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Wednesday, 06/16/2010 2:02:34 AM

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:02:34 AM

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30th Space Wing Public Affairs

6/15/2010 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 576th Flight Test Squadron will launch its first unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile here since the squadron was gained by Air Force Global Strike Command. The launch will take place June 16 between 3:01 a.m. and 9:01 a.m.

The MMIII test launch, configured with a joint test assembly, will determine the weapon system's reliability and accuracy. The missile's single unarmed re-entry vehicle is expected to travel approximately 4,190 miles, hitting a pre-determined target near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

"Our team is dedicated to ensuring a safe and effective combat-ready ICBM force that convinces potential adversaries of our unwavering commitment to defend our nation, its allies and friends," said Col. Carl DeKemper, the 576th FLTS commander. "Our dedication to this mission continues as proud members of Air Force Global Strike Command."

The ICBM community, including the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, will use the data collected from this mission for continuing force development evaluation.

Col. Steven Winters, 30th Space Wing vice commander, is the Launch Decision Authority.