US Army Space and Missile Defense Command
Northeastern North Dakota
Vacant as of Summer ’05
Photos by Robert Hinnenkamp
In the Cold War, North Dakota was a northern stronghold of military technology; a frontline of defense against evils which could strike from over the North Pole at any moment. The state boasted numerous Air Force Bases, Radar Bases, and Space and Missile Defense facilities like this one. Indeed, Grand Forks Air Force Base can briefly be seen on a map in the movie “WarGames” as a supposed Soviet “First-Strike” target.
Another notable former base in North Dakota is a former Early Warning Radar base just south of Minot. At last check, that base had been bought by a developer and turned into a housing development.
RSL #3 is part of the Safeguard System which was headquartered near Nekoma.
MINUTEMAN LAUNCH CONTROL FACILITY
Decommissioned in 1998
Site Visitor Dave D. wrote to clarify our information on the site shown below, saying this was a Minuteman Missile launch control facility attached to Grand Forks Air Force Base, and that it was decommissioned in 1998. Thanks for the clarification Dave!