CLEARFIELD — On Sept. 4, the successful completion of the Propulsion System Rocket Engine (PSRE) Life Extension Program (LEP) was celebrated at the Freeport Center, with many top representatives from the United States Air Force Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Systems Directorate, its Integrated Prime Contractor, Northrop Grumman, as well as the 309th Missile Maintenance Group in attendance.
The PSRE is an integral part of the Minuteman III ICBM.
A nine-man crew of Air Force and Army civilians added a structure to the east side of Hill Air Force Base in September, taking only two days to build it.
The structure, a Modular Extendable Rigid Wall Shelter or MERWS, was built ear the radome from a kit as a training exercise. The kit, including walls, floors, roof and support beams, all fits in an 8 by 8 by 20-foot storage container that weighs 14,700 pounds and can be moved by forklift.
Work by the 581st Missile Maintenance Squadron at Hill Air Force Base became part of a historic Minotaur 4 rocket launch November 2010 from Kodiak, Alaska. The Air Force’s experimental STP-S26 (the Space Test Program’s 26th launch) mission demonstrated new space technologies, including command and control, atmospheric sensors and satellite and deployment systems.