There's been a lot of talk in the news lately about nuclear bombs, testing on nuclear warheads, and a possible nuclear war. But did you know that the Department of Energy has a training location for nuclear transportation in Arkansas?
Yeah, that's right it kinda blew my mind too! No pun intended. Covert military special ops are recruited for training that lasts up to 21 months in Fort Smith Arkansas at the military base Fort Chaffee. Don't worry the highways are usually shut down or near where a transport practice and tactical response is scheduled.
A convoy of tractor-trailer semi trucks is accompanied by highly trained armed couriers and veterans that have an extensive background in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, according to Jim Stipe Productions, Fun in Arkansas TV.
Their mission is to transport nuclear warheads from bomber bases, silos, and submarine docks, to weapons labs across the United States, making sure the cargo reaches its destination safely without incident. For more than 40 years, no cargo has ever been damaged or hijacked by a terrorist group. The training exercises at Fort Chaffee are designed to focus on what to do if there were a terrorist group trying to steal a bomb. by the way, Fort Chaffee is not an active base anymore but is used for numerous training exercises of all kinds.
These high-security trailers have something called shock-delivering systems, they are equipped with thick walls that emit immobilizing foam and axles that explode so that the trailer can't be hauled off in the event of a crash.
The starting salary is $73,000 with overtime and the position is normally posted as Nuclear Materials Courrier on the usajobs.gov website. Training is at Fort Chaffee in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
About National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration oversees the transportation of nuclear bombs and other materials across the U.S. The United States has 4,018 nuclear warheads. About 450 are in underground silos in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, and North Dakota.