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Monday, June 29, 2015

Ramsey assumes command of 576th Flight Test Squadron

by Carla Pampe
Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs

6/29/2015 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Col. Craig Ramsey assumed command of Air Force Global Strike Command's 576th Flight Test Squadron, the only U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile test launch squadron, during a change of command ceremony at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, June 26.

"I am honored to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading the 576th Flight Test Squadron. This unit's reputation within the ICBM community is synonymous with excellence, discipline and adherence to the highest standards, and we'll continue on that path," Ramsey said. "Our contribution to a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent will continue, and the challenges associated with testing today's fielded forces coupled with tomorrow's systems will be met 'head-on' by the professional Airmen of this unit."

In support of the 'deter and assure' mission, the 576th FLTS determines the effectiveness and accuracy of the ICBM force by planning, preparing and conducting ICBM ground and flight tests. The test launches provide performance data and demonstrate the capability of the ICBM force. The information is shared with the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, U.S. Strategic Command, Headquarters Air Force and Air Force Global Strike Command.

Prior to assuming command of the 576th FLTS from Col. Kelvin Townsend, Ramsey served as the Chief, Operations Training and Standardization and Evaluation Branch, Operations Training and Support Division, Operations Directorate, Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Townsend now heads to a position as the 91st Missile Wing vice commander at Minot Air Force Base.

"It has been my honor to be the commander of the 576th Flight Test Squadron. It is absolutely amazing to watch how we problem solve unique challenges and devise solutions to best support the warfighter," he said. "As the only ICBM test unit, we are charged with evaluating the Minuteman III weapon system to ensure it is safe, secure and effective. The members of the 576th Flight Test Squadron are truly the best and work as one team--military, civilian and contractor. They continue to lead the way."

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