(Neb)-STRATCOM Opens New $1.3-B HQ, Celebrates Change Of Command
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - STRATCOM, the U-S Strategic Command, held ceremonies yesterday morning at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha to celebrate the official opening of its brand new $1.3-billion dollar state-of-the-art headquarters and to mark the arrival of a new commander.
Vice Admiral Charles Richard was confirmed last month to succeed Air Force General John Hyten as commander of Stratcom, which is in charge of the country's nuclear arsenal.
Hyten is now at the Pentagon as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff while this is Richard's second stint at Stratcom, following a tour as commander of the nation's submarine fleet.
Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist and Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presided over the ceremony, which included presenting Hyten with the Defense Distinguished Service Medal for exceptional service.
Nebraska U-S Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, attended and says he's glad he did.
Senator Deb Fischer, senior member of the Armed Services Committee and chair of its Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, played a key role in the confirmations of both General Hyten and Admiral Richard.
She offers thanks to Hyten for his "steadfast leadership and determination as commander" and says she's pleased to be able to continue working with him at the Pentagon. Fischer also welcomes Richard to Nebraska and says she looks forward to working closely with him tokeep our nation secure."
Stratcom is the successor to SAC, the Strategic Air Command, which had its headquarters at Offutt starting in 1948.
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