Minuteman III test launch scheduled

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – Air Force Global Strike Command has been scheduled to conduct a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile operational test launch today.

The unarmed missile was to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., between 1:39 and 7:39 a.m. Pacific Standard Time and travel about 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

The launch team, under the direction of Air Force Global Strike Command’s 576th Flight Test Squadron at Vandenberg AFB, also includes airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB, Mont.

The information obtained from these test launches provides continued surety of the safety, security and reliability of the ICBM inventory.

Minot AFB and F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., also are ICBM bases.