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Ellsworth garners Global Strike Challenge best B-1 bomb squadron, maintenance, munitions team awards

A B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron, launches for routine training at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 20, 2019. The 34th BS was presented the Eaker Trophy at the 2019 Global Strike Challenge, recognizing it as the best B-1 squadron.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Z. Erwin)

A B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron, launches for routine training at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 20, 2019. The 34th BS was presented the Eaker Trophy at the 2019 Global Strike Challenge, recognizing it as the best B-1 squadron.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Airmen assigned to the 28th Munitions Squadron build weapons at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 21, 2019. The 28th MUNS recently garnered the 2019 Global Strike Challenge best conventional munitions maintenance team award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Airmen assigned to the 28th Munitions Squadron build weapons at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 21, 2019. The 28th MUNS recently garnered the 2019 Global Strike Challenge best conventional munitions maintenance team award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Airmen assigned to the 28th Maintenance Group load munitions into a B-1B Lancer for routine training at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 23, 2019. The 28th MXG recently won the Ellis Giant Sword (recognizing the best bomber maintenance) and best conventional aircraft crew chief team awards at the 2019 Global Strike Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Airmen assigned to the 28th Maintenance Group load munitions into a B-1B Lancer for routine training at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 23, 2019. The 28th MXG recently won the Ellis Giant Sword (recognizing the best bomber maintenance) and best conventional aircraft crew chief team awards at the 2019 Global Strike Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Z. Erwin)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- The results of the 2019 Global Strike Challenge are tallied and the Raiders of Team Ellsworth claimed top honors for their accomplishments in maintenance, munitions maintenance and bomb squadron operations.

Air Force Global Strike Command announced the winners of the world's premier bomber, intercontinental ballistic missile, helicopter operations, maintenance and security forces competition at a score posting event at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, last week.

Ellsworth's 28th Maintenance Group walked away with three honors including the Ellis Giant Sword (recognizing the best bomber maintenance), the best conventional munitions maintenance team award, and the best conventional aircraft crew chief team award, while the 34th Bomb Squadron "Thunderbirds" were presented the Eaker Trophy, recognizing it as the best B-1 squadron.

"I could not be more proud of the honors that our Airmen received," said Col. David Doss, commander of the 28th Bomb Wing. "We went up against some very strong competition, and the awards we claimed are a testament to the high caliber Airmen we have accomplishing the mission of providing airpower - anytime, anywhere. Great work, Raiders."

The Global Strike Challenge competition occurs every other year with operations and maintenance competitions. Participants in the 2019 Global Strike Challenge included AFGSC’s nine wings plus units from Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard.

A complete list of winners in all categories is available by visiting (https://www.afgsc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2022358/afgsc-announces-global-strike-challenge-winners/).

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