Sunday, 27 March 2016

Cheyenne Mountain

Emblem of Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center.
Emblem of Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I first heard about Cheyenne Mountain as it was the fictitious home to the Stargate programme. According to legend, it is a sleeping dragon that many years ago saved the Ute Tribe. In the Native American story, the Great Spirit punished the people by sending a massive flood, but after they repented, it sent a dragon to drink the water away. The dragon, engorged by the massive amount of water, fell asleep, was petrified and then became the mountain.

Unlike the dragon of legend, the Cheyenne Mountain Complex has never slept during 50 years of operations. Since being declared fully operational in April 1966, the installation has played a vital role in the Department of Defence during both peacetime and wartime.

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