Title: Previously Secret Technologies of Cold War Alaska
Presenter: Ivan Hodes & Philip M. Parks
Recorded: May 15, 2016
Location: Tap Root Public House
“During the Cold War, a vast empire of complex technological structures sprouted up all over remote Alaska, from the Arctic coast to the farthest Aleutians to the deep interior. What were these technologies? Why were they there? What did they do and how did they work? Ivan Hodes and Philip Parks (senior radar technician, US Army, Retired) of Friends of Nike Site Summit, a local organization dedicated to preserving Alaska’s Cold War Heritage, will illuminate the high-tech secrets of Cold War Alaska.”
Ivan Hodes, the Deputy Director of Friends of Nike Site Summit, teaches elementary school on Elmendorf Air Force Base. Hodes previously taught on the former U.S. Navy base at Adak Island, as well at A.J. Dimond High School. He holds a BA in history from the United States Military Academy and is a veteran of “Operation Enduring Freedom.”
Philip M. Parks served in the military as an Acquisition Radar Technician with the Nike Hercules Missile System, which he helped maintain. He also trained as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician, working with a variety of hazardous materials, including nuclear weapons.
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