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Published October 12, 2012, 11:30 AM

Cavalier Air Force Station marks 35 years

CAVALIER, N.D. (AP) — The northeastern North Dakota community of Cavalier is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the nearby Cavalier Air Force Station.

CAVALIER, N.D. (AP) — The northeastern North Dakota community of Cavalier is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the nearby Cavalier Air Force Station.

During the Cold War, the radar station's purpose was to track enemy ballistic missiles. Today, it mainly monitors the skies for space debris, including helping the International Space Station avoid colliding with space junk.

The Cavalier station is home to the 10th Space Warning Squadron. More than 150 military and civilian personnel are on site.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that the anniversary events include the dedication of a 55-foot-tall replica of a Spartan missile at a city park. The Spartan was part of an anti-ballistic missile system protecting North Dakota's missile silos in the mid-1970s.

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