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Program at Hill Aerospace Museum to inform about ICBMs

By Deborah Wilber - | Sep 15, 2022

Photo supplied, Tech Sgt. Patrick Harrower/U.S. Air Force

An Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test early Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Crews from Hill Air Force Base were integral in the launch mission.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The public is invited to attend a free presentation on the history of the intercontinental ballistic missile at Hill Aerospace Museum beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday inside the Lindquist Gallery.

Director of Sentinel Systems Directorate Col. Charles Clegg will be a guest speaker at the informative event on the iconic weapon system, it’s role in national defense and what it will look like in the not-too-distant future.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. prior to the presentation, and complementary appetizers will be served.

ICBMs, part the American nuclear arsenal, were first deployed in the United States in 1959 and are considered a strategic defensive weapon to this day.

According to the Air Force Global Strike Command, there are currently 400 minuteman III missiles in the ICBM force.

The ICBM Development Test Branch at Hill Air Force Base, a unit of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee, recently became the 719th Test Squadron at Hill.

In addition to serving as the maintenance and testing headquarters for the Air Force’s ground-based ICBMs, Hill will coordinate and perform the decommissioning of Minuteman missiles from the Cold War era as the military transitions new a new weapons program, dubbed Sentinel. The changeover is expected to cost $255.6 million and create hundreds of new jobs.

An environmental impact statement recently issued by the Air Force predicted minimal effects from demolition of Minuteman III rocket motors at the Utah Test and Training Range.


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