50th Space Wing Earns Omaha Trophy

Adm. 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. Image Credit: U.S. Air Force/Christopher DeWitt

Adm. 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. Image Credit: U.S. Air Force/Christopher DeWitt

April 24, 2015 – 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.

“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 coming out here, not only to present us with this trophy, but to spend the day with us,” said Liquori. “On behalf of this team, we are proud to be honored with this trophy. And we will remember to keep on running.”

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.