Robert "Michael" O'Connor was born in Altoona, Pa. He graduated from high school in Maryland, and enlisted in the Air Force in 1966. Since he was an apprentice in the electrician's union he was accepted for bypass tech school. Assigned to Minot AFB, his first duties were maintaining the electrical systems in the PRIDE Building. After ten months, he was assigned to the 91st Strategic Missile Wing, and eventually became team chief for a Facilities Maintenance Team. He completed his tour of duty in 1970.
During the UFO events, O'Connor, with his partner Isley, were driving five miles north of the N-7 Launch Facility, when they observed a UFO in the east at 2:30 a.m. They reported the observation to Base Operations, who established an open-line of communications with the remote observers. After arriving at N-7, they continued to observe the bright UFO circling south of the facility and reported to FSC Bond. He continued to observe the UFO until at least 3:45 a.m. After the B-52 radar encounter, they returned to base passing by the O-7 break-in. He was interviewed during the official investigation and completed an Air Force Form 117 questionnaire.