“Incident/Complaint Report” by Commander, 44 Missile Security Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota

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“Incident/Complaint Report”

Commander, 44 Missile Security Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota

HELPING HAND (SECURITY VIOLATION) / COVERED WAGON (SECURITY VIOLATION)
Site Lima 9
7 miles SW of Nisland, SD

At 2059hrs., 16 Nov 77, A1C [Airman 1st Class] Samuel A. PHILLIPS, Lima Security Control, telephoned WSC [Wing Security Control] and reported an OZ [Outer Zone] alarm activation at L-9 and that Lima SAT [Security Alert Team] #1, A1C JENKINS & A1C Wayne E. RAEKE were dispatched. (Trip #62, ETA [Estimated Time of Arrival] 2135hrs.) At 2147hrs., A1C PHILLIPS telephoned WSC [Wing Security Control] and reported that the situation at L-9 had been upgraded to a COVERED WAGON per request of CAPT. Larry D. STOKES, FSO [Flight Security Officer]. Security Option II was initiated by WSC [Wing Security Control] and Base CSC [Central Security Control]. BAF (Backup Security Force) #1 & #2, were formed. At 2340hrs, 16 Nov 77, the following information was learned: Upon arrival (2132hrs) at site #L-9, LSAT [Lima Security Alert Team], JENKINS & RAEKE, dismounted the SAT [Security Alert Team] vehicle to make a check of the site fence line. At this time RAEKE observed a bright light shining vertically upwards from the rear of the fence line of L-9. (There is a small hill approximately 50 yards behind L-9) JENKINS stayed with the SAT [Security Alert Team] vehicle and RAEKE proceeded to the source of the light to investigate. As RAEKE approached the crest of the hill, he observed an individual dressed in a glowing green metallic uniform and wearing a helmet with visor. RAEKE immediately challenged the individual; however, the individual refused to stop and kept walking towards the rear fence line of L-9. RAEKE aimed his M-16 rifle at the intruder and ordered him to stop. The intruder turned towards RAEKE and aimed a object at RAEKE which emitted a bright flash of intense light. The flash of light struck RAEKE’S M-16 rifle, disintegrating the weapon and causing second and third degree burns to RAEKE’S hands. RAEKE immediately took cover and concealment and radioed the situation to JENKINS, who in turn radioed a 10-13 distress to Lima Control. JENKINS responded to RAEKE’S position and carried RAEKE back to the SAT [Security Alert Team] vehicle. JENKINS then returned to the rear fence line to stand guard. JENKINS observed two intruders dressed in the same uniforms, walk through the rear fence line of L-9. JENKINS challenged the two individuals but they refused to stop. JENKINS aimed and fired two rounds from his M-16 rifle. One bullet struck one intruder in the back and one bullet struck one intruder in the helmet. Both intruders fell to the ground; however, approximately 15 seconds later both returned to an upright position and fired several flashes of light at JENKINS. JENKINS took cover and the light missed JENKINS. The two intruders returned to the east side of the hill and disappeared. JENKINS followed the two and observed them go inside a saucer shaped object approximately 30′ in diameter and 20′ thick. The object emitted a glowing greenish light. Once the intruders were inside, the object climbed vertically upwards and disappeared over the Eastern horizon. BAF [Backup Alert Force] #1 arrived at the site at 2230hrs., and set up a security perimeter. Site Survey Teams arrived at the site (0120hrs.) and took radiation readings, which measured from 1.7 to 2.9 roentgens. Missile Maintenance examined the missile and warhead and found the nuclear components missing from the warhead. COL. SPRAKER, Wing Cmdr, arrived at the site and declared the site a National Defense Area and ordered all non-essential personnel out of the area. All evidence found at the scene and the follow-up report will be classified by order of COL. Spraker.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: RAEKE was treated at the Base Hospital by MOD [Medical Officer of the Day] (Capt) Sanders for second and third degree radiation burns to each hand. RAEKE was Air-O-Vac’d to an unspecified location. RAEKE’S M-16 rifle could not be located at the site.