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In reference to recent advertisements and interest expressed in numerous publications regarding a National Press Club review of "the vital issue of UFO incursions at U.S. nuclear weapons sites over the past six decades", please bear in mind that officers who were actually present at Malmstrom AFB in March 1967 -- including all of the officers at Echo Flight and Oscar Flight with the exception of only Robert Salas, one of the two organizers of this event -- have repeatedly made claims insisting that UFOs were not involved.
You are welcome to believe whatever you like, but both Robert Salas and Robert Hastings have been repeatedly accused of lying about and/or embellishing details of these incidents by those military veterans who served their nation well during the hottest period of the Vietnam War and the coldest of the Cold War. Those wishing to know exactly what happened in 1967, and why the missiles at Echo Flight actually failed, are encouraged to examine
The commander of Echo Flight on March 16, 1967, MAJ (Ret.) Eric D. Carlson, recently released the following statement: "Let me start by stating that, as best as I can recall, my only contact with Salas and Hastings has been on the phone. I did tell Salas that he could release my name to whomever he wished, don't know why he needed my permission. I have talked to a newspaper writer in Great Falls, several years age, and a TV producer from one of those UFO shows. With both these individuals I denied any knowledge of any UFO's at Malmstrom. In addition, I stated that there was no, repeat no, incident at Oscar flight as Salas maintains. The man is either lying or delusional.
Any representatives of the press who wish to discuss this matter with those who were actually present, and can report with far more accuracy the events at Malmstrom AFB in March 1967, are encouraged to contact James Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org -- I can very easily put you in contact with my father, the commander of Echo Flight in March 1967, who was present when all ten missiles were taken off
Frankly, I've never needed his assitance to contact Col. Figel -- I've managed to do so quite easily on my own. The fact that I have been reticent to discuss the matter in more detail has very little to do with cowardice. I have, in fact, contacted Col. Figel, but didn't feel that it would be very ethical to discuss in detail the event he recalls without securing first his complete cooperation, authority, and permission to do so. Having secured that this very evening,
I am now prepared to discuss the matter in full. I can also add, very strongly, that my father never lied to me about anything, as Hastings claims, and that his recollections match exactly those of Col. Figel's. I've "slandered and libeled" nobody, and I can say with complete confidence today that both Robert Hastings and Robert Salas have knowingly mislead their entire audience into believing a lie they were well aware of in order to sell their books.