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Missile Defense test completed

A Ground-based Interceptor missile, an element of the nation's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, is launched from North Vandenberg Sunday at 11:54 a.m. PDT by 30th Space Wing officials, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and U.S. Northern Command. The missile intercepted a target missile over the Pacific
Ocean launched from the Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll, in the
Republic of the Marshall Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Davila/Released)

A Ground-based Interceptor missile, an element of the nation's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, is launched from North Vandenberg Sunday at 11:54 a.m. PDT by 30th Space Wing officials, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and U.S. Northern Command. The missile intercepted a target missile over the Pacific Ocean launched from the Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Davila/Released)

A Ground-based Interceptor missile, an element of the nation's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, is launched from North Vandenberg Sunday at 11:54 a.m. PDT by 30th Space Wing officials, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and U.S. Northern Command. The missile intercepted a target missile over the Pacific Ocean launched from the Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

A Ground-based Interceptor missile, an element of the nation's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, is launched from North Vandenberg Sunday at 11:54 a.m. PDT by 30th Space Wing officials, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and U.S. Northern Command. The missile intercepted a target missile over the Pacific Ocean launched from the Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

A Ground-based Interceptor missile, an element of the nation's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, is launched from North Vandenberg Sunday at 11:54 a.m. PDT by 30th Space Wing officials, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and U.S. Northern Command. The missile intercepted a target missile over the Pacific Ocean launched from the Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

A Ground-based Interceptor missile, an element of the nation's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, is launched from North Vandenberg Sunday at 11:54 a.m. PDT by 30th Space Wing officials, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and U.S. Northern Command. The missile intercepted a target missile over the Pacific Ocean launched from the Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A Ground-based Interceptor missile, an element of the nation's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, was launched from North Vandenberg Sunday at 11:54 a.m. PDT by 30th Space Wing officials, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and U.S. Northern Command.
 
The missile intercepted a target missile over the Pacific Ocean launched from the Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Col. Brent McArthur, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the launch decision authority.

"Both the 30th Space Wing and the Missile Defense Agency worked hard to get the team ready for today's launch," said McArthur. "This is my final MDA launch as the wing vice commander and I am impressed by the professionalism each member of this team embodied."

Missile Defense Agency point of contact is Rick Lehner at richard.lehner@mda.mil or (571) 231-8212.