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Nike Missile Site Restoration

Nike Missile Site Restoration Project

Granite Cadet Squadron is a supporter of Maryland Wing's Nike Missile Site restoration project.  The Granite Nike Site, BA-79, is reflected in our unit identifying number, MAR-MD-879 and name.  Our members and families are regular volunteers with the site restoration.  The project lead is CMSgt Tom Reed, a member of our squadron.

Work days are usually the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until at least noon.  For more information contact CMSgt Reed at

You can donate towards the restoration project with the below PayPal link or mail a check (payable to Civil Air Patrol) to Maryland Wing HQs, ATTN:  Nike Site Restoration, 3085 Hernwood Road, Woodstock, MD 21163.  Please indicate Nike Site on your check so your donations goes to only support the restoration project.

Your donation to the Nike missile site restoration project will help preserve a piece of Maryland’s aerospace history.

Just $25 will help purchase tools for site clean up – brooms, brushes, shovels, and fuel for pumping the water out of the silos.

Just $50 will help purchase a pack of shingles to redo the roof on the original warhead assembly building or a can of primer/paint to keep the metal doors and elevators from degrading.

Your gift of $100 will purchase paint for the original pieces and buildings at the site.

Consider helping today – either with your monetary donation or with your time – both are needed!

View photos from our 2019 restoration efforts – your donations at work!

If you are interested in helping preserve a little piece of Cold War history or have other questions, please contact CMSgt Tom Reed (

BA-79 Restoration in the News!

Carroll County Times, December 8, 2019
Washington Post, January 18, 2020
WBFF-TV/Fox 45 Baltimore, August 14, 2020

Civil Air Patrol National Historical Journal (Jan - June 2021)

"Not in my backyard: Nike missiles in rural Maryland" by Lt. Col. Brenda Reed (pages 30-34)
"Cold War history in the backyard" by Lt. Col. Brenda Reed (pages 35-41)

History of the Maryland Wing Headquarters

History of Nike Missile Base BA-79 (home of Maryland Wing HQs)

Want to learn more?  Visit our page of websites, videos, and other resources on the Nike missile program and sites.

Nike Missile Site BA-79:  Then and Now (a Maryland Wing webinar on the history and preservation efforts for MDWG headquarters)

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