EXCLUSIVE: Former Minuteman commander slams Pentagon officials for saying they knew nothing about UFO incident that shutdown nuclear missiles at US airbase in 1967 because he reported it to DoD LAST YEAR
A former Minuteman commander at a secret nuclear silo has slammed Pentagon officials for telling Congress they had no information about UFOs shutting down intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at a military base in 1967 – even after he reported the incident to the UFO task force last year.
Robert Salas was on-duty commander of the underground launch facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana in March 1967 when a mysterious red orb allegedly flew over and all ten of their nuclear missiles inexplicably shut down for several hours.
He reported the shocking incident to his superiors at the time, has told his story repeatedly over the past two decades, and reported the incident to the government’s UFO task force in 2021.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, the ex Air Force captain said task force officials told him last summer they already knew about the incident and didn’t need to speak to him.
Robert Salas (right as a young airman) has claimed Pentagon officials lied about not having information about a mysterious UFO incident that deactivated US nuclear missiles in 1967 during a congressional hearing Tuesday
Salas was on-duty commander of the underground launch facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana in March 1967 when a mysterious red orb allegedly flew over and all ten of their nuclear missiles inexplicably shut down for several hours
But when asked about the case in an historic congressional hearing Tuesday, Pentagon chiefs said they had no data on it – leaving Salas, 81, ‘disappointed and shocked.’
Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie were grilled by the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday in the first public hearing on UFOs in over 50 years.
When asked about the Malmstrom incident, Bray told lawmakers: ‘That data is not within the holdings of the UAP [unidentified aerial phenomena] task force… I have heard stories, I have not seen the official data on that.’
Salas held a press conference in Washington DC last October to raise awareness of the incident and other UFO-related shutdowns of nuclear missiles.
He told DailyMail.com that before the event he sent his evidence to the Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General who was reviewing the work of the government’s UFO unit.
‘I sent the Inspector General my information, documents, my story in some detail, and of course invited them specifically to attend my press conference in DC,’ Salas said.
‘After the conference, I contacted somebody who was in touch with the UAP Task Force. The response I got was: “We already know your story so unless you’ve got something new, we don’t need to hear what you’ve got to say”.’
‘That’s why it shocked me that Mr. Moultrie didn’t seem to know anything about it – or if he did, he was wanting to avoid the topic.
A Strategic Air Command document released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) says ‘all ten missiles in echo flight at Malmstrom lost strat alert within ten seconds of each other’ and notes a ‘grave concern’ about the case
Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray (left) and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie were grilled by the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday in the first public hearing on UFOs in over 50 years
Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray plays a video of an ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’, commonly referred to as UFOs, during Tuesday’s UFO hearing
‘The shutting down of nuclear missiles, obviously, is a national security concern that they should have considered.
‘Because Congressman [Mike] Gallagher pushed it, finally Moultrie agreed to take a look at these incidents. So I’m looking forward to briefing him once I get the call.
‘I’ve been just waiting to hear from them. I offered to even go there on my own expense. I would be happy to fully brief any congressman, or anybody from DoD.’
Salas, who lives in California, said the ICBM shutdown he witnessed was on March 24, 1967 at the Oscar Flight Launch Control Center near Roy, Montana.
He said one of the airmen standing watch above the 60ft-deep bunker saw ‘a star begin to zig-zag across the sky’, zip closer, then ‘hover outside the front gate’.
Security guards described it as glowing red and saucer-shaped. Salas said one who came close to the object was injured.
Seconds later, klaxons and warning lights underground went off warning that the nukes had become inactive.
‘Within the next few seconds, we had lost six to eight missiles to a ‘No-Go’ [inoperable] condition,’ Salas said.
The incident was preceded by a similar event just eight days earlier, on March 16, 1967, at another nearby nuclear base, Echo-Flight Launch Control Center, about 15 miles north of Lewistown, Montana.
Photo of Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana in 2009
One clip shown at Tuesday’s Congressional hearing was taken from a Navy cockpit in a training area and shows a spherical object floating by the aircraft
This file video grab image obtained April 28, 2020 courtesy of the US Department of Defense shows part of an unclassified video taken by Navy pilots that have circulated for years showing interactions with ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’
A Strategic Air Command document released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) says ‘all ten missiles in echo flight at Malmstrom lost strat alert within ten seconds of each other’ and notes a ‘grave concern’ about the case.
At his DC press conference last October, Salas presented a recording of a phone call between himself and the Echo Flight Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander Colonel Walter Figel where Figel recounted also receiving reports from his security guards of ‘a UFO hovering over the site.’
The FOIA documents describe the results of an official investigation into the incident, which concluded it ‘could not discover the cause’ and chalked it up as a ‘freak incident’.
‘We’ve got documents to support these. We’ve got witness testimonies,’ Salas said.
‘Their ability to disable all 10 intercontinental ballistic missiles within seconds, I think was a message regarding our folly in having nuclear weapons in the first place, and we ought to get rid of them.’