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MINUTEMAN III LAUNCHES FROM VANDENBERG

Release Number: 010315

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches at 3:36 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, March 23, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The missile was randomly selected from F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo. as a part of the system's operational test and evaluation program, which provides valuable data to evaluators and validates the reliability of the ICBM fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Davila)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches at 3:36 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, March 23, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The missile was randomly selected from F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo. as a part of the system's operational test and evaluation program, which provides valuable data to evaluators and validates the reliability of the ICBM fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Davila)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches at 3:36 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, March 23, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The missile was randomly selected from F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo. as a part of the system's operational test and evaluation program, which provides valuable data to evaluators and validates the reliability of the ICBM fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Davila)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches at 3:36 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, March 23, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The missile was randomly selected from F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo. as a part of the system's operational test and evaluation program, which provides valuable data to evaluators and validates the reliability of the ICBM fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Davila)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches at 3:36 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, March 23, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The missile was randomly selected from F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo. as a part of the system's operational test and evaluation program, which provides valuable data to evaluators and validates the reliability of the ICBM fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Davila)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches at 3:36 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, March 23, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The missile was randomly selected from F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo. as a part of the system's operational test and evaluation program, which provides valuable data to evaluators and validates the reliability of the ICBM fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Davila)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches at 3:36 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, March 23, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The missile was randomly selected from F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo. as a part of the system's operational test and evaluation program, which provides valuable data to evaluators and validates the reliability of the ICBM fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches at 3:36 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, March 23, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The missile was randomly selected from F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo. as a part of the system's operational test and evaluation program, which provides valuable data to evaluators and validates the reliability of the ICBM fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)


An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 3:36 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, here March 23.

Col. Keith Balts, was the launch decision authority.

"While ICBM launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base almost seem routine, each one requires a tremendous amount of effort and absolute attention to detail in order to accurately and safely assess the current performance and capability of the Nation's fielded ICBM force," said Balts. "This specific test will provide key accuracy and reliability data for on-going and future modifications to the weapon system, which are key to improving the already impressive effectiveness of the Minuteman III force."

For information about the flight test, call Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs at (318) 456-1305 or after hours at (318) 456-2151.