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Airman Basic Brody Goodwin, 341st Force Support Squadron food service apprentice, leads a group of missileers toward a fleet of vehicles to transport them to the missile field July 21, 2021, at Malmstrom Air Force, Mont.

Airman Basic Brody Goodwin, 341st Force Support Squadron food service apprentice, leads a group of missileers toward a fleet of vehicles to transport them to the missile field July 21, 2021, at Malmstrom Air Force, Mont. Food service Airmen are essential to alert deployments because they prepare fresh and healthy meals for missileers, defenders and facility managers at every missile alert facility across the state of Montana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Capt. Alexander Maynard, center, 12th Missile Squadron intercontinental ballistic missile combat crew commander, briefs 12th MS ICBM combat crew members 2nd Lt. Jacob Wallace, left, and 1st Lt. Braxton Stocking, right, on their upcoming missile field deployment July 21, 2021, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.

Capt. Alexander Maynard, center, 12th Missile Squadron intercontinental ballistic missile combat crew commander, briefs 12th MS ICBM combat crew members 2nd Lt. Jacob Wallace, left, and 1st Lt. Braxton Stocking, right, on their upcoming missile field deployment July 21, 2021, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Missileers meet to discuss job responsibilities and coordinate 24-hour operation schedules as one person must be always be awake. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Missileers from the 12th Missile Squadron attend a deployment briefing in preparation to travel to the missile field July 21, 2021, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.

Missileers from the 12th Missile Squadron attend a deployment briefing in preparation to travel to the missile field July 21, 2021, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Missileers are crewed into teams of two and coordinate daily responsibilities and plan shift changes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

Missileers from the 12th Missile Squadron and chefs from the 341st Force Support Squadron prepare to deploy to the missile field July 21, 2021, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.

Missileers from the 12th Missile Squadron and chefs from the 341st Force Support Squadron prepare to deploy to the missile field July 21, 2021, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Chefs provide healthy means to missileers to make sure they are fit to fight every day while deployed. The coordination and team effort between the two squadrons ensures the personnel working inside and around missile alert facilities are combat ready, and Malmstrom’s arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles remain safe, secure and effective. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

12th Missile Squadron missileers prepare to deploy to the missile field July 21, 2021, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.

12th Missile Squadron missileers prepare to deploy to the missile field July 21, 2021, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Missileers work inside of launch control centers, where they monitor security forces and maintenance personnel who enter and secure launch facilities across Montana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Elijah Van Zandt)

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. --

The 10th, 12th and 490th Missile Squadrons’ intercontinental ballistic missile combat crew members, otherwise known as missileers, regularly attend briefings and trainings before deploying to the missile field to ensure Malmstrom’s no-fail mission is executed.

These briefings include in-depth planning and coordination between missileer teams across numerous missile alert facilities under the 341st Operations Group.

Malmstrom’s missileers understand that pre-deployment prep work, such as briefings, are paramount to success.

Missileers are not only responsible for arming or preparing to launch the ICBMs if need be, but also for processing the arrival of maintenance and security forces personnel entering launch facilities and missile alert facilities. The attention to detail and careful monitoring of all factors affecting the asset is what makes their communication and planning critical to mission execution.

Once missileers complete pre-deployment briefings, they are transported to their assigned MAF in two pairs of missileers often hours away from Malmstrom to begin their 24-hour shift inside of the launch control center, which is located underground beneath the MAF.

“The demanding work accomplished by missileers is what makes the Minuteman III ICBM one of the most powerful weapon systems in the world, and why Malmstrom is key to the nation’s global 24/7 nuclear deterrent capability,” said Col. Kenneth McGhee, 341st Operations Group commander.

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