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Newest Air Force command hiring now for top priority mission

Air Force Global Strike Command's top officer provided an update on the command's progress toward full operational capability during a speech at the Capitol Hill Club Oct. 2, 2009, in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

Air Force Global Strike Command's top officer provided an update on the command's progress toward full operational capability during a speech at the Capitol Hill Club Oct. 2, 2009, in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- The Air Force Global Strike Command is aggressively working to hire the best people available for one of the Air Force's top priorities--reinvigorating the nuclear enterprise. Active-duty, civilian and Guard and Reserve, especially those with nuclear experience, are being encouraged to apply for positions at AFGSC headquarters at Barksdale and at the units that fall under 8th and 20th Air Forces in six other states.

As a new major command that is still building up to full operational capability, Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, AFGSC commander, said there are a lot of opportunities for people looking for a unique challenge.

"Everyone at Global Strike Command is the 'first ever' in that job, for now and forever," he said recently. "I think the opportunity to create something new--to know that whatever you do is going to have a lasting impact on the command--is a powerful incentive for people to join our team."

Global Strike Command bases will include Minot AFB, N.D., Malmstrom AFB, Mont., F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., Whiteman AFB, Mo., as well as the headquarters at Barksdale. One squadron each at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., and Offutt AFB, Neb., will also fall under the command.

Jobs representing specialties across a range of functional areas are being advertised now through the AFPC Web site; the Air Force Portal; and the USAJobs Web site.

As the command approaches the assumption of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile mission Dec. 1 and the nuclear-capable bomber mission Feb. 1, the need is critical for Airmen and civilian experts ready to take on this special mission and responsibility for the most powerful weapons in the Nation's arsenal, officials said.

"We are actively hiring -- active-duty, Guard, Reserve, government civilians, retired and former military -- as we steadily grow to our authorized strength," said General Klotz, recently. This requires developing "skilled Airmen being fully involved in the mission."

Not only is the nuclear mission a top priority of Air Force senior leadership, it is also vital to the security of the nation, according to senior defense officials.

"In this organization, we will have many of the Air Force's brightest minds focusing on the operations, resourcing and management of America's nuclear missiles and nuclear-capable bombers, and leaders who will foster a culture of exacting compliance, critical self- assessment, and uncompromising excellence and performance," said Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz during the activation ceremony for AFGSC in August.

Military members interested in joining the command should update their assignment preference worksheets, look for announcements on the AFPC Web site, and discuss options with their respective assignment managers. There are also up to 250 civilian positions open, with an emphasis on people with specialized nuclear experience.

Civilians interested in a position at AFGSC can either search for AFGSC jobs on the Air Force Personnel Center site by clicking on the state of Louisiana, or click here to search for AFGSC jobs via the USAJobs Web site.