Category Archives: Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

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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Malmstrom receives Omaha Trophy; STRATCOM vice talks GBSD, future threats, missions

Earlier this summer, the 341st Missile Wing was again named winner of the Omaha Trophy and on Wednesday, U.S. Strategic Command Deputy Commander Vice Adm. Dave Kriete presented the trophy to Col. Christopher Menuey, Malmstrom’s operations group commander, and the wing. During the ceremony, Meuney said the back to back trophy win is a testament to the wing’s character, credibility and

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Test pilots qualify on helicopter that will replace Malmstrom’s Hueys

The Air Force is a step closer to fielding the Boeing MH-139 helicopter that will replace the UH-1N Huey flown at missile bases, including Malmstrom Air Force Base. Test pilots from the 413th Flight Test Squadron became the first Air Force pilots to receive a Type rating on the AW-139 helicopter at the end of July, according to an Air Force

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Tester takes questions from Great Falls residents

Sen. Jon Tester was in Great Falls taking questions from residents during a town hall on Tuesday at Great Falls College MSU. In his opening remarks, he said gun control legislation may come back to the floor this fall. Lawmakers, Tester said, “owe the American people at least to have the debate,” drawing applause from the audience of roughly 100 people.

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Malmstrom breaks ground on missile maintenance facility, project funding no longer possible source for border wall

Officials broke ground last week on the new missile maintenance dispatch facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base. The $18.68 million construction contract was awarded in June through the Army Corps of Engineers to a joint venture between WHH Nisqually and Garco. The new missile maintenance facility is being built because the functions that would occupy that building are being displaced from

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Boeing drops out of GBSD competition to replace ICBMs

Boeing announced Thursday that it will not bid for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent engineering and manufacturing development phase of the project. GBSD is the missile system that will replace the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile currently in use at Malmstrom Air Force Base, as well as F.E. Warren AFB in Wyoming and Minot AFB in North Dakota. Air Force

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Air Force requesting proposals for next phase of ICBM replacement

The Air Force released a request for proposals for its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system program on July 16. The request is for the weapon system’s Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase and includes five production lot options to produce and deploy the weapon system, according to a release from the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Public

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Northrop Grumman vying for GBSB contract visits Great Falls; Tester challenges DoD on Minuteman funding

Two defense contractors are working on the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent system that will replace the current Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system currently used by the Air Force. The Minuteman system includes 450 launch silos spread across the missile fields of Malmstrom, Minot and F.E. Warren Air Force bases. Under the provisions of the New START arms control treaty

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341st Missile Wing wins another Omaha Trophy

The 341st Missile Wing has again been named the winner of the 2018 Omaha Trophy. Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, announced the winners June 3. The 341st Missile Wing won the award for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015 and 2017. Malmstrom celebrates Omaha Trophy win; remembers 9/11 attacks “The Omaha Trophy represents the best of the best in

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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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