The 30th Space Wing, 90th Missile Wing and 576th Flight Test Squadron launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile during an operational test from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern CA on Aug. 2, 2017 at 2:10 a.m. PDT.
The missile was pulled randomly from a silo on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, transported and reassembled at Vandenberg, and launched to a test range near the Kwajalein Atoll near the Marshall Islands approximately 4,200 miles away.
Col. Michael Hough, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority.
“The seamless partnership of Team V and our Air Force Global Strike Command mission partners has resulted in another safe Minuteman III operational test launch,” said Hough. “This combined team of the 90th Missile Wing, 576th Flight Test Squadron and 30th Space Wing is simply outstanding. Their efforts over the past few months show why they are among the most skilled operators in the Air Force.”