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Minuteman III launch scheduled

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An operational test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled for Sunday between 3:01 and 9:01 a.m.  from Launch Facility-10 here on north Vandenberg.

Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, is the launch decision authority.

"2013 has proved to be a busy year for the Western Range," said Balts. "Whether we are supporting a mid-morning launch of a Delta-IV or an early morning Minuteman III launch, public safety is always  our number one priority."

For more information about the flight test, call Air Force Global Strike Command  Public Affairs at (318) 456-1305 or after hours at (318) 456-2151.


Media interested in viewing the launch should RSVP to Robin Jackson at 606-3595 or by noon Friday. An escort will depart the Visitor Control Center at the Main Gate of Vandenberg for the viewing site at 2 a.m. Sunday.