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Omaha Trophy recognizes Minot AFB wings as best of the best

Today is a significant day for the men and women of the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base.

It’s the day when both wings will be presented with the 2019 Omaha Trophy, a prestigious trophy recognizing the two wings for outstanding support to U.S. Strategic Command’s strategic deterrence mission.

The Minot AFB bomb wing is being honored with the Strategic Bomber Omaha Trophy and the Minot AFB missile wing is being honored with the intercontinental ballistic missile Omaha Trophy.

Minot AFB is the only dual wing nuclear-capable base in the Department of Defense. The bomb wing has B-52 bombers and the missile wing operates, maintains and secures Minuteman III ICBMs in the Minot missile field.

Rear Adm. William W. “Trey” Wheeler III, chief of staff of U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, is scheduled to be at Minot AFB to make the presentation.

A career naval flight officer and native of Cross City, Fla., his tours of duty have been stateside and global.

As a flag officer, he has served as deputy commander, Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, Djibouti, Africa; command, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group/Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Pacific, Norfolk, Virginia; and director, Plans and Policy, J5, United States Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

In September, Navy Adm. Charles Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, announced the winners of the 2019 Omaha Trophy winners.

Today, when Wheeler officially presents the Omaha Trophy to the wings at Minot AFB, it is a day of great pride and achievement for the mission being done every day by the men and women assigned to Minot AFB. Congratulations to all of you.

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