Air Force holds town hall to discuss upcoming missile system upgrade – Sterling Journal-Advocate

A new intercontinental ballistic missile system is scheduled to launch in 2026, and the US Air Force has begun determining its real estate and utility easement needs under the project.

To that end, the Air Force is planning a series of town hall meetings and community engagement events in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. The meetings will be held April 18-27 to educate the local public and landowners about strategic deterrent activities on the ground.

A meeting for residents of Weld and Logan counties is scheduled for April 25 at 6 p.m. at Prairie High School, located on County Road 133 near New Raymer. Meetings are also scheduled for April 18 at the community center in Pine Bluffs, Laramie County, Wyoming; April 20 at Banner County High School, Banner County, Nebraska; April 22 at Kimball County High School, Kimball, Nebraska; and April 27 at Sidney High School, Cheyenne County, Nebraska.

During these meetings, the Air Force will explain the mission and purpose of the new GBSD system. Northrop Grumman, the prime contractor for the GBSD project, explains on its website that the GBSD is intended to replace the aging LGM-30 Minuteman III system.

“GBSD represents the modernization of the ground arm of the nuclear triad,” the site says.

Experts will explain the next steps in the real estate process and the purpose of right-of-entry agreements to property owners. The project will require land access for utility corridors and communication towers.

Subject matter experts will also be available to answer any questions landowners may have about GBSD. Northrop Grumman will share information on construction and local employment opportunities.

The ICBM modernization will include upgrades to existing missile silos, control centers and other ground infrastructure at FE Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming; Malmstrom AFB, Montana; and Minot AFB, North Dakota.

For more information, please contact Terry Higgins, FE Warren Office of Public Affairs at 307-773-3400 or email [email protected]

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