Sep 04, 2021 I Nick Redfern

A Base With Secrets and it’s Not Area 51: Aliens, Viruses and More

A couple of days ago I wrote an article here at Mysterious Universe on Area 51 and Bob Lazar. Today, I'm focusing on another highly classified facility: the Dugway Proving Ground. Here's some background on the base: "U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground is located approximately 80 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah. Dugway Proving Ground's primary mission is testing U.S. and Allied chemical and biological defense systems and performing nuclear, biological and chemical survivability testing of defense materiel using CB agents and stimulants. With over 50 years of experience, the proving ground uses its state-of-the-art laboratories and chambers to conduct the testing under environmentally controlled conditions." Just like Area 51, Dugway has its very own UFO legends, as you'll see now. Was there a secret transfer, in 1989, of an unknown number of alien bodies from Area 51 to the ultra-secret Utah-based Dugway Proving Ground? That’s the claim of a man I'll call “Mitchell Baxter,” who claimed to have worked on a tunneling program at Dugway in the early 1990s.

According to Baxter, a colleague who also worked on that same program to expand certain underground facilities at Dugway shared with Baxter what he knew, having worked on similar tunneling and excavating projects at Area 51. While the data was scant, Baxter’s informant claimed that a number of alien corpses were transferred to Dugway, from Area 51, for a very serious and disturbing reason. Several technicians involved in the autopsy of a number of dead aliens recovered from a UFO crash somewhere near the fringes of Area 51, at some point in 1989, were killed by what was suspected of being a deadly, fast-acting alien virus. The lab in which the autopsies occurred was quickly locked-down, and the bodies transferred to Dugway, which was in a far better position to handle matters relative to viruses and biological warfare. While Baxter's story is an intriguing and totally sensational one, it's a totally flawed one, too, specifically because of the fact that he wouldn't go public with his own name. In other words, we have a fascinating story, but a story is all that it is. And that's the way things have been, pretty much, since the UFO phenomenon began in 1947: Ufology is filled with endless numbers of incredible tales that cannot be confirmed as genuine. In other words, with stories like the one above, we should tread very carefully.

Dugway Proving Ground
The area of the Dugway Proving Ground

It should be noted that the Dugway Proving Ground is just as secret and impenetrable as Area 51 – albeit for what are largely very different reasons. The claims of alien bodies held at the facility aside, of course. Before we get to the matter of those alleged ETs at Dugway – which may well have been transferred there from Area 51 – let’s take a look at the history and origins of the base. It was largely the terrible events which went down at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941 which dictated the necessity for the construction of a facility along the lines of the Dugway Proving Ground. The attack, which demonstrated the horrific extent to which the United States was vulnerable to an out of the blue assault from the skies, not only led the U.S. to enter the war (which had been raging since September 1939), but also led the U.S. Government to consider the possibility that the country might not just be hit by another Pearl Harbor, but possibly also attacks using chemical and biological warfare – issues that the U.S. knew the Japanese were secretly working on.

It was a combined result of Pearl Harbor and the legitimate fears that the Japanese might attack the U.S. with chemicals and deadly viruses which led the then President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, on February 6, 1942, to hand over no less than 126,000 acres of the Utah desert to the government, specifically the military. Such was the need for a dedicated facility to be constructed, in less than a week work began to construct a rudimentary facility that could significantly help to guard the country and the American people. Work officially began on March 1, 1942. Much of the early work was focused on determining how best to combat potential attacks of the chemical variety. Research into biological warfare largely began in 1943. By 1945, even more land had been grabbed by the government. In addition, Utah’s Wendover Bombing Range was handed over to Dugway, thus increasing its size even more. Then, when the hostilities with the Axis powers came to an end, the Dugway Proving Ground essentially joined forces with the Desert Chemical Depot, and the Dugway Desert Command came into being.

At the turn of the 1950s, close to 300,000 more acres were added to the installation – making it a truly huge base, and one which, just like Area 51, was heavily guarded and largely shrouded in secrecy, in terms of its work, which went forward in leaps and bounds. There was a change in the late 1960s, specifically in 1968. That was the year in which the Fort Douglas-based Deseret Test Center and the Dugway Proving Ground came together. Then, in 1973, there was yet another change for the base: it was brought into TECOM, the U.S. Army Test & Evaluation Command. There was another change in 1999, when TECOM was reorganized as the Developmental Test Command. Today, the Dugway Proving Ground covers a massive 800,000 acres. The Public Affairs Office of the DPG states: "In addition to chemical and biological defensive testing, environmental characterization, and remediation technology testing Dugway is the Defense Department’s leader in testing battlefield smokes and obscurants. Testing now includes further determining the reliability and survivability of all types of military equipment in a chemical or biological environment."

All of which brings us to another aspect of the matter of the alleged extraterrestrial bodies held at the Dugway Proving Ground from 1989 onward, having previously been reportedly held at Area 51. The second story revolves around a Colonel George Weinbrenner, who was the Chief of the Foreign Technology Division (FTD) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Air Materiel Command (AMC), Dayton, Ohio, for a period of seven years during the 1960s and 1970s. On several occasions, Weinbrenner made brief allusions to the fact that "we have five aliens in Utah." Those same allusions were made to close friends and family. Although, he would not expand on this issue. But why, exactly, might such bodies have been transferred to Dugway? Researcher Tony Bragalia offers a viable and logical explanation: "Dugway serves as the central source for information on biological material issues for all Commanders-in-Chief and Services. For over six decades they have acted as this source. Though there are other military installations in Utah, Dugway is (as a Deseret Morning News reporter once said) 'the single most secretive site in all of Utah. Its isolated physical location is uniquely suited for such ‘alien containment.' Dugway is home to the most advanced facilities in the world designed for the containment, storage and preservation of highly exotic biological material."

Indeed, if the story is true, then none could deny that the remains of extraterrestrial corpses and body-parts would equate to "highly exotic biological material." In that sense, we may very well be seeing a situation in which there is a secret sharing of materials of the alien variety between senior personnel at Area 51 and their counterparts at the Dugway Proving Ground. Unless, of course, we're dealing with pathetic "Walter Mitty"-types yearning for their bit of infamy. In the field of Ufology, it's often hard to know the truth.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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