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By Grace Pohl
Staff Intern 

Fairchild wins second consecutive Omaha Trophy

Local base collects top military honor for the fourth time


September 7, 2017

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Fairchild and 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander Col. Ryan Samuelson holds up the hardware in front of the crowd attending the presentation of the Omaha Trophy on Friday, Sept. 1.

There was a celebration at Fairchild Air Force Base before the Labor Day weekend after the presentation of the Omaha Trophy on Sept. 1, which marked winning the award for the second year in a row. This is the first time that a base has won the award back-to-back in 40 years.

The award dates back to 1971, where it was originally created by the Strategic Command Consultation (SCC) Committee, which was an advisory group made up of business leaders in the Omaha, Neb., area. At that time, a single trophy was presented every year as a token of appreciation to the best wing.

Since that time, the tradition has evolved into unit-level awards that recognize excellence all over the country. The categories include ICBM, ballistic missile submarine, strategic bomber, strategic aircraft and global operations.

Fairchild won the Omaha Trophy in the strategic aircraft category. Along with the past two years, the base also has won the award in 1999 and 2002.

"This is yours," Colonel Ryan Samuelson said when he lifting was up the trophy to the crowd. "You are the ones bringing the trophy back here."

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Fairchild is the first unit to win the award back-to-back in 40 years.

Fairchild competed against 20-30 other bases in scores for the trophy including refueling, reconnaissance and airborne communications.

"It is literally unheard of to win it back-to-back," Navy Vice Admiral Charles Richard said, as he presented the trophy. "It is a compliment to its leadership and shows they don't waste effort on anything. Credit is also due to the men and women themselves."

The other bases who received the award were Warren AFB, Wyoming (intercontinental ballistic missile), USS Alaska at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia (Ballistic Missile Submarine), Minot AFB, North Dakota (Strategic Bomber) and Peterson AFB, Colorado (Global Operations) .

"Fairchild does so well in the mission," Richard added. "This trophy represents their excellence."

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