Minot AFB airmen take part in missile test launch
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – Air Force Global Strike Command airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with three test re-entry vehicles from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, on Wednesday at 1:13 a.m. Pacific Time.
The ICBM’s reentry vehicle traveled about 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
The test launch is a culmination of months of preparation that involved multiple government partners.
Airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming, and 91st Missile Wing at Minot AFB were selected for the task force to support the test launch.
The 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 21st century threats and reassure this nation’s allies. Such tests have occurred more than 300 times before, and this test is not the result of current world events.