Minot's Rough Riders shatter alert rate record
The 91st Space Wing achieved the best Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile alert rate in Air Force Space Command for 2005 with a 99.82-percent alert rate...


By Airman 1st Class Ross Tweten, Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
Posted Sunday, February 5, 2006

  
Minot's Rough Riders shatter alert rate record
Minuteman II on static display at Minot AFB main gate.


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MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D.—For the fourth year in a row, a Minot Air Force Base unit ended the year in first place.

The 91st Space Wing achieved the best Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile alert rate in Air Force Space Command for 2005 with a 99.82-percent alert rate – the highest ever for a Minuteman system.

The alert rate is the percentage of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles on alert and ready to launch. The wing’s previous best was 99.73 percent in 2003.

The Rough Riders, as they are known here, shattered the previous top alert rate of 99.76 percent set by Grand Forks AFB, N.D., in 1996.

According to Col. Russell Porter, 91st Maintenance Group commander, doing the job right the first time, every time, is the key to success.

“’Another job done right’ is our motto,” he said. “An alert rate this high for this many years is a testament to the work ethic of the Airmen here at Minot.”

Several crews and shops are involved in keeping the missiles on alert. Minot’s Air Combat Command host unit, the 5th Bomb Wing; the missile combat crews; missile maintenance operations center; maintenance teams and security forces are just a few of the many components supporting Minot’s ICBM force.

“It takes a total team effort to achieve a 99.82-percent alert rate,” said Col. Daniel Ciechanowski, 91st Operations Group commander. “Maintainers, security forces, crew members, helicopter crews and all support personnel both on-and off-base can take great pride in achieving this record-breaking achievement.”

The wing’s personnel are looking forward to another successful year and perhaps a fifth year at the command’s top echelon.

“Every year is its own year,” said Colonel Porter. “Hopefully with our constant modernizing of the weapons system and our continued dedication to excellence we can improve upon 2005’s alert rate.

“This four-year streak cannot be attributed to any one person,” he said. “I think the future Airmen that will come to Minot will carry on this tradition of excellence.”


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