Emails from the Air Force about mysterious drones in Colorado reveal security issues near ICBM silos
Newly issued e-mails from the Air Force have revealed the confusion and concern through massive sightings of mysterious drones near nuclear missile silos.
The drone observations in December and January were in Northeast Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas, the same area where the 90th Missile Wing operates 150 Minuteman III rocket silos.
Heavily edited emails published by The ride reveal that the 90th Security Group Staff and the public affairs agency at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, the wing headquarters, the sightings with the drone took seriously, and scrambled to find out the source of the.
The case of the mysterious drones is still unresolved, but sightings seem to have subsided after a flurry of sightings caused the creation of a task force and a statement from the Colorado governor.
Now the released Air Force emails reveal a glimpse of the internal response to Warren AFB, including a theory that the drones are dropping ‘space potatoes’ onto agricultural fields, and another that the observations were actually Starlink satellites being launched by Space X from Elon Musk.
The drone observations in December and January were across Northeast Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas, the same area where the 90th Missile Wing operates ICBM silos
Areas with sightings can be seen on the map above, in the area where the 90th Missile Wing operates approximately 150 Minuteman III underground silos
Aviators of the 90th Maintenance Group see ICBMs in alarm status in December within the F.E. Warren rocket complex. The Minuteman III replaced the peacemaker at F.E. Warren in the seventies
The emails were obtained on the basis of a Freedom of Information Act request from Douglas D. Johnson, a volunteer investigator who works in collaboration with the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU).
An e-mail from the 90th Security Forces Group of 8 January 2020 states that the drones are ‘100000000000% not us’.
‘I have seen some articles that point the finger at us [sic], “the sender writes,” but I can certainly say that this is not our team. ”
The emails reveal that the security team was concerned about sightings and exchanged information from local sheriffs departments and the FBI while they were working on investigating the sightings with drones.
“The sheriff’s delegates respond and see the drones too. They reported seeing a ‘mother ship’ with a diameter of 6 ‘flanked by 10 smaller drones (some fixed wings, some not). When delegates follow the drones, they clock them at speeds of 60-70 mph, ”is an email exchange from the 90th Security Forces Group.
Local delegates found what they called ‘space potatoes’ (seen above with a scale dish) dropped by drones. The objects were found to be soil products used by farmers
The mysterious sightings of drones were reported in parts of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska
The email from December 31 continues with sharing one of the more bizarre theories about the drones, apparently coined by delegates with the Perkins County Sheriff’s Office.
‘The drones also seem to drop or pick up things that look like’ potatoes’ [Redacted]says the e-mail.
“The FBI in Colorado and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Omaha are currently investigating the sightings. Perkins County Sherriff’s [sic] Office has frozen three of the potatoes in storage and is likely to transfer them to the FBI for analysis. The FAA is sending an agent to Colorado this coming weekend to help investigate and handle the reporting, “the email says.
Local delegates apparently became convinced that the drones dropped “space potatoes” after discovering strange brown cylinders wrapped in green mesh near drone sightings.
However, the objects in question turned out to be SOILPAM Tracklogs, which farmers use to minimize wheel pressures in circular irrigation systems, according to the Denver Post.
Kites from the 90th maintenance group see ICBMs in the alarm status. The 90th Missile Wing maintains around 150 ICBM silos in the area of sightings with drones
Another email from the 90th Security Forces Group, dated January 16, states that some visible observations at the base station may be due to what sounds like Starlink satellites.
The briefing e-mail states that visual observations of unusual activities above air force installations were almost certainly not dones, because the base uses a very accurate system to detect radio frequencies used to control drones, and not detect them.
‘After viewing the photography and having some quick research, the photos are consistent with [Redacted] satellites. The last launch was January 6, 2020 with 60 satellites, “said the email.
SpaceX launched a rocket on January 6 with 60 of its mini satellites.
The e-mail continues: ‘These satellites are visible to the naked eye if they trust [sic] to their parking height of 550 km, which usually lasts a few weeks; they look like a series of lights in the night sky. “
The emails from Warren’s public affairs office show a first flurry of activity in response to requests from the media, as spokespersons tried to determine if the drone’s observations were related to some sort of military exercise.
SpaceX launched a rocket with 60 of its mini satellites on January 6 (above), and an Air Force officer apparently believed the satellites were being mistaken for drones
A resident in Washington County, Colorado, said he was taking a photo of the inexplicable drones that flew over the northern part of the state in December (photo)
Draft text that was removed from the official statement by the Air Force on the drone mystery was revealed in an email from January 9:
‘The Air Force can combat unmanned aerial systems with non-kinetic options, varying in size from portable technology to larger stationary and mobile systems that can be used on the ground or in the air. Kinetic options to beat UASs [unmanned aerial systems] have also been put into practice and implemented at Air Force Global Strike installations. “
“F.E. Warren AFB does perform UAS and UAS operations, but the drones spotted in Nebraska and Colorado are not part of our fleet. “
“For operational safety reasons, additional details about UAS activities or measures to prevent hostile use of commercial ready-made UASs cannot be released.”
Another e-mail in the same chain explains why certain parts of the last press release were cut:
“[Redacted] wanted to scrub the third and fifth paragraphs. The third paragraph is not really relevant because nobody questions our ability to combat UAS or which SOPs [standard operating procedures] we have protected our means against UAS ‘, according to the e-mail.
‘The most important question is who the drones are for. As far as the fifth paragraph is concerned, we do not see the added value unless the reporters ask about the existing measures to combat hostile use of UASs, “the author continued.
The mysterious drones were first reported in mid-December when many residents reported seeing what looked like large commercial drones that flew a “grid pattern” in what looked like a search.
After a series of reports, sightings, and unsuccessful attempts to take up the drones, the Colorado Department of Public Safety flew an aircraft that could detect heat signatures across the area in question.
A flight of almost five hours found nothing wrong.
A joint task drone force of no fewer than 15 separate agencies was put together to investigate the observations, but no answers were found.