Designed to protect the USA from attack, deter the USSR from the use of its intermediate range missiles, and to facilitate the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty. All three objectives succeeded.
GLCM was activated around 1984 and was deactivated in 1991. GLCM was a highly mobile, multi-AFSC’d, group of personnel and equipment capable of launching its weapons anywhere and at any time within minutes.
A GLCM flight consisted of four Transporter Erector Launchers (TEL) and two Launch Control Centers (LCC). Each TEL housed four BGM-109 nuclear cruise missiles; and the LCC was where the Launch Control Officer manned their launch posts. Each GLCM vehicle was towed by the eight-wheel drive, V-10 diesel, and all terrain, Mann Tractor.
AGE was responsible for the MEP-404A/B generators that were integral components within each LCC and TEL. AGE also maintained each vehicles stand-alone multi-cell battery. The battery could operate the entire launch vehicle in the event of a MEP failure. Additionally, we maintained a power distribution panel, a chemical-nuclear-biological contamination detection unit, and an environmental control unit inside the LCC. AGE people were crew chiefs on these vehicles, deployed in the field with them, and participated in weapons launch operations.
AGE personnel who were GLCM trained went to Chanute AFB Illinois to receive MEP training and then to Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson for GLCM and field training. This process took about 5.5 months and our AFSC was modified with a Special Equipment Identifier.