Soldier who served at “secret nuclear base” says govt. hiding info about SpaceX rocket launch

The conspiracy theories are circulating in the wake of the December 22 SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch. The last launch for SpaceX of the year carried what they say is another payload of Iridium’s next generation global satellites, which are supposed to be able to monitor all ships and aircraft in real time.

The launch was the fourth set of 10 satellites, part of a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation.

A former U.S. Army soldier -who served from 2010 to 2016- released a video claiming that the “government” is not telling the whole truth about the launch.  The anonymous former Army specialist claims he is an authority on rockets and missiles because while he was in the Army he worked on and maintained U.S. weapon systems at Fort Greely.

The Alaskan Army base is the largest of two launch sites for anti-ballistic missiles and the last line of defense against a North Korean nuclear threat.  The only other missile defense complex is in California, at Vanderberg Air Force Base, where the SpaceX launch occurred.

“I can’t go in depth [about Greely] because is it is a secret military installation,” says the anonymous veteran. “I can tell you is there’s lots of missiles and rockets there. There was a lot of missile defense systems and even nuclear missiles there.”

The Army veteran was likely assigned to the 49th Missile Defense Battalion, which has missile defense crew members who work 12-hour shifts around the clock so they can immediately react if a foreign country launches a rocket.

“At Greely, crews train constantly in case they have to fire one or more of the missiles. Such training can include practicing real-life scenarios or learning complex software systems. Those skills are then tested by internal and external evaluations,” the Army News Service reported in October.

The anonymous veteran claims the SpaceX rocket is not what the media has said it is. He claims he saw something with a very similar flight pattern during a secret operation in an undisclosed desert location in the United States.

“My entire military unit saw this in the sky and we all stood in shock and awe because we could not believe what we were seeing,” he says. “This did not look like a missile or a rocket.”

The veteran is not alone in his claims that the SpaceX rocket it not what it seems but others have made bolder conspiracy claims, such as the launch was a “UFO” or alien cover up.

Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, poked fun at the conspiracies theorists on Twitter.  “Having a sinking feeling that most people actually do think it was aliens…,” he wrote.

“So strange that people often believe things inversely proportionate the the evidene. Given a set of possible explanations, why pic the extremely unlikely one!?”

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