FE Warren Missile Problem

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  1. sprog

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    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics...shuts-down-squadron-of-nuclear-missiles/65207

    I was a missile officer when on active duty with the USAF (742 MS at Minot), and I don't recall ever having a problem like this. It's not as big of a deal as some of the media outlets may report, I don't think. Security was maintained, and if launch were necessary, the airborne platform could still get the 50 affected sorties on their way.

    I read a similar article on MSNBC.com where someone said that the airborne launch center wasn't in the area. I'm sure this is true; however, you can trust me that if we were in a situation where a launch would be contemplated, the bird would be close by.

    Missiles go down temporarily all the time (as the article says), and while the failure of all LCCs in the 319th to communicate with the 50 missiles in the squadron is a big issue, it was easily remedied by using the appropriate checklists. The REACT system we use to control ICBMs is from the 1980s, and it certainly isn't without a glitch or two. Still, it is a very reliable system, and one which keeps our missile force on alert 99% of the time. I never had too many issues with it, and I pulled over 260 alerts on Minuteman III.

    Bottom line, this isn't something to get all spun up about. The weapons were secure and a redundant system (the airborne control center) could come to the scene should the need for a launch arise. :thumb:

    Kudos to the missile crews of the 319th for getting the LCCs up as soon as possible. Way to keep to the tech data!!
     
  2. sprog

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    Ah...not a single comment.

    I see ICBM stuff is equally popular now as it was when I was on active duty. The red-headed stepchildren of the USAF, indeed. :shake:
     
  3. Christcorp

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    I live here in Cheyenne. I was stationed at FEW, and definitely played with the missiles. My boss; also here/from Cheyenne, is retired "Coast Guard Officer". His problem, is that he reads this stuff and sees the "Political" and "Career" impact on the individuals. I tried to explain to him, that from an operational position, some comm outage to a squadron of missiles is very insignificant. It's not that some renegade was able to get into the system and control 50 nuclear missiles. It's not like we couldn't launch this missiles if we HAD to. It's not like we don't have a "Couple" more missiles.

    I think the problem, and reason you don't see too many responses to this topic, is that most people have no real understanding of our ICBM force, how it works, or how it's controlled. Probably better that way. Better than some ignorant person panicking and thinking our country was at risk, or that some terrorist could get control of an ICBM squadron.
     
  4. AF6872

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    Who wants to spend all that time down in the hole? Not very glamerous. Your wife does know where you are though.:shake: Cheyene, not a great vacation destination but real close to the beautiful mountains. Minot not so good. I think they issued you a parka and a snow shovel. In Burns Oregon we didn't need shovels the snow was sideways and just kept blowing away. Best all those morons forget about those ICBM sites and don't even know where they are. Mountain Home was our supply base and a long drive.
     
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  5. sprog

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    Glamour is something that missile duty lacks. I don't miss it.

    I wasn't issued a snow shovel at Minot (pretty certain the vehicles we used had them in the survival kit). A parka, most certainly.

    I went into ICBMs because I was not PQ, and this was a way to do ops. I got the zipper suit and the leather jacket, but it certainly wasn't the most fun thing in the world. Necessary, yes. Fun, not really.
     
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