TWENTIETH AIR FORCE INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILE CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
Published October 26, 2015
The ICBM Center of Excellence develops highly skilled nuclear professionals to execute safe, secure, and effective nuclear strike operations.
Every year, the school graduates over 300 enlisted and officer professionals who are tactical experts, instructors, evaluators, and leaders of Airmen. The ICE provides standardized instructor and evaluator training programs that comply with Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) regulations and instructions. It also provides various cross-functional, integrated professional development opportunities. ICE courses allow 20AF personnel from operations, maintenance, and security forces disciplines to better understand the complex, nuanced nuclear mission they execute.
Instructors and Staff
ICE instructors are handpicked launch officers, maintainers and security forces personnel who have demonstrated and maintained the highest levels of professionalism, technical expertise and leadership during years of duty at Wing-level. Besides being amongst the best and the brightest of the missile community, staff members receive training in the most current aspects of adult professional education.
ICE students have years of technical weapon system experience before being eligible to attend the school's courses. This rich experience allows students to effectively participate in classroom discussions and projects. This peer-to-peer cross talk also creates lasting professional bonds, providing students with future contacts at other Wings and contributes to the ICE mission of creating a culture of standards and professionalism across the ICBM community. Finally, Airmen can take advantage of the ICE's affiliation with the Community College of the Air Force to earn credits toward an associate's degree.
ICE teaches seven courses which encompass maintenance, operations, and security forces disciplines:
1. INSTRUCTOR METHODS COURSE (IMC)
This two week course provides five days of basic instructor skills training designed to develop instructional knowledge, skill sets, and attitudes for effective instruction. This phase is conducted in a combined environment of officer and enlisted across all three disciplines. The second week of training breaks the students out by discipline to allow focus on AFSC-specific instruction. This course satisfies requirements for the Operations Instructor Course, Maintenance Instructor Course and Instructional Methods Course.
2. OPERATIONS EVALUATOR COURSE
This three day course provides training on launch control center (LCC) and Missile Procedures Trainer (MPT) evaluations, evaluation protocol including inbriefs and outbriefs, evaluator discretion, and the identification and assessment of deviations.
3. MAINTENANCE EVALUATOR COURSE
This two week course provides training to missile maintenance technicians on the duties, requirements, and responsibilities of the Quality Assurance (QA) section. It also prepares them to accurately assess the unit's effectiveness by evaluating personnel and procedures, and inspecting facilities, equipment, vehicles, technical order, and managerial guidance. The course awards 3 hours CCAF credit in Quality Assurance course code QCI2202.
4. SECURITY FORCES EVALUATOR COURSE
The one week course provides unit Quality Assurance (QA) personnel a command perspective of QA with specific instruction on documentation, techniques and responsibilities associated with evaluations and inspections. The course awards 2 hours CCAF credit in SF Evaluations & Measurement course code LAW2102.
5. ADVANCED ICBM OPERATIONS COURSE (AIOC)
This three week course introduces ICBM professionals to the advanced concepts and principles of the nuclear operations enterprise, providing select 20AF personnel with tools to better lead, operate, maintain and secure the ICBM weapon system. Week one is at F.E. Warren and stresses strategy, leadership, policy, weapon system requirements, and adversary capabilities from a Numbered Air Force perspective. Week two is a TDY to Kirtland AFB, Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories. This week exposes students to weapon system design and the science behind nuclear weapons. Week three is a TDY to Offutt AFB, exposing students to US Strategic Command and how operations, maintenance and security forces supports the Combatant Commander.
6. SCRIPT WRITERS COURSE
This four day course teaches students how to develop unit training and evaluation scenarios used in the Missile Procedures Trainer (MPT) and how to write and program MPT scenarios on the Minuteman Enhanced Procedures (MEP).
7. WEAPONS SCHOOL PREP COURSE (WSPC)
This four day course prepares AFGSC ICBM candidates for the USAF Weapons School. The WSPC highlights school expectations, prepares students for the course paper and teaches the debrief process among other topics.
ICE traces its history to the ICBM Maintenance Schoolhouse, started in 1968 by the ICBM Logistics Division, 3901st Strategic Missile Evaluation Schoolhouse at Vandenberg AFB in California. The original purpose of the school was to teach standardized evaluation techniques. In 2001, the organization became the ICBM Center of Excellence, creating a strong cadre of evaluators to return the focus to Nuclear Standards and ICBM Fundamentals. They later added instructor training and expanded its cadre and students to include operations and security forces. In 2004, the school was renamed the "Colonel Wayne E. DeReu ICBM Center of Excellence" to honor Colonel DeRue's commitment to standardizing Air Force ICBM training and evaluation.
Course notifications are sent out to 20AF units requesting students in the operations, maintenance, and security forces disciplines. For the most updated information on applying to the ICE, contact your unit training manager.
(Current as of Sept 2015)