6/22/2011 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CA- -- On June 22, 2011the 91st Missile Wing successfully launched a Minuteman III missile with the help of the 576th Flight Training Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Two civic leaders from the Minot community were on hand to witness the launch and the efforts leading up to the first scheduled Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch of the year.
Two members of the Minot area Chamber of Commerce, Chair Elect Mr. Jonn D. Knecht and chamber member Mr. Randy J. Hauck. Both Mr. Knecht and Mr. Hauck were pleased with how well the men and women performed in order to facilitate an extraordinary show of nuclear force.
"All our young men and women spend a lot of time preparing for his type of operations test." Mr. Knecht said. "We're really here to support all the efforts that they make everyday in their jobs, so i think it's good, that we can come out here and really see what it is they train so hard for. So its really a day of celebration to see this." Mr. Hauck is also glad for the privilege to witness all these Airmen's hard work come to fruition.
"It's the opportunity for board members to learn a little bit more about what our young military men and women do at Minot AFB." Mr. Hauck said. "I get to see first hand how ready and efficient they are."
The 576th FLTS is responsible for installed tracking, telemetry and command destruct systems on the missile which collect data and ensure safety requirements are met.
The launch is one of a series of ICBM operational tests and is vital to ensuring the nation's most powerful weapons are safe, secure and effective, said Air Force Global Strike
The 91st Missile Wing at Minot AFB removed and disassembled an active Minute Man III ICBM from its silo near Minot North Dakota and took it to Vandenberg. The unarmed MMIII was then put back together inside a launch facility by the Minot AFB's 91st MW Task Force sent to provide test, evaluation and maintenance support prior to launch.y
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