The U.S. Senate adopted two resolutions introduced by Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) commemorating the dedication of a memorial honoring the service of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM).
"The men and women of the U.S. Strategic Air Command showed great dedication to our nation's security, and the STRATCOM team has continued this great tradition, working tirelessly to protect our country and our allies against attacks," Johanns said. "I join my fellow Nebraskans and our country in honoring their achievements and expressing our gratitude for their service."
SAC was established in 1946, and provided the U.S. with long-range bombing capabilities during the Cold War until 1992. SAC operations were moved to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska in 1948 to avoid a surprise attack from the growing nuclear threat.
STRATCOM, also headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base, was established on June 1, 1992, to meet national security needs of the Post-Cold War era. STRATCOM combines all strategic planning, targeting and wartime employment of forces under one command.