Re: [coldwarcomms] HERT(was "Ghost Hollow" Reapers)
- Didn't want to mention it back in 2006, but now that they're long out
of there & the info is declassified, the primary forward operating
location of SAC/STRATCOM HERT, et; al for the at least the early 1980s
onward was the Cornhusker Army Ammo Plant near Grand Island,
Nebraska. A secured installation with lots of space for sneaky stuff,
not to close & not too far from Offutt AFB. I think it was _Nuclear
Battlefields_ that mentioned HERT would often deploy to NE ARNG's Camp
Ashland for exercises such as 'Global Shield,' which always provided a
good opportunity to hear HERT on HF/SSB radio & associated half-hearted
jamming by opposition forces.
Although Cornhusker AAP being the primary OL & maintenance depot for
HERT, CMAH, et al. should have been classified, SAC had an unclassified
HQ SAC publication abbreviated MASCOT (Missile, Air & Space Career
Opportunity ___ or something like that) that listed current & future SAC
officer & enlisted personnel staffing requirements, broken down by
speciality code & location. You didn't have to be too smart to
comprehend that the positions required to staff a mysterious SAC
Operating Location # at Cornhusker AAP would be to operate an alternate
command post or emergency relocation site -- the HERT/CMAH/MCCC..
On 6/24/2010 10:05 AM, OZOB99 wrote:
> Found brief reference to HERT in a couple of URL's:
> also in this previousley posted Green Pine page:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org
> <mailto:coldwarcomms%40yahoogroups.com>, hooligan@... wrote:
> > In a message dated 10/30/2006 6:16:24 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> > mcfoster@... writes:
> > Anyone have info on this Squadron? Google does not yield much.
> > 9/29/2006 - OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AFPN) -- The 55th Mobile
> > Command and Control Squadron here was officially inactivated Sept. 27
> > after 28 years of service.
> > *******
> > The mission had been known as Headquarters Emergency Relocation Team
> > ("HERT") for much of the SAC days. They were known as "Det 1" (55th
> > Detachment 1) in the inititial STRATCOM days, then the 55th
> Operations Squadron,
> > before evolving into 55th MCCS/55th CS. So the mission might have
> been around
> > for 28 years, but NOT the 55th MCCS.
> > The HERT moniker was replaced with SCCC -- Survivable Command Control
> > Center during the later SAC/early STRATCOM days, then CMAH --
> CINCSTRAT Mobile
> > Alternate Headquarters, & then after SECDEF Rumsfeld sent out his
> > about "CINC," it just became known as the USSTRATCOM Commander's Mobile
> > Alternate Headquarters. Finally it & similar platforms operated by
> other commands
> > became known as Mobile Consolidated Command Centers.
> > They did pre-deploy some stuff at sites outside of the Omaha area,
> and in
> > the old days, could be heard on HF radio a lot during major
> exercises, but by
> > the mid-1990s, technology allowed them to mostly rely on a diversity of
> > UHF/SHF/EHF satellite gear for voice & record-mode circuits.
> > Unless some of the other entities operating similar MCCCs retire
> theirs, I
> > doubt STRATCOM or 55th Wing Public Affairs wil have any photos to
> share. I
> > assume STRATCOM was allowed by JCS to drop their ground-mobile command
> > center program due to the availability & maturity of the E-6B
> airborne command
> > post fleet.
> > Tim
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