Lt. Gen. James Kowalski (left), commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, speaks to Brig. Gen. Robert C. Nolan II, Air Force Flight Test Center commander, after participating in a Combat Network Communications Technology demonstration on an Edwards B-52 Stratofortress that was upgraded with the CONECT system. During his visit here May 2, General Kowalski visited the 419th Flight Test Squadron and the F-35 Integrated Test Force. Air Force Global Strike Command, activated Aug. 7, 2009, is a major command headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. AFGSC is responsible for the nation’s three intercontinental ballistic missile wings, two B-52 wings and the only B-2 wing. Its mission is to develop and provide combat-ready forces for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations – safe, secure, effective – to support the President of the United States and Combatant Commanders.
Maj. Jonathan Beich (left), 419th Flight Test Squadron assistant director of operations, and Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, prepare to go through a demonstration of the new Combat Network Communications Technology modification inside an Edwards B-52 May 2. Aside from visiting Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., General Kowalski also had an opportunity to visit to Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs facility in Palmdale, Calif.