Today’s event marks a major milestone in the reorganization of our nuclear forces:

The Secretary of the Air Force, the honorable Michael B. Donley, and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Norton A. Schwartz, have officially announced the Air Force Global Strike Command Activation Ceremony will take place August 7, 2009, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Barksdale’s Hoban Hall, and General Schwartz will preside over the ceremony. All official invites have been distributed; additional access to the ceremony will be limited to Department of Defense identification cardholders with access to Barksdale AFB. Seating will be on a first come first serve basis.

Lieutenant General Frank G. Klotz will assume command of the Air Force’s newest major command, taking responsibility for organizing, training and equipping Airmen for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations. The command’s mission will stretch across five Air Force bases and will include three major operational weapon systems.

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