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  • TOP HAND – the program, the Airmen, the legacy

    The TOP HAND program, a professional development program housed at the 576th Flight Test Squadron, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, was created in 1972 to provide selected missile operations officers program management experience in ICBM Test and Evaluation. Forty nine years later, Airmen continue the traditions and legacy of the program.
  • 91st Security Forces Group implements new onboarding program

    “Only the best come North” is one of the first things Airmen see as they arrive at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. The base, located in the tundra of North Dakota, is home to two thirds of the nuclear triad – the intercontinental ballistic missile and bomber missions. However, many Airmen, after finding out they are getting stationed at Minot,
  • Missile Maintenance Training

    Airman 1st Class Emilio Gilliam, 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron missile maintenance trainee, performs topside maintenance of a launch facility March 27, 2021, near Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. After technical school, missile maintainers continue their career progression with on-the-job training at their first duty stations. (U.S. Air Force
  • 341st Missile Wing supports USAFE-AFAFRICA’s CJADC2 demo

    Last week, the 341st Missile Wing supported U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa’s Combined Joint All-Domain Command and Control demonstration Feb. 22-24, 2021. The demonstration, hosted by USAFE-AFAFRICA in conjunction with the Air and Space Forces’ Chief Architect’s Office, tested command and control, and communication capabilities of joint and allied forces. The wing contributed by exploring various communication methodologies and technologies in support of a common operating picture.
  • 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
  • Air Force Surgeon General visits Kirtland, tours 377th MDG

    U.S. Air Force Lt. General Dorothy A. Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, visited Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Sept. 9, 2020, to meet with Team Kirtland members and learn about the 377th Medical Group facilities and capabilities during COVID-19.
  • 20 AF commander visits KAFB; mission continuity amid COVID-19

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael J. Lutton, 20th Air Force commander, visited Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, July 21-22, 2020, to meet with Team Kirtland members to learn about the missions they perform everyday and their impacts on national security.
  • Leading 20th Air Force – command team way forward

    The Sentinel Warriors of 20th Air Force are now led by Maj. Gen. Mike Lutton, commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Charles Orf, command chief. Lutton has been in the commander’s seat for almost a week, but he already has a clear mission, vision and priorities for the Sentinel Warriors.The 20th Air Force team must provide combat-ready forces, given the
  • Maj. Gen. Michael Lutton takes command of 20th Air Force

    Maj. Gen. Michael J. Lutton took command of 20th Air Force from Maj. Gen. Ferdinand “Fred” B. Stoss at a change of command ceremony at F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, July 8, 2020.Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton, deputy commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, presided over the ceremony, in front of a small crowd of wing commanders and command
  • Minuteman III test launch on schedule, mission ready amid pandemic

    There is no question about it - the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) mission is a unique portion of the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) nuclear enterprise. Even as the nation is battling the COVID-19 pandemic, the nuclear mission requires a 24/7/365 work force that is always ready and reliable.Operational tests of unarmed Minuteman
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