Minuteman Missile
Historic Resource Study
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The purpose of this study is to bring to light the history and context of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. To achieve this goal, a number of individuals and organizations have generously shared their knowledge and resources. Our special thanks extend to the staff of the National Park Service, including project manager Ron Cockrell, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Historian Sue Lamie, Badlands National Park Superintendent William R. Supernaugh, contract manager Ron Eilefson, Mary McVeigh and Dan Savage of the Denver Service Center, Historic American Engineering Record staff, and additional National Park Service staff that reviewed and commented on the study.

We would also like to thank individuals at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota who offered support and provided access to research materials, including Tim Pavek, Environmental Engineer with the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron; Cheryl Cordray, Rich Kauk, and Dan Rexroad in the Real Estate division of the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron; and Staff Sergeant Dennis Wilkinson of the Ellsworth Air Force Base the 28th Bomb Wing History Office.

We are especially grateful to the individuals who took the time to be interviewed thereby providing valuable insight on many topics of this study. Our thanks go to: Jay Davis, Ted Hustead, John LaForge, Wendy McNiel, Gene Williams, and Tom Wilson.

Our appreciation is extended to several individuals and organizations that offered their support and resources, including Charles Simpson of the Association of Air Force Missileers; Ron Alley of the South Dakota Air and Space Museum; Michael L. Faust of Peter Kiewit and Sons' Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska, for sharing historic construction images and company newsletters; Bonnie Urfer and the Nukewatch organization for providing information and sharing photographs; and the staff of the South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office.

In addition our thanks go to the staffs of the various repositories with whom we consulted during the course of research for this project: Dr. Frederick Shaw and Joseph Caver and the staff of the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama; the Air University Library at Maxwell Air Force Base; Bill Burr and the staff of the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C.; the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston; the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas; the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri; the National Archives and Records Administration; the Boeing Archives; and the South Dakota State Historical Society State Archives.

This report was prepared under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey A. Engel, Principal Investigator. Christina Slattery of Mead & Hunt served as the project manager and primary author, with contributions from Mary Ebeling, Erin Pogany, and Amy R. Squitieri of Mead & Hunt. The report was also prepared with assistance from Emily Schill, Matthew Becker, and Victoria Redstone of Mead & Hunt.

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Last Updated: 19-Nov-2003