Global Thunder 18: Team Whiteman participates in annual USSTRATCOM Exercise

U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirits prepare to take off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., 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.

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit prepares to take off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., 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.

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit prepares to take off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., 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 B-2 Spirits prepare to take off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., 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 B-2 Spirits prepare to take off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., 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.

A 509th Security Forces Squadron member controls access to a B-2 Spirit during Exercise Global Thunder 2018 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 1, 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.

Members of Team Whiteman respond to an aircraft alert during Exercise Global Thunder 2018 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 1, 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 509th Maintenance Group crew chiefs prepare a B-2 Spirit prior to take off during Exercise Global Thunder 2018 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 1, 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.

A U.S. Air Force 509th Maintenance Group crew chief performs pre-flight checks on a B-2 Spirit during Exercise Global Thunder 18 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 1, 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.

Airmen assigned to the 509th Security Forces Squadron provide flightline security during Exercise Global Thunder 2018 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 1, 2017.
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Airmen assigned to the 509th Security Forces Squadron provide flightline security during Exercise Global Thunder 2018 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 1, 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 Jazmin Smith)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit takes off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 4, 2017, during exercise Global Thunder 2018.
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A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit takes off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., 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 Senior Airman Jazmin Smith)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit prepares to take off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 4, 2017, during exercise Global Thunder 2018.
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A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit prepares to take off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., 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 Senior Airman Jazmin Smith)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit takes off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 4, 2017, during exercise Global Thunder 2018.
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A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit takes off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., 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 Senior Airman Jazmin Smith)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit flies over Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 4, 2017, during exercise Global Thunder 2018.
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A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit flies over Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., 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 U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jazmin Smith)

Airmen assigned to the 509th Security Forces Squadron provide flightline security during Exercise Global Thunder 2018 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 1, 2017.
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Airmen assigned to the 509th Security Forces Squadron provide flightline security during Exercise Global Thunder 2018 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 1, 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 Jazmin Smith)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit takes off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 4, 2017, during exercise Global Thunder 2018.
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A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit takes off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., 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 Senior Airman Jazmin Smith)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit prepares to take off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 4, 2017, during exercise Global Thunder 2018.
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A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit prepares to take off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., 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 Senior Airman Jazmin Smith)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit takes off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 4, 2017, during exercise Global Thunder 2018.
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A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit takes off from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., 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 Senior Airman Jazmin Smith)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit flies over Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 4, 2017, during exercise Global Thunder 2018.
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A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit flies over Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., 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 U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jazmin Smith)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit prepares to take off from the runway at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 4, 2017, during exercise Global Thunder 18 (GT18).
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U.S. Air Force maintainers conduct pre-flight operations on a B-2 Spirit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., 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 Senior Airman Jovan Banks)

Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. --

Members of Team Whiteman recently completed Exercise Global Thunder 2018 (GT18), U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) annual field training and command and control exercise.

GT18 provided training opportunities for all USSTRATCOM mission areas, several of which Team Whiteman supports, and involved extensive planning and coordination to provide unique training opportunities.

 

The scenario for GT18 integrated a variety of strategic threats to the United States and validated the capabilities of all the USSTRATCOM assets that would be provided to geographic combatant commanders in a real-world crisis, including space; cyber; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; global strike; and ballistic missile defense assets.

In response to the scenario, Team Whiteman, which is comprised of active-duty Airmen from the 509th Bomb Wing, as well as Missouri Air National Guardsmen from the 131st Bomb Wing, readied and launched numerous B-2 Spirit aircraft. The sorties demonstrated the Total Force team’s ability to effectively and efficiently execute the mission anytime, anywhere.

Because of the B-2 Spirit’s unique and pivotal capabilities, Team Whiteman trains daily to ensure its operational readiness. The B-2, which is maintained and operated by the fully integrated Total Force team at Whiteman, is one of the key aircraft used to support USSTRATCOM’s and Air Force Global Strike Command’s global strike and strategic deterrence missions.

The B-2’s low-observable or stealth capabilities provide U.S. decision makers at the highest levels of the military and the government the capability to deter strategic attacks and, if necessary, penetrate the most secure defense systems to deliver a massive payload when ordered.