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MediaAdvisory: MINUTEMAN III LAUNCH SCHEDULED

Release Number: 030216

An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled between 11:00 p.m. PST Saturday, Feb. 20 and 5:00 a.m. PST Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, from north Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system, according to Air Force Global Strike Command.

Col. J. Christopher Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, is the launch decision authority.

"This mission continues a long string of vital ICBM flight tests from
Vandenberg Air Force Base," said Moss. "The launch not only demonstrates the capability of the Minuteman III weapon system, but also the tremendous capabilities of Airmen who maintain and operate it. The men and women of the 30th Space Wing are proud to partner with the Air Force Global Strike Command team to conduct this important launch."

The launch team, under the direction of the 576th Flight Test Squadron, includes aircrew members from the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, Offutt AFB, Nebraska, and crew members and maintainers from the 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, North Dakota.

The 576th FLTS is responsible for installed tracking, telemetry and command destruct systems on the missile, which collect data and ensure safety requirements, are met.

For information call Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs at (318) 456-1305 or after hours at (318) 532-1215.

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Note To Editors:
Media interested in viewing the launch should RSVP to TSgt Tyrona Lawson at 606-4017 or tyrona.lawson@us.af.mil by 3:00 p.m. Friday. An escort will depart the Visitor Control Center at the Main Gate of Vandenberg for the viewing site at 9:45 p.m. Saturday. Any names not on the RSVP list will not be allowed on base.