FE Warren LF & LCF not decommissioned - 400th MS?

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FE Warren LF & LCF not decommissioned - 400th MS?

Postby 13milerunner on Mon May 31, 2010 3:53 am

Today as I drove my kids N from Cheyenne headed towards the Blackhills for summer vacation, I noticed a LF just E of I-25 about 25 miles N of FEW. It was close close enough to I-25 to exit and go look at. I noticed it because of the IPDMSS (hope I'm close). I figured I was going to show my kids a well maintained, active LF, but my first clue that I was wrong was the commercial power was disconnected, and there were no signs about deadly force etc, and the anode system box was missing. I was puzzled because I thought all MM facilities were either destroyed after the SALT and START treaties or they were in use. But on the back way to Tarrington, we passed by 3 more LFs (one with S-7 sign) and one boarded up but not destroyed LCF (with a commercial tower and antennas).

Being a retired Army Corps of Engineer officer I was intrigued to see the facilities present but somewhat worse for the wear. Can anyone shed some light on these LCFs and LFs and why they weren't destroyed, but all have no power and the above ground anode system was removed/destroyed.

I'm headed to the NPS Minuteman Missile site near Wounded Knee to see the rest of the Ellsworth story.

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Re: FE Warren LF & LCF not decommissioned - 400th MS?

Postby banjodog on Mon May 31, 2010 4:53 pm

Are the sites still visited occasionally?
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Re: FE Warren LF & LCF not decommissioned - 400th MS?

Postby banjodog on Mon May 31, 2010 4:57 pm

13milerunner wrote:I'm headed to the NPS Minuteman Missile site near Wounded Knee to see the rest of the Ellsworth story.

Thanks,
Bob



They don't let you downstairs at D-9. They do at D-1 but reservations are recommended and you're limited to 6 per group.
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Re: FE Warren LF & LCF not decommissioned - 400th MS?

Postby 13milerunner on Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:36 pm

Thanks guys for the "rest of the story". By coincidence, the next day on our journey to the Black Hills, I met a retired missilier O-6 at a rest stop and he told me the former 400th sites were in a "pickled" status and that the relatively new tower and antenna were AF installed to facilitate communications.

BTW, I never did make it to the Minuteman D-9 and D-1 because of the darn small tours one in the am and only one in the pm and as you pointed out, just 6 people per tour. Jeez, what a cush job - take people on just one tour a day down to the LCC.

Here's something I sure didn't know until I visited the SD Air & Space Museum at Ellsworth. Their base tour includes going DOWN into the training silo on base.

When I get my pictures off the camera and onto my PC, I will show you what the LCF and LFs look like in their pickled state.
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Re: FE Warren LF & LCF not decommissioned - 400th MS?

Postby Rico2000 on Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:55 am

If by pickled status he meant locked and made sure they haven't burned down by a Civil Engineer employee once per month or so...it is a very low level of preservation.
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Re: FE Warren LF & LCF not decommissioned - 400th MS?

Postby Sergeant on Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:09 am

I would not call them pickled. We took every conceivable part out of those sites. It would take major work (and money) to bring them on Alert.
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Re: FE Warren LF & LCF not decommissioned - 400th MS?

Postby shadow2100 on Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:02 am

I think they were going to possibly reuse the MM silos for MMIII's
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Re: FE Warren LF & LCF not decommissioned - 400th MS?

Postby keskiyo on Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:12 am

Sadly, the 400MS legacy won't live on much longer. The LFs have been sitting inactive but (mostly) intact for the last 10 or so years, but they're currently in the process of being destroyed.
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Re: FE Warren LF & LCF not decommissioned - 400th MS?

Postby hockey85 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:46 pm

keskiyo wrote:Sadly, the 400MS legacy won't live on much longer. The LFs have been sitting inactive but (mostly) intact for the last 10 or so years, but they're currently in the process of being destroyed.


What process are they doing? Blowing up the headworks like the other deactivated wings or just filling them in with gravel? They have yet to make a decision on what to do with the 564th silos here at Malmstrom; or at least they haven't made it public yet. But they will have to get rid of them soon too.
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Re: FE Warren LF & LCF not decommissioned - 400th MS?

Postby keskiyo on Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:39 am

Word on the street is they're being filled in and then paved over.

I'm unsure how the owning farmers will feel about being handed back a 60 year old tract of land that now has a concrete/gravel monolith they can't do anything with...
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