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."