February 23, 2024
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Minuteman III missile to launch from Vandenberg AFB


An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled between 11 p.m. Feb. 20 and 5 a.m. Feb. 21 from north Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system, according to the Air Force Global Strike Command.

Col. J. Christopher Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, will serve as the launch decision authority.

“This mission continues a long string of vital ICBM flight tests from Vandenberg Air Force Base,” said Moss. “The launch not only demonstrates the capability of the Minuteman III weapon system, but also the tremendous capabilities of Airmen who maintain and operate it. The men and women of the 30th Space Wing are proud to partner with the Air Force Global Strike Command team to conduct this important launch.”

• Contact Glenn Rabinowitz at grabinowitz@pacbiztimes.com.