|Occurred : 6/1/1982 21:00 (Entered as : 06/1982 21:00)|
Reported: 4/22/2008 11:38:26 AM 11:38
Location: Malmstrom AFB (Golf 01 LCC 12SMS), MT
|06/1982 Silver object over Golf 01|
The Craft was blimp shaped silver in color and was approximitly 100ft above the site it appeared to be the size of a normal blimp except it had no undercarage or visible propolsion units on the exterior of the craft.
It hovered over the site for appoximatly 15 minutes then move of to the south east at a leisurely pace toward some of the Lf in the area.
We did not I repeat did not report the incident to the base and instructed our security police not to report the incident.
Another missile crew a year earlier had made that mistake and the spent 3 days in a cabin being told they didn't see anything. People on the personal reliability program who launched nuclear missiles were not allowed to see UFOs.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD)
Here we have a sighting that occurred around the first part of June, 1982. Golf 01 is located southwest of Great Falls, about an hours drive from Malmstrom. Golf just happens to be the 12th SMS's squadron command post. What's not mentioned is who made this report. Was it one of the missile launch crews? One tends to think that it was, though its not mentioned precisely as coming from either the crew commander or his deputy. Normally the 12th would have had it's own command post qualified crews assigned to Golf, but it would not have been uncommon to see other qualified command post crews from either the 10th or 490th manning Golf during an alert cycle.
Looking at the time of the incident, 2100 (9 pm), and assuming that it was one of the former launch crew filing this report to NUFORC on 4/22/2008, how could they had seen the object, being underground in the launch control center pulling their alert? Now it could have been possible that both crew members were topside due to the launch control facility shutdown for maintenance or a Rivet Mile upgrade, but that type of information is missing in the report.
I thought it possible that two separate crews could have been on site for an exercise such as Global Shield, but Global Shield in 1982 was held in the later weeks of July, almost a full month after the sighting. Wing Code change is a remote possibility, but it's unlikely that two separate crews would have been dispatched to a launch control center to support such an operation, yet it can't be ruled out.
I believe that its more probable that one of the top side individuals (FSC, security teams, facility manager, etc) passed on this "sighting" to one of the crew members down in the LCC. An object the size of a blimp floating (not in a hurry?) 100 feet off the ground for about 15 minutes would have been noticed by more than the site personnel. I've not seen any other reports for that day and region that corroborates the story.
At the time of this incident, I was a deputy missile crew commander soon to be assigned to the Lima Flight commander crew. I do not recall this event discussed in any manner as I had numerous acquaintances in the 12th and assigned to Golf Flight. However, with that said, I knew a 12th deputy, assigned to Golf during the time frame of this sighting, that would have been the type that the cops easily would have played a practical joke on. But with the passage of time...who knows...maybe it was a blimp drifting over the site. If this were a true (factual) story, I tend to think that it would have gotten out through various sources...too many people would have been in the know and people tend to talk.
As far as the Personnel Reliability Program (PRP), it was designed to ensure that those individuals (officer and enlisted) who had access to nuclear critical components were not under the influence of illicit drugs, certain prescriptive and over-the-counter drugs that would have adversely affected one mental faculties. This also applied to stressful life events such as a death in the family, martial issues, and lastly an on-going medical condition that needed proper treatment.
Strangely UFOs were not one of those psychological stressors. Dealing with nuclear alerts, training, operational readiness inspections and juggling your family life was enough. Most of us would have loved to have been sequestered in a cabin for three days getting a break from the day to day routine.