A team of 10 inspectors from the Commonwealth of Independent States arrived at Mountain Home Air Force Base Saturday night along with members of the United States On-Site Inspection Agency.
With the arrival of the 34th Bomb Squadron, the United States declared Mountain Home Air Force Base a heavy bomber facility under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
The teams will conduct a heavy bomber new facility inspection in support of START, a multilateral arms control agreement between the United States, Russia, Belorus, Kazakhstan, and the Ukraine.
The breakup of the Soviet Union delayed START being enforced for nearly three and a half years until Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine, which had inherited nuclear weapons from the Soviet Union, ratified START.
They then joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as non-nuclear states.