Ft. D.A. Russell Days

Ft. D.A. Russell Days

Ft. D.A. Russell Days

  

Cheyenne and F. E. Warren Air Force Base have literally grown up together. In 1862, President Lincoln approved plans for a military installation in the Wyoming Territory to protect the nation's first transcontinental railroad. In 1867, the U.S. Cavalry established Fort D. A. Russell at a military post the same year Cheyenne was founded.

When Cheyenne Frontier Days was born in September 1897, it was Battery A of the 76th Field Artillery who fired the cannon announcing the beginning of this would–be historic western celebration.

From the first days of Army cavalry, through several transitions to modern–day Air Force Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, the military has played an important role in every CFD celebration. That tradition carries on with the F. E. Warren Air Force Base open house called Fort D.A. Russell Days. Historic home tours, military reenactments and tours of Minuteman III and Peacekeeper missile systems are on tap for those who dare to look back in history or forward to the future.

F.E. Warren Air Force Base is located at exit 11 on I-25 in Cheyenne.

2014 Schedule for Base Open House Ft. D.A. Russell / Muskets to Missiles

Friday, July 18

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Living History Presentations, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. Free

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Food, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.   

10:00 a.m. – American Revolution Historic Military Demonstration, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB. Parking along the street. Free

11:00 a.m.  – Security Forces Dog Presentation, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. Free

1:00 p.m. – American Revolution Historic Military Demonstration, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB. Parking along the street. Free

2:00 p.m. – Indian Wars Cavalry Saber Military Demonstration, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB. Parking along the street. Free

3:00 p.m. - The Trotters Cavalry Performance.  Demonstration of historical Cavalry Precision Riding Drills, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. Free

Saturday, July 19

8:00 a.m. – Buffalo Stampede.   5K and 10K race held at F. E. Warren AFB open to the general public.  To pre-register or for additional information, please call (307) 773-4948 or search “Buffalo Stampede” on www.active.com.  Preregistration is $20, closes July 22.  Registration day of race, $25. Day-of-race registration and check-in/packet pickup begins at 6:30 a.m. at the gazebo adjacent to the parade field at F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street parallel to the parade field.  

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Chuck wagon food, food will be available for purchase outside cooked using an authentic chuck wagon. Come and enjoy good food served like the military and cowboys eat in the 1800s style atmosphere!  Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.   

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Food will be available for purchase.  Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Muskets to Missiles Displays, modern ICBM mission displays at F. E. Warren AFB with UH-1N helicopter, Last bus departs at 3:00 for tour.  Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. Free

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Tours of Minuteman ICBM Launch Facility (U-1, with Payload Transporter) Launch Control Center Trainers, Helicopter Hanger and visit the Warren ICBM & Heritage Museum, Maintenance Vehicles: Transporter Erector and Periodic Maintenance Team Van (Tractor/Trailer), Nuclear Payload Transporter, HMMWV, other vehicles. Transportation is provided for tours on base, pickup at F. E. Warren AFB.  Please provide picture ID for the tour, no cameras or large bags allowed. Last bus leaves at 2:30 for the tour. Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. Free

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Living History Presentations Demonstrations, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. Free

10:00 p.m. – Indian Wars Cavalry Saber Military Demonstration, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB. Parking along the street. Free

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Buffalo/Beef Roast, Bring your family and friends for Roasted Buffalo, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Corn Cob and a Dinner Roll served for lunch with cold beverages available for purchase at Trail’s End Club, 1st Building on left as you enter main gate, F. E. Warren AFB.   

12:00 p.m. – High Noon Gunfight demonstration by the Wyoming Widowmakers Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. Free

1:00 p.m.  – Ft. D. A. Russell Days Historic WWII Military Demonstration, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. Free

2:00 p.m. – American Revolution Historic Military Demonstration, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB. Parking along the street. Free

3:00 p.m.  –The Trotters Cavalry Performance Demonstration of historical Cavalry Precision Riding Drills, followed by a Ft. D. A. Russell Days Historic Military Demonstration, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. Free

5:30 p.m. – Period Style Dance.  Historic period clothing or western attire preferred but not required.  Dance instruction will be provided and is for the whole family.  No experience required and people of all ages dance together! Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. For more information please contact 773-2980. Open to the public.  Free

Sunday, July 20

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Muskets to Missiles Displays, modern ICBM mission displays at F. E. Warren AFB with UH-1N helicopter, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. Free

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Food will be available for purchase.  Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.   

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Tours of Minuteman ICBM Launch Facility (U-1, with Payload Transporter) and Launch Control Center Trainers, Helicopter Hanger and the Warren ICBM & Heritage Museum, Maintenance Vehicles: Transporter Erector and Periodic Maintenance Team Van (Tractor/Trailer), Nuclear Payload Transporter, HMMWV, other vehicles. Transportation is provided for tours on base, pickup at F. E. Warren AFB.  Last bus leaves at 2:30.  Please provide picture ID for the tour, no cameras or large bags allowed. Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. Free

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. –– Living History Presentations Demonstrations, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. Free

9:00 – 2:30 p.m. Warren Spouses’ Historic Homes Tour and Warren ICBM & Heritage Museum Tour.  National Register Historic buildings will be on display for visitor viewing.  Transportation is provided for tours on base, pickup at F. E. Warren AFB.  Please provide picture ID for the tour, no cameras or large bags allowed.  Last bus leaves at 2:30 for the tour. Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street.  For more information call 773-3381. Open to the public.  Free

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Buffalo/Beef Roast, bring your family and friends for Roasted Buffalo, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Corn and a Dinner Roll served for lunch with cold beverages available for purchase at Trail’s End Club, 1st Building on left as you enter main gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  

9:00 a.m. Historic Church Service, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street.  Free

11:00 a.m.  – Security Forces Dog Presentation, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. Free

12:00 p.m. – High Noon Gunfight demonstration by the Wyoming Widowmakers Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. Free

1:00 p.m. – Ft. D. A. Russell Days Historic WWII Military Demonstration, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB.  Parking along the street. Free

2:00 p.m. – Indian Wars Cavalry Saber Military Demonstration, Centennial Lake/Main Gate, F. E. Warren AFB. Parking along the street. Free

Monday, July 21

12:00 p.m. – Cheyenne Frontier Days Patriot Day.  Free rodeo tickets for military ID card holders.  Show ID at ticket office for a free ticket.