The 341st Operations Group is made up of roughly 400 operators, administrators and facility managers. Together, they ensure the day-to-day combat readiness of approximately 133 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles and stand ready to employ the weapons at the direction of the president. The group consists of three missile squadrons, an operations support squadron, and a standardization and evaluation division.
The 10th, 12th and 490th Missile Squadrons are warfighting units comprised of missile operators and facility managers. Each squadron provides highly trained, on alert missile combat crews prepared to employ the world’s most powerful weapon system in support of United States’ strategic objectives. The professional facility managers stationed at each missile alert facility ensure the operations, maintenance and security forces crews who live and work out of their facilities are cared for, prepared and ready to carry out their missions.
The 341st Operations Support Squadron’s current operations, weapons and tactics, codes, host aviation resource management and weather sections are key to accomplishing the group and wing mission. The 341st OSS trains missile crew instructors and support personnel for on-alert duties and provides critical targeting, command and control capability, and coding actions for approximately 133 ICBMs. Additionally, 341st OSS monitors and documents crew force readiness through the HARM office, and keeps base agencies aware of up-to-date weather patterns as an integral part of Team Malmstrom.
The 341st Operations Group Standardization and Evaluation section supports the wing mission by standardizing and evaluating operational procedures and facilities of the missile combat crews and facility managers. This is accomplished through rigorous check-sights, simulator and field evaluations, and meticulous verification of any change to procedure. This section provides critical feedback to the operations group on the effectiveness of combat-ready forces, training and the ability to perform the unit mission. In addition, 341st OGV is the operations technical adviser to wing senior leadership.
Working together, these men and women carry out their mission as one cohesive team by providing lethal global strike power to the president of the United States, deterring adversaries and assuring our allies.
In addition to its critical mission here at Malmstrom, the 341st Operations Group deploys forces worldwide in support of U.S. Air Force contingency plans. Recent deployments include operations Inherent Resolve, Freedom’s Sentinel, Horn of Africa, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Provide Comfort, Southern Watch, Deny Flight and Deliberate Force.