missileer

noun
mis·​sil·​eer | \ ˌmi-sə-ˈlir How to pronounce missileer (audio) \

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Associated security forces operate from a building above ground at each missile silo to protect the missileers and their equipment down below. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "Force that protects U.S. nuclear weapons loses explosives on North Dakota road, offers $5,000 to get them back," 15 May 2018 Air Force missileers have stood watch over our nuclear weapons since the 1970s. Stephanie Gosk, NBC News, "The Missileers: Air Force has trained 247 women for nuclear launch," 12 Jan. 2018 The pair of missileers would each grip two triangular switches, eyes fixed to a red digital clock ticking away between the consoles. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Airmen Who Watch Over America's Nukes—And Await the Unthinkable," 23 Mar. 2011 Though women are notoriously underrepresented in the military, there's a disproportionally high number of female missileers; by March 2016, there were enough of them to schedule an all-female alert. Valentina Zarya, Fortune, "Uber’s CEO Says Sorry, Gloria Allred’s Glory Days, Top Women in Banking," 26 Sep. 2017 Newbie missileers are assigned to eight shifts a month. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "These Women Are the Last Thing Standing Between You and Nuclear War," 8 Sep. 2017 Though women are notoriously underrepresented in the military, there's a disproportionally high number of female missileers Valentina Zarya, Fortune, "Uber’s CEO Says Sorry, Gloria Allred’s Glory Days, Top Women in Banking," 26 Sep. 2017 In a favorite missileer uniform patch (right), the Grim Reaper sits at an ICBM console, dressed in bunny slippers. John Noonan, WIRED, "In Nuclear Silos, Death Wears a Snuggie," 14 Jan. 2011 Designed as a living/working facility for Air Force missileers—folks who monitor America's nuclear missiles— Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "You Could Buy This Deactivated ICBM Launch Center in Missouri," 6 Apr. 2017

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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