2005, 7, 10-11; and O’Connor, AF-117, 8. In addition: Isley 2001, 8-9; and
Isley, AF-117, 8.
For a brief description of SSgt. Bond’s workstation in the
LCF, authorization procedures, and the use of code packs,
see: Bond 2005, 9-10.
Also, SSgt. Smith explains the routine of a Flight Security Controller, see:
Smith 2001, 4-9. Regarding
the “two-man rule,” Bond recalls: “What you have to remember about nuclear
weapons, there always [has to] be two of everything. SAC two-man policy is what
they called it; and believe it or not, I can still recite this: ‘Any time a
completed nuclear weapon, a disassembled nuclear weapon, or a nuclear component
is not in complete secure storage, not less than two authorized persons each
capable of detecting incorrect procedures with respect to the task being
performed, will be allowed physical presence of the weapon.’ You had better
know that policy. It was to keep one person from doing something the other
didn’t know anything about”
The Launch (Soft) Support Building housed electrical distribution equipment,
a back-up generator, and brine chiller to maintain temperature and
humidity-controlled air for the launch equipment in the silo. Bruce Ecker’s
spherical panoramic image of a 1963 Launch Support Building at Ellsworth, AFB
is available from: http://nonplused.org/panos/minuteman/html/delta09_support.html.