Tag Archives: Air Force Global Strike Command

Air Force Decommissions B-1B Legacy Bombers Amid Fleet Modernization

B-1B Lancer

A major command of the U.S. Air Force has wrapped up the retirement of 17 B-1B Lancer planes as the service branch moves toward adopting a Northrop Grumman-built bomber aircraft. Air Force Global Strike Command said Friday it flew the last Lancer for decommissioning to an aircraft boneyard at Davis-Monthan AF Base in Arizona and the move will allow its maintenance crew to focus more on the health of the remaining 45 units in the active B-1B inventory.

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Gen. Anthony Cotton Assumes Air Force Global Strike Command Leadership

Gen. Anthony Cotton

Gen. Anthony Cotton has assumed leadership of Air Force Global Strike Command, becoming the sixth commander and first African American to lead the major command responsible for providing strike, combat and strategic deterrence support to U.S. geographic combatant commands. Cotton officially succeeded Gen. Tim Ray as commander of AFGSC at a ceremony held at Barksdale AF Base in Louisiana. 

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Air Force Puts Minuteman III ICBM Through Operational Test

Minuteman III ICBM

A major command of the U.S. Air Force launched a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday in an operational test aimed to demonstrate weapon system readiness, safety and effectiveness. Air Force Global Strike Command conducted the unarmed ICBM test launch at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California after months of preparation with multiple partners across the government. 

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Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton Nominated to Lead AF Global Strike Command

Gen. Anthony Cotton

Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton, deputy commander of Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) since October 2019, was nominated by President Biden to serve as AFGSC's next commander. In his current capacity, Cotton helps oversee the organization that supports geographic combatant commands in global strike, strategic deterrence and combat operations.

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USAF Airman Paul Olexa Pitches Idea to Reduce Foreign Debris Threats

Paul Olexa

Paul Olexa, a 1st class airman from the U.S. Air Force, used his past experience as a factory manager to create a floor mat designed to reduce foreign object debris that threatens aircraft safety. Olexa pitched his “Mag Rug” idea as an entry to the Spark Tank competition that took place in October at Whiteman Air Force Base.

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Air Force Bomber Demonstrates Hypersonic Kill Chain in Recent Exercise; Lt. Col. Joe Little Quoted

B-52 Bomber

A Boeing-made B-52 Stratofortress stealth bomber demonstrated hypersonic shooting earlier this month during an Alaska-bound sortie that lasted over 13 hours. The bomber shot a practice target with the AGM-183 hypersonic weapon from a distance of 600 nautical miles during the Northern Edge 21 exercise, which took place on May 5, Air Force Global Strike Command said Thursday.

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Air Force to Retire 17 B-1B Planes; Gen. Tim Ray Quoted

B-1B Lancer Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) will move to decommission 17 of its 62 B-1B Lancer bombers to pave the way for fleet modernization efforts and help maintainers focus more on each of the remaining 45 aircraft. USAF said it will keep four of the B-1B planes that are set for retirement in Type 2000 storage to maintain aircraft systems in a reclaimable condition.

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Air Force Concludes Flight Demos for B-1B Bomber’s External Missile Release Function

B-1B Lancer

The U.S. Air Force has demonstrated the B-1B Lancer supersonic aircraft’s release capacity for external weapons as part of an assessment that culminates a series of expanded weapons carriage tests that began last year. As part of the demonstration, the team equipped the heavy bomber with high-speed cameras to evaluate its release of the Lockheed Martin-manufactured JASSM weapon.

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Two USAF Commands Seek to Advance Collaboration Between Program Offices, Operational Wings; Gen. Arnold Bunch Quoted

U.S. Air Force

Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) and Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) have signed a memorandum of agreement to create a program to provide operators and program managers an opportunity to gain insight into each other’s missions and share information to improve readiness and lethality, the service branch reported Sunday.

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Air Force Global Strike Command Stands up Innovation Center for Open Engagement

AF Global Strike Command

Air Force Global Strike Command is engaging with nontraditional innovators to establish a new hub for technology pursuits. The STRIKEWERX facility is open for engagement with small businesses, nontraditional inventors, universities and large companies in pursuit of innovation. STRIKEWERX stands outside Barksdale Air Force Base, strategically located near the command's headquarters.

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