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Vandenberg conducts Minuteman III flight test

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Ascending into space, a scheduled Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile successfully launches here at 3:01 a.m., Wednesday, June 16 from Launch Facility-10. The missile's single re-entry test vehicle traveled approximately 4,190 miles before hitting its pre-determined target near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo /Joe Davila)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Ascending into space, a scheduled Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile successfully launches here at 3:01 a.m., Wednesday, June 16 from Launch Facility-10. The missile's single re-entry test vehicle traveled approximately 4,190 miles before hitting its pre-determined target near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo /Joe Davila)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Ascending into space, a scheduled Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile successfully launches here at 3:01 a.m., Wednesday, June 16 from Launch Facility-10. The flight test was the first for the 576th Flight Test Squadron since its realignment under Air Force Global Strike Command. (U.S. Air Force photo /Joe Davila)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Ascending into space, a scheduled Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile successfully launches here at 3:01 a.m., Wednesday, June 16 from Launch Facility-10. The flight test was the first for the 576th Flight Test Squadron since its realignment under Air Force Global Strike Command. (U.S. Air Force photo /Joe Davila)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A scheduled Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test was launched here at 3:01 a.m. June 16 from Launch Facility-10.

The flight test was the first for the 576th Flight Test Squadron since its realignment under Air Force Global Strike Command.

The missile's single re-entry test vehicle traveled approximately 4,190 miles before hitting its pre-determined target near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

"Team Vandenberg's coordination was phenomenal resulting in a seamless launch operation," said Col. Steven Winters, the 30th Space Wing vice commander and Launch Decision Authority.

MMIII missiles launched from Vandenberg carry sophisticated data collection equipment, according to Col. Carl DeKemper, the 576th FLTS commander. ICBM analysts, including the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, will use the data collected from this mission for continuing force development evaluation.

"For more than 50 years, Vandenberg has been at the forefront of testing and improving ICBMs to ensure the readiness and reliability of our fleet," said Col. DeKemper. "Our team is dedicated to ensuring a safe, secure and effective combat-ready ICBM force."