Air Force Global Strike Command assumed assumed responsibility for the nation's Minuteman III ICBM force from Air Force Space Command, Dec. 1, 2009. This shift of authority is part of the phased buildup of Global Strike Command, USAF's newest major command, to oversee all of the Air Force's nuclear assets. In February 2010, the transfer of nuclear assets will be complete when the service's three nuclear-capable bomber wings shift from Air Combat Command to Global Strike Command. Here missile maintenance technicians work on a Minuteman III missile in its silo in the Malmstrom AFB, Mont., missile field.
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