Many members of our association were on active duty in missiles or other duties at the time of the October event that almost led to nuclear war. AAFM has commemorated the event on several anniversaries, with a significant event during our National Meeting at Great Falls, MT in October 2012. On this occasion we marked the 50th anniversary of the Crisis and the placing of the first Minuteman missile on alert in the 341st SMW at Malmstrom AFB. AAFM members have taken part at a number of other events commemorating the Crisis and discussed the roles that missileers played during those critical days in 1962.
Commemorating the Cuban Missile Crisis and the First Minuteman on Alert
Commemoration Ceremony at MW Launch Facility
More than 600 AAFM members, guests, missileers from Malmstrom and local civilians took part in a special ceremony in October 2012 at 341st MW Launch Facility A-06, where the first Minuteman was put on alert on 27 October 1962. Speakers included the Commander, Strategic Command, Deputy Commander of AFGSC, 20th AF Commander, 341st MW Commander and the President of AAFM.
A number of AAFM members who were young officers and enlisted members and were part of the effort to put A-06 and the rest of Alpha flight on alert were in the audience. AAFM presented a painting commemorating the event to the 341st MW. Prints of the painting are available in our online store.
View photos of the event.
National Meeting at Great Falls, MT
As part of our National Meeting at Great Falls, MT in October 2012, AAFM put together commemorative patches and lapel pins marking the 50th anniversary of the event. They are available in our online store.
As part of the 2012 commemoration, our association put together a book filled with personal stories of those who lived through the tense months of October and November 1962. Copies of this book are available in the AAFM store.
Articles and Timeline of Events
The AAFM newsletter has included a number of articles and stories about the Crisis, including a multi-part "timeline" of events. The newsletter index (PDF) lists all of these articles.
2012 Briefing of the Cuban Missile Crisis
A copy of the "Cuban Missile Crisis" briefing presented by the AAFM executive director at the Great Falls National Meeting, and the expanded version presented during the 2012 AFGSC Challenge (the bomb and missile comp), is available. This PowerPoint presentation includes the script for the briefing.