Friends of Nike Site Summit (FONSS) invites the public to tour historic Site Summit in Arctic Valley this summer.
The tour dates are: a dinner/tour fundraiser the evening of Wednesday, June 20; a hiking tour limited to 20 people on Saturday, July 21; and morning and afternoon tours on Sunday, Aug. 5 and Saturday Aug. 18. Bus seats on the Aug. 5 and Aug. 18 afternoon tours are extremely limited due to advance registrations, but the other tours have ample room for more participants.
The online registration link is: https://www.nikesitesummit.net/nike-site-summit-tours.html
Those without Internet access can reserve by calling (907) 929-9870 and making payment and reservation arrangements. Except for the hiking tour, the tour price includes round trip bus transportation to Site Summit from the Arctic Valley Lodge parking lot. Tour prices range from $30 to $125 depending on the event and student/veteran/senior citizen status of the participant. Children ages 12 and older are welcome.
To comply with Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson security requirements, reservations are required no less than 10 days in advance, and participants must provide birth dates, country of residence and drivers’ license numbers for anyone 16 or older.
Site Summit is culturally significant as the only one of eight Cold War-era Nike-Hercules missile sites in Alaska still standing. Tour participants will talk to veterans who were stationed at Site Summit, find out how the missiles were launched and learn about Alaska’s role in the Cold War.
Friends of Nike Site Summit was formed by local volunteers in 2007 to advocate for the preservation of Site Summit.
In 2009, it partnered with the U.S. Army (now JBER), the National Park Service, and State Historic Preservation Officer to preserve the historic mountaintop fortress overlooking Arctic Valley. FONSS’ mission is to preserve and interpret the site for the education of current and future generations about the Cold War, and, by doing this, memorialize the millions of veterans who served during the Cold War. FONSS is a committee of the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation, and works in cooperation with JBER.