The Air Force last month opened its new Nuclear Security Tactics Training Center on the grounds of Camp Guernsey, Wyo., north of F.E. Warren Air Force Base, which is near Cheyenne. The $4.2 million facility offers 14,500 square feet of functional space for training classrooms and offices, states F.E. Warren’s Dec. 27 release. It joins the existing 23,000-square-foot building at Camp Guernsey that the 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron uses to instruct security forces airmen in protecting the nation’s Minuteman III ICBM fields and nuclear assets from those missiles during transport, according to the release. “This facility has been a vision of Air Force nuclear leaders as well as Wyoming state leaders for years,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, 20th AF commander. He joined Army Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Wyoming’s adjutant general, and Maj. Jay Parsons, 620th GCTS commander, in cutting the ribbon to the facility at the Dec. 13 opening ceremony. Carey said the new center increases training capacity by four times, meaning 400 students are now able to train at the same time at Camp Guernsey. (F.E. Warren report by SSgt. Torri Savarese)
NASA, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance are all preparing to launch their next-gen rockets from Florida’s Space Coast, two of them before the year is out. One is expected to liberate the U.S. launch enterprise from its reliance on Russian-made RD-180 engines, while all three rockets could eventually carry astronaut crews.