Area 51, Wackenhut and the National Atomic Testing Museum

National Atomic Testing Museum Wackenhut

By now everybody knows that the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas has practically become the “public liaison” organization on behalf of Area 51 in Nevada.  It is also common knowledge that they have changed their telephone number a few years ago to reflect their close ties to Area 51.   The museum’s telephone number is now (702) 794-5151.

(This is similar to the long-lasting, close relationship of Lincoln County Sheriff Department with Area 51.  Lincoln County Sheriff Department is practically the outlet that handles outward security problems on behalf of Area 51.  The Sheriff Department’s phone number also reflects this.  Their telephone number has always been (775) 962-5151.)

Area 51 Exhibit


Here is a recent announcement (March 10, 2016) made by the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, reflecting the Museum’s close ties to another organization, the Wackenhut Security Services:

“The NTSHF is proud to announce that Centerra-Nevada, prime security force and system services contractor at the Nevada National Security Site (formerly the Nevada Test Site), has renewed its long-standing corporate membership in support of the Foundation’s National Atomic Testing Museum at the platinum level ($5,000 – $9,999).  The check was presented to the Foundation on Friday, March 4, by Centerra’s General Manager, Martin Glasser.

Centerra’s predecessor organizations, G4S Government Solutions and Wackenhut Services, Inc., have been our longest and most loyal corporate partners since the inception of the Foundation.


Centerra-Nevada provides a wide range of security services to the NNSS and for Nevada Field Office facilities in North Las Vegas and at Nellis Air Force Base.  These include facility protection patrol services, and protection of nuclear materials associated with national stockpile experiments and criticality safety training conducted at the NNSS.  Centerra is teamed with Lockeed Martin Corporation for electronic secuity systems support; Pro2Serve for security systems engineering; and Longenecker & Associates for contractor assurance support services.

Centerra Group LLC, parent corporation to Centerra-Nevada, was founded in 1960 by George Wackenhut as Wackenhut Services, Incorporated (WSI) which became the prime security services contractor at the Nevada Test Site in the late 1960’s.  In addition to the company support provided to the Foundation and Museum, the George Wackenhut family is among the NATM’s largest donors.


Paul Donahue, President and CEO of Centerra Group, is a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.”



Richard Mingus, former Security Guard at Area 51 (one of the first Security Guards on the base during the Cold War years) and here-to-fore Security Guard at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, is retiring.
Richard Mingus announced his retirement after more than 10 years at the Museum.
Monday, March 14, starting at 6:00 pm, there will be a special appreciation get-together at the Museum for all co-workers and friends to thank him for his years of service both at Area 51 and at the National Atomic Testing Museum.
Richard Mingus

(photo of Richard Mingus taken by Norio Hayakawa in 2011 at the Museum)



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