Former Manzano Underground Base in Albuquerque

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Coyote Canyon area:
Coyote Canyon area still off-limits to Kirtland Air Force Base personnel in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s weapons research facility of utmost importance…..in plain view

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Construction of this former underground nuclear storage facility began exactly in 1947. It was created to store nuclear weapons/materials such as…

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  1. I worked at this installation from 1983-1987 in the 1608 SPS (so long ago!), mostly swing and midnight shifts, and there was a lot happening at the Sandia Labs sites on the back side of the Manzano Weapons Storage Area. The inside areas of the mountain were mostly shut down and mothballed by that time (since the White House/POTUS mission had moved to NORAD by then). Believe me, there were many sealed and eerie (maybe just because of age and non-use) vaults/chambers inside the largest of the 4 hills…

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  2. Yes. Was born & raised there. Have MANY friends from KAFB that spoke (QUIETLY) of the underground installation that spans more then 6 (six) miles underground. Capable of sustaining life for more then 7 years. Example: should our country be nuked, the POTUS could take his family & friends under HERE, and give orders and direction. They have the safety of this place, where the rest of us would die of nuclear fallout and war devistation.

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  3. I was stationed there '67 thru '70. 1094th Support Squadron. Just a fancy name for Air Police. It as a great base. Large swimming pool, motor pool, bowling alley, good size gymnasium and one of the best mess halls! It also had one of the best softball fields in the state and many tournaments were staged there.  One incident I remember while on midnight shift. About 2 or 3 in the a.m. I was on main gate duty and I noticed a blue light or flare streak shoot above me and I reported it.  After getting off my shift I was in formed the Security and Intelligence personnel wanted to speak to me and in a nice way instructed to keep my mouth shut. Plus I was restricted to the base for about 5 days until further notice.

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  4. Most of my family lives in ABQ and I spent 3 years there from 2008-2011. I heard sensational stories from folks I met. A guy told me that mountain was basically hollow and it has many underground levels. I worked for a local contractor who did a lot of govt jobs and he told me some fascinating tales of some projects his company did at Los Alamos labs. NM is just a mysterious place, I got strange feelings in many places there. Can't really describe it but it's just this vibe or energy I get. 

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  5. My father lives in the village of Tijeras, about 15 miles east of here. My brother and I once walked around this very location. Although not much to look at, it was kind of surreal to imagine what may lie beyond those fences. After serving in the Navy during WWII, as a radar specialist, my grandfather worked at Sandia Lab for several years. He had a PhD in mathematics and was messing with advanced computers, I'm told. He went on to be a long time professor at UNM and was very well known and respected. Before he passed in 2004, I tried to pick his brain about his time at Sandia. He had no sensational stories to tell, yet I sensed he probably had a few. My grandpa was basically a genius and a great American. 

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  6. Interesting that I happen to find this. My husband work on Manzano Base from 1968 to 1972 and had some stories to tell. Did say it was nights very creepy and pitch black during the midnight shifts. This was so long ago has it actually been 46 years ago, wow!!  Had 2 kids while living on Sandia Base Housing.

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  7. Was stationed there back in 85-87… Security Police….boring and eerily quiet on swing and midshifts. Is it still guarded with security police ir open for all to come and go. I see the entry gate is no more.. A new is built just wwrst of the old location. Wow..been 29 yrs since I was stationed there…now I'm old.

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  8. I was thinking about something else, typical night patrol senario" Sat. 3 respond to the back side of the Hill section so & so we have a fence alarm." "10-4." "Wadda you see?" "Just another smokeing porcupine." "10-4 ,stand by while he burns off & we reset the fence line." "10-4."

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  9. Sorry about the misspelling of your 1st name. Ididn't mean that there were unusual things happening there . It was good duty but, extremely boreing. If you go on yahoo there is a site that's one of the 1st ones that has a pretty good handle on the site but, glossing over one of the most interesting aspects the Eisenhower portion. Also check out google earth.

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  10. Notion I doubt that I will be any where near ABQ &I don't know Roy. I was thinking about the lights that Paul saw.. There is a saddle road that goes up & over between 2 of the peaks. We weren't supposed to go up @ over because it was dirt . But, it was kind of a right of passage to try it @ lest once , of course hopeing the flight Sargent didn't catch you. You don't suppose that Paul witnessed some young AF cop exercising his right of passage? Remember MonZoo awaits you.

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  11. Thanks so much mark501w, for your very informative comment. I got an invitation from Roy recently on possibly inviting me to the reunion. It would be so great to hear some of the memorable experiences you all had while serving that location. I would definitely be honored if you all could invite me. 

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  12. As I posted on your part 2 video Norio, I was an Air Policeman up there from 1960 to
    '64. My group has had three reunions back on Manzano since then, with talk of putting another one together. The most interesting one was in 2000, where we got to make "the last patrol," an escorted tour around the roads we use to patrol upon the mountain, plus getting to go inside the mountain to our old command & control center. Brought back alot of memories! 

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  13. It's to bad that someone couldn't collect the unusual stories that the AF cops had to tell all the old timers had some great stories to tell. These stories were openly discussed between us. It would make you believe that it was beyond any concerted conspiracy.

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  14. Thanks, Mark, for your information.
    I sure appreciate this input from you.
    If you look at Part 2 of this, you will notice that it has a view from the eastern side.
    The main reason for posting this item is not because of any sensationalistic value but from the value of importance in those days.

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  15. I worked there in 71-72-73 you must be on the back side. This was a base into itself with a barracks chow hall & motor pool. The actual base has 4 fence lines around it with 10,000 volts running threw it. If you drive past the nuke museum it will take you right in front of the main gate. The Locals said there was a underground submarine base . Go figure? I spent many a night looking up at the sky never say anything unusual.

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  16. wow what a deluded animatron. i wonder if these cloaked assholes in wackenhut and other similar services are so inclined to butt fuck themselves in order to keep the ABC's appeased? Or is it the ABC's shoving the shaft up all of our asses? I wish Paul was here to vindicate the haters. You assholes I wish you would ALL burn in the boiling pits of feces you inadvertently wished towards the resurrected Truth. I LIVE here next door to the late Paul Bennewitz and as such I KNOW you LIE. FUCK U!
    

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  17. I was assigned there from Feb '79 to Sept '80. 1608th Security Police Sq.
    You're standing where Oscar 2 used to patrol. I was on that post many times. BORED to DEATH.
    In my 18 months, two exciting things happened:
    1. Pres.Carter came to town, and we stored his limo in a bunker for a few hours.
    2. A co-worker from Youngstown OH tried to kill himself by taking 18 Advil. Didn't work.

    Never saw anything happen. But those four big fences sure will make your imagination jump.

    Well-protected rocks. 

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  18. I actually live in the Four Hills are off of Central and Tramway – Norio, is there anyway you can tell me the coordinates of this location? I very much want to visit these sites around Kirtland, Manzano, Sandia, Coyote Canyon – or at least as close as I can. I am very fascinated by the Bennewitz experience as related to me via William Steinman in his Aztec book. 

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