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

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Recent Examples on the Web Air Force pilots and missileers, as well as Navy submarine crews with nuclear missions, belong in that category, as do Army special operations forces tasked with the highest-priority missions. Jennifer Babich, USA TODAY, "Pentagon looks to train, deploy combat units with 'social distancing protocols in place'," 14 May 2020 Underground, on those 24-hour missileer shifts, Walmsley learned to withstand an excruciating sort of monotony, to remain focused on nothing for hours on end. New York Times, "Can the King of Ultrarunning Conquer a Race as Short as the Marathon?," 11 Feb. 2020 In reality, he had been sent to Montana, assigned to the unenviable position of Air Force missileer. New York Times, "Can the King of Ultrarunning Conquer a Race as Short as the Marathon?," 11 Feb. 2020 There, Esper will visit a missile alert facility that houses ICBMs and a launch control center to meet with missileers, maintainers and security personnel. Elizabeth Mclaughlin And, ABC News, "Defense secretary to tour bases in North Dakota, Nebraska at heart of nuclear triad," 19 Feb. 2020 These are risky tactics at a time when the Persian Gulf is thick with American military aircraft and Iranian missileers are likely to have twitchy trigger fingers. The Economist, "America claims to have downed an Iranian drone," 19 July 2019 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

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Missileer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missileer. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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