Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida

The claim: Cape Canaveral, 15,804

What it really is: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station originally began as a missile testing ground, and has since evolved into one of the major facilities of the United States space program.

Despite not actually being open to the public, it's in a very open area, and is on flat ground. Any one can see any part of the base at any time (provided they have a boat), making hiding a prison camp here very difficult.

Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Connecticut

The claim: Windsor, 10.8

What it really is: Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory is a government owned facility that is operated by Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation, and is responsible for the research, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of U.S. nuclear-powered warships.

Groton Naval Submarine Base, Connecticut

The claim: New London, 500

What it really is: It's actual name is the Naval Submarine Base New London and is the U.S. Navy's primary submarine base.

The base itself contains housing and support facilities for more than 21,000 civilian workers, active-duty service members and their families, which would make hiding and actually FEMA camp here difficult as there could be potentially hundreds of people find out about it and have it become publicly known.

Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado

The claim: Underground city 2 1/2 miles down super computers here beyond your imagination per Dr. Deagle. Colorado Springs, 3,840

What it really is: Schriever Air Force Base is a fairly large Air Force base, with more than 8100 active duty and guard/reserve personnel, civilian employees, and contractors that operate the base.

As for the claims by Dr. Deagle, I find them highly unlikely. Besides the difficulty of going down that deep into the Earth and hollowing out a space large enough for an underground city, the heat that deep down would make it difficult to work in, and would damage these so called super computers.

As for Dr. Deagle himself, well, he promotes a lot of bizarre conspiracy theories and should not be considered a reliable source for anything.

Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site, Colorado

The claim: Golden, 6,550

What it really is: The Rocky Flats Plant was a highly controversial nuclear weapons production plant that was subject to numerous criminal investigations over it's mishandling of nuclear waste.

The site itself is now closed and is being cleaned and turned into a wild life refugee.

Peterson AFB, Colorado

The claim: Colorado Springs, 1,277

What it really is: Peterson Air Force Base located in Colorado Springs and shares runways with the adjacent City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport under a shared joint civil-military airport arrangement.

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colorado

The claim: It is said that NORAD moved in 2007. Colorado Springs, 451

What it really is: Despite the belief, NORAD still operates here, it's just that the installation is under command of the Cheyenne Mountain Division, and has been so since 2006.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Lowry AFB, Colorado

The claim: Denver, ?

What it really is: Lowry Air Force Base was closed in 1994. The land is now being used for commercial and residential development.

Aurora AFB (formerly Buckley ANGB), Colorado

The claim: Aurora, 3,832

What it really is: The base is actually called Buckley Air Force Base, and is an Air Force Space Command base that serves more than 92,000 active duty, National Guard, Reserve and retired personnel throughout the Front Range community.

Since 2000 the base has been going through a large amount of new construction and modernization, including new enlisted airmen's dormitories, a commissary, a base exchange, a fitness center, and family housing units.  

Travis AFB, California

The claim: Fairfield, 6,258

What it really is: Travis Air Force Base is a major Air Force base located next to Fairfield, and is Nicknamed the "Gateway to the Pacific" due to it handling more cargo and passenger traffic than any other military air terminal in the US.

The base also includes 7,260 active USAF military personnel, 4,250 Air Force Reserve personnel and 3,770 civilians.

The base also hosts the Jimmy Doolittle Air & Space Museum.

Sierra Army Depot, California

The claim: Herlong, ?

What it really is: The Sierra Army Depot is an Army supply depot that has been scaling back operation since the 1990's. By 2001 the depot on had eight ammo storage facilities, about half as many as it did in 1990.

Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, California

The claim: Seal Beach, ?

What it really is: Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach is a weapons and munitions storage, maintenance, and loading facility for the US Navy.

Also located on the site is a World War Two submarine memorial, the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, and several public roads.

Sandia National Laboratories, California

The claim: Livermore, 413

What it really is: Sandia National Laboratories is a nuclear sciences and national security research facility that works for the US Department of Energy and is owned by Lockheed Martin.

Point Loma Naval Weapons Station, California

The claim: San Diego, ?

What it really is: It's actual name is Navel Base Point Loma, and has a base population of over 22,000 military and civilian personnel. The base itself has also been downsized since 1995.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Onizuka AFS, California

The claim: Sunnyvale, 20

What it really is: Onizuka Air Force Station was operated by the 21st Space Operations Squadron, until the base was shut down in 2010.

Point Mugu (Pacific Missile Test Center), California

The claim: Oxnard, 63,031

What it really is: Point Mugu (better known as Naval Base Ventura County) has a base population of over 19,000 personnel and over 100 tenant commands. Because of the sheer amount of people there, the base itself contains multiple buildings necessary for base operations and support.

NAS North Island, California

The claim: Coronado, 2,500

What it really is: Naval Air Station North Island is a near 100 year old Navy base located right next to the city of Coronado, and is surrounded by the city of San Diego, California.

The base hosts 23 aviation squadrons, and 80 additional tenant commands and activities. Because of this it is necessary for the base to have a large amount of support buildings located on it, and due to it's age it is also sometimes necessary to tear down and rebuild old buildings that are no longer functional for the needs of the base.

NAS Moffett Field, California

The claim: Mountain View, 13

What it really is: Moffett Federal Airfield (which is it's actually name) is a joint civil/military airfield and is owned and operated by the NASA Ames Research Center. The only military presence left at the airfield is the California Air National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve.

Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California

The claim: Vallejo, 4,400

What it really is: Mare Island Naval Shipyard was one of the oldest Navy ship yards in the country and was declared a National Historical Landmark in 1975.

The shipyard was closed in 1996.

March ARB, Califonia

The claim: Riverside, 6,486

What it really is: March Air Reserve Base is an Air Force Reserve base (I.E. not the main Air Force), but also contains units from the Army, Navy, and Marine Reserves as wall as the California Air National Guard.

There is also an air show there that is held every two years in March, and there have been several proposals in recent years to make the base a joint military/civilian airport.

Los Angeles Air Force Base, California

The claim: Los Angeles, 239

What it really is: Los Angeles Air Force Base is the headquarters for the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center and is used for the research and development of military space systems. 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California

The claim: Livermore, 7,321

What it really is: The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a Federally funded research and development center and is primarily funded by the Department of Energy. The facility itself is run by the University of CaliforniaBechtelBabcock & WilcoxURS, and Battelle Memorial Institute in affiliation with the Texas A&M University System.

Fort Ord, California

The claim: Seaside, ?

What it really is: Fort Ord closed in 1994 and is now under redevelopment. A state park and a college is now located there. Some of the site is also used for paintball competitions.

Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center

The claim: Monterey, ?

What it really is: The Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center is a Navy facility with the job of providing the Navy with worldwide meteorological and oceanographic support. The facility is operated by both military and civilian personnel.

Energy Technology Engineering Center, California

The claim: Santa Susana, 2,700

What it really is: The Energy Technology Engineering Center was closed in 1998 and is undergoing build removal and environmental remediation by the Department of Energy.

Edwards AFB, California

The claim: Edwards, 301,000

What it really is: Edwards Air Force Base is the home of the Air Force's Flight Test Center and has been the test site for multiple famous military aircraft.

Because this base is a testing facility, and such a large one at that, the base would require multiple large buildings for supporting the aircraft located and tested here. Most of these buildings are located around the runways as well, and not away from them.

The base also has on base housing for families of personnel that are stationed there.

Concord Naval Weapons Station, California

The claim: Concord, 12,000

What it really is: Concord Naval Weapons Station is a former armament storage depot built during World War Two. Much of the base in now closed and is now under consideration by the Navy for local land reuse by the city of Concord.

China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division

The claim: Ridgecrest, 1,122,177

What it really is: Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake is the Navy's largest single largest landholding, and is the Navy's primary research and testing facility.

The base itself only has 620 military personal there. Most of the people who work there are either civilian employees or contractors, combined which makes up a total of 5,900 civilian personal. This combined with the fact that it is in the middle of a desert makes it very unlikely that a FEMA camp could be hidden here.