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Defenders train for Global Strike Challenge

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  • By Airman 1st Class Faith Iris MacIlvaine
  • 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs

In preparation for the Global Strike Challenge, defenders across Global Strike Command are training for their competition period from Sept. 20 - 24. The Mighty Ninety's Defenders have trained in tactics and fitness, to ensure they're prepared physically and mentally for the Challenge.

The Global Strike Challenge pushes airmen by testing military readiness and expertise.

“It’s amazing to see just how much we can accomplish when we work together,” said Tech Sgt. Sage Fender, 90th Missile Security Operations Squadron, tactical response force. “It’s a great opportunity to see how the Airmen are able to face challenges and work together as a team.” 

Since the first Global Strike Challenge in 2010, the exercise is designed to enhance readiness, teamwork, esprit de corps, mission pride and a competitive spirit, according to USAF Police Alumni Association. 

The competition combines operations, maintenance and security forces participants from both the missile and bomber communities performing the Air Force's global strike mission. Global Strike Challenge is run every other year with operations and maintenance competitions taking place throughout the summer months. Teams compete at both their home bases and other competition sites from June to September. The Challenge is the world’s premier bomber, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, helicopter operations, and security forces competition featuring units from Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve Command, and the Air National Guard.