“Our test launches are scheduled well in advance and are not reactionary to world events,“ said Maj. Armand Wong, Task Force commander. “A meticulous planning process for each launch begins six months to a year prior to launch. Our best Airmen from each of the three missile wings worked in conjunction with the 576th Flight Test Squadron to proudly showcase some very technical skills that comprise the heart of our nuclear deterrence mission.“
The test was a complete success
The ICBM community, which is made up of the Departments of Defense, Energy, and U.S. Strategic Command, uses data from test launches to evaluate the development of the force on an ongoing basis. The ICBM test launch program shows how well the Minuteman III can work and guarantees that the United States can continue to retain a potent nuclear deterrent as a crucial component of its own national security as well as the security of its allies and partners.
Major Command Air Force Global Strike Command is based at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana. The Air Force’s entire bomber force, including the B-52, B-1, and B-2 wings; the Long Range Strike Bomber program; the Air Force Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications systems; and operational and maintenance support to organizations within the nuclear enterprise are all under the command’s aegis. 33,700 professionals are deployed to sites all over the world and assigned to two numbered air forces, nine wings, two geographically distinct squadrons, and one detachment in the continental United States.