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  • MINUTEMAN III TEST LAUNCH ABORTS PRIOR TO LAUNCH

    An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, experienced a ground abort prior to launch.The cause of the ground abort is currently under investigation, and Air Force Global Strike Command is assessing the potential to reschedule the launch.The Air Force adheres to strict
  • Switch to Sky: The 91 MW SELM Test

    Anticipation was in the air on April 7, 2021 at launch facility Golf 8 where a crowd gathered around the fence to witness a Simulated Electronic Launch-Minuteman test at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Performed every two years, the SELM is an end-to-end test to verify the reliability of the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile system, which includes the opening of the launcher closure door that would slide open before a missile is launched. A team consisting of multiple squadrons and groups from Minot and additional support from the 576th Flight Test Squadron from Vandenberg AFB, California made the GIANT PACE 21-1 M SELM possible.
  • Vandenberg AFB chosen as preferred location for GBSD FTU

    Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth selected Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, as the preferred location for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, a new intercontinental ballistic missile, Formal Training Unit.
  • Diverse team supports MMIII operational test launch

    A diverse team of Airmen supported the recent operational test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile.
  • Minuteman III test launch demonstrates safe, reliable deterrent

    A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle at 11:49 p.m. Pacific Time Feb. 23 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.The test demonstrates that the United States’ nuclear deterrent is safe, secure, reliable and effective to deter
  • Air Force releases environmental study on Ground Based Strategic Deterrent ICBM recapitalization Test Program

    The Air Force proposes to modernize the land-based leg of the nuclear triad, recapitalizing its ICBM fleet while upgrading the weapon system technology, supporting infrastructure, and command and control functions.
  • Mother, daughter share MMIII test launch experience, decades apart

    In the early morning of June 8, 1994, a then-1st Lt. Linda Tonnies, 740th Missile Squadron operator, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, turned the launch key and launched an unarmed Minuteman III ICBM for Glory Trip 155 at Vandenberg AFB, California. Little did she know that 26 years later, her daughter 1st. Lt. Taylor Tonnies, 742d Missile
  • Gen. Brown visits 576th FLTS during first visit to VAFB as CSAF

    After recently taking over his new position, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., made his first visit to Vandenberg Air Force Base Oct. 26-28, 2020.
  • Minuteman III's 50th Anniversary

    On 19 August 1970, the Strategic Air Command placed the first flight of 10 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles on alert at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. After its emplacement at the 741st Strategic Missile Squadron, the Minuteman III has stood watch for 50 years as the nation’s strategic deterrent.
  • AFGSC tests unarmed Minuteman III from airborne control center

    A joint team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen and Navy sailors launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with three test reentry vehicles from aboard the Airborne Launch Control System at 12:21 a.m. Pacific Time Aug. 4 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.The test demonstrates that the United
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