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Symposium to Commemorate 25th Anniversary of “Secret Squirrel” Air Combat Mission

November 23, 2015

Symposium to Commemorate 25th Anniversary of "Secret Squirrel" Air Combat Mission; Jan. 16 Event is Open to Public

  SHREVEPORT, LA--The Strategy Alternatives Consortium (SAC) affiliate at Louisiana State University Shreveport is hosting a symposium to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the "Secret Squirrel" historic air combat mission in 1991. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 in the LSUS University Center Theater and is open to the public.

Speakers will include Lt. Gen. (ret.) E.G. "Buck" Schuler Jr., commander of the 8th Air Force at the time; Lt. Gen. (ret.) Robert Elder, commander of the 596 Bomb Squadron prior to the mission; Dr. Gary Joiner, professor and chair of the Department of History and Social Sciences at LSUS; and a majority of the B-52 "Crew Dogs" who flew the mission. An extensive oral history interview component is part of the commemoration.

The nickname "Secret Squirrel" was given to Operation Senior Surprise with this global strike air combat mission conducted Jan.16-17, 1991 by seven B-52 bombers launched from Barksdale Air Force Base. At the time, it was the longest bomber air strike in history and the combat debut of the Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile.

This successful air combat mission seriously degraded Saddam Hussein's command and control systems, air defense systems, and lines of communications, which facilitated follow-on theater-level ground and tactical air operations during the larger Operation Desert Storm.

SAC is an initiative to support the U.S. Air Force (USAF) through a national network of academic institutions, think tanks, historical organizations, and professional associations.

The Consortium was conceived by Lt. Gen. (USAF, retired) Robert J. "Bob" Elder Jr.    SAC's primary goal is to convey the unique value of USAF capabilities in providing strategy alternatives to national leadership (political level) and joint force commanders (military level) in achieving national security objectives and global interests.

LSU Shreveport established the SAC affiliate in August 2015, headed by Dr. Joiner, Department of History, but includes nine professors representing multiple academic disciplines. 

The affiliate provides research and perspectives of Air Force heritage and operational history on the strategic application of military forces, with emphasis on American air power.  Specifically it is to conduct primary research, collate information, publish white papers and reports, and deliver presentations and create symposia focusing on relevant issues. 


Media Contact: Dr. Gary Joiner, 318-347-8407, or Lynn Stewart, 318-797-5108

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