ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Brig. Gen. Scott Clancy, deputy commander, Alaskan NORAD Region, will address “The US and Canada in NATO: 50 Years of Alliance” at the Friends of Nike Site Summit (FONSS) dinner/tour fundraiser on Thursday, June 20.
The event begins at 5:15 p.m. at the Alpenglow Chalet in Arctic Valley. After the dinner, participants can take a bus tour of Site Summit from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
FONSS is also hosting morning and afternoon tours of Site Summit on Saturday, Aug. 17. A hiking tour in July has already been filled by those who had been on an advance notification list.
The on-line registration link for all the events is: www.planetreg.com/NSS-2019.
Those without Internet access can reserve by calling (907) 929-9870 and making payment and reservation arrangements.
The tour price includes round trip bus transportation to Site Summit from the Arctic Valley Lodge parking lot. Tour prices range from $53 to $140 depending on the event and student/veteran/senior citizen status of the participant. Children ages 12 and older are welcome.
Reservations are required no less than five days in advance.
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.