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Please note that the Nike defense system was ever changing during its life in the United States from 1954 until the "SALT" treaty in 1974 (1979 for Anchorage Alaska). Sites were constructed, equiped and manned, sites re-named, their units renamed, and sites were closed at a much higher rate than most people were accustomed to. (People tended to think that a military installation was as permanent as taxes, at least until recently.) Some of the reasons for the frequent changes were:
1. The much greater range and power of the Nike Hercules which started replacing the Nike Ajax in 1959 reduced the number of sites required to protect a given area with the same effectiveness.
2. Changing air defense priorities - example the Cuban Missile situation in October 1962 caused some re-location of some systems to quickly constructed above ground sites in Florida.
3. Changing manpower commitments - moved some Nike people to Vietnam.
4. Review of existing situations - such as the merging of the Buffalo and Niagara Defense Areas in 1961.
5. The ever changing funding situation from congress, such as the 1970 defense cut backs.
C - W of Il. 1, H of 187th St. ((P)IL ArNG recruiting
[[Burgess, P] (3/2002) ... . The ING abandoned the site several years ago and it has only just been demolished and converted into a public park. I am trying to get the local park district to erect a plaque remembering the site, but so far no go. I am a US navy vet and thought that the efforts of the Army here should at least warrant a plaque. We'll see how it goes. ]
L - Il 1, S of 187th St ((P)Mercy Health Care/USAR Center)