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U.S. Air Force Capt. Greg Carter, a deputy missile combat crew commander-airborne from the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, launches a simulated Minuteman III missile aboard a U.S. Navy E-6B Mercury during Glory Trip 220 above the Pacific Ocean, April 25, 2017. Glory Trip is an operational test launch which continues a long history of launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., used to verify, validate and improve the capability of the nation’s ICBM force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes) Air Force awards contracts for next-generation ICBM airborne launch control system
The Air Force awarded two contracts Oct. 3, 2017, for upgrading the system that enables an aircraft to control an intercontinental ballistic missile’s launch from a silo in the ground.
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Default Air Force Logo USAF awards contracts for new nuclear missile to Lockheed, Raytheon
The Air Force is on track to replace the aging AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missile with modernized weapon capabilities designed for its nuclear bomber fleet, to include the B-21.
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AFA awards Welch award to AFNWC expert AFNWC expert wins AFA Welch award
The Air Force Association recently honored an Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center colonel with the 2017 General Larry D. Welch Officer Award.
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The Ground Based Strategic Deterrent’s (GBSD) Model-Based Systems Engineering team from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, was recently recognized for setting future acquisition program standards with the 2016 Acquisition Excellence Continuous Process Improvement Award. Pictured from the left are: Phillip Ingraham, Nicholas Maughan, Rob Watson, Irvin Jacob, Roy Ramey, Col. Heath Collins, Karl Rogers, Bruce Arnold, Alex Landon, Kyle Fox and Mark Elkins. (U.S. Air Force photo) AFNWC nuclear experts capture acquisition awards
Experts from the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Hill Air Force Base recently received Air Force acquisition excellence awards. These awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated excellence in managing, developing and implementing Air Force acquisition programs.
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A Minuteman launch facility under construction, circa 1962. (Photo courtesy Library of Congress) Programmed Depot Maintenance: A major milestone in Minuteman III sustainment
Since the first Minuteman I came on alert during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles have been the cornerstone of America’s nuclear deterrent force. Designed for a 10-year life, the Minuteman III is still going strong after more than 45 years as the ground-based leg of the U.S. Strategic Triad, one of the two legs the Air Force supports.
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