Category Archives: Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

Vice chief of Air Force visits Malmstrom

Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Stephen W. Wilson visited Malmstrom Air Force Base this week to learn more about the base’s efforts to maintaining mission readiness and caring for airmen and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Malmstrom release. “Wilson cancelled a scheduled brief in order to prioritize an open discussion with airmen regarding

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GBSD missile program progressing

The Air Force reviewed Northrop Grumman’s preliminary design for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent in late April, advancing the program toward its next milestone and acquisition phase. The GBSD intercontinental ballistic missile will modernize or replace the current Minuteman III ICBM’s systems in use at Malmstrom Air Force Base, as well as F.E. Warren AFB in Wyoming and Minot AFB

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Malmstrom civilian among winners of 2019 nuclear deterrence operations awards

Air Force officials recently named the winners of the 2019 Nuclear Deterrence Operations Award and the Nuclear and Missile Operations Award. These awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Airmen contributing to nuclear deterrence operations and the missile operations career field respectively. Among the winners is William McCord, of the 490th Missile Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base. He was selected

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$15 million secured for renovation of Malmstrom hangar in preparation for new helicopters

Funding has been awarded for another military construction project at Malmstrom Air Force Base related to the incoming MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopter that is replacing the UH-1N Huey. According to U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, $15,077,162 was secured on March 10 for the renovation of the existing 3-bay hangar on base to house the new helicopters. Malmstrom, 120th Airlift Wing update

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Malmstrom airmen part of first ICBM test launch with U.S. Space Force

A developmental test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled for Feb. 5, between 12:08 a.m. and 6:08 a.m. Pacific Time from North Vandenberg. It’s the first test launch on the Western Range since the 30th Space Wing became part of the United States Space Force, according to AFGSC. Reservists now

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Reservists now pulling nuclear alert at Malmstrom, other ICBM bases

The Air Force has made significant changes to the way it conducts the nuclear mission in recent years and the latest is a program allowing members of the Air Force Reserve to pull alerts at the missile alert facilities scattered throughout multiple states. In mid-December, Capt. Spencer Huyck became the first reservist to pull alert for the 341st Missile Wing

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Grey Wolf is name given to helicopter that will replace Hueys at Malmstrom

The helicopter that will replace the Hueys at Malmstrom Air Force Base in the coming years has been named Grey Wolf. On Dec. 19, Air Force Global Strike Command held a naming ceremony at Duke Field in Florida for the MH-139A helicopter. Gen. Timothy Ray, AFGSC commander, made the announcement, comparing it to the wild animal that bears the same

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Air Force establishes unit to test Huey replacement helicopter

The unit that will support testing and evaluation of the new MH-139A helicopter will stand up later this month at Duke Field in Florida. Air Force Global Strike Command is standing up Detachment 7 as the command replaces the aging UH-1N Hueys that are used in support of the intercontinental ballistic missile mission. The Boeing aircraft is the first service-unique

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Malmstrom brings home Blanchard Trophy again this year, plus 10 other awards in Global Strike Challenge

The 341st Missile Wing has again been awarded the Blanchard Trophy. The trophy goes to the best intercontinental ballistic missile wing in the Global Strike Challenge, a competition for airmen in Air Force Global Strike Command,which is Malmstrom Air Force Base’s parent command. It’s the third consecutive win for the 341st. The Blanchard Trophy was first awarded in 1967 to

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Malmstrom airmen participate in ICBM test launch at California base

Airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle this morning from Vandenberg AFB in California. The unarmed ICBM was launched at 1:13 a.m. PST on Oct. 2. The ICBM’s reentry vehicle traveled about 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. These test launches

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