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Missile handling technicians complete roll transfer during QA inspection

Airman peers inside of the T.E. van to inspect the booster of the missile.

Senior Airman Ryan Page, 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron missile handling technician, inspects the stage-one booster in preparation of a missile roll transfer April 20, 2021, at the missile handling facility on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Missile handlers follow a step-by-step checklist to ensure the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is able to roll between two vehicles for routine maintenance before it returns to the missile field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

The team chief guides a transporter erector inside the hanger for the start of the missile roll transfer.

Staff Sgt. Justin Latham, left, 341st Maintenance Group quality assurance evaluator, inspects Dustin Premo, 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron missile handling team chief, as he guides a transporter erector into the missile maintenance facility for a missile roll transfer April 20, 2021 on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The T.E. receiving the missile must be aligned perfectly with the T.E. rolling the missile to ensure no damage is done to the asset. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

An exposed front face of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The booster of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile rolls from one transporter erector vehicle to another during a missile roll transfer April 20, 2021, at the missile handling facility on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. These transfers send ICBMs back to the missile field after they have been serviced by missile maintenance technicians in the hanger. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Two Airmen measure the distance with tape measures two transporter vehicles before the start of a missile roll transfer.

Senior Airman Dylan Funkhouser, left, and Senior Airman Sean Moore, 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron missile handling technicians, measure the distance between two transporter erectors at the missile handling facility in preparation for a missile roll transfer April 20, 2021 on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The distance between each vehicle must be identical for the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile to safely roll without sustaining damage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Airmen connects two cords as preparation for a missile roll transfer.

Senior Airman Ryan Page, 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron missile handling technician, connects two cords in preparation of a missile roll transfer April 20, 2021, at the missile handling facility on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Missile handlers follow a step-by-step checklist to ensure the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is able to roll between two vehicles for routine maintenance before it returns to the missile field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Two Airmen place the cover on the front of the booster during a roll transfer.

Staff Sgt. Dustin Primo, right, 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron missile handling team chief and Senior Airman Dylan Funkhouser, missile handling technician, securely place a cover on the front of the booster of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile April 20, 2021, at the missile handling facility on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The cover is placed after half of the missile has rolled from one transporter erector to the other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

An inspector watches two Airmen prepare the booster for a roll transfer.

Staff Sgt. Justin Latham, center, 341st Maintenance Group quality assurance evaluator, inspects Senior Airman Dylan Funkhouser, left, and Senior Airman Sean Moore, 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron missile handling technicians, as they assemble equipment on the back of a transporter erector in preparation for a missile roll transfer, April 20, 2021, in the missile handling facility on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The pictured cable is threaded around the anchor point and attached to a conveyor-belt system inside of the T.E., which moves the missile from vehicle to vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Airman levels the rear of the transporter erector so the missile can be transported from one vehicle to another without incurring damage.

Senior Airman Dylan Funkhouser, 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron missile handling technician, levels the rear-legs of a transporter erector for preparation of a missile roll transfer, April 20, 2021, at the missile handling facility on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The T.E. must be level throughout the roll transfer process to ensure the booster of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic rolls properly between one T.E. to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont -- 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron missile handler technicians are responsible for the safe and reliable transportation of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile stage-one booster.

The stage-one booster is the bottom component of the missile, largely consisting of fuel, making it the heaviest component of the entire missile.

The MHT team regularly completes missile roll transfers, which moves a booster returning from the missile field into a vehicle in the handling facility so routine maintenance can take place.

Before the roll transfer occurs, safety checks and inspections take place. MHTs use precise measurements and balancing before the approximately 200,000 pound booster is rolled from one vehicle to another.

Quality assurance inspectors routinely verify MHT’s ability to execute their no-fail mission, ensuring Malmstrom’s arsenal of ICBMs remain safe, secure, reliable and effective, with the ability to provide global nuclear deterrence, anytime, anywhere!
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