As new state Director of Alaska MUFON, she states her aim is to connect all of the MUFON members in the state together – which is working, and staying updated on social media, bringing in a few more Alaskan members, and making a stronger presence of MUFON in the state. She is optimistic that it’s starting to work and they have a new person signing up with MUFON this next week. This summer, she plans on heading out to the Alaska Pyramid site, and sending MUFON a copy of all of her research, as well as to Linda Moulton Howe, with whom she has been in contact with regards to this. She is also working on a paper in regards to Project Pinball, which she thinks has some relation to the pyramid and feels they will know more this summer but plans on writing about the pyramid regardless of the outcome.
Journal: Tell me about your interest in UFOs and what brought you to MUFON.
Jessie: My interest in UFOs started when I was pretty young with re-runs of “Star Trek”: TOS. I vividly recall Kirk fighting a reptilian and thinking that it seemed both terrifying and familiar. My interest only grew from there, especially with the “X-Files” through the 90s. This inadvertently leads to MUFON since MUFON was all through the series. I kept putting off MUFON until I finished both of my degrees. It seemed to take forever, but it all worked out.
Journal: How long have you been with MUFON?
Jessie: I have been with MUFON since 2012.
Journal: You mentioned getting a new MUFON member soon. Do you have any advice to someone new to the field?
Jessie: Practice those interview skills and always start simply. Email, phone call, and - if you can get there - an in-person visit.
Journal: In your opinion, what are the qualifications of a good investigator?
Jessie: A good investigator has to have that need or drive to want to learn more about the UFO activity around them - it’s not just an interest, it’s an obsession. Interview skills and research skills are also essential. I also find that data collection (collecting old news articles, local native stories, and collecting stories from people in your area) can really make a big difference in seeing trends.
Journal: Being an investigator, you’ve seen many cases come and go. Is there one that stands out in your mind? Did it change any of your theories on UFOs, encounters, etc.?
Jessie: I’ve had UFO research stand out, but the individual cases that I’ve seen are fairly typical for the state of Alaska. Combined, it has led me to believe that there is at least one alien base (or Alien-U.S. government joint base) somewhere in the state.
Journal: Interest in MUFON seems to have greatly increased since “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.” Do you feel it has impacted reported sightings in your state?
Jessie: Alaska is a strange breed. The reports that I see are from people who love watching shows like ‘Hangar 1’, but there are a lot of people who don’t report anything - more than what gets reported. People in Alaska tend to keep quiet about things, despite most people (as I’ve found) having had some sort of paranormal incident. As the new State Director, I plan on trying to increase public knowledge about MUFON and reporting their sightings.
Journal: In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about disclosure; and transparency in the UFO phenomenon. In your opinion, are we any closer to it than we were in the past?
Jessie: No. I think the government has let some information out, but just enough to quell the masses. Have they let out any big secrets? Absolutely not. If they did, we would know more about the Battle of Los Angeles, President Eisenhower’s special meeting, and information from Wright-Patterson AFB.
Journal: Many people are familiar with the 2009 film, “The Fourth Kind” that was set in Nome and reportedly based on real-life events and it appears that Alaska has experienced a large number of unexplained disappearances and reported sightings. Some researchers even feel that there is some sort of a “Command Center” run by aliens in the state. Do you think there is anything evidence to support this?
Jessie: I’ve talked with people who lived in Nome at the time the event was supposed to of happened. They all say that it never did. Nome is a tight-knit community of about 3,000-3,500 people. As you can imagine, words travel fast. On the flip side of this, I haven’t spent a lot of time looking into this potential case. I do believe that there is a “command center” or two in the state. I think one spot is Fort Greely and the other is somewhere in the northern region (triangulation between Nome, Kotzebue, and Galena). This comes from people telling me things. I have a great story about a possible alien spotted at Fort Greely. I think a former sight was the Alaska Pyramid that Linda Moulton-Howe has mentioned on EarthFiles.com.
Journal: You have experience in paranormal studies and ghost-hunting. What aspect of that work has helped your work as a MUFON investigator?
Jessie: I have a whole process that I follow for cases, but with the state being huge and not feasible for travel, I mostly rely on my note taking and interviewing skills.
Journal: What do you feel is the most understudied corner of Ufology?
Jessie: Physical investigations of remote areas. There’s a reason why it’s so understudied. It’s hard to get to and when you get there, it might be a lot of nothing! Remote sites remain such a huge mystery. I’m not just thinking of Alaska; there’s also Canada, Siberia, and other such places.
Journal: In your bio, you mention the Alaska Pyramid site and Project Pinball. That sounds very exciting, please tell us a bit about this.
Jessie: Alaska, if you aren’t aware, was a big player during WWII; we had a few foo fighter sightings. In the late 40s, B-29s were being flown out of Elmendorf AFB (next to Anchorage) and the pilots were constantly reporting UFOs (according to Lt. Col. Wendelle Stevens). This seemed to really inspire the military. From 1950-1959 the Air Force was working on Project Pinball. In a nutshell, the project was developed to track UFOs over Alaskan airspace by use of radar sites. Radar sites had gone up during WWII and were still being built in the 50s. You can get all kinds of information on the radar sites by looking for WACS (White Alice Communication System), DEW Line (Distant Early Warning Line), and BMEWS (Ballistic Missile Early Warning System). I have contacted some of the men who were stationed at the radar sites and they confirmed that UFOs (“the spooky kind” as one put it) had definitely been tracked and monitored. There are a few different air force groups associated with Project Pinball, but none so much as the 5004th AISS (Air Intelligence Service Squadron). I think that the air force found the pyramid through Project Pinball. It’s public knowledge that WACS was designed and built by Western Electric. The fourth interview that Linda Moulton-Howe did, regarding the pyramid, involved the son of a former Western Electric employee who talked about his father who was sent to the pyramid for maintenance. The pyramid itself, I think it’s some sort of charging station, but that’s just my best guess. I heard that the site has been abandoned for some time now. There’s so much I’m not including. LOL. I’m going to be investigating the site this summer. It is one of those remote locations that I was talking about. Regardless of outcome, I will be sending in a case file to MUFON and to Linda Moulton-Howe (who I’ve been in contact with about the site).
Our thanks to Jessie Desmond for sitting down with us for the MUFON One-On-One. To suggest someone from within MUFON as the next One-On-One guest – please contact Marie Cisneros at firstname.lastname@example.org.