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Minuteman III launch.

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 2:10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ian Dudley/Released)


An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 2:10 a.m., PDT, here Aug. 2.


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."


For questions regarding the Vandenberg AFB range operations, contact 30th Space Wing Public Affairs at 805-606-3595 or email


For queries regarding the ICBM test launch purpose and missile, contact AFGSC Public Affairs at 318-456-1305 or after hours call 318-532-1215 or email