Basically, Kenneweg's story appears to be an attempt to correlate to that of Robert Jamison's telling of his Combat Targeting Team being dispatched to the field for the purpose of performing targeting and re-alignment tasks for multiple missile sites. (see blog article for Jamison)
Below, I've posted the Kenneweg segment as written by Robert Hastings, "UFO Sightings at ICBM Sites and Nuclear Weapons Storage Areas."
Staff Sgt. Louis D. Kenneweg
Former Minuteman ICBM maintenance clerk, 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, MontanaWhat is the main focus of the Hastings' article? He has Kenneweg observing a blinking/glowing light near the base's flight line. He also has Kenneweg issuing T.O. kits for maintenance teams due to either major routine maintenance or numerous missile sites off alert.
There are no definitive dates and times listed other than Kenneweg observing lights at or about 1145 pm. We are given the possibility that its 1967, yet that is not fully established. We might be able to draw a loose conclusion that based on the description of heavy maintenance activity that it could be 16/17 March 1967 and the response is to Echo Flight.
Kenneweg provides no details that he had reported his observations to a supervisor. He did ask a few questions to a security police NCO, but he does not give the impression that he told the NCO what he had seen. In short, Kenneweg goes about his business.
Let's look at the following statement, "...But the barracks was buzzing. Stories about how when they got to the [missile silos] and found no damage, and how all the batteries were dead. I also heard a story that [UFOs] were seen on radar, then they were gone." This appears to be similar to the Echo Flight story, but obvious told either second or third hand to Kenneweg as the details are over inflated. There were no issues with the power being supplied to Echo's missiles. The UFO component to story is simply "I heard..." Again, consistent with the rumors that were circulating back in 1967.
Finally, we have Robert Hastings' conclusion:
Based on Kenneweg's description of his own UFO sighting, during which the object appeared to be near or over Malmstrom's flightline at one point, I have speculated that the UFO may have briefly maneuvered near the base's nuclear Weapons Storage Area (WSA), which is located just east of the main runway. The WSA contains Minuteman missile nuclear warheads, known as Re-entry Vehicles (RVs). A review of aerial photographs of Malmstrom, which show the WSA, coupled with an analysis of Kenneweg's probable position near the MIMS hangar, lead to this conjecture. Regardless, another UFO sighting at the WSA, some years later, has been confirmed by two other sources. See Malmstrom AFB, Montana (1975).
We have speculations, yet there are the absence of facts. Kenneweg even states of his initial observation, "Of course, it was much farther away than it appeared." Which could be interpreted that maybe the object(s) were not actually hovering over the weapon storage area or the flight line. The weapons storage area is generally kept locked and secured and security checks done on a routine basis. One would think that such an incident would have drawn attention to the numerous base security forces, yet according to Kenneweg's story this does not appear to be the case. The activity is centered around the maintenance hangar...not the weapon storage area.
Interesting UFO story, but as usual the story itself begins to fall apart under closer scrutiny.