9/23/2014 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 7:45 a.m. here Tuesday. Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority. "An outstanding display of teamwork ensured 100-percent mission success for the first Minuteman launch of the year here at Vandenberg," said Col. Balts. "We constantly focus on flawless execution of our launch, range and expeditionary missions. I am extremely proud of the collaboration between the 30th SW and the 576th FLTS." Minuteman III test missile launches from Vandenberg
by Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs
9/23/2014 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile today at 7:45 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The ICBM's reentry vehicle, which contained a telemetry package used for operational testing, traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent. The launch team, under the direction of the 576th Flight Test Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, included Airmen from the 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, North Dakota. "This launch is the result of months of hard work and preparation by both our team here at Vandenberg, Airmen from Minot AFB and engineers from the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center," said Col. Kelvin Townsend, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander. "This launch validated our teamwork and demonstrated a strong and visible display of America's deterrent and global strike capabilities." "Like all Airmen in 20th Air Force and Task Force 214, the Airmen of the 91st Missile Wing are dedicated and highly-proficient in maintaining, securing and operating the ICBM leg of the nation's strategic deterrence capability," Col. Michael Lutton, 91st MW commander, said. "This launch allowed us to demonstrate that excellence." Minot AFB is one of three missile bases with crew members standing alert 24-7 year round, overseeing the nation's 450 ICBM alert forces. The entire ICBM community, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and U.S. Strategic Command will use the data collected from this mission for continuing force development evaluation. The ICBM test launch program demonstrates the operational credibility of the Minuteman III and ensures the United States' ability to maintain a strong, credible nuclear deterrent as a key element of U.S. national security and the security of U.S. allies and partners.
[NAVAREA Navigational Warnings] NORTH PACIFIC NO.14-0702 Date:2014/09/19 11 UTC NORTH PACIFIC, MARSHALLS. HAZARDOUS OPERATION. 230946Z TO 231746Z SEP, ALTERNATE 240824Z TO 241624Z SEP. A. AREA BOUNDED BY 08-46N 167-23E 09-09N 167-09E 09-23N 167-33E 09-25N 167-32E 09-46N 168-06E 10-07N 168-51E 09-28N 169-17E 09-01N 168-35E 08-53N 168-12E 09-09N 168-02E. B. WITHIN 15.15 MILES OF 13-14N 172-07E. C. WITHIN 15.15 MILES OF 14-25N 171-49E. D. WITHIN 15.15 MILES OF 15-05N 172-48E. E. WITHIN 15.15 MILES OF 14-38N 174-07E. F. WITHIN 15.15 MILES OF 13-24N 174-17E. G. WITHIN 15.15 MILES OF 12-41N 173-17E. CANCEL THIS MSG 241724Z SEP.
[NAVAREA Navigational Warnings] NORTH PACIFIC NO.14-0703 Date:2014/09/19 12 UTC NORTH PACIFIC, MARSHALLS. HAZARDOUS OPERATION. 231015Z TO 231815Z AND 240854Z TO 241654Z SEP. AREA BOUNDED BY 16-13N 175-47E 17-02N 177-43E 15-57N 178-12E 15-08N 176-17E CANCEL THIS MSG 241754Z SEP.