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  • TOP HAND – the program, the Airmen, the legacy

    The TOP HAND program, a professional development program housed at the 576th Flight Test Squadron, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, was created in 1972 to provide selected missile operations officers program management experience in ICBM Test and Evaluation. Forty nine years later, Airmen

  • 91st Security Forces Group implements new onboarding program

    “Only the best come North” is one of the first things Airmen see as they arrive at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. The base, located in the tundra of North Dakota, is home to two thirds of the nuclear triad – the intercontinental ballistic missile and bomber missions. However, many Airmen, after

  • Missile Maintenance Training

    Airman 1st Class Emilio Gilliam, 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron missile maintenance trainee, performs topside maintenance of a launch facility March 27, 2021, near Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. After technical school, missile maintainers continue their career progression with on-the-job

  • 20 AF staff augment missile alert force at all three missile wings

    20th Air Force headquarters staff, in an effort to support 20 AF missile wings with combat mission ready (CMR) missile operators, are beginning to pull regular alerts at all three missile wings. This effort is not only helping relieve some of the scheduling pressures at the wings but also serves as

  • Mother-daughter share MMIII test launch experience, decades apart

    In the early morning of June 8, 1994, a then-1st Lt. Linda Tonnies, 740th Missile Squadron operator, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, turned the launch key and launched an unarmed Minuteman III ICBM for Glory Trip 155 at Vandenberg AFB, California. Little did she know that 26 years later, her

  • Next Level: Defender Weapons and Tactics

    Weapons and tactics are not new to the Security Forces community. In fact, the Defenders often lead the way with innovative approaches to the application of weapons and tactics in defense of USAF-joint combat capability.

  • 20 AF commander visits KAFB; mission continuity amid COVID-19

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael J. Lutton, 20th Air Force commander, visited Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, July 21-22, 2020, to meet with Team Kirtland members to learn about the missions they perform everyday and their impacts on national security.

  • Leading 20th Air Force – command team way forward

    The Sentinel Warriors of 20th Air Force are now led by Maj. Gen. Mike Lutton, commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Charles Orf, command chief. Lutton has been in the commander’s seat for almost a week, but he already has a clear mission, vision and priorities for the Sentinel Warriors.The 20th Air Force