While his fighter-jock dream was gone, he still wanted to serve his country and accepted a two-year scholarship from Strategic Air Command to serve his four years as a nuclear missileer
Steve Pomeroy, a history professor and former missileer
himself, delves into one of the least known areas of America's nuclear weapons history as he explores the Air Force's efforts to mobilize its ICBMs.
We get some people that have no idea that there's even an Air Force base here," one active-duty missileer
In 1999, Becket lawyers mediated an employment dispute between the Air Force and Lieutenant Ryan Berry, a Catholic nuclear missileer
who was reprimanded by his commanding officer because he refused to share an underground silo with a female colleague on the grounds that such close quarters would "occasion sin.
The investigation report released by the Air Force said that of 15 trainees at Vandenberg who participated in a focus group discussion with investigators, "no individual wanted to be a missileer
The job, according to one missileer
, was "sheer boredom punctuated by seconds of panic.
So says the scarily calm new missileer
, 22-year-old lieutenant Evgeny Pavlov.
There's something called a Personnel Reliability Programme that requires every missileer
to report any fellow officer's problems, emotional, medical, financial.
An ex-military source suggests that "a single canny [American] missileer
could, for whatever reason, launch fifty missiles on his own.
has his or her own workstation with a computer monitor that displays lines of text with incredibly basic characters, almost like an MS-DOS computer.
Third, I was a missileer
, a trigger puller in a job with little tolerance for error.
Some students fail to meet the extremely high reliability standards required to qualify as a missileer