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Davis joins Minuteman Missile National Site

Butch Davis is the newest permanent employee at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

Davis, a current ranger with the National Park Service, has been selected as the new ranger at the former military installation.

Davis started March 2, as an interpretive ranger. His responsibilities will include visitor education, providing guided tours of the launch control facility and missile silo, and coordinating and presenting school programs.

Davis said, "I am thrilled to be a part of the National Park Service's first historic site which preserves America's Cold War legacy. Telling the story of the role that the Minuteman system had in preserving peace is an honor for me. The Minuteman missile system had a lasting effect on the landscape of the West River region of South Dakota and the lives of its citizens."

Davis had been the park guide and interpreter at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in southeastern Kentucky the past two and a half years. He made an impact on improving the parks Junior Ranger program, spearheading an effort to publish that park's junior ranger activity book, and presented programs on history and natural resources to schools and the general public.

Davis will be setting up residence in Wall.

Prior to his assignment at Cumberland Gap, Davis worked at Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Tennessee as a park guide. He has served in the U.S. Air Force, and was assigned to Air Force Space Command for over five years, including two years on duty at North American Aerospace Defense Command Cheyenne Mountain Complex.

Davis has a bachelor of science degree in business management from Tusculum College, Greeneville, TN. He grew up in Mancos, CO, a small town near Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado.