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Minuteman III test missile launches from Vandenberg

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An Air Force Global Strike Command Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile with a simulated re-entry vehicle was launched during an operational test at 3:01 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, from Launch Facility 10 on North Vandenberg. Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority. "Our mission partners in the 576th Flight Test Squadron have a big footprint here at Vandenberg," said Balts. "We support several of their test launches each year as they help keep our Nation's critical system ready to support national security." (U.S. Air Force Photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

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