Colorado Archaeological Society
Pikes Peak Chapter
Colorado Springs, Colorado


August 15, 2017

The Cheyenne Mountain Citadel: Its Construction & Enduring Legacy

Presented by Rick Sturdevant, PhD

Construction of the NORAD Combat Operations Center – inside Cheyenne Mountain – answered immediate Cold War requirements for survivability in the event of nuclear war. Built in the early 1960s, innovative techniques used to carve out a cavern for this facility became useful in subsequent large-scale excavation projects. Within that cavern, a virtually self-sufficient community occupied windowless, multi-story steel buildings. After five decades of round-the-clock operations, the Cheyenne Mountain Complex remains an architectural megastructure vital to the security of both the United States and Canada. Join us to learn fascinating details about the construction of this impressive and unique citadel.

About the presenter Rick W. Sturdevant, PhD joined the US Air Force History and Museums Program in 1984 and has been Air Force Space Command deputy director of history since 1999. An internationally recognized authority on US military space history, he appears frequently as a lecturer on aerospace history topics and, in addition to writing classified official histories, has published extensively in open literature. He serves on the editorial board of Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly and is editor of the International Academy of Astronautics history series. Sturdevant’s professional honors include the Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award, the American Astronautical Society (AAS) President’s Recognition Award, and election as an AAS Fellow.

Join us for a free educational and entertaining evening:

  • Pre-meeting Dinner
  • (On your own)
  • Time: 5:30 PM
  • Panera Bread
  • 7344 North Academy Blvd
  • Colorado Springs
  • 719-522-1100