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UFO and secret alien base reports found in declassified U.S. Forest Service documents

The UFO files of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have been declassified. There are 20 pages in the files, and although there is a dubious claim about the construction of a secret alien base and an unconvincing UFO photo, there is an interesting UFO report from U.S. Air Force personnel at a radar station in Montana.

The Forest Service UFO files were obtained via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by John Greenewald. Greenewald runs TheBlackVault.com, a site that houses over one million declassified files obtained via FOIA requests.

Greenewald says he made the request in November, 2016 and received the files in February, 2017.

UFO Photo in Bighorn National Forest

The first report in the file is a letter and photographs from a man who says he caught something “very strange” in a photograph he took while visiting Lost Twin Lakes in Bighorn National Forest. The witness says he did not see or hear anything unusual while taking the picture, but he noticed an odd object in one of the photos when he reviewed them later. He speculates that perhaps it is a drone, but also says he did some research and did not find any drones that looked like the object in the image.

the marker shows the location of Lost Twin Lakes in Bighorn National Forest. (Credit: Google Maps)
The marker shows the location of Lost Twin Lakes in Bighorn National Forest. (Credit: Google Maps)

The photograph was taken at about 2:30 pm on September 12, 2015.

Images of suspect UFO at Bighorn National Forest provided to U.S. Forest Service. (Credit: U.S. Forest Service)
Images of unidentified object at Bighorn National Forest provided to U.S. Forest Service. (Credit: U.S. Forest Service)

It is hard to make out what exactly the object in the image is, but the USFS files did not include a high resolution image. Greenewald says he did inquire if higher resolution images were available, but they were not.

Enlargement of object in photo. (Credit: U.S. Forest Service)
Enlargement of object in photo. (Credit: U.S. Forest Service)

Without better images, this blob of light and shadows could be anything, and is likely a bird in flight. Often vacation photos with weird objects that were not noted at the time of their taking turn out to be birds or bugs that look strange in photographs once they are reviewed back home.

The USFS did not include their response to the UFO photog, or if they responded at all.

UFO Sighting at Yaak Air Force Station in Kootenai National Forest

Following the UFO photos letter and was a copy of an article regarding Yaak Air Base. According to the article, Yaak Air Base was in operation from April, 1952 to July, 1960, as part of a number of stations throughout the country that served as an early warning system during the cold war in case of a potential Russian attack. The base was near Yaak, Montana, in the Kootenai National Forest.

Location of Yaak Air Base as described in the article. (Credit: Google Maps)
Location of Yaak Air Base as described in the article. (Credit: Google Maps)

For our purposes, the most interesting paragraph in the article is the last, and in the file provided to Greenewald, is highlighted in yellow.

It reads:

The Yaak Radar Station also had its share of mystery, on Sept. 1 , 1952, Yaak, Montana. 4:45 a.m: Two USAF enlisted men, and three men using AN/FPS-3 radar set. Report visually sighting two small, varicolored lights becoming black silhouettes at dawn, and flying erratically for one hour. The crew at the radar station saw a, “dark, cigar shaped object,” right where the radar had the UFO pinpointed. What these people saw is a mystery to this day.

This is my favorite part of the USFA UFO files. Unfortunately, no further information is provided.

Alien Base Construction in Tonto National Forest

The most sensational claim in the files, and the one picked up by silly UK tabloids, is a report of a secret government installation being constructed that has something to do with aliens. The subject of the report is “Secret govt installation being built in the Salt River Canyon area on the TNF [Tonto National Forest].”

Area of alleged construction of secret government base that has some relation to aliens that eat people. (Credit: Google Maps)
Area of alleged construction of secret government base that has some relation to aliens that eat people. (Credit: Google Maps)

What is scary is that this is not far from my house. However, it does make it less scary for me that I do not believe an alien base was actually built there.

Here is a report regarding the call that was taken by David of the Forest Service on the morning of December 30, 2013 regarding UFOs, aliens and one detached head.

David received a call this morning at the front desk from a male caller reporting the construction of a secret government installation upstream from the Salt River Canyon past Pinal Creek (upstream from Roosevelt Lake). Aliens and at least one detached head are involved.

Caller claims to have seen construction cranes coming out the side of the cliffs, miniature stealth planes and UFOs, aliens and people working together at the site, aliens eating people. He found a severed head and claims to have pictures of some of this stuff.

Caller reported that he is 60, not crazy, and doesn’t do drugs. He said he had already called the “office at the lake,” but he didn’t know if those people were turning the other cheek or maybe those people have been paid off.

David had him leave a message with Bray.

Please let me know if t here are any Talking Points to be developed. I’m sure the Phoenix media will be all over this.


P.S. David and I aren’t doing drugs either.

The only other item in the files was a report in 2012 of a meteor or space junk that landed in George Washington & Jefferson National Forests and caused a fire. It was determined the fire was caused by a lightning strike. The report states, “Witnesses saw flaming space junk or satellite crash land in these mountains [Massanutten Range, Virginia] which may have caused the forest fire of last year: June 24, 2012, at around 1150PM Sunday.”

You can check out the files yourself at TheBlackVault.com.

Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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  1. So you must live near the Apache Trail in the Superstition Mountains. I have taken that drive three or four times and I always enjoyed it. Although I kept a steady watch for UFOs each time, I never saw any. Nowadays, it is possible to make that excursion with one’s computer, by way of Google Earth. Of course, the actual experience is much better.

  2. Surprised no file on the travis Walton abduction on the apache-sit greaves natonal forest in or about 1976 or 77. The movie fire in the sky was based on that.

  3. Severed heads and aliens eating people. Huh. And we wonder why UFOs aren’t taken seriously.

  4. I live on a lake in Kentucky and I keep seeing something that looks like drones flying over my house at night. I also see red lasers like shining directly on me. I first thought I was imagining things but then it shined directly in my right eye and completely blinded me for several seconds. After that I felt like my entire basement was being scanned with a white light going back and forth. Then i asked my girlfriend if she seen that thing in my room over there glowing and she said no. It was completely dark and I got up walked over straight to it. It was a remote but it was glowing and I have no clue why it was to me. Like why am I seeing this and she isn’t at all. I have no clue how I seen it because I turned the lights off the next day and I couldn’t. No I am not on any drugs either. I know all of this sounds nuts. My parents and girlfriend are seeing what we assume to be drones flying over our house at night. We don’t know why though because we live in the middle of nowhere.

  5. I lived in Phoenix, Az back in between 2010 and 2012. There was one time I woke up at 4:00AM to a sonic boom and I saw “Daylight” out the window…being as exhausted as I was I saw the time and thought I was crazy and fell back asleep. When I woke up later that day, I saw on the news about the meteorite that landed somewhere in the Tonto National Forest.
    It was part of the broadcast that the forest service people threatened the meteorite hunters with a heaftey fine if they were to go looking for it. Evidence of the news broadcast or even of the event itself has disappeared from Google search around 3 years ago. And this article comes up instead when I looked it up again. Anybody want to add anything to this specific topic? It seems that no Forest service person has any knowledge of this event.

  6. I would like to add…I had no cell phone service that very week. There have been others that recall the same during that time era.

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