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Associated Press, Published January 31 2010

All nuclear bombers, including Minot, to roll into newest command

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. - The commander of the Global Strike Command has scheduled a busy Monday, with visits to the nation's three nuclear bomb wings - in Louisiana, North Dakota and Missouri.

Those meetings will formally bring the Air Force's two nuclear weapons systems - its missiles and nuclear-capable bombers - under the new Global Strike Command, in charge of Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz.

He says it will be the first time that's been true in about 27 years.

The command is based at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport.

Klotz and other officials will visit the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale, 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.

The 2nd and 5th both fly B-52s, and the 509th flies B-2s.


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