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What it takes to join the Air Force’s 24/7 ‘SWAT’ team for nuclear missile fields | Task and Purpose

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In some of the most isolated regions of the nation, American men and women wait in underground nuclear missile bunkers for the signal to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles at the country’s adversaries. The security forces airmen who defend the crews and missiles from attack also operate around-the-clock in tandem with Air Force launch crews. The 90th Security Forces Group is responsible for guarding 15 missile alert facilities located across 9,600 square miles and three states at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. The 90 SFG must be prepared for anything, so the group keeps quick-reaction forces available around-the-clock. What is required to join such an organization, though? The public affairs office of the 90th Missile Wing recently released a news release about Staff Sgt. Kristen Witherspoon is one of the newest members of the 890th Missile Security Operation Squadron TRF.  After passing the baseline tests, Witherspoon continued on to a four-week TRF orientation where she was put to the test in terms of her capacity to lead, follow, communicate, absorb new knowledge, solve issues, and persevere in the face of challenging physical and mental circumstances.



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