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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, August 19, 2015, between 3:01 to 9:01 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.

"The upcoming Minuteman III launch is the culmination of a tremendous effort by both the 30th Space Wing and Air Force Global Strike Command," said Moss. "The teamwork between the two organizations is simply fantastic -- and it is the cornerstone of continued success for Minuteman test launches from Vandenberg AFB."

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

Note to Editors:
Media interested in viewing the launch should RSVP to Capt. Selena Rodts at 805-606-3595 or by 10:00 a. m. on Tuesday, August 18. An escort will depart the Visitor Control Center at the Main Gate of Vandenberg for the viewing site at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday.