Global Strike Command receives four-star recognition

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Decision praised by local U.S. Senate, Congress delegates

General Robin Rand has been confirmed to serve as Commander for Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base.

General Robin Rand
USAF Photo | General Robin Rand

Rand is the first 4-Star General to lead the Global Strike Command at Barksdale. U.S. Senator David Vitter and the Congressional Delegation have pushed the U.S. Air Force to elevate Barksdale’s Global Strike Command to a four-star general position since its inception in 2009.

“After three years of working with the Air Force, the Senate, and other top defense officials, I’m proud to see Global Strike Command mission receive this level of priority,” Vitter said in an e-mailed statement. “…the U.S. Senate, recognizing the importance to our national security, was able to get this nomination confirmed in just a few months.”

The Defense Department announced Rand’s nomination in February. The four-star designation will now give Barksdale a seat at the table during key decisions.

Congressman John Fleming, M.D., praised the decision, adding that Rand, who has commanded at all levels of the Air Force, has experience that has intersected across all aspects of the nuclear arena.

Raising the stature of Global Strike to a four-star command will provide Barksdale a stronger voice at the table in advocating for the mission, resources, and the airmen at Barksdale.

“I am pleased the Senate confirmed General Robin Rand as Barksdale’s new Commander,” Flemming said in an e-mailed statement. “His appointment demonstrates that the Air Force is serious about refocusing its attention on our nation’s nuclear arsenal and bomber fleet, after years of neglect.  I look forward to his strong leadership and working together to ensure  our nation’s most critical mission, the nuclear enterprise, remains a top priority through adequate resources and staffing.”

The additional leverage that a four-star command will align more Air Force functions under Global Strike, bringing more Air Force personnel and ultimately more economic growth to the Shreveport-Bossier region.

According to the Air Force Times, “Rand, a career fighter pilot whose previous job was commander of Air Education and Training Command, has not worked in the nuclear field.” They also report that “the previous leader of Global Strike Command, Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, has been nominated to be deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command.”