Fairchild named 2015 Omaha Trophy recipient

By Airman 1st Class Mackenzie Richardson on February 12, 2016

The 92nd Air Refueling Wing was selected as the 2015 Omaha Trophy recipient in the Strategic Aircraft category.

Each year, the United States Strategic Command selects units in five categories that best support its strategic deterrence, space and cyberspace missions. The five categories include Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, Submarine Ballistic Missile, Strategic Bomber, Strategic Aircraft and Global Operations. The Strategic Aircraft category recognizes the best air-refueling wing, reconnaissance wing or airborne communications wing assigned to USSTRATCOM.

"The selection of the 92nd ARW recognizes the airmen's unwavering support of USSTRATCOM's global mission," said Col. Brian McDaniel, 92nd ARW commander. "The true professionalism and dedication to the mission over the past year was remarkable. Fairchild demonstrated that we are ready and we stand on a foundation of excellence."

The Omaha Trophy was created by the STRATCOM Consultation Committee out of Omaha, Nebraska. The Strategic Air Command Consultation Committee first presented the Omaha Trophy as a single trophy to the Strategic Air Command in 1971 on behalf of the citizens of Omaha. The number of categories increased over the years as the USSTRATCOM's missions and organizational structure changed. The four current categories reflect the command's primary lines of operations and continued emphasis on strategic deterrence and its evolving role in global operations.

The Omaha Trophy rotates between installations annually. Command officials present a miniature trophy or plaque and certificate to each winning unit. The Omaha Trophy is returned at the beginning of the next competitive cycle.

"Words cannot express how proud I am of the airmen," said McDaniel. "I am humbled to be part of this prestigious accomplishment."