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Exercise Global Thunder  is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States.

A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) taxis down the runway at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 4, 2017, during exercise Global Thunder 18. Exercise Global Thunder is an annual command and control and field training exercise designed to train Department of Defense forces and assess joint operational readiness across all of USSTRATCOM's mission areas, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)

The training is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States.

U.S. Air Force crew chiefs assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base prepare a B-52 Stratofortress prior to take off during Exercise Global Thunder 2018 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 4, 2017. Global Thunder is an annual U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) exercise designed to provide training opportunities to test and validate command, control and operational procedures. The training is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabriel Stuart)

The training is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States.

A B-52 Stratofortress taxis towards the runway during Exercise Global Thunder 2018 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 4, 2017. Global Thunder is an annual U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) exercise designed to provide training opportunities to test and validate command, control and operational procedures. The training is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabriel Stuart)

Exercise Global Thunder 18 is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States.

A B-52 Stratofortress prepares to take off during Exercise Global Thunder 18 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 4, 2017. Global Thunder is an annual U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) exercise designed to provide training opportunities to test and validate command, control and operational procedures. The training is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabriel Stuart)

Exercise Global Thunder 18 is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States.

A B-52 Stratofortress takes off during Exercise Global Thunder 2018 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 4, 2017. Global Thunder is an annual U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) exercise designed to provide training opportunities to test and validate command, control and operational procedures. The training is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabriel Stuart)

Exercise Global Thunder 18 is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States.

U.S. Air Force crew chiefs assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing prepare a B-52 Stratofortress prior to take off during Exercise Global Thunder 2018 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 4, 2017. Global Thunder is an annual U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) exercise designed to provide training opportunities to test and validate command, control and operational procedures. The training is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabriel Stuart)

Exercise Global Thunder 18 is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States.

U.S. Air Force crew chiefs assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing prepare a B-52 Stratofortress prior to take off during Exercise Global Thunder 2018 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 4, 2017. Global Thunder is an annual U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) exercise designed to provide training opportunities to test and validate command, control and operational procedures. The training is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabriel Stuart)

Exercise Global Thunder 18 is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States.

A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) is de-iced in preparation to take off from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 4, 2017, during exercise Global Thunder 18. Exercises like Global Thunder involve extensive planning and coordination to provide unique training opportunities for assigned units and forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)

Exercise Global Thunder 18 is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States.

A B-52 Stratofortress takes off during Exercise Global Thunder 2018 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 4, 2017. Global Thunder is an annual U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) exercise designed to provide training opportunities to test and validate command, control and operational procedures. The training is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabriel Stuart)

Exercise Global Thunder 18 is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States.
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A B-52 Stratofortress prepares to take off during Exercise Global Thunder 18 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 4, 2017. Global Thunder is an annual U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) exercise designed to provide training opportunities to test and validate command, control and operational procedures. The training is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabriel Stuart)

Exercise Global Thunder 18 is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States.
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Snowplowers clear the runway at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 4, 2017, during exercise Global Thunder 18. Global Thunder is an invaluable training opportunity to exercise all U.S. Strategic Command mission areas and create the conditions for strategic deterrence against a variety of of threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)

Exercise Global Thunder 18 is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States.
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A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to Air Force Global Strike Command takes off from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 4, 2017, during Exercise Global Thunder 2018. Global Thunder is an annual U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) exercise designed to provide training opportunities to test and validate command, control and operational procedures. The training is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon J. Audit)

Exercise Global Thunder 18 is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States.
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A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to Air Force Global Strike Command takes off from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 4, 2017, during Exercise Global Thunder 2018. Global Thunder is an annual U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) exercise designed to provide training opportunities to test and validate command, control and operational procedures. The training is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman)

Exercise Global Thunder 18 is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States.
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A B-52H Stratofortresses assigned to Air Force Global Strike Command takes off from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 4, 2017, during Exercise Global Thunder 2018. Global Thunder is an annual U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) exercise designed to provide training opportunities to test and validate command, control and operational procedures. The training is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of USSTRATCOM and component forces’ ability to support the geographic combatant commands, deter adversaries and, if necessary, employ forces as directed by the President of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman)

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