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Airman 1st Class Julian Diaz, 22nd Security Forces Squadron entry controller, secures the exercise area Nov. 5, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Global Thunder is an annual command and control exercise designed to train U.S. Strategic Command forces and assess joint operation readiness. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

Airman 1st Class Julian Diaz, 22nd Security Forces Squadron entry controller, secures the exercise area Nov. 5, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Global Thunder is an annual command and control exercise designed to train U.S. Strategic Command forces and assess joint operation readiness. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

Airman Dennis Haggermaker, 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, simulates refueling a KC-135 Stratotanker during Global Thunder Nov. 5, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base,  Kansas. Fuels distribution operators use the R-12 fuel truck to connect aircraft to the ground-based fuel hydrant outlets allowing for a transfer of fuel. Global Thunder is an annual command and control exercise designed to train U.S. Strategic Command forces and assess joint operation readiness. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

Airman Dennis Haggermaker, 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, simulates refueling a KC-135 Stratotanker during Global Thunder Nov. 5, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Fuels distribution operators use the R-12 fuel truck to connect aircraft to the ground-based fuel hydrant outlets allowing for a transfer of fuel. Global Thunder is an annual command and control exercise designed to train U.S. Strategic Command forces and assess joint operation readiness. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

Airman Christopher Anderson, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, services the preload accumulator on a KC-135 Stratotanker during Global thunder Nov. 5, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base Kansas. The preload helps protect the hydraulic components during a pressure surge. Global Thunder is an annual command and control exercise designed to train U.S. Strategic Command forces and assess joint operation readiness. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

Airman Christopher Anderson, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, services the preload accumulator on a KC-135 Stratotanker during Global thunder Nov. 5, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base Kansas. The preload helps protect the hydraulic components during a pressure surge. Global Thunder is an annual command and control exercise designed to train U.S. Strategic Command forces and assess joint operation readiness. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. --

Team McConnell Airmen participated in Global Thunder 22, Nov. 2-10.

Global Thunder 22 (GT22) is the U.S. Strategic Command’s annual command and control exercise, providing training opportunities that exercise all USSTRATCOM mission areas, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness, to enhance readiness and ensure a safe, secure, ready and reliable strategic deterrent force.

 “Global Thunder is another opportunity to practice our rapid response capabilities and demonstrate our readiness. The 22nd ARW brings strategic refueling capabilities to the total force, for receivers around the world, anytime and anywhere,” said Col. Nate Vogel, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander.  “We stand ready to enable USSTRATCOM forces.”

GT22 will employ global operations in coordination with other combatant commands, services, and appropriate U.S. government agencies to deter, detect and, if necessary, defeat strategic attacks against the United States and its allies.

USSTRATCOM has global responsibilities that include strategic deterrence, nuclear operations, joint electromagnetic spectrum operations, global strike, missile defense, and analysis and targeting.