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MINUTEMAN III LAUNCHES FROM VANDENBERG

Release Number: 040914

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Sep. 23, 2014, at 7:45 a.m. Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Michael Peterson)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Sep. 23, 2014, at 7:45 a.m. Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Michael Peterson)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Sep. 23, 2014, at 7:45 a.m. Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Sep. 23, 2014, at 7:45 a.m. Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Michael Peterson/Released)


An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 7:45 a.m. here Tuesday.

Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority.

"An outstanding display of teamwork ensured 100-percent mission success for the first Minuteman launch of the year here at Vandenberg," said Col. Balts. "We constantly focus on flawless execution of our launch, range and expeditionary missions. I am extremely proud of the collaboration between the 30th SW and the 576th FLTS."

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