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Missileers of the 44th Missile Wing with President George H.W. Bush
Missileers of the 44th Missile Wing with President George H.W. Bush

Ellsworth Air Force Base

 

Over the course of almost forty years, construction, operation and deactivation of Minuteman Missile sites took place in western South Dakota. Other states such as North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska had or still have today operational Minuteman Missile fields. Tens of thousands of men and women of the United States Air Force, construction crews, local landowners and citizens lived and worked around the missile sites. The Cold War and nuclear deterrence were not just theoretical concepts for these people, these ideas were something that was lived, thought about, and felt very deeply.

 
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      Last updated: July 7, 2022

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