Cheyenne Mountain Division

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Cheyenne Mountain Division
Cheyenne Mountain.jpg
Cheyenne Mountain AFS includes the serpentine access road (NORAD Rd, left-to-right) to the parking area (right of center) near the tunnel entrance (small black rectangle). NORAD Rd provides access to the south portal road (diagonally toward left) and to a SH 115 interchange (not shown) on the west side of Fort Carson. As with Pennsylvania's Site R, the bunker has a ventilation outlet (upper right of center). Southwest is Blue Mountain (upper left).[1]
Active July 28, 2006 - present
Country United States, Canada
Type North American Aerospace Defense Command unit
Size tbd
Anniversaries 2006[when?] (began "warm standby")

The Cheyenne Mountain Division is a joint and binational military organization at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station[2] in the Cheyenne Mountain nuclear bunker. The Division is responsible for several centers collecting data from a worldwide surveillance network of satellites, radars, and other sensors for year-round processing in real time.[citation needed] The centers include the Air Warning Center, Missile Correlation Center, Systems Center, Weather Center, and the Command Center. The Division maintains a skeleton crew at the Cheyenne Mountain facility as a "warm standby"[3] to a joint NORAD-NORTHCOM center[4] at Peterson Air Force Base which conducts the day-to-day operations once done at the Cheyenne complex.

Over 200 men and women from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Canadian Forces work at the facility.[citation needed]

Previous designations[edit]

  • Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center in 1966[5]
  • Cheyenne Mountain Complex by 1987[5]
  • Cheyenne Mountain Directorate until 2006[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cheyenne Mountain (Google-designated summit) (Map). Google Maps. copyright 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-22.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station Official website
  3. ^ http://science.howstuffworks.com/norad2.htm
  4. ^ Zubeck, Pam (June 16, 2006). "Cheyenne Mountain’s fate may lie in study contents". The Gazette (Colorado Springs). Retrieved 2012-07-22. Cheyenne Mountain's command center was revamped at a cost of $13 million in 2003 and 2004. 
  5. ^ a b Del Papa, Dr. E. Michael; Warner, Mary P. (October 1987). A Historical Chronology of the Electronic Systems Division 1947-1986 (Report) (ESD-TR-88-276 (AD-A201 708)). Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  6. ^ "Cheyenne Mountain Complex". website: North American Aerospace Defense Command. NORAD.mil. Retrieved 2012-07-19. The Cheyenne Mountain facility became fully operational as the NORAD Combat Operations Center on April 20, 1966. ... On July 28, 2006, the Cheyenne Mountain Directorate was re-designated as the Cheyenne Mountain Division