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Association of Air Force Missileers: standing alert through history

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Senior Airman Samuel Ward, 90th Security Support Squadron remote pilot, demonstrates UAV security capabilities to the Association of Air Force Missileers, Oct. 11, 2018, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. During their visit, AAFM was updated on the latest information regarding the on-going intercontinental ballistic missile programs by the leaders of the 90th Missile Wing and 20th Air Force. The AAFM mission is to preserve the heritage of Air Force Missiles, recognize outstanding missileers, encourage meetings and reunions and provide a single point of contact for missileers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley N. Sokolov)

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Members of the Association of Air Force Missileers dine at their national meeting, Oct. 11, 2018, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., during their biennial national meeting. Their base tour of F.E. Warren AFB marked the 25th anniversary of AAFM and its 13th national meeting. The AAFM mission is to preserve the heritage of Air Force Missiles, recognize outstanding missileers, encourage meetings and reunions and provide a single point of contact for missileers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley N. Sokolov)

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Members of the Association of Air Force Missileers explore U-01 launch facility missile training site, Oct. 11, 2018, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Their base tour of F.E. Warren AFB marked the 25th anniversary of AAFM and its 13th national meeting. The AAFM mission is to preserve the heritage of Air Force Missiles, recognize outstanding missileers, encourage meetings and reunions and provide a single point of contact for missileers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley N. Sokolov)

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Members of the Association of Air Force Missileers descend into U-01 launch facility missile training site, Oct. 11, 2018, at F.E. Warren Air Force base, Wyo. During their visit, AAFM was updated on the latest information regarding the on-going intercontinental ballistic missile programs by the leaders of the 90th Missile Wing and 20th Air Force. The AAFM mission is to preserve the heritage of Air Force Missiles, recognize outstanding missileers, encourage meetings and reunions and provide a single point of contact for missileers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley N. Sokolov)

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Members of the Association of Air Force Missileers react to a presentation during their biennial national meeting Oct. 11, 2018, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Their base tour of F.E. Warren AFB marked the 25th anniversary of AAFM and its 13th national meeting. The AAFM mission is to preserve the heritage of Air Force Missiles, recognize outstanding missileers, encourage meetings and reunions and provide a single point of contact for missileers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley N. Sokolov)

F. E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --

Preservers of the past and defenders of the future, the Association of Air Force Missileers uphold the history and support the Air Force missile mission and the personnel who dedicate their lives to that mission.

The AAFM celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, with more than 250 attendees visiting F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming.

“The Minuteman weapons system hasn’t changed a lot in the last 50-60 years,” said Ret. Maj. Gen. Robert W. Parker, AAFM member and retired 20th Air Force commander. “Same responsibilities: safeguard the missiles, make sure they’re on alert and always be prepared if the orders [to launch] come down.”

During the visit, AAFM members were informed on the latest information for some ICBM programs.

“Members of the AAFM are a part of our history and having them be able to see the similarities and growing differences in the mission is invaluable,” said Maj. Lok Ming Tam, 320th Missile Squadron assistant director of operations and project officer for the AAFM tour. “This tour has allowed them to see that their legacy is still in good hands with the Airmen we have today.”