Washington, D.C. - The Air Force announced today that the new Global Strike Command that will oversee all nuclear missions for the Air Force will be housed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana, not Wyoming’s F.E. Warren Air Force Base.
Governor Dave Freudenthal, U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis all pushed for Cheyenne to be chosen as the site for the command and made the following comments about the Air Force’s decision.
“Obviously, we’re disappointed and think that Cheyenne would have been a great place for this command to be based. I thank the many people in Cheyenne and Laramie County and also our Congressional delegation in D.C. who worked so hard on this effort. We’ll try again for the next opportunity,” said Governor Freudenthal.
“It is the Air Force’s loss that they didn’t choose Cheyenne for the new command center. The Cheyenne community and Governor Freudenthal did an incredible job showcasing all that Cheyenne has to offer. I am disappointed but will continue working with F.E. Warren to expand the role the base plays in our national defense,” said Enzi.
“I firmly believe that Cheyenne was the best option for the Air Force and the nation. The entire Wyoming Delegation, Governor Freudenthal, General Wright, Mayor Kaysen, Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce and Cheyenne LEADS worked tirelessly to secure the Global Strike Command. We will continue with our efforts to bring new Air Force missions to F.E. Warren,” said Barrasso.
“The people of Cheyenne are to be commended for their valiant efforts to bring the Global Strike Command to their community,” Lummis said. “City and state officials have worked tirelessly to highlight Cheyenne’s long standing partnership with the military and I am proud to have worked alongside them in this venture,” said Lummis.
Wyoming’s F.E. Warren Air Force Base was named as one of six finalists to house the Global Strike Command Center. The other finalists included Offut Air Force Base, Neb.; Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.; Minot Air Force Base, N.D.; and Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.