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MINUTEMAN III LAUNCHES FROM VANDENBERG

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:02 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:02 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:02 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:02 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:02 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Phipps)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:02 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Phipps)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:02 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. William Collette)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:02 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. William Collette)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 12:02 a.m. PDT here Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Col. Chris Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority.

"It's always a privilege to partner with the tremendous professionals of Air Force Global Strike Command to conduct test launches like this one," said Moss. "The dedication and expertise of the combined 341st Missile Wing, 576th Flight Test Squadron and 30th Space Wing team is simply amazing. Their efforts over the past 10 months to make this mission possible shows why they are some of the most skilled operators in the Air Force."

For questions regarding Vandenberg AFB range operations, contact 30th Space Wing Public Affairs at 805-606-3595 or 30sw.pa.workflow@us.af.mil.

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