Recent Attack on Nike Missile Site

attackers defaced this missile assembly building

attackers defaced this missile assembly building

An unknown number of attackers recently infiltrated NIKE Missile Site HM-69, near Homestead AFB. They recklessly entered area despite heavy security and counter-measures. The only reported losses are to the integrity of this gallant memorial to the Cold War. The punks apparently sprayed graffiti at several locations in a remote area of the former missile site. Plans are underway to increase surveillance and repair the damage.

Ranger describes the purpose of the launch bunker

Ranger describes the purpose of the launch bunker

The ICBM program was anchored at this outpost, deep within the Everglades National Park. Nowhere was the NIKE Missile defense so engaged and tested as at HM-69, according to our tour guide, Kirk Singer, Captain, USMC Ret’d. Captain Singer provided an excellent narrated tour of the missile site, showing us the missile assembly building, the three missile barns, and the launch pads.

Visitors expressed shock and outrage at this vandalism. Most of the visitors grew up well aware of the Cold War and appreciate the service valiantly given by the servicemen. A half-dozen of the men in our party served in the U.S. Armed Forces during that tense period. Several of the visitors were actively engaged in some facet of the U.S. air defense forces.

A highly suitable perimeter defense agent

A highly suitable perimeter defense agent

We all left with a greater appreciation for the training and duties carried out by our Armed Forces. And we carry an increased disappointment and anger toward misguided souls who express their art on national monuments. Maybe a well-stocked moat around the missile site would work? Hey punks, look who’s waiting for you!

Gorgeous Great Blue Heron

Gorgeous Great Blue Heron

There are more photos from our visit today to the Nike Missile Site and from the Everglades National Park. See the rest of our photos from today’s trip here.

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6 responses to “Recent Attack on Nike Missile Site

  1. I enjoy the wildlife photography. We must include the Everglades as a Florida stop next year.

    • If I only knew what I was looking at — I mean, I learned the American Alligator, and maybe the heron and ibis and ahinga. Still leaves a few to learn, you know? We’ll return for another visit. They have a campground, Long Pine, with first-come, first-served camping, no reservations.

  2. I still don’t know the difference between an alligator and a crocodile.
    Thanks for the word on campground. See you in Madison if not before (as you come by here.)

    • American alligators have a severe overbite, are much darker-colored, and only their upper teeth, if any, show with snout closed. American crocodiles have a prominent bottom-row fourth tooth on each side, show both upper and lower teeth with snout closed, and are much lighter color (olive). There are, no doubt, other differences but we remembered these from our introductions yesterday.

      Jim

  3. name correction for past two posts
    Hunt (not Hut, as in hut two three four, etc.)
    (old laptop keeps missing letter

  4. To see my Anhinga photo, go to this web and look as Class A entries. It was near Punta Gorda after our visit with you.

    http://www.stlcameraclub.com/2008-09-club-year/weekly-results/2009-02-18/2009-02-18-projected-nature.php

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