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MINUTEMAN III LAUNCH SCHEDULED

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, between 12:01 to 6:01 a.m. from north Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system, according to Air Force Global Strike Command.

Col. J. Christopher Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, is the launch decision authority.

"This Minuteman III launch continues the tremendous teamwork between the 30th Space Wing and Air Force Global Strike Command," said Moss. "Each test launch demonstrates both the capability of the Minuteman III missile as well as the outstanding skill of the men and women who maintain and operate our nuclear missile systems."

For information call Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs at (318) 456-1305 or after hours at (318) 456-2151.