The U-S Air Force and the Army Corps of Engineers are holding town hall meetings tonight in Kimball and tomorrow in Pine Bluffs, Wyo, on upcoming land purchases as part of the proposed Sentinel Program.
Tentatively scheduled to break ground this fall, Sentinel will modernize the nation’s existing Minuteman III systems, which have missile silos in the Panhandle and eastern Wyoming as well as in Montana and North Dakota.
The Sentinel Program upgrades include the silos, control centers and other ground infrastructure both at and away from the three Air Force bases in charge of the missiles: F-E Warren in Cheyenne, Malmstrom in Montana; and Minot in North Dakota.
The evening town hall meetings are intended to inform landowners and the local public about the real estate acquisitions needed in conjunction with the upgrades including temporary construction easements and new permanent easements for utility corridors and tower sites.
The town halls will both start at 6:00 and will be informal. The Air Force will set up stations to explain the timeline and process with experts available to answer questions. .
The Kimball meeting is at The Sagebrush with the Pine Bluffs session in the Community Center.