Air Force Nuke Center Achieves Full Capability

A U.S. Air Force office established in 2006 to help oversee the service's nuclear weapons has achieved "full operational capability," a senior military official said in a ceremony last week (see GSN, Oct. 4, 2010).

The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico was key "in the sustainment and assurance that our nuclear weapons are safe, secure and effective," Air Force Materiel Command head Gen. Donald Hoffman said.

At full operational capability, the office is expected to supervise the upkeep and organization of Air Force nuclear weapons, according to a press release. As the organization coalesced, it conducted a number of reliability audits of weapons units, bolstered and stabilized weapon storage area manufacturing and coordinated closely with related entities.

"I know this designation was based on the hard work of the past two years under [former AFNWC head] Brig. Gen. (Everett) Thomas to grow expertise, document processes, and conduct training," center head Brig. Gen. Garrett Harencak said (U.S. Air Force Materiel Command release, Jan. 25).

January 25, 2011
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A U.S. Air Force office established in 2006 to help oversee the service's nuclear weapons has achieved "full operational capability," a senior military official said in a ceremony last week (see GSN, Oct. 4, 2010).