Almaden Air Force Base, Basik Jaber, Cold War

History of the Almaden Air Force Station


On April 18, 2018 historian Basik Jaber gave an extended lecture on the history of the Almaden Air Force Base that was operational from 1958 to 1980. The base served as a radar detection site for ballistic missiles coming eastbound.

The original radar building had a detection range of 200 miles, whereas the second radar building had additional radar range. The second building was reinforced with concrete thick enough to withstand an atomic blast.