Lloyd M. Isley Interview, 23 August 2001

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on call to go out and take care of any alarms that they might have had or anything that may need to be done.
TT:After 5 p.m. in the evening?
MI:Yeah, generally, but they could call you out in the middle of the day if they had something that needed to be done and didn't have anybody to send out, they'd call you in the middle of the day. You were basically on standby 24 hours a day for a week, but they generally saved you for nighttime.
TT:Why would they be sending you out to do maintenance at night?
MI:They'd get alarms and they just liked to—sometimes they were emergencies, but they had people on standby and they didn't like to think that they had been sleeping all day and were gonna sleep all night so they generally found something for you to do. They might have an alarm that had been there for several days and then they'd grab you and send you out, and in that situation, if you didn't have to penetrate where the missile was two of you could go out and penetrate the soft support building and you just took a key and a code. And if you had to penetrate the silo though, that took a different type of Air Force personnel to go out. In our shops there were missile maintenance people who were of a different training. They had to be the ones to penetrate where the missile was and they had to have a policeman with them, Air Police.
TT:It took about six people then?
MI:Well, I would say it would take at least three.
TT:Explain the procedure for opening the missile silo.
MI:Well, they'd have a code—before they left base they would have the code and the keys that they would need.
TT:So they'd meet up with you at the site?
MI:Or we would ride with them depending on what the situation was.
TT:They'd have a code and key, and you'd have a separate code?
MI:No, if they were going to be there we wouldn't even need a code or a key, they would have that set up and the cop would have a separate code and a key so, no one person could—
TT:—two codes and two keys.
MI:Yeah. They might ride together, but they've got different codes and different keys and that's the way they would, you know, would eliminate anybody going out there and—
JK:Now did one of those codes come from the Flight Security Controller at the LCF?

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