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USAF General during 9/11: we didn't have any radar pointing towards the CONUS because everything there had to be friendly

Diablo21

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It's not even that. When you're coming to a military base, you're expecting a fence, a checkpoint, a bunch of bored dudes on guard duty, et cetera. When you're coming to an air base, you should be expecting at least a pair of fighters armed and fueled at the ready for immediate takeoff, <5 minutes.

You came and there is no aforementioned fighters present? Well, then you're visiting some sort of chucklefucks, no questions asked.
This also requires the flying squadrons at a base to have fighters.

Hill Air Force Base in Utah or Seymour Johnson in North Carolina could and probably do since they have fighter wings at this bases. Somewhere like Minot in North Dakota wouldn't since the units there are a missile wing that oversees Minuteman missiles, and a Bomb Wing equipped with B-52 bombers. Unless fighters from another base just happened to be stopping by or in the air in transit, or unless there's some sort of odd training exercise that sees units from other bases coming in, you're not going to see fighters there.
 

Scottty

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This also requires the flying squadrons at a base to have fighters.

Hill Air Force Base in Utah or Seymour Johnson in North Carolina could and probably do since they have fighter wings at this bases. Somewhere like Minot in North Dakota wouldn't since the units there are a missile wing that oversees Minuteman missiles, and a Bomb Wing equipped with B-52 bombers. Unless fighters from another base just happened to be stopping by or in the air in transit, or unless there's some sort of odd training exercise that sees units from other bases coming in, you're not going to see fighters there.
But the Minuteman base certainly does have something ready to be set in motion at short notice...
And I would assume the presence of conventional military assets there to protect that something.
 

Diablo21

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But the Minuteman base certainly does have something ready to be set in motion at short notice...
And I would assume the presence of conventional military assets there to protect that something.
Not fighter jets, no. Most US Air Force units at the Wing level tend to have a dedicated Security Forces squadron(Air Force military police) for armed on site physical security. This squadron is typically assignred to the Mission Support Group of the Wing.

In the case of the three Minuteman missile Wings in North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana, each missile wing has and entire Security Forces Group, which contains several SF squadrons.

All of these SF squadrons are non flying units, though it wouldn't surprise me if there are personnel with access to MANPADS or something.

Minuteman silos are also spread out a grear distance. This is part of the reason each missile wing has a helicopter squadron assigned. Part for security purposes, part to make it easier and faster to get SFs, maintenance, and others to and from the missile sites in a timely manner. You could have one missile and the next closest one could easily be 5 or 10 miles away.
 
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