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Beale takes to the skies during Global Thunder 16

An Airman from the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., prepares a U-2 Dragon Lady for takeoff, Nov. 4, 2015, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze)

An Airman from the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., prepares a U-2 Dragon Lady for takeoff, Nov. 4, 2015, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze)

Airmen at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., prepare a U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft for takeoff, Nov. 5, 2015, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze)

Airmen at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., prepare a U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft for takeoff, Nov. 5, 2015, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze)

Two U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft taxi on the Beale Air Force base flight line, Nov. 4, 2015, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze)

Two U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft taxi on the Beale Air Force base flight line, Nov. 4, 2015, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze)

An Airman assigned to the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepares a U-2 Dragon Lady for takeoff at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 4, 2015, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze)

An Airman assigned to the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepares a U-2 Dragon Lady for takeoff at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 4, 2015, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze)

A pilot assigned to Beale Air Force Base, Calif., prepares a U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft for takeoff, Nov. 4, 2015, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze) (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze)

A pilot assigned to Beale Air Force Base, Calif., prepares a U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft for takeoff, Nov. 4, 2015, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze) (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze)

A U-2 Dragon Lady taxis to the runway at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 4, 2015, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze)

A U-2 Dragon Lady taxis to the runway at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 4, 2015, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze)

A U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft takes off from the Beale Air Force base flight line, Nov. 4, 2015, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze)

A U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft takes off from the Beale Air Force base flight line, Nov. 4, 2015, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Schultze)

Airmen review deployment eligibility folders at the personnel deployment function flight Nov. 4, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, California, reviews deployment eligibility for Airmen Nov. 4, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, California, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting.  The exercise involved various base agencies practicing readiness techniques for mass deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Airmen review deployment eligibility folders at the personnel deployment function flight Nov. 4, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, California, reviews deployment eligibility for Airmen Nov. 4, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, California, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. The exercise involved various base agencies practicing readiness techniques for mass deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Senior Airman Kelsey Canapary (left), 9th Force Support Squadron reenlistments and extensions technician, reviews deployment eligibility for Airmen Nov. 4, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, California, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting.  The exercise involved various base agencies practicing readiness techniques for mass deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Senior Airman Kelsey Canapary (left), 9th Force Support Squadron reenlistments and extensions technician, reviews deployment eligibility for Airmen Nov. 4, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, California, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. The exercise involved various base agencies practicing readiness techniques for mass deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

Staff Sgt. Derrick Lehner, 9th Reconnaissance Wing Chaplain’s assistant, briefs Airmen Nov. 4, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, California, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting.  The exercise involved various base agencies practicing readiness techniques for mass deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)
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Staff Sgt. Derrick Lehner, 9th Reconnaissance Wing Chaplain’s assistant, briefs Airmen Nov. 4, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, California, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 16. Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command’s Task Force 204. GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. The exercise involved various base agencies practicing readiness techniques for mass deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings)

11/13/2015 - Beale Air Force Base, Calif -- Beale AFB is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which enhances USSTRATCOM's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission by providing mission-ready aircraft to detect and deter strategic threats against the U.S. and its allies in support of the command's Task Force 204.

GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual U.S. Strategic Command training event that assesses command and control functionality in all USSTRATCOM mission areas and affords component commands a venue to evaluate their joint operational readiness. Planning for GLOBAL THUNDER 16 has been under way for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario with fictitious adversaries.

One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which also include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting.The exercise involved various base agencies practicing readiness techniques for mass deployments.