Last updated: November 22, 2017
- Whiteman Air Force Base, MO
- Oscar-01 was the only Minuteman control center that was built within the confines of an air force base; all other control centers were constructed in the rural areas surrounding bases. Oscar-01 was also the first control center where all-female, mixed-gender, and all African-American crews served alerts. In addition, Oscar-01, which was the designated Squadron Command Post (SCP) for the 510th Strategic Missile Squadron, is significant for its association with the Emergency Rocket Communications System.
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- United States Air Force
The Oscar-01 facility is an intricately-engineered historic built environment, and unique surviving physical example of US military history. The individual character-defining features in the LCC and LCEB are numerous, and include original, structural and mechanical system elements, objects, and personnel effects, contributing to the exceptional level of overall historic integrity. Additionally, custom building systems, such as the two blast doors and escape hatch are uniquely character-defining, and join created features such as hand-painted murals, historic inscriptions and other period finishes and effects associated with the Oscar-01 mission.
Since 1996, Whiteman Air Force Base has continued to maintain the Oscar-01 site as a military heritage center and historic site. As the Oscar-01 MAF is one of only two surviving Minuteman II ICBM missile alert facilities in the world, it will continue to remain a rare and important historic resource, and integral to the interpretation of the Cold War history of the United States.