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oak, and ponderosa pine. It looks like the backdrop of an old Hollywood western, just another gorgeous Rocky Mountain vista. And yet Cheyenne Mountain is hardly
pristine. One of the nation’s most important military installations lies deep within it, housing units of the North American Aerospace
Command, the Air Force Space Command, and the United States Space Command. During the mid-1950s, high-level officials at the Pentagon
worried that America’s air defenses had become vulnerable to sabotage and attack. Cheyenne Mountain was chosen as the site for a topsecret, underground combat operations center. The mountain was hollowed out, and fifteen buildings, most of them three stories high, were
erected amid a maze of tunnels and passageways extending for miles. The four-and-a-half-acre underground complex was designed to survive
a direct hit by an atomic bomb. Now officially called the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, the facility is entered through steel blast
doors that are three feet thick and weigh twenty-five tons each; they automatical...
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- Spring '08