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"Air Force Missile Cancer Study Plans to Expand Testing to Vandenberg"

  • 05 Dec 2023 09:32
    Message # 13287184


    Dec. 4, 2023 | By Chris Gordon and Greg Hadley

    The Air Force is broadening the scope of its study on environmental cancers at its intercontinental ballistic missile bases to include more facilities, service officials said—Vandenberg Space Force Base, a site used to test launch America’s ICBMs, will now be scrutinized.


    “We took this to heart immediately,” Col. Tory Woodard, the commander of the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM) told reporters Dec. 1. “We are fully dedicated to looking into this to maintain the safety of our operations and our people.”

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    The cleanup process was developed by the EPA, Air Force medical professionals, and Minuteman III program engineers, said Col. Gregory Coleman, surgeon general for AFGSC.

    “That process included going out and scrubbing and removing the PCBs and then treating them, wiping them down with other chemicals, and then taking all of those back to our civil engineering squadron and their hazmat program for disposal,” added Col. Dan Voorhies of the 20th Air Force, which oversees the ICBM fleet. The facilities were then retested.

    A second round of testing took place in October and November, concluding just before Thanksgiving, said Woodard. Results will be released in January or February.

    Around the same time, the study’s leaders hope to expand their testing to Vandenberg, which hosts the 576th Flight Test Squadron, the Air Force’s only ICBM test squadron, and regularly conducts Minuteman III test launches to “validate and verify the safety, security, effectiveness, and readiness” of the missile.  

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