Category Archives: Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

Air Force awards $13.3 billion contract for ICBM replacement

The U.S. Air Force has awarded an engineering and manufacturing development contract for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent to Northrop Grumman. The GBSD system will replace the current Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system, which is in use at Malmstrom Air Force Base. GBSD missile program progressing According to the Air Force, the contract is $13.3 billion. The GBSD system

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New tactical response/helicopter operations facility at Malmstrom nearly complete

The 341st Missile Wing held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 4 for the new tactical response force/helicopter operations alert facility though construction isn’t fully complete on the $17.4 million facility. According to Malmstrom public affairs, the facility will be move-in ready later this month and it will house the 341st Security Forces Group Tactical Response Force alongside the 40th Helicopter

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Malmstrom getting new commander Aug. 5

The incoming commander of the 341st Missile Wing will be a familiar face to some. Col. Anita Feugate Opperman will assume command during a 9 a.m. ceremony on Aug. 5 at Malmstrom Air Force Base that will be streamed on the wing’s Facebook page due to COVID-19. New Malmstrom boss takes command [2018] Feugate Opperman is returning to Malmstrom after

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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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