Inside Manzano

The Life of a Nuclear Special Weapons Storage Site

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About the Book

In the late 1940s, the U.S. Department of Defense established a nuclear weapons depository in the Manzano Mountains of New Mexico. For more than 20 years, Manzano Base served as a maintenance and storage site for some of the most destructive weapons ever created. Operated by the U.S. Air Force, the facility was small and obscure, with highly restricted access. Its covert mission fostered a sense of mystery, leaving the public to speculate about what really went on there. The site was decommissioned in 1992 yet its rich history continues to influence America’s nuclear weapons program. This book tells the story of Manzano and the personnel who served there. Firsthand accounts recall their experiences of nuclear weapons accidents, aircraft crashes, UFO/UAF sightings and a radiation demonstration called “tickling the tiger’s tail.”

About the Author(s)

Charles E. Cabler served with the USAF 1962-1968, stationed at the 3800 Air Base Wing, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama; the 1094 Air Police Squadron Manzano Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the Air Force Reserve, Denver, Colorado. He served during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, earning the National Defense Medal with Ribbon, and service award ribbons for longevity, training, and certificates for small arms expert marksmanship. He is a member of the American Legion, Post 11 in Florence, Alabama, the USAF Police Alumni Association, and a volunteer adviser for the American Corporate Partners Organization, providing career guidance to military personnel as they transition into civilian life. He lives in Florence, Alabama.

Bibliographic Details

Charles E. Cabler

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 65 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8887-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4694-7
Imprint: McFarland