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McConnell Airmen support Global Thunder

Team McConnell aircrew rush to alert vehicles during Global Thunder 19, Nov. 2, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Global Thunder is an exercise to test readiness and ensure a safe, secure, ready and reliable strategic deterrent force. The exercise provides training opportunities that assess all U.S. Strategic Command mission areas and joint and field training operational readiness, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness as well as providing unique training for assigned units and allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

Team McConnell aircrew rush to alert vehicles during Global Thunder 19, Nov. 2, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Global Thunder is an exercise to test readiness and ensure a safe, secure, ready and reliable strategic deterrent force. The exercise provides training opportunities that assess all U.S. Strategic Command mission areas and joint and field training operational readiness, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness as well as providing unique training for assigned units and allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

Team McConnell aircrew rush to alert vehicles during Global Thunder 19, Nov. 2, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Global Thunder is an exercise to test readiness and ensure a safe, secure, ready and reliable strategic deterrent force. The annual exercise is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of U.S. Strategic Command 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 Alan Ricker)

Team McConnell aircrew rush to alert vehicles during Global Thunder 19, Nov. 2, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Global Thunder is an exercise to test readiness and ensure a safe, secure, ready and reliable strategic deterrent force. The annual exercise is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of U.S. Strategic Command 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 Alan Ricker)

Team McConnell aircrew rush to alert vehicles during Global Thunder 19, Nov. 2, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base.  Global Thunder is an exercise to test readiness and ensure a safe, secure, ready and reliable strategic deterrent force. The exercise provides training opportunities that assess all U.S. Strategic Command mission areas and joint and field training operational readiness, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness as well as providing unique training for assigned units and allies.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

Team McConnell aircrew rush to alert vehicles during Global Thunder 19, Nov. 2, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Global Thunder is an exercise to test readiness and ensure a safe, secure, ready and reliable strategic deterrent force. The exercise provides training opportunities that assess all U.S. Strategic Command mission areas and joint and field training operational readiness, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness as well as providing unique training for assigned units and allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

Airmen listen to a briefing during Global Thunder 19, Oct. 31, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Global Thunder is a globally integrated exercise that provides training opportunities that assess all U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) mission areas and joint and field training operational readiness, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness. USSTRATCOM has global responsibilities assigned through the Unified Command Plan that includes strategic deterrence, nuclear operations, space operations, joint electromagnetic spectrum operations, global strike, missile defense, and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Crawley)

Airmen listen to a briefing during Global Thunder 19, Oct. 31, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Global Thunder is a globally integrated exercise that provides training opportunities that assess all U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) mission areas and joint and field training operational readiness, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness. USSTRATCOM has global responsibilities assigned through the Unified Command Plan that includes strategic deterrence, nuclear operations, space operations, joint electromagnetic spectrum operations, global strike, missile defense, and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Crawley)

An Airman from the 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron reviews mobility items prior to issuing the equipment during a mobility training exercise, Oct. 31, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. This process ensures Airmen have all of the required items if deploying in support of a contingency. Global Thunder involves extensive planning and coordination and provides unique training opportunities and assessments for all U.S. Strategic Command mission areas and joint and field training operational readiness, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness. The training is based on a notional scenario exercise to test readiness and ensure a safe, secure, ready and reliable strategic deterrent force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michaela R. Slanchik)

An Airman from the 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron reviews mobility items prior to issuing the equipment during a mobility training exercise, Oct. 31, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. This process ensures Airmen have all of the required items if deploying in support of a contingency. Global Thunder involves extensive planning and coordination and provides unique training opportunities and assessments for all U.S. Strategic Command mission areas and joint and field training operational readiness, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness. The training is based on a notional scenario exercise to test readiness and ensure a safe, secure, ready and reliable strategic deterrent force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michaela R. Slanchik)

An Airman from the 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron inspects equipment prior to issue during Global Thunder 19, Oct. 31, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. This process ensures Airmen have all of the required items if deploying in support of a contingency. Global Thunder is an exercise to test readiness and ensure a safe, secure, ready and reliable strategic deterrent force. The annual exercise is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of U.S. Strategic Command 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 Michaela R. Slanchik)

An Airman from the 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron inspects equipment prior to issue during Global Thunder 19, Oct. 31, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. This process ensures Airmen have all of the required items if deploying in support of a contingency. Global Thunder is an exercise to test readiness and ensure a safe, secure, ready and reliable strategic deterrent force. The annual exercise is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of U.S. Strategic Command 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 Michaela R. Slanchik)

Airmen from the 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron review mobility items prior to issuing the equipment during Global Thunder 19, Oct. 31, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. This process ensures Airmen have all of the required items if deploying in support of a contingency. The Global Thunder exercise provides training opportunities that assess all U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) mission areas and joint and field training operational readiness, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness. It globally integrates USSTRATCOM headquarters staff, components and subordinate units, and allied personnel from a variety of nations to test readiness and ensure a safe, secure, ready and reliable strategic deterrent force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michaela R. Slanchik)

Airmen from the 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron review mobility items prior to issuing the equipment during Global Thunder 19, Oct. 31, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. This process ensures Airmen have all of the required items if deploying in support of a contingency. The Global Thunder exercise provides training opportunities that assess all U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) mission areas and joint and field training operational readiness, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness. It globally integrates USSTRATCOM headquarters staff, components and subordinate units, and allied personnel from a variety of nations to test readiness and ensure a safe, secure, ready and reliable strategic deterrent force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michaela R. Slanchik)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Global Thunder is an exercise to test readiness and ensure a safe, secure, ready and reliable strategic deterrent force. The annual exercise is based on a notional scenario developed to drive execution of U.S. Strategic Command 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.