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Stanley R. Mickelsen SAFEGUARD Complex

SRMSC Site History
The Stanley R. Mickelsen SAFEGAURD Complex (SRMSC) was authorized by congress in 1969, construction began the following year, and Northeastern North Dakota thrived. The population of the community of Langdon swelled from 2,180 in 1970 to over 4,500 in 1974. In January of 1973 installation and testing of components at the Missile Site Radar (MSR) Complex and Remote Site Launch sites began and by December of 1973 live satellite tracking had been accomplished.

Limited operations began in October of 1974 at which time the equipment was manned by command personnel twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. In April of 1975 initial operational capability at the SRMSC was achieved. Stages of operational capability were determined by how many missiles were in the ground. The site became fully operational on October 1, 1975 when 100% of the missiles were in the ground. Then, the following day, October 2, 1975 Congress voted to deactivate the system. Keys to the system were pulled on February 10, 1976 at 2:58 pm. On January 3, 1979 the doors to the MSR pyramid were welded shut. Overall the government had spent $5.7 billion on the site.

SRMSC Site Future

Currently, CCJDA’s largest project is the redevelopment and acquisition of the eastern third of the Stanley R. Mickelsen SAFEGUARD Complex Missile Site Radar.






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