Fall Speaker Event - "Blazing Skies: Nike Missiles at Fort Hancock"
Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 7:00 pm
West Park Recreation Center, 615 W Park Ave, Oakhurst, NJ 07755

For anyone who remembers ducking under a school desk in a simulated-nuclear-attack drill, the words COLD WAR are particularly chilling. The next talk in the Museum Speaker Series, “Nuclear Missiles in our Backyard,” offers a behind-the-scenes look at those times. At 7:00, Wednesday, September 14, in the West Park Recreation Center, 615 West Park Avenue, Oakhurst (a new venue), Army veterans Bill Jackson and Kevin McMahon share the story of the Nike anti-aircraft missile system at Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook.

From 1954 until Ft. Hancock closed in 1974, Nike missiles—some equipped with nuclear warheads—stood ready to launch, just 14 miles to our north. They made up one of the country’s most tightly guarded secret defenses against potential Soviet attack. There were close calls. The missiles were on full alert, raised from their underground bunkers, in November 1965 (Northeast Blackout), June 1967 (Six-Day War) and again October 1973 (Yom Kippur War).

Our speakers, stationed at Ft. Hancock during the Vietnam War, share their first-hand knowledge of the Nike Guided Missile System and their enthusiasm for the restoration of the Nike site on Sandy Hook. They are members of the Fort Hancock Nike Association.

Please join us. The speaker event is open to the public, free of charge. Donations are appreciated. Refreshments are served.

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