Country: United States Region: S Dakota
Latitude: 44° 10' 59" N Longitude: -102° 17' 52" E
Area use / Military Branches: 44 OG / 66 MS. Deactivated
Former 44 Ops Grp / 66 Msl Sqn Minuteman ICBM field. 66th activated in 1962 as a SAC ICBM missile squadron, trained with the 850th SMS in Titan I ops but made operational with LGM-30B Minuteman I missiles in 1963. Upgraded to LGM-30F Minuteman II in 1972.
Remained on Cold War nuclear alert until in response to President Bush's directive to stand down the Minuteman II.
Dissipated launch codes and pin safety control switches were at 15 launch control facilities.
Deactivation of the entire missile complex ended in the summer of 1993; squadron deactivated 1993.
Former Missile Alert Facilities (A-E flights, each controlling 10 missiles) located as grid:
A-01 19.9 mi S of Howes, SD, 44°19′52″N 102°03′03″W
B-01 7.5 mi NxNW of Wall SD, 44°05′56″N 102°17′01″W
C-01 10.1 mi N of Philip SD, 44°11′01″N 101°42′09″W
D-01 6.7 mi SxSW of Cottonwood SD, 43°52′40″N 101°57′42″W
E-01 6.3 mi NxNE of Kadoka SD, 43°55′12″N 101°28′52W
|November, 21st of 2002||Andrews AFB -> Kairo|
|November, 21st of 2002||Guantanamo -> Andrews AFB|
|November, 25th of 2002||Andrews AFB -> Frankfurt|
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