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Air Force Global Strike Command
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Air Force Global Strike Command emblem
Active January 12, 2009 (Provisional)
August 7, 2009
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Major Command
Role Organize, train and equip U.S. Air Force strategic deterrence forces for presentation to the President of the United States and Combatant Commanders
Garrison/HQ Barksdale Air Force Base
Lieutenant General Frank Klotz
Secretary of the United States Air Force Michael Donley discusses the creation of the Global Strike Command with media representatives at the Pentagon on October 24, 2008.

Air Force Global Strike Command[1] (AFGSC) is a major command of the United States Air Force (USAF) outlined in a recent roadmap for the improvement of the United States' nuclear arsenal. It assumed the nuclear-capable assets of Air Force Space Command on Dec. 1, 2009 and will assume the nuclear-capable assets of Air Combat Command on Feb. 1, 2010.[2] Its creation was outlined in the recommendations of the investigation following the 2007 United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident. The command was activated August 7, 2009, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.



The mission of Air Force Global Strike Command is to "Develop and provide combat-ready forces for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations --Safe --Secure --Credible to support the President of the United States and combatant commanders." [3]


The vision of Air Force Global Strike Command is to American Airmen with special trust and responsibility for the most powerful weapons in our Nation's arsenal ... an elite, highly disciplined team ... building a model command." [3]


On Oct. 24, 2008, new Secretary of the United States Air Force Michael Donley announced the creation of the command.[4]

The new command began operations in August 2009. The USAF currently has 20 B-2 Spirit and 57 B-52 Stratofortress bombers that are designated as nuclear-capable. The USAF's intercontinental nuclear missile force was previously operated by Air Force Space Command and was moved to the new command. When needed for conventional missions these bombers will be reassigned to regional commands.[5]

In November 2008, the USAF announced plans to start a fourth B-52 squadron at Minot Air Force Base to support the new command.[6] The USAF added that, "all the nuclear-capable bombers of what is now Eighth Air Force, and [command of all ICBMs] of what is now in Twentieth Air Force, will report to this single new command."[7]

The command's 55-member preliminary team, commanded by Major General James Kowalski, began operating at Bolling Air Force Base on January 12, 2009. The team was charged with finding a location for the new headquarters and transitioning the assigned units into the new command.[8]

In April 2009, the preliminary team selected Barksdale AFB as the headquarters for the new command.[9] Donley stated that the factors which contributed to the selection of Barksdale over the other candidate bases were its connection to the 8th Air Force, a "slightly larger operations center", and the 11th Bomb Squadron which trains B-52 aircrews and will be adding special emphasis on nuclear training.[10]

On April 16, 2009, United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that Air Force Lt Gen Frank G. Klotz was nominated to be the first commander of the Global Strike Command.[11] Prior to his assignment to AFGSC, Lt. Gen. Klotz was the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director of the Air Force Staff.[12]

On June 18, after an environmental assessment finding of 'No Significant Impact', Barksdale Air Force Base was announced as the permanent location for AFGSC.[13]

On August 7, 2009, the command became active. Air Force Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz has taken command of the organization. The headquarters will eventually include 900 people, and is slated to reach full operating capability by Sept. 30, 2010. The 20th Air Force, the service’s missile organization, will come under the new command December 1, 2009; and the 8th Air Force, the bomber component, will come under the command February 1, 2010.[5]

On Sept. 3, 2009, the 69th Bomb Squadron reactivated at Minot Air Force Base to support Air Force Global Strike Command.[14]







See also


  1. ^ Air Force Global Strike Command activated
  2. ^ Air Force officials to establish new nuclear major command, Air Force News Service
  3. ^ a b AFGSC Mission and Vision
  4. ^ Associated Press, "New Unit To Manage AF Nuclear Arsenal", reported in Arizona Daily Star, October 25, 2008.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Norris, Guy, "Bouncing Back: B-52 expansion underpins resurgent nuclear role", Aviation Week & Space Technology, December 1, 2008, p. 32.
  7. ^ Hoffman, Michael, "Provisional nuclear command stands up", Military Times, January 13, 2009.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Prime, John Andrew, "Local Base Is First Choice For New Unit: Air Force Global Strike Command could result in 1,000 or more personnel", The Times (Shreveport), April 3, 2009.
  10. ^ General Officer Announcements
  12. ^ Officials announce location for Global Strike command
  13. ^
  14. ^ a b Air Force Global Strike Command officials work toward seamless transition with mission transfer

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