domingo, 25 de agosto de 2013

341st Missile Wing: A brief look

The 341st Missile Wing, headquartered at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., is one of three U.S. Air Force Bases that maintains and operates the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile.

The 341st Missile Wing reports directly to 20th Air Force, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., and is part of Air Force Global Strike Command, headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. 

The mission of the 341st Missile Wing is to defend America with safe, secure, effective nuclear forces and combat-ready Airmen.

  • Approximately 4,000 people, including more than 3,300 active-duty and more than 700 civilians, comprise the 341st Missile Wing.
  • Malmstrom Air Force Base is also host to a tenant unit, the 819th RED HORSE Squadron, which accounts for nearly 500 personnel. 

The 341st Missile Wing is made up of a wing staff and five groups:
  • 341st Operations Group
  • 341st Maintenance Group
  • 341st Mission Support Group
  • 341st Security Forces Group
  • 341st Medical Group

The 341st Operations Group consists of more than 500 operators, administrators, chefs and facility managers and is composed of three missile squadrons:
  • Operations support
  • Helicopters
  • Standardization and evaluation element
Each of the operations group's three missile squadrons are responsible for:
  • Five Missile Alert Facilities
  • 50 Minuteman III ICBMs
The units of the 341st Operations Group include five squadrons:
  • 10th Missile Squadron
  • 12th Missile Squadron
  • 490th Missile Squadron
  • 341st Operations Support Squadron
  • 40th Helicopter Squadron 

The 341st Maintenance Group provides the maximum number of fully modernized, combat capable Minuteman III missiles and the command and control required to execute launch per higher command authority. The units of the 341st Maintenance Group include:
  • The 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron
  • The 341st Maintenance Operations Squadron
  • The 341st Munitions Squadron

The 341st Mission Support Group provides world-class support to enable the deterrent mission of the 341st Missile Wing, while preparing and deploying expeditionary combat support forces in support of the combatant commanders. The support group provides the war-fighting and peace-time support to the 341st Missile Wing. This includes:
  • Supporting 43 units and tenants
  • Resource protection
  • Engineering and construction
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Personnel administration
  • Communication services
  • Recreation facilities
  • Dining and lodging services
  • Worldwide contingency mobility forces
The units of the 341st Mission Support Group include:
  • 341st Civil Engineer Squadron
  • 341st Communications Squadron
  • 341st Logistics Readiness Squadron
  • 341st Contracting Squadron
  • 341st Force Support Squadron

The 341st Security Forces Group, the largest security forces group in the Air Force, ensures the most stringent security forces' support to the largest intercontinental ballistic missile complex in the world through effective management of all war-fighting and peacetime security taskings assigned to the 341st Missile Wing. The units of the 341st Security Forces Group include:
  • 341st Security Forces Squadron
  • 341st Missile Security Forces Squadron
  • 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron
  • 341st Security Support Squadron
  • Tactical Response Force unit

The 341st Medical Group is responsible for all medical and dental care for nearly 15,000 beneficiaries throughout north-central Montana. The group's mission is to maximize 341st Missile Wing personnel health, fitness and readiness through comprehensive managed health care systems emphasizing health promotion and preventive medicine. The units of the 341st Medical Group include:
  • 341st Medical Operations Squadron
  • 341st Medical Support Squadron

  • 150 Minuteman III missiles 
  • 8 UH-1N "Huey" helicopters 
  • Malmstrom Air Force Base is also host to the 819th RED HORSE squadron

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