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Missile Site selects Philip's John Black as facility manager

The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site has hired John Black as the site's first facility operations specialist.

Black, a National Park Service employee for nine years, has been selected to fill this new position at the former military installation. He will assume his new responsibilities effective March 17. As the facility operations specialist, he will be responsible for the organization, management, and supervision of all maintenance activities at the national historic site.

Black began his National Park Service career with the facility management department at Badlands National Park serving as a painter. He eventually became involved in the facility management software system, which is an exhaustive and comprehensive database inventory of the National Park Service's assets. Over the past four years, he has gained significant experience working with historic structures, equipment maintenance and repair, and supervision.

Minuteman Missile Super-intendent Mark Herberger said, "John brings together a set of skills specifically matched to the planning and developmental needs of our new national historic site. He has demonstrated abilities with historic site restoration and rehabilitation, he has successfully coordinated major maintenance projects and budgets, and he has excellent talents with the National Park Services' asset management systems."

In addition to contemporary buildings, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site includes two assets on the National Register of Historic Places, 35 features on the List of Classified Structures, two Cultural Landscapes, and historic furnishings and reproductions. Black will also oversee the design and construction of the site's future visitor center/administration facility.

Black said that he is very excited about the new position and is anxious to join the site's management team in establishing Minuteman Missile as a major historic site in South Dakota for the visiting public.

John and his family have been residents of Philip for over 11 years. He is raising three children. Kalie, at age 14 will be attending high school next year. Tyler, age 10, is in the fourth grade. Larkin, age 7, is in the first grade. The family is active in the Philip Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site was established by Congress in 1999 to tell the story of the Minuteman ICBM system, including the development of the system, the personnel who served at the 1,000 nuclear missile sites throughout the upper Great Plains, and the impact the system had on the communities nearby. The U. S. Air Force transferred administration of the site to the National Park Service in 2002, and staff began planning and developmental operations in October 2003. More information can be found on the Internet at www.nps.gov/mimi or by calling the site office at (605) 433-5552.