Dec 17, 2013 9:47 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Minuteman III launches out of Vandenberg Air Force Base, last launch of 2013

A Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launched out of Vandenberg Air Force Base Tuesday morning.

The missile launched at 4:36 a.m. during an operational test from Launch Facility-04 on the northern end of the base.

"This was our twelfth and final launch for 2013. I am proud of this team of professionals who worked so hard to make this mission a success. Now the team can take some time to enjoy the holidays with friends and family," said Col. Brent McArthur, the 30th Space Wing vice commander and the launch authority.

After the holidays, the team will start preparing for the 2014 launch schedule.



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