US Air Force E-4Bs transfer to Global Strike Command

U.S. Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, Eighth Air Force commander, addresses an audience of Airmen during the E-4B realignment and 595th Command and Control Group activation ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Oct. 7, 2016. The E-4B, which serves as the National Airborne Operations Center for the President, Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff, was transferred to Air Force Global Strike Command's Eighth Air Force in an effort to centrally manage all nuclear-related assets. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The United States Air Force recently transferred command of it's Boeing E-4B Nightwatch aircraft from Air Combat Command to Global Strike Command.

The four E-4B National Airborne Operations Center aircraft will now be operated under the command of the Eighth Air Force's 595th Command and Control Group (they were previously part of the 55th Wing).

As before the aircraft will be flown by the 1st Airborne Command Control Squadron at Offut Air Force Base but the realignment to Global Strike Command aligns more closely to the Air Force's nuclear capability.

The 595th CACG is comprised of four squadrons: the 1st Airborne Command Control Squadron, which operates the aircraft; the 595th Strategic Communication Squadron, which provides real-time, secure, nuclear survivable missile warning and C3 capabilities; the 595th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, responsible for sustainment and upkeep of the E-4B as well as the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron.