Category Archives: Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

Malmstrom airmen among nuclear deterrence, operations award winners

The Air Force recently named the winners of the 2018 Nuclear Deterrence Operations Award and the Nuclear and Missile Operations Award. Malmstrom Air Force Base personnel are among the winners. The “awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of airmen contributing to nuclear deterrence operations and the missile operations career field respectively,” according to an Air Force release. “These individuals have made a

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Former Malmstrom commander nominated for second star

Malmstrom Air Force Base’s former commander has been nominated for another star. Brig. Gen. Tom Wilcox has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general, or a two-star general. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan announced April 3 that the president nominations for a number of Air Force generals, including Wilcox. Allen confirmed for brigadier general rank,

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Unmanned aircraft prohibited over nuclear convoys, alert and launch facilities

The Federal Aviation Administration has implemented special security instructions regarding the use of privately owned or operated unmanned aircraft over select national security sensitive facilities. Unmanned aircraft are prohibited from conducting flight operations within certain airspaces related to Malmstrom Air Force Base pursuant to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 99.7, according to Malmstrom release. Restricted

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Air Force conducts ICBM test launch in California

The Air Force conducted a test launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this week. The test launches are conducted at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Air Force typically conducts four test launches ICBMs annually and the tests are not related to real world events since they’re planned six months to a year in advance, according to

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Malmstrom construction underway to prepare for new helicopters

Malmstrom Air Force Base is currently scheduled to be the first base to receive the MH-139 helicopters that will replace the Hueys currently in use. Lt. Col. Alex Mignery,  commander of the 341st Civil Engineer Squadron, said Friday that the phased delivery of 11 new helicopters is estimated to begin in 2021. The Air Force is working on the environmental

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Malmstrom missile used in test launch

An intercontinental ballistic missile from Malmstrom Air Force Base was used in a test launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California overnight. The missile was pulled randomly from the 341st Missile Wing’s complex and transported to Vandenberg. Anomaly causes termination of Malmstrom ICBM during test launch Operators and maintainers from the 341st prepared the missile for launch, according to

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The History Museum’s new local military history documentary premiers Sept. 27

The History Museum is hosting a premier viewing of their new documentary, “Thunder under the Big Sky” on Sept. 27. The 58-minute film chronicles military history in northcentral Montana including the ferrying of warplanes from Gore Hill and what is now Malmstrom Air Force Base to Fairbanks, Alaska where they were then handed off to Russian pilots to use in

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Malmstrom celebrates Omaha Trophy win; remembers 9/11 attacks

The 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base was in February named the winner of the Omaha Trophy. On Tuesday, U.S. Strategic Command Deputy Commander Vice Adm. Dave Kriete presented the trophy to Col. Jennifer Reeves, Malmstrom’s commander, and the wing. Retired Lt. Gen. Robert Hinson of the Strategic Air Command Consultation (SCC) Committee joined Kriete in presenting the award.

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Malmstrom trains with local, state, federal agencies for worst case nuclear scenarios

The Air Force continued its effort to train with local, state and federal agencies during an exercise in Chouteau County this week. This year’s Local Integrated Response Plan exercise involved about 500 people, 19 agencies and a scenario involving an attack on a nuclear convoy. This year, 50 agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation were participating in the scenario.

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Locals pitching Air Force to reopen runway for ICBM replacement program; defense bill authorizes funds for Montana military missions

Some local officials are working on a proposal to reopen the runway at Malmstrom Air Force Base, if only temporarily. County Commissioner Joe Briggs is pitching the Air Force to reopen the runway temporarily for the delivery of materials related to the replacement of the intercontinental ballistic missile system. The ICBM replacement program, the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, is currently

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