Fairchild takes home Omaha Trophy two years in a row

Fairchild takes home Omaha Trophy two years in a row

Vice Adm. Charles Richard, U.S. Strategic Command deputy commander, meets with squadron leadership for breakfast Sept. 1, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. This year marks the second year in a row the 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wings, as a fully integrated partnership, have earned the Strategic Aircraft category, that recognizes the best air refueling wing assigned to USSTRATCOM. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jesenia Landaverde)

Fairchild takes home Omaha Trophy two years in a row

Team Fairchild pose with the Omaha Trophy during a ceremony Sept. 1, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. This year marks the second year in a row the 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wings, as a fully integrated partnership, have earned the Strategic Aircraft category, that recognizes the best air-refueling wing assigned to U.S. Strategic Command. Winners of the trophy represent units supporting USSTRATCOM that are critical to fulfilling the combatant command’s vision of fighting and delivering integrated multi-domain combat effects across the globe, wherever and whenever needed. (U.S. Air Force photo/SrA Nick Daniello)

Fairchild takes home Omaha Trophy two years in a row

Vice Adm. Charles Richard, U.S. Strategic Command deputy commander, presents Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, the Omaha Trophy during a ceremony Sept. 1, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. This year marks the second year in a row the 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wings, as a fully integrated partnership, have earned the Strategic Aircraft category, that recognizes the best air-refueling wing assigned to USSTRATCOM. (U.S. Air Force photo/SrA Nick Daniello)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Washington -- For the second year in a row, U.S. Strategic Command presented Team Fairchild the 2016 Omaha Trophy for the Strategic Aircraft category during a ceremony here Sept. 1.

The 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wings were recognized as the best air refueling wings assigned to USSTRATCOM. The victories mark the first time a base has won this category twice in a row since the award's inception nearly 47-years ago.

"We are so proud of the work the men and women of Team Fairchild do day-in and day-out," said Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd ARW commander. "Our team constantly deploys all over the world and keeps a 60-year-old aircraft flying with fewer people and less resources than we need. However, these professionals absolutely make it all work, and they do it with proven and recognized excellence – winning the Omaha Trophy back-to-back is testament to their dedication and perseverance."

Winners of the Omaha Trophy represent units who support the USSTRATCOM mission, which is critical to fulfill the combatant commander’s vision of fighting and delivering integrated, multi-domain combat effects across the globe, wherever and whenever needed.

“I could not be more pleased to bring you the Omaha Trophy to recognize your excellence of all you have accomplished,” said Vice Adm. Charles Richard, USSTRATCOM deputy commander. “Let me try to give you a glance of what you are a part of in the global deterrence mission; there are 184,000 people of which you are a part of that execute the mission every single day. It is a foundation – something that you definitely have to do twenty-four seven, watch by watch and mission by mission. I’m blown away from the performance of this wing.”