Category Archives: Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

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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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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