HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systems Directorate here was named the Outstanding Air Force Program Office for 2015.
The ICBM Systems Directorate, which reports directly to the Air Force Nuclear Warfare Center at Kirtland AFB, N.M., is responsible for delivering a safe, secure, responsive, on-time and on-target nuclear deterrent force to the warfighter as the nation’s nucleus for ICBM development, acquisition and sustainment.
In fiscal year 2015, they performed their mission exceptionally well.
According to the award citation, the ICBM Systems Directorate directly contributed to sustainment of the highest alert rate in the Minuteman III missile’s 50-year history by ensuring the operational readiness of hundreds of missiles, multiple launch centers, dozens of maintenance vehicles, multiple communication systems, and over 34,000 square miles of infrastructure.
Air Force Col. Scott Jones, Director, ICBM Systems Directorate, received the award July 20 on behalf of the directorate’s 600 military and civilian Airmen.
“This is truly a ‘Team Hill’ award,” said Jones. “This award is in recognition of all the great work performed by the men and women of the ICBM Systems Directorate, 309th Missile Maintenance Group, 748th Supply Chain Management Group, and Defense Logistics Agency over the past year. But this is also recognition of the importance of the Nuclear Enterprise and the role of strategic deterrence in the world today.”
In addition to conducting all research and development, acquisition, sustainment, supply chain, storage, aging surveillance, and disposal, the ICBM Systems Directorate also conducted a record-setting five Minuteman III operations test launches in one year.
“The ICBM Systems Directorate is here to support Air Force Global Strike Command in their efforts to perform their mission,” said Jones.