by Robert Hastings
On October 23, 2010, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, temporarily lost the ability to communicate with 50 of its Minuteman-III nuclear missiles. The five Missile Alert Facilities responsible for launching those ICBMs in time of war—Alpha through Echo, comprising the 319th Strategic Missile Squadron—would have been unable to do so during the period of the disruption.
This dramatic story was leaked to Mark Ambinder, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, which published it three days later. The Air Force then quickly acknowledged the problem, saying that a back-up system could have launched the missiles, if necessary, and claiming that the breakdown had lasted a mere 59 minutes.
However, the latter statement was untrue, according to two missile maintenance technicians stationed at F.E. Warren, who say that the communications problem, while intermittent, actually persisted more than 26 hours.
Significantly, these same individuals revealed multiple sightings by “numerous [Air Force] teams” of an enormous cigar-shaped craft maneuvering high above the missile field on the day of the disruption, as well as the following day. The huge UFO was described as appearing similar to a World War I German Zeppelin, but had no passenger gondola, propellers, stabilizing tail fins, or advertising on its hull, as would a commercial blimp.
Those familiar with my published work know that I have always identified my ex-military contacts, if I am given permission to do so, and that the number of anonymous sources cited in my book UFOs and Nukes is very small indeed. However, in this instance, I don’t have the option to be forthcoming with the names of my sources.
Although I possess very detailed information about the communications disruption incident—including its duration, down to the minute, and the exact sequence of events involved, as the problem moved from site to site over time—I will not be able to elaborate here. Similarly, I cannot be specific about the locations of the multiple UFO sightings that have been reported to me, for fear of inadvertently identifying my sources.
So, for the moment, I will say only this: On October 23-24, 2010, one or more “huge” cigar-shaped objects were observed by active duty Air Force personnel operating in the field. The actual number of UFOs is uncertain because it is not known whether a single object was observed more than once—at different, widely-separated locations, as it maneuvered above the missile field—or whether multiple objects of the same size and configuration were involved over the two-day period of the sightings.
The disquieting information regarding an apparent UFO-presence during the communications disruption incident was provided to me in December 2010, via a retired Air Force missile targeting technician who had active-duty contacts at F.E. Warren.
At one point, referring to reports he had just received from two missile maintenance technicians who had been working in the missile field, attempting to identify and correct the communications issue, he wrote, “Everyone was talking about the ‘huge blimp’ seen by numerous teams all weekend long. Nobody thought it was a Goodyear blimp, which had been seen on local TV.”
If the mysterious cigar-shaped object repeatedly sighted on October 23-24 was somehow involved with the 50-missile launch system disruption, it wouldn’t be the first time that a UFO interfered with the functionality of nuclear missiles, according to several U.S. Air Force veterans who have courageously gone public with their own, still-classified close encounters at various ICBM bases during the Cold War era. As Journal readers know, several of those accounts have appeared in this monthly column over the past year.
A Behind-the-Scenes Crack-Down by the Air Force?
A few weeks later, my retired Air Force missile-targeting source emailed me again and wrote:
“[I am getting reports from one of my contacts at F.E. Warren] that the Air Force is taking a dim view of [personnel] making reports [to outsiders] of UFOs or other strange, unproven anomalies. Anyone caught on-the-record, or off-the-record, is now punishable under the ‘John Walker Law.’ He said several of his peers have been questioned thoroughly...
“Another [contact], who is at Minot AFB, reported that Global Strike Command has issued a new policy about making such reports and promised to persecute/prosecute anyone talking about these incidents. [He] told me everyone was briefed during this month’s Commander’s Call, that under no circumstances will anyone speak to the press or other ‘investigators’ about strange anomalies that they may or may not have seen.
“He says they are making threats against the entire missile maintenance complex, force-wide, after reports surfaced on the Internet about UFOs and missiles. Global Strike Commanders are upset and it will take a long time for the fire to go away.”
It’s possible that the reports on the Internet related to my September 27, 2010, “UFOs and Nukes” press conference in Washington D.C., which CNN streamed live and other domestic and international news organizations covered extensively. That event occurred less than a month before the large-scale missile launch disruption incident at F.E. Warren.
The Civilian Sightings
In addition to the military sighting reports occurring on October 23-24, I also received persuasive testimony from a number of civilian witnesses relating to ongoing UFO activity within F.E. Warren’s huge missile field, which sprawls across the tri-state convergence of southeast Wyoming, southwest Nebraska and northeast Colorado.
Between late September 2010 and early April 2011, there were credible reports of cigar, cylinder, spherical and triangular-shaped objects maneuvering near and even hovering over various missile silos in Banner, Kimball, Cheyenne and Morrill Counties in Nebraska. Other sightings occurred in Laramie County, Wyoming, north and east of the city of Cheyenne.
Among the reports that came in over a several-week period are the following. Tanya Runge, who lives on the east side of Sidney, Nebraska, emailed me on December 16th and wrote:
“I can’t be sure of the date but it was in late September or early October. It was little chilly out. I had taken a blanket and gone out and sat on my patio...It was a partly cloudy evening and there was a full moon.
“I sat outside for a little while, and I’m pretty sure I dozed off for a few minutes. When I opened my eyes, I looked above me and there was an object floating very slowly over me. It was quite a ways up but still under the clouds that were out.
“The object was mostly black with some silver in it...I sat there and watched it glide by, going north to south, and then it went into some clouds. There was absolutely no noise from it and no lights. I think the only reason I could see it was because the moon was so bright...
“Then it came from the south, going north, very slowly but further east of me. Again I watched it until it disappeared in the darkness.
"I sat there for a little bit, searching the sky for it, but didn’t see anything until I heard some birds squawk and fly out of the tree.
"I looked above me and back behind me and it was going over again, from north to south.
"That is when I got freaked out and went in the house and locked my doors. I told some of the people I work with about it. I think they thought I was a nut.”
The town of Sidney is literally surrounded by missile silos, with those belonging to Hotel and India Flights located east of town, where Runge saw the object moving in a grid search-like pattern, north-to-south, south-to-north, and then north-to-south again.
She later sent me a small model of the object she had made—a squat cylinder with four, round, silver-colored structures on one end.
Another individual, who requests anonymity, emailed me on December 23rd and wrote:
“I’m not real sure what I saw, but I live north of Potter, Nebraska. This is about 18 miles from Kimball, to the east.
"This morning, when I let my two dogs out at 6:25 a.m., I noticed a bright star in the sky. Then I realized it was overcast and there were no stars out. I walked off my front porch and that’s when I realized it was something else. It was stationary and cylinder shaped with one bright, oval light, or maybe more, over the top. It disappeared before my eyes.
“I live between two missile silos and this thing was to the southeast of where I live, right about where there is a silo, or I should say, it could see the silo real well.
"I haven’t called the sheriff yet [because] I am afraid they will think I’m crazy, but I probably will, just to see if anyone else saw something...I know you were in our area a couple of weeks ago and I’m not real sure why I’m emailing you, but just thought I needed to tell someone.”
The witness told me the designation of the missile silo nearest to the hovering UFO—which I won’t mention here—and said she had noticed out-of-the-ordinary Air Force activity at the site during the days following her sighting.
She also sent me a drawing of the object, depicting a cigar-shaped craft with an uninterrupted strip of illumination down one side, hovering at a 45-degree angle to the ground.
All of the witnesses either spoke of