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I know Ive posted a picture of my 351st yearbook before but I found a group picture which shows the 351st SMW OA white and blue arc being worn on a crew blue alert uniform above our wing patch (far left in the group photo).

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Also got this USAF SAC IG (Inspector General) came with the other missile competition pins. Droit Et Avant is French for "First be Correct -Then Take Action" or more commonly "Be Right - Then Forward."

Its about 1/2.

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Another addition to the USAF SAC Olympic Arena Missile Competition. This one is for the 321st Strategic Missile Wing, Grand Forks It shows the Viking mascot and the Minuteman II missile on the left and the Minuteman III on the right along with the years the 321st won the Blanchard Trophy: '69,'74, '87. The 321st SMW/MW was deactivated September 30, 1998. The first Minuteman II missile was assigned in August 1965 and the wing became operational with 150 Minuteman II missiles in November 1966, becoming the first wing to employ this missile. The wing completed its conversion to the Minuteman III ICBM in March 1973. The wing currently is assigned three operational squadrons and is responsible for 150 Minuteman III missiles deployed over a 7,500 square mile area.

 

 

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8th Air Force Missile pins. One shows the rail train system once considered for Minuteman deployment. Both have the Titan missile, but the patch version was designed to represent and to be worn by Minuteman crews also.

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Two more 351st SMW Whiteman AFB Missile competition pins. On the pin on the far right you'll see the 351 numerals. They are on top of 'Stumpy'. Stumpy was a section a tree with handles on both sides on which Missile Wing and competition patches, pins, and buttons were placed. Stumpy went to all our missile competitions at Vandenberg. The ' SMW' on that pin appears in the wrong order, it appears as 'WMS'. I think Stumpy was retired as an honorary colonel.

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Two 91st SMW, Minot, North Dakota Missile competition pins. The 91st were known as the Roughriders and Teddy Roosevelt was their mascot (for lack of a better term). The pin on the left is shaped like the state of North Dakota and shows the Minuteman III missile. The pin on the right has the Roughrider emblem atop a basic missile badge.

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321st Strategic Missile Wing, Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota Warriors Pin #1:

Shows the Blanchard Trophy, the years they won the trophy, and the Minuteman II on the left and Minuteman III on the right of the trophy

They were the first to deploy the LGM-30F Minuteman II missile (The previous deployments were all Minuteman I)

 

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The 341st Strategic Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Montana Pin #1 & #2

Pin 1-Pin shows the Minuteman I/II, Cuba, and Minuteman III

Pin 2-Mushroom cloud and the updated unit designation-341st Missile Ops. The 'Strategic' was removed as part of our nuclear agreement with the Soviets.

 

341st Missile Wing is an intercontinental ballistic missile unit headquartered at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. Up until 1 July 2008, it was designated as the 341st Space Wing.

The historical significance of the 341st occurred in 1962, Cuba The Bay of Pigs incident-the missiles assigned to the nation’s first Minuteman ICBM wing would play a major role in the Cuban Missile Crisis. On 27 October 1962, the 10th SMS's launch facility Alpha-06 went on "strategic alert" after it was discovered the Soviet Union had placed nuclear missiles in Cuba. Over the next four days the wing placed five more missiles on alert, with the last missile from Alpha flight achieving alert status 10 November. The Soviets eventually removed their missiles from Cuba.

 

 

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1992 91st Missile Wing Roughrider pin with 3 warheads in the background. Plus the No Lone pin: a control mechanism designed to achieve a high level of security for especially critical material or operations. Under this rule all access and actions require the presence of two authorized people at all times.

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3901st Strategic Missile Evaluation Squadron (SMES) 25 year anniversary pin (1961-1992):

The 3901st Strategic Missile Evaluation Squadron was made up of crew members, missile maintenance technicians, munitions technicians, communications technicians and missile civil engineering technicians that were handpicked from the missile wings and squadrons. Their duties were paramount- crucial to the maintenance and performance of our nuclear missile forces.

The 3901 SMES would visit every missile wing (and squadron, in the early Atlas and Titan days) every six months.
Most visits were scheduled, but on occasion, the visits were no-notice (which, trust me, sent our hearts aflutter-you didn’t want to be the crew that failed a SMES visit) . A typical 3901 SMES visit involved about 120 evaluators and took almost two weeks, so every missile unit was under SMES evaluation for almost a month of every year.


In Minuteman operations, the 3901st would look at twelve combat crews in the missile procedures trainer (MPT) - usually two full evaluations per day for six days.
The evaluators also made visits to the launch control centers for no-notice evaluations of crews on duty, usually six to eight per visit.

 

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