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351st Missile Wing
351st Missile Wing.PNG
351st Missile Wing Emblem
Active 1962-1995
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Missile Wing
Role Strategic Attack
Part of AFSPC/20 AF
Garrison/HQ Whiteman Air Force Base
Motto SENTINELS OF PEACE

The 351st Missile Wing is an inactive United States Air Force unit, which was last based at Whiteman AFB, Missouri. Assigned to Strategic Air Command for most of its existence, the wing supported LGM-30F Minuteman ICBMs. It was inactivated in 1995.

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History

For additional history and lineage, see 351st Operations Group
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Lineage

  • Established as 351st Strategic Missile Wing (ICBM—Minuteman), and activated, on 9 Aug 1962
Organized on 1 Feb 1963
Redesignated as 351st Missile Wing, 1 Sep 1991
Inactivated on 31 Jul 1995

Assignments

Units

  • 508th Missile Squadron, 1 May 1963 - 1 Sep 1991
  • 509th Missile Squadron, 1 Jun 1963 - 1 Sep 1991
  • 510th Missile Squadron, 1 Jun 1963 - 1 Sep 1991

Stations

Weapons systems

Operational history

During the Cold War, the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command 351st Strategic Missile Wing stood alert with Minuteman I and later, Minuteman II ICBMs starting in 1963 at Whiteman AFB Missouri. The wing was bestowed the lineage, honors and history of the World War II USAAF 351st Bomb Wing upon activation.

The 351st supervised missile training operations and coordinated construction of SM-30B (later, LGM-30B) Minuteman I missile facilities from 1 February 1963, to 29 June, 1964. The first missile arrived 14 Jan 1964 and was placed its silo two days later. The 508th SMS became combat ready on 5 June and the 409th on 10 June, 1964. The last flight of the fifteen missiles was accepted 29 June, 1964, making the 410th operational. The wing then had 150 fully operational missiles. Meanwhile the 340th Bombardment Wing phased down for inactivation and 351st Strategic Missile Wing gradually assumed host-wing responsibilities at Whiteman AFB, between 1 July and 1 Sept, 1963. Later, the Wing converted to LGM-30F Minuteman II missiles between 7 May, 1966, and 3 October, 1967.

The wing won the Colonel Lee R. Williams Memorial Missile Trophy for Calendar Years 1965, 1967 and 1973, as well as the SAC missile combat competition and Blanchard Trophy in 1967, 1971, 1977, 1981 and 1993. It was named SAC's "Best Minuteman Wing" in 1972.

Post Cold War

On 1 September 1991, the wing was redesignated as the 351st Missile Wing and implemented the objective wing organization. It was relieved from SAC and reassigned to Eighth Air Force in the new Air Combat Command on 1 June 1992. It was again reassigned on 1 July 1993 to Air Force Space Command and assigned to the new Twentieth Air Force.

The wing and its three squadrons of Minuteman II ICBMs were deactivated on 31 July 1995 as a result of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START II).

References

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.
  • Rogers, Brian (2005). United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978. Hinkley, England: Midland Publications. ISBN 1-85780-197-0.

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