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March Air Force Base, Strategic Air Command, Combat Operations Center, 5220 Riverside Drive, Moreno Valley, Riverside County, CA

March Air Force Base, Strategic Air Command, Combat Operations Center, 5220 Riverside Drive, Moreno Valley, Riverside County, CA



Significance: Building 2605 was determined eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places on November 27, 1995 under Criterion Consideration G as a significant Cold War-era structure. The Combat Operations Center building has strong associations with the Cold War-era Strategic Air Command (SAC) operations as the command center for 10 SAC bases and controller of assets constituting 80% of the nation's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) force. In addition, the Center also controlled all of SAC's reconnaissance aircraft (U-2, RC-15, SR-17) and 30% of the SAC's bombers and tankers. The structure's architecture reflects the designer's intention to provide a secure environment against attack or surveillance from the nation's Cold War-era enemies and is literally "self-contained" with its own supplies of water and air purification systems housed in adjacent facility Building 2606 (HABS CA-2788-B) and the Cooling Tower for Utility Building 2606 (HABS CA-2788-C).
Survey number: HABS CA-2788-A



Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Price, Virginia B, transmitter
Jackson-Retondo, Elaine, PhD, transmitter
PAR Environmental Services, Sacramento, consultant




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