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9. NIKE Mississippi

Last modified: 27 Apr 2022
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Country: United States    Region: Texas

Latitude: 32° 50' 57" N     Longitude: -99° 57' 20" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed

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Former Nike AD Texas area was split up in 3 parts; the Bergstrom, Dallas/Ft Worth and Dyess air defense areas.

- The Bergstrom area with HQ Bergstrom AFB, Army units defended this SAC base and the Austin region from these missilesites:
- The Dallas/Ft Worth area was manned Army and Army NG from 1960 to 1969. Air-Defense Command Post DF-30DC was at Duncanville AFS, TX in 1959 for Nike missile command-and-control functions and equipped with the AN/GSG-5(V) BIRDIE solid-state computer system.
It consisted of these sites:
1. DF-01 Denton. IFC at 33 16′ 28″ N, 97 7′ 55″ W, LA at 33 17′ 25″ N, 97 8′ 2″ W
2. DF-20 Terrell. IFC at 32 45′ 47″ N, 96 18′ 44″ W, LA at 32 46′ 0″ N, 96 17′ 42″ W
3. DF-50 Alvarado. IFC at 32 23′ 26″ N, 97 10′ 1″ W, LA no remains
4. DF-70 Ft Wolters. IFC at 3250'57.29"N 98 2'39.84"W, LA at 32 51′ 0″ N, 98 3′ 35″ W (both still used by army, purpose unknown)

- The Dyess area was to defend the SAC bombers and Atlas missile silos at and around Dyess AFB. Air-Defense Command Post was at Sweetwater AFS, TX for Nike missile command-and-control functions. The site was equipped with the AN/GSG-5(V) BIRDIE solid-state computer system and later integrated with the USAF Air Defense Command/NORAD Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) air defense radar network.

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