My Account of some things that took place at Whiteman AFB in the early 80s
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  • In the summer of 2010, I was listening to a coast to coast show one night and heard a caller talking to Linda Howe about being a security guard at Whiteman AFB in Missouri. He claimed that he was guarding an area of the Base where nuclear weapons were stored called the RV area and saw craft shining beams of light into bunkers where the weapons were stored.
    "I had climbed up on the nuclear weapons igloo looking at this bluish-red light that was coming straight down. Then the light started to do a grid pattern! And I was like, ‘This is not happening!’ Just like a grid, it went to one corner and then started going about every three inches back and forth doing a grid. And when it got to me, the light actually stopped because I put my hand into it."
    Dale Hogan, Former USAF Airman 1st Class
    It was around this time that I was also stationed at Whiteman AFB. Whiteman was a post-world war II B-47 Bomber Base originally called Sedalia Air Field.
    On Dec. 3, 1955, Sedalia AFB became Whiteman AFB in honor of 2nd Lt. George A. Whiteman. Lieutenant Whiteman, a native of Sedalia, was one of the first American airmen killed in World War II when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.
    In June 1961, the Department of Defense chose Whiteman to host the fourth Minuteman ICBM wing and on Feb. 1, 1963 the Strategic Air Command activated the 351st Strategic Missile Wing at Whiteman.
    During my enlistment (1980 to 1986) The Strategic Air Command (SAC) was one of the most hard lined, stiff necked organizations in the United States Air Force. Airmen from other organizations such as MAC and TAC would arrive at our Base and inform us of how bad SAC was and that these other organizations did not treat their staff with as much mistrust and disrespect as you would find on a SAC Base, Whiteman being one of the worst. To verify this, you can take a look at the documentary; Command and Control which is an in depth, quite accidental look at the type of idiotic behavior that ruled the Strategic Air Command after the Vietnam war ended. You could virtually send anyone to prison by reporting that you had seen him or her using drugs. No one talked to anyone about anything of a personal nature. I was told that several Officers were sent to Fort Leavenworth for using hallucinogenic drugs while manning launch facilities which I felt would have been an impossibility.
    More on this later...
    As discouraging as it was to hear these reports, I just chalked it up to the intensity of our mission, maintaining 150 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles scattered all over Central Missouri.
    My job was in the Electronics Laboratory as a Missile Electronic Equipment Specialist. We would receive and repair various components of the weapon system as either test failures or those in need of assembly.
    Our most secretive task was assembling the guidance section for the Minuteman II missile. It was approximately 6 feet wide and about 4 feet tall. We would install the guidance computer, electronic power supply and various other targeting components and we stored them in a concrete and steel fortified room called the Guidance Vault.
    On occasion we would travel to the "RV Area" to calibrate a device called a dummy load. It simulated the atomic war head during launch sequence testing. Upon arrival at the RV (re-entry vehicle) area, we would sign in and then were escorted by armed guard to a building that overlooked about 2 dozen underground bunkers where these "RV's" were stored.
    Shortly before my first trip to the RV area, I was warned by my Shop Chief not to talk to the Security Policemen that were guarding the RV area. I asked why and was told "because they're weird". I just laughed it off and set about my task.
    During the course of calibrating the Dummy Load, I noticed that the SP's guarding us, kept looking up at the sky. They were clutching their M-16s with fingers on the trigger and just looking back and forth across the sky as if they were waiting for something.
    There were 3 guards that I could see, one with us near the equipment, one about half way down the field of bunkers and another all the way at the other end. Each one doing the same thing, looking up at the sky. I just shrugged it off as confirmation of what our Shop Chief said about these guards. I can only assume that one of these guards was Dale Hogan mentioned at the beginning of this account.
    It was around this same time that I was on call one night and ordered by Job Control to report to the E-Lab. I asked why but was told that I would find out once I arrived. Parked outside of the Lab were several guard trucks, a maintenance crew and a large military box truck. We were ordered to open the guidance vault where they were going to store 3 guidance sections under armed guard. This was extremely unusual, but we complied.
    The vault was opened, a guard stepped inside, took a look around and then the guidance sections were rolled in while we rolled out 3 replacements which of course, had to be assembled during what would become a very long night…
    While we were assembling the replacements, I noticed that the code officers, the guys that program the targeting data, were hanging around waiting for us to assemble these replacements. I knew our C.O. pretty well as we bowled together on occasion, which was a no-no called fraternization but sometimes overlooked, and he was one of the code officers.
    I asked him what the deal was with all the security. He had a rather puzzled look on his face as if he really didn't want to tell me but then offered an explanation that part of the launch sequence was "stuck" in the on-board computer and they were unable to erase it. I looked at him as if to declare "B.S." and was immediately warned not to ask any more questions as he glanced over at the guards.
    The reason I didn't believe him was that I can see where a failure might occur in 1 or more guidance sections over a period of time, but 3 in one night?
    These ICBMs were grouped into sections of 10 missiles called flights. There were 15 flights for a total of 150 missiles. These 3 guidance sections all came from 1 individual flight. EXTREMELY unusual.
    We completed assembly of the replacement guidance sections, watched them load and drive away with a fresh crew of missile mechanics. The guards stayed with the "bad" guidance sections outside of the vault until the next morning when all 3 were loaded onto an unmarked cargo jet and flown "somewhere".
    Again, this was EXTREMELY unusual as we normally would disassemble the guidance sections and prepare them for shipment but not these birds, they wouldn't let us touch them.
    Things were pretty quiet around the E-Lab for a few days after that. You just didn't ask questions.
    The reason I am bringing this information to anyone willing to yawn their way through it nearly 40 years later is that I know, for a fact, that there were some very strange things taking place at Whiteman AFB during the late 70's and early 80's and I find it also strange that there are virtually no accounts, reports, stories or anything about what happened back then.
    I personally never saw anything that I would call an Unidentified Arial Phenomenon but at that time, I had no knowledge of their interest in our nuclear technology or believe me, I would have been looking.
    Why has nearly no one come forward to recount their version of what took place at Whiteman. People were sent to prison on what I feel were trumped-up charges of drug abuse.
    Why?
    Well, I have a theory...
    My theory is that in order to quickly bring an end to the rumor mill, they accused these brave, dedicated military men of being on drugs and shipped them off to Fort Leavenworth not only to shut them up, but to discourage anyone else from reporting "Arial Threats" that were scanning nuclear bunkers and possibly even altering targeting information and data inside of the guidance sections of these missiles as was done at other Minuteman Missile Bases where former and current Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers have come forward to provide testimony of what happened to them and what they saw. And yet, nothing from Whiteman.
    Eternal Vigilance was the moto and The Uniform Code of Military Justice in 1980 was swift and final at Whiteman Air Force Base.

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