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Airmen from Minot AFB Support Test Launch of ICBM

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Airmen from Minot AFB Support Test Launch of ICBM

Posted: Feb 15 2023
Airmen from Minot AFB Support Test Launch of ICBM
Airmen from the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base participated in the launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontintental ballistic missile earlier this month, showcasing the readiness of the United States' nuclear deterrent.

Here's an excerpt from a full report published by Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs:

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --  A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle at 11:01 p.m. Pacific Time Feb. 9 from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California.  

This test launch is part of routine and periodic activities intended to demonstrate that the United States’ nuclear deterrent is safe, secure, reliable and effective to deter twenty-first century threats and reassure our allies. Such tests have occurred over 300 times before, and this test is not the result of current world events.

“A test launch displays the heart of our deterrence mission on the world’s stage, assuring our nation and its allies that our weapons are capable and our Airmen are ready and willing to defend peace across the globe at a moment's notice,” said Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere, Air Force Global Strike Command commander.

The ICBM's reentry vehicle traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. These test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.

Airmen from the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, were selected for the task force to support the test launch. The missile bases within Air Fore Global Strike Command have crew members standing alert 24 hours a day, year-round, overseeing the nation’s ICBM alert forces.

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