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Anonymous picture
@ 2008-02-07 17:30:13
This is not the command bunker (command post). It is, however, the Alert Facility (aka "Mole Hole") where B-52 'Crew Dogs' and KC-135 'Tanker Toads' lived while on nuclear alert. The underground part of the building is where the sleeping quarters are located, and the upper, exposed story is where the briefing room, cafeteria, day rooms and alert facility manager's office was. Most of these facilities were built between 1957 and 1965, the height of the Cold War. Alert vehicles, trucks, were parked around the building and when the alert klaxon sounded the crews ran to the trucks which then drove them to their aircraft. The goal was to get from the Mole Hole to your aircraft and be ready to takeoff within three (3) minutes. Alerts always seemed to come at the most inopportune time (the middle of the night) and the worst weather conditions.
Anonymous picture
@ 2008-02-18 02:36:23
We lived at Mather A.B. Wonder if this is where my dad went when on "Alert". He was in SAC.
militaryman picture
@ 2013-07-03 14:06:30
It's too bad to see these buildings being demolished, such a cool facility. Looks like the tree is used for Law enforcement driver training now.