Thu, Jul 01, 2010
1,900th Launch From Vandenberg Since 1957
A scheduled Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile
test was launched at 0340 PDT June 30 from Launch Facility-04 at
Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, CA.
The missile's single re-entry test vehicle traveled
approximately 4,200 miles before reaching its pre-determined target
near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. ICBM analysts,
including the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy,
will use the data collected to ensure the readiness and capability
of the ICBM fleet.
"These launches teach us a great deal and require a team
approach," said Col. Carl DeKemper, the 576th Flight Test Squadron
commander and mission director. "The launch was part of our
continuous self-assessment of the technical and weapons system
expertise of our Airmen and the powerful capability of the ICBM
According to Vandenberg historic records, today also marked the
1,900th launch for Vandenberg AFB since the Air Force assumed the
mission in 1957. "This 1,900th launch marks another milestone in
the history of Vandenberg and the contribution Vandenberg has had
as not only contributing to the nation's security, but also a
continuing player in our nuclear deterrence role and overall space
and missile launch history of the United States," said Col. Steven
Winters, the 30th Space Wing vice commander and the Launch Decision
Authority for this mission.
The launch was a combined effort of the 576th FLTS and the 30th
Space Wing, both at Vandenberg, and the 341st Missile Wing,
Malmstrom AFB, MT.
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