(Master Sgt. Mike Smith, far left, at the 49th Missile Defense Battalion on Fort Greeley, Alaska, with National Guard officials, December 2008. U.S. Army National Guard photo.)
FORT GREELY, Alaska – Alaska Army National Guard warfighters from the 49th Missile Defense Battalion here Friday launched and directed a ground-based interceptor missile that destroyed a target ballistic missile in space, miles above the Pacific Ocean.
The 13th live test of the nation’s ground-based midcourse defense system that is designed to protect the United States from a ballistic missile attack, provided a plethora of data for future system development. It was also hailed as a success by National Guard officials here and Department of Defense officials at the Pentagon.
Guard members here say the system works, and Friday’s test proves it.