This site is dedicated to preserving the memories from those who served as the first line of defense during the Cold War era. Site Tare or A-2-562 was one of 5 Nike Hercules Batteries that surrounded the Fairbanks/Eielson AFB. The Anchorage/Elmendorf AFB area had an additional 3 sites. Constructed in the late 1950's and becoming operational about 1959 these sites served as our first line of defense for Eielson AFB which was home to a squadron of KC-135 Tanker Aircraft and a detachment of F-4 Phantom fighters. Also stationed at Eielson were a group of "Group of Black Aircraft" namely RB-47's,and U-2'S. The Fairbanks sites were operational from 1959 till the early 1970's sites at Anchorage remained operational till 1979. Of all the sites the most intact is "Site Summit"   at Anchorage.  At site Tare A-2-562 the launch bunkers have been taken over by the Army Corps of Engineers they serve as storage for the Chena Lakes flood control project. Battery A became operational 08:00 10 May 1959 making it the first Nike Battery in Fairbanks / Eielson area. Site Point was declared operational just 1 month earlier making it the first site in Alaska.


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Reunion 2022 is now history, after a 3 year pause in reunions there has been a renewed interest in reconnecting with fellow Alaska Nike Vets. So we completed a survey of all Alaska Nike Vet's we have on file and have received 132 completed surveys. The results show that New Orleans to be our  reunion location. The reunion was held Oct. 18 to 20 touring the WW2 museum and the French Quarter.

Pictures of  Reunion 2016 have not been posted in our reunion section if we receive photos from 2016 we will add that page to the site.  Also explore previous reunions as we have photo tours of all. At this time we also have not posted pictures from the New Orleans reunion.

Also with discussion with people from Anchorage there is some interest in having a 10 year anniversary reunion of the 2014 "Cold war Conference Reunion"  more on that will be comming.



Found member's




Eielson AFB Weather Forecast, AK


Links of Interest

Cold War and WWII Secret Stuff

Site Summit Links

Online Air Defense Museum

Ed's Nike Missile Site

New Perk's for all Vets.  

Nike Historical Society

Alaska Nike Sites

The First ABM Site

Air Defense Today

Vets Health Issues

Newsletter Archive





Thanks to QuestionPro for providing us free survey templates for running multiple types of surveys. It aids in strengthening our nonprofit family.






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