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These Rare Photos Of An Underground Military Base In Nebraska From The 1960s Are Astounding

The military has a long and important history in Nebraska, and Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue has played a significant role in the military for more than a century. In the 1950s through 1970s, when fear of nuclear war was at its height, the Strategic Air Command (SAC) was a vital part of our nation’s defense system. These photos from the National Security Archive give a rare look into the top secret underground facility in the late ’50s through the ’60s.

Thankfully the threat of a nuclear attack on the US was never realized, so most of the safeguards in place during this time period were never needed. This then-state of the art facility has since been replaced with a new headquarters, and Offutt AFB continues to play a vital role in the US military. Were you in the military during this time, or did you work at the base? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments!

Delana
Delana is a writer and editor who has lived in Nebraska for most of her life.