Robins Airmen deploy to support Global Strike Command

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  • By Wayne Crenshaw
  • 78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Four Airmen from Robins will spend five months at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to help set up the communications architecture of a new major command.

The Airmen from the 78th Communications Directorate will provide a variety of initial communications capabilities for Global Strike Command, which stood up Aug. 7 at Barksdale. The mission of Global Strike Command is to oversee all nuclear forces in the Air Force.

The Airmen left Robins last weekend to go to their temporary assignment. They will be there for 155 days.

"It was an honor to have them come down and ask us," said Senior Master Sgt. Ronald Batten, superintendent of network operations in the directorate. "It just shows how well our communications here on base are thought of."

The Airmen and their specialties are Staff Sgt. Curtis Arens, network security; Staff Sgt. Kevin Miniano, communications focal point; Senior Airman Robert Lawrence, information assurance; and Airman 1st Class Christopher Romine, network infrastructure.

Global Strike Command was created as a result of efforts to improve shortcomings in the Air Force's nuclear mission.

"The activation of Global Strike Command is part of a broader, comprehensive strategy the Air Force is undertaking to ensure we have the proper focus on our critical missions that provide nuclear deterrence and global strike forces for the combatant commander, the joint team and our allies," said Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, commander of Global Strike Command, at the standup ceremony.