Air Force says goodbye to Peacekeeper ICBM
The Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile mission came to an end Monday at a 10 a.m. ceremony in the Peacekeeper High Bay at F. E. Warren AFB


By 2nd Lt. Joshua S. Edwards, 90th Space Wing Public Affairs
Posted Tuesday, September 20, 2005

  
Air Force says goodbye to Peacekeeper ICBM
ABOVE: F.E. WARREN AFB, Wyo. – Capt. Warren Neary, 90th Space Wing Public Affairs chief, retired Col. Roscoe Moulthrop and retired Maj. Gen. Jerry Perryman present a painting here Monday to Dr. Ronald Sega, Undersecretary of the Air Force. The painting by Captain Neary, titled “Mission Complete,” is a montage of the men and women who carried out the Peacekeeper mission. BELOW: F.E. WARREN AFB, Wyo. – Dr. Ronald Sega, Undersecretary of the Air Force, presents to General Lance W. Lord, commander of Air Force Space Command, a letter from Donald Rumsfeld, United States Secretary of Defense, congratulating the men and women of the 90th Space Wing on successful operation and deactivation of the Peacekeeper missile system here Monday. (Photos by Liz Saucier)


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F.E. WARREN AFB, Wyo. – The Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile mission came to an end Monday at a 10 a.m. ceremony in the Peacekeeper High Bay here.

Hundreds of Air Force members and civilians, including the Honorable Dr. Ronald M. Sega, Undersecretary of the Air Force, were on hand to celebrate the Peacekeeper’s 19 successful years of nuclear deterrence.

“Today we celebrate 19 years of Peacekeeper service,” said Dr. Sega. “Behind 19 years are many more years of strategic nuclear deterrence in ICBM operations.”

Dr. Sega had many words of thanks and appreciation for the people who made the Peacekeeper mission a success throughout its years. He also explained its development and journey to becoming an operational weapon system and credited the Peacekeeper with helping to end the Cold War.

“Along with the rest of the nuclear triad, the Peacekeeper was a great stabilizing force in an increasingly unstable world,” said Dr. Sega.

The Peacekeeper was the nation’s most advanced strategic missile – so advanced that it was called Missile Experimental under President Jimmy Carter. President Ronald Reagan renamed it Peacekeeper in November, 1982.

“As the 400th Missile Squadron brought its full complement of Peacekeepers online in 1988, another aspect of the system’s success came to light,” said Dr. Sega. “Even though the Soviets had their own missiles, they weren’t as good as Peacekeeper.”

The last event of the ceremony was a missile combat crew officer at Papa One Launch Control Center confirming that there are no longer any Peacekeeper ICBMs on strategic alert in the 400th Missile Squadron. With that confirmation, the Peacekeeper era came to a close.

Seventy five F.E. Warren members stood on stage, representing the thousands of men and women who worked with the Peacekeeper throughout its 19-year history.


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