Loring Air Force Base, Alert Area, Southeastern portion of base, east of southern end of runway, Limestone, Aroostook County, ME
Significance: The design of the structures in the Alert Area at Loring Air Force Base (AFB) represents special, strategic modifications of standard Air Force design in response to Soviet weapons advancements. The Alert Area is the physical embodiment of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) Alert mission, and continues to convey its Cold War character. The mission-critical structures of the Alert Area clearly represent the Ground Alert concept of SAC. All aspects of the duty are illustrated: living in close quarters, working with top-secret materials, quick and easy access to aircraft, high-security operations, and swift execution of the takeoff of the alert force in time of emergency.
Survey number: HAER ME-64-E
Building/structure dates: 1959-1986 Initial Construction