Maintainers with the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., last month emplaced the last of the wing’s refurbished Minuteman III ICBMs in its silo, thereby completing the process of upgrading all of the base’s 150 missiles under the Air Force’s MM III propulsion replacement program. “When you roll this program in with the others we’ve executed as part of our broader ICBM sustainment plan, you can be very confident that the missile on alert out there today has never been more capable,” said Col. Jeffrey Frankhouser, commander of Malmstrom’s 341st Maintenance Group. With these upgrades, the Air Force says the MM III is viable out to 2020. (Malmstrom report by SrA. Dillon White)
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.