.”
The Omaha Trophy, which dates back to the U.S. Air Force’s Strategic Air Command, was originally created in 1971, by the Strategic Command Consultation Committee. At the time, a single trophy was presented annually as a token of appreciation to the command’s best wing.
Now the Omaha Trophy is awarded annually to five units that represent USSTRATCOM's mission areas, their role in global operations and USSTRATCOM's continued emphasis on strategic deterrence. Selections are based on formal evaluations, meritorious achievement, safety and other factors such as community involvement and humanitarian actions.
During the trophy presentation, Hyten stressed the importance of the deterrence mission to more than 200 5th BW Airmen. He commended the excellence 5th BW Airmen show every day in aiding global deterrence and other missions, and how their support provided around the world is critical to those missions.