This site is dedicated to preserving the memories from those who served as the first line of defense during the Cold War era. Site Tare or A-2-562 was one of 5 Nike Hercules Batteries that surrounded the Fairbanks/Eielson AFB. The Anchorage/Elmendorf AFB area had an additional 3 sites. Constructed in the late 1950's and becoming operational about 1959 these sites served as our first line of defense for Eielson AFB which was home to a squadron of KC-135 Tanker Aircraft and a detachment of F-4 Phantom fighters. Also stationed at Eielson were a group of "Group of Black Aircraft" namely RB-47's,and U-2'S. The Fairbanks sites were operational from 1959 till the early 1970's sites at Anchorage remained operational till 1979. Of all the sites the most intact is "Site Summit"   at Anchorage.  At site Tare A-2-562 the launch bunkers have been taken over by the Army Corps of Engineers they serve as storage for the Chena Lakes flood control project. Battery A became operational 08:00 10 May 1959 making it the first Nike Battery in Fairbanks / Eielson area. Site Point was declared operational just 1 month earlier making it the first site in Alaska.


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Amended Tucson Schedule!

Reunion 2015 is now history, now we move forward to reunion 2016.  The location will be Tucson, AZ. Dates are Oct to Nov. 4  Please enter the reunion section and click on "Reunion 2016" for the details. We have set the Banquet fee's and also set up Hotel room reservations through Desert Diamonds Hotel / Casino. We used them the last time we were in Tucson they did a great job for us.  

Pictures of  Reunion 2015 are now posted in our reunion section click on the link area above.  Also explore previous reunions as we have photo tours of all.


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