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579th celebrates its 50th

May 4, 2012 • Local News

The 579th Strategic Missile Squadron reunion launched on Thursday with a reception buffet at the Best Western Sally Port Inn, as about 30 original members have gathered in the city to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the squadron’s operational status. The men were responsible for maintaining 12 Atlas missile silos that surrounded Walker Air Force Base from 1962-1965, sites manned 24 hours a day and 365 days a year while the squadron was active.

Reunion members will take part in several activities throughout the weekend, beginning with visits to missile sites 4 and 10 this afternoon. On Saturday, the 579th SMS will tour the Walker Aviation Museum, which recently opened an exhibit dedicated to the crew and the Atlas F Login to read more

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