HomeNewsArticle Display

Airmen conquer Frozen Hel in training operation

Defends with rifles look into the back of a payload transporter van with the intent of moving into the van and neutralizing the threat.

Airmen from the 341st Missile Security Operations Squadron convoy response force participate in vehicle maneuvers during Operation Frozen Hel, Jan. 12, 2021 at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Operation Frozen Hel is a real world training exercise for convoy response team personnel that tests combat and medical fundamentals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Defends with rifles look into the back of a payload transporter van with the intent of moving into the van and neutralizing the threat.

Airmen from the 341st Missile Operations Squadron convoy response force breach a payload transporter van to combat opposition forces on Jan. 12, 2021 at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Operation Frozen Hel is a real world training exercise for convoy response team personnel that tests combat and medical fundamentals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- The 341st Missile Security Operations Squadron, Convoy Response Force took part in a two-week training operation in early January where they practiced medical training, combat techniques and convoy defense exercises against oppositional forces at multiple locations across base.

CRF is a specialized unit which provides convoy security in support of the Air Force Global Strike mission of strategic deterrence. Specifically, they defend the transportation of intercontinental ballistic missile components as they travel to launch facilities across the state of Montana to ensure Malmstrom’s arsenal remains lethal and effective.

The training exercise, Operation Frozen Hel, was a series of classroom sessions and briefings, culminating with realistic exercises to allow CRF personnel to perform duties that would otherwise be impossible to prepare for.

“With the monotony of our day-to-day operations, it’s hard for our Airmen to focus on training for the possibility of scenarios that they’ve never experienced,” said Staff Sgt. Mitchell Rabbitt, 341st MSOS CRF team leader. “The overall goal of the operation was to provide our Airmen with the tools and tactics needed to enhance our unit lethality and develop leaders to ensure our mission’s success.”

As well as their normal duties of keeping a convoy in constant motion until arrival at its final destination, CRF personnel practiced safeguarding assets from oppositional forces by shooting simulation style ammunition and deploying live smoke grenades. CRF also teamed up with the 40th Helicopter Squadron for a night operation simulating a recapturing of an oppositional controlled village.

Operation Frozen Hel is now an annual tool that defenders have to ensure Malmstrom’s assets stay safe even in the most unlikely scenarios.

“At the end of the day we are providing the security of ICBM components,” said 1st Lt. Andrew McCoy, 341st MSOS convoy commander. “We want to provide our teams and our leadership with the confidence that we can provide safe, reliable and secure transport in the best and most adverse conditions.”
USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.