United States Air Force Missile Combat Competition

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The United States Air Force's Missile Combat Competition is a military competition that recognizes the intercontinental ballistic missile combat crews in the force.


Curtain raiser[edit]

The first missile combat competition, named CURTAIN RAISER, ran from 3–7 April 1967.

United States' Strategic Air Command began the event to allow differing intercontinental ballistic missile units to compete for the title of "Best ICBM Wing".

Olympic arena[edit]

While the second competition in 1968 was canceled, due to SAC commitments in Southeast Asia, the third competition was held on 19–23 May 1969. The competition was also redesignated OLYMPIC ARENA.[1]

Guardian Challenge[edit]

After the demise of the Cold War, the event was renamed Guardian Challenge and began to include space operations units, as well as ICBM organizations.

Global Strike Challenge[edit]

After the transfer of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) from Air Force Space Command to Air Force Global Strike Command on 1 December 2009, Missile Combat Competition has been rolled up under a competition which will be known as Global Strike Challenge. Global Strike Challenge is Air Force Global Strike Command's competition for Air Force ICBM and Bomber Forces. The first Global Strike Challenge took place at Barksdale AFB LA in November 2010.[2]

Blanchard Trophy[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hagopian, M. and Del Papa, M. (1987) OLYMPIC ARENA: The Saga of SAC's Missile Combat Competition. 20 February 1987
  2. ^ Lt. Col. Lloyd Buzzell. "AFGSC Link "The Tradition Continues: Global Strike Challenge," 3 Aug 2010". Afgsc.af.mil. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Air Force Historical Research Agency: "341st Missile Wing factsheet"". Afhra.af.mil. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Air Force Link: "BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL W. MILLER official biography"". Af.mil. Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Air Force Historical Research Agency: "91st Missile Wing factsheet"". Afhra.af.mil. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  6. ^ ""Trophies go to Guardian Challenge winners", 7 May 1997". FAS.org. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Air Force Link: "BG Kimber McKenzie official biography"". Af.mil. Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Space.com: "Looming War Derails Guardian Challenge Competition", 19 March 2003 Archived 16 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Vandenberg AFB Public Affairs: Guardian Challenge fact sheet". Vandenberg.af.mil. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Minot AFB Public Affairs: "91st Missile Wing fact sheet"". Minot.af.mil. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Valerie Mullett. "Malmstrom AFB Public Affairs: "Blanchard is back where it belongs", 25 Aug 2006". Malmstrom.af.mil. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Master Sgt. Kate Rust (5 December 2008). "Vandenberg AFB Public Affairs: "Guardian Challenge 2008 comes to a close", 12 May 2008". Vandenberg.af.mil. Retrieved 15 February 2012.