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MINUTEMAN III LAUNCHES FROM VANDENBERG

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:40 Pacific Daylight Time Thursday May 9, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:40 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Thursday May 9, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:40 Pacific Daylight Time Thursday May 9, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:40 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Thursday May 9, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:40 Pacific Daylight Time Thursday May 9, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:40 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Thursday May 9, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test Thursday, May 9, at 12:40 a.m. Pacific Time from north Vandenberg.

Col. Kris Barcomb, the 30th Operations Group commander, was the launch decision authority.

"It is our mission at the 30th Space Wing to provide robust and efficient range capabilities for the nation, and to do so safely and effectively," Barcomb said. "The Western Range plays an integral role in national security, and our ICBM test launch program helps maintain the credibility of our nuclear deterrent. Launching two Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles one week apart is a true testament to the capabilities of Team Vandenberg."

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