Category Archives: Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

Cotton nominated to head major command

Air Force Gen. Anthony J. Cotton has been nominated for commander of U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. Cotton is currently serving as commander of Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. Strategic Command is the parent command to AFGSC and includes all of the U.S. nuclear enterprise. Malmstrom falls under those commands.

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Sentinel is Air Force’s name for GBSD weapons system replacing ICBMs

The Air Force announced April 5 that the new ground based strategic deterrent, which will replace the intercontinental ballistic missiles, including those at Malmstrom Air Force Base, has been dubbed the LGM-35A Sentinel. Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall approved the designation for the system that will modernize the 1970s land-based intercontinental ballistic missile Minuteman III system. “Our nation’s nuclear

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Omaha Trophy returns to Malmstrom

The 12th Missile Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base has been named the 2021 Omaha Trophy winner for intercontinental ballistic missile units. The award was announced March 22 by Navy Adm. Charles Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees the U.S. nuclear enterprise. Malmstrom receives Omaha Trophy; STRATCOM vice talks GBSD, future threats, missions The Omaha Trophy was originally

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Malmstrom nuclear operations normal, Pentagon postpones ICBM test launch

This story was reported in conjunction with the Montana Free Press Despite concerns about nuclear tensions related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, operations of the missile silos at Malmstrom Air Force Base here remain normal, military officials said. “There’s been no change to force protection conditions at Malmstrom AFB, and we won’t speculate on potential future adjustments,” Jennifer Greene,

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Air Force secretary visits Malmstrom

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall visited Malmstrom Air Force Base on Dec. 22. Sen. Jon Tester, chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, invited the secretary earlier this month and on Wednesday, the secretary toured the based with Sen. Steve Daines. In an interview with The Electric, Daines said he and the secretary met with the base

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Malmstrom brings home Blanchard Trophy for fourth consecutive win

The 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base has been named the the Blanchard Trophy winner for the fourth consecutive time in Global Strike Challenge 2021. Global Strike Challenge 21 included about 450 competitors throughout nine wings. Malmstrom brings home Blanchard Trophy again this year, plus 10 other awards in Global Strike Challenge [2019] “It is the world’s premier

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GBSD project hits another milestone

Northrop Grumman Corporation, the contractor for the Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, said this week that it successfully performed the first insulation and case wind of the missile’s first-stage solid rocket motor. “Northrop Grumman performed the insulation wind around a plaster tooling mandrel. The insulation protects the outer casing of the motor from extreme temperatures caused by burning propellant

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Malmstrom facility wins Air Force design award

The recently completed tactical response force alert facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base is among the 2021 Air Force Design Award winners. The Air Force Civil Engineer Center recently announced the winners, recognizing 10 standout building projects in design and efficiency. New tactical response/helicopter operations facility at Malmstrom nearly complete “Delivering lethality and readiness requires modern and sustainable facilities and

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Cotton confirmed for AFGSC command, 4th star

The U.S. Senate confirmed Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton for command of Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. He’ll also pin on his fourth star. He is currently the deputy commander at AFGSC and was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base from 2009-2011 when he was vice commander and commander. Former Montana military commanders selected for

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Air Force awards $306 million contract to Northrop Grumman to continue support work on Minuteman III ICBM

The Air Force has awarded a $306 million five-year contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation to continue its work as the Minuteman III ground subsystems support contractor. The competitive award has a potential ceiling of $3.86 billion over 18 years, according to a Northrop release. Tester visits Malmstrom, talks helicopters, C-130s, GBSD Northrop has been the prime contractor on the system

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