Hunter Parisian, a 2010 Milton High School grad and 2014 graduate of Georgia Tech brought home some major hardware last month for Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. First Lieutenant Parisian represented Malmstrom in the recent Global Strike Challenge.
The Air Force Global Strike Command announced the winners of the sixth Global Strike Challenge during a score posting event in Louisiana on Wednesday, November 15.
The score posting event recognizes and celebrates the "best of the best" in technical and weapons system expertise in the bomber, ICBM missiles, helicopter and security forces areas.
1st Lt. Hunter Parisian and 1st Lt. James Kegyes of the 12th Missile Squadron won the Neary Trophy for best emergency war orders.
Parisian competed in 2015 and said it was such a great experience that it was a “no brainer” to tryout for the team this year. Preparation was time-consuming and he said they did a year’s worth of training in a month.
Parisian said his friend won the Neary Trophy in 2015 GSC and he was “ecstatic to share the same trophy with him.”
A big part of the competition is crosstalk among units and improving processes and tactics.
“We perfect the techniques and then we’re able to bring them back and enhance the overall crew,” Parisian said. “We are able to learn and develop new ideas and bring those back to the unit.”
Even on a Cold War era system, Parisian said, “we’re still finding new ways to do things.”
Officer Parisian also won the Linhard Trophy for being the #1 missile operator and the Klotz Trophy for ICBM operations.
Malmstrom was the first duty station for both missile officers. Parisian had been stationed in Montana for three years and is now headed to F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, WY to be an instructor and will reside in Fort Collins, CO.