4-Star General nomination announced for Global Strike Command

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Photo from left to right: Sen. David Vitter met with Gen. Robin Rand, Air Education and Training Command (AETC/CC) (second from left) in January 2015.

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and U.S. Rep. John Fleming, M.D. (R-La.) today announced that General Robin Rand, a 4-Star General, has been nominated by President Obama to serve as Commander for Air Force Global Strike Command.

The Global Strike Command is located at Barksdale Air Force Base and is responsible for the majority of the U.S. Nuclear Triad. His nomination will be considered by the Senate.

“I’ve been working to make sure that Global Strike Commands gets four-star recognition, and this nomination is a big next step forward in that process,” Vitter said. “I’ll push to get General Rand’s nomination through the Senate.”

“The nomination of General Rand is welcome news, and I am pleased that the Air Force has prioritized Global Strike Command and Barksdale at the highest levels.  I look forward to working with the Air Force to secure the resources they need to support the mission,” said Fleming.

Vitter, Fleming and the Congressional Delegation have pushed the U.S. Air Force to elevate Barksdale’s Global Strike Command to a four-star general position for years. Vitter has been pushing for these recognitions despite the Obama administration’s attempts to reduce the priority of nuclear missions.