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50 SW earns Omaha Trophy

U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt Admiral Cecil D. Haney, U.S. Strategic Command commander, presented the Omaha Trophy for Global Operations to the 50th Space Wing in a ceremony April 21, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Shown are (from left to right) Lt. Gen. (retired) Bob Hinson, executive director of the National Strategic Research Institute, Haney, Chief Master Sgt. Lavon Coles, 50 SW command chief, Col. Bill Liquori, 50 SW commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Alston, USSTRATCOM senior enlisted advisor to the commander.

By Senior Airman Naomi Griego

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Admiral Cecil D. Haney, U.S. Strategic Command commander, presented the 2014 Omaha Trophy to the 50th Space Wing for their distinct and outstanding contributions to global operations April 21, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

This is the third time in five years the wing has received the award. Not too shabby of a record to say the least, considering the award’s magnitude.

“You should know and appreciate how important the [Schriever] missions are to the mission of USSTRATCOM and to the United States of America,” said Haney. “We depend on space to such a big degree in our ability to operate all around the globe.”

Haney expressed his gratitude towards the wing’s ability to provide assured access to and assured capabilities within the space domain.

“My message to you is keep up the momentum, keeping in mind just how far we still must go,” said Haney. “Know how thankful I am that you are on the team.”

Col. Bill Liquori, 50 SW commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Lavon Coles, 50 SW command chief, received the award on behalf of the wing, and acknowledged the need to continue being high speed.

“Thank you for visiting today, not only to present this trophy, but also for visiting our ops centers to see firsthand the great work performed by the men and women of the 50th Space Wing,” said Liquori. “The team is very proud to command satellites delivering decisive global effects from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to GPS to military satellite communications to experiments. We are humbled to accept the award, and very appreciative of the recognition from Admiral Haney and the STRATCOM consultation committee.”

The Omaha Trophy, which dates back to 1971, celebrates USSTRATCOM’s premier intercontinental ballistic missile wing, ballistic missile submarine, strategic airlift wing and global operations (space/ cyberspace) unit. Those who are recognized demonstrated the highest standards of performance in support of USSTRATCOM’s diverse missions.

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