A USAF nuclear missile targeting officer on duty in Montana when the Malmstrom UFO incident occurred and coauthor of "Faded Giant."
Robert Salas was on duty as a nuclear missile targeting officer at Malmstrom Air Force Base in 1967 as a nuclear missile targeting officer. While 60 feet underground overseeing the control center for 10 nuclear missiles, he received a call from an above ground guard.
The guard stated that there were unusual lights making strange maneuvers near the base. Not overly concerned, Salas noted the call. About five minutes later, he received another call from the same guard who was now very frightened and explaining that the glowing object was now hovering outside of the gates and all of the guards had their weapons raised. At the same time, the missiles became disabled as they went offline, rendering them inoperative.
The UFO eventually took off, however, the missiles remained useless for another day until they could get them operating again. Salas believed that the UFO was warning the military about the dangers of nuclear weapons and wanted to make a point.
Since the episode, Salas has written two books about the incident: "Faded Giant" and "Unidentified: The UFO Phenomenon: How World Governments Have Conspired to Conceal Humanity's Biggest Secret." Salas has said, "I want the government to acknowledge that this phenomenon exists. I want the Air Force, the government to come forward and say this is a real phenomenon."