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NEWS | Sept. 7, 2022

UNARMED MINUTEMAN III TEST LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG

By Airman 1st Class Ryan Quijas Space Launch Delta 30 Public Affairs

An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic

missile launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 1:13 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

 

The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the safety, security, effectiveness, and readiness of the weapon system,

according to Air Force Global Strike Command.

 

Col. Bryan Titus, Space Launch Delta 30 vice commander, was the launch decision authority.

 

"The Airmen and Guardians who perform this vital mission are some of the most skillfully trained and dedicated personnel in America's Air and Space

Force," said Titus. "These test launches demonstrate the readiness of U.S. nuclear forces and provide confidence in the lethality and effectiveness of

the nation's nuclear deterrent."

 

For questions regarding the launch window or Vandenberg SFB range operations, contact Space Launch Delta 30 Public Affairs at 805-606-3595 or SLD30.pa.workflow@us.af.mil.

 

For queries regarding the ICBM test launch mission and missile, contact AFGSC Public Affairs at 318-456-1305 (After Hours 318-532-1215) or afgsc.paworkflow@us.af.mil.