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Editor’s note: The Rendlesham Forest UFO sightings took place over several days in late December, 1980. Although exact dates have been disputed, according to the witnesses, it is likely the event began very late on December 25. The Rendlsham forest is flanked by two Royal Air Force (RAF) bases, RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge. At the time, both were on lease to the United States Air Force. Personnel from both bases reported seeing UFOs the night of the 25th into the early morning of the 26th.
When December comes around each year it always reminds me that what has been labelled as Britain’s foremost UFO incident took place. I refer of course to the events in late December 1980 in Rendlesham Forest, commonly referred to as the RFI. This incident is too big and too complicated to summarise here but for those who are not fully aware of it I would recommend you read the Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendlesham_Forest_incident.
This year we have the new book The Halt Perspective, co-authored by Colonel Halt and John Hanson and published by ’Haunted Skies.’ To some, the RFI is THE case that can change ufology forever, while others dismiss it offering a variety of natural explanations to account for the observations in question. For those who do not know who Colonel Halt is, he was the Deputy Base Commander at RAF Woodbridge in 1980, and was an eye witness to some of the UFO events observed in December 1980.
I am not going to go over old ground, and my own opinion on the RFI remains open, but I am not convinced with a lot of the sceptical arguments against it. So, with all this in mind, I have recently taken the opportunity to interview one of the US Airmen that was on duty on one of the nights in question. To the best of my knowledge he has not gone on the record before. His name is Steve Longero. I spoke with Steve twice on the telephone on October 29th & 30th 2016.
Who is Steve Longero ?
My background: I worked as a Police Officer for Dept of Veterans Affairs 1986-1988. I was hired by the County of Santa Clara Dept of Correction in 1988, while working in the jails, I also was a Reserve Police Officer for the city of Manteca! I ended up retiring from the Sheriffs office in Santa Clara County where I was recognized by the courts as a gang expert. I held the title of training officer, as was a team leader for the emergency response team there, until I retired in 2012.
I was a former Sergeant – Honourable Discharge – at USAF Security Police (1980 – 1984). Yes. I was in the forest, I saw the lights, heard the conversations, talked about it and was told to be quiet! My roommate was Ed Cabansag! I really never talked about it to Penniston and Burroughs but I was there! Warren can tell you! Yes we were debriefed and told to keep quiet!
Interview with Steve Longero
Some of the following interview will be paraphrased while other parts will be verbatim.
Philip Mantle: Can you tell us when you joined the USAF.
Steve Longero: Yes, it’s been a long time. I joined in July, no June 1980.
Mantle: Were your stationed anywhere else before you went to Bentwaters?
Longero: No, that was my first duty. I was a security policeman. You know my job was patrolling the flight line and the weapons storage area (WSA).
Mantle: Do you remember the nights in question in late December 1980?
Longero: Yes, I sure do. I went on duty, what I remember that on one of those nights I was guarding the weapons storage area.
While on duty that night, we had a very sophisticated alarm system and everything just went off. And then, you know, I could see these lights over the treetops, and I was thinking, “What’s going on?” Then they started sending people out there and at first, you know, it was hard to believe, you know, all these bright lights. It was hard to take in. Well, from what I remember, the lights, fluorescent lights, kind of a glow, like a reddish glow. I remember going out there.
Steve went on to add that he went out into Rendlesham Forest and there were a lot of other people already there. The forest wasn’t that far from the perimeter. He was only a few hundred yards into the forest. He could not remember who ordered him to go out there. He remembered the flight chief being out there. He saw the lights in the forest. There were a number of others out there including Larry Warren and Jim Penniston and Cabansag. He was out in the forest from between one to two hours. A few days later they were told not to talk about it. Steve went on to confirm that OSI agents were there. He was asked to sign something and told not to talk about it.
He remembers seeing, among others, Larry Warren when they were told to obtain the ‘light alls’ (portable lights). These were used to light up the forest. So they were taken into the area.
Longero: I can’t remember verbatim what I saw that night but I was there.
Mantle: What I’d like to ask you again, Steve, is when you went out into the forest you could see the lights over the trees. Could you tell me what those lights looked like, please?
Longero: They looked like fluorescent coloured lights, like red and green, glowing lights and that’s what they looked like.
Mantle: How long did you view them for do you reckon?
Longero: I’d say ten to fifteen minutes, and I could see them hovering over the treetops, and it was just hovering over the treetops, and it was just, just, like an eye that was almost following everybody.
Mantle: When you went into the forest you mentioned others, can you remember anyone else who were there?
Longero: Yes, Penniston and Burroughs and Cabansag and, I remember others starting coming, we all kind of got dispatched there, if I remember, Larry was out there. Because, if I remember right, Larry was working at a gate and he got picked up by, I want to say, a Lt. Englund. I remember he was at the East Gate and I remember he, they transported people from there, like I said, they sent a lot of people out there.
Mantle: So when you were in the forest, can you explain to me what you saw and what was it like there?
Longero: It was real kind of quiet and, you know, this thing hovering over the trees, and you were like kind of tracking it and like, “What is this?,” you know, and it was like following, it was like watching us, that’s what it looked like to us. It seemed like something watching us.
Mantle: What colour was it?
Longero: From what I remember, it was like aglow. It was really glowing like a reddish, greenish light. It was a like, it war really glowing. You know what it looked like, like something was really hot and it was just glowing.
Mantle: Did you see Col. Halt? Was he there?
Longero: Col. Halt came afterwards, yes, he came afterwards, after all that was called in. I remember him turning up. That’s when they kind of gathered everyone around and said this is what we are going to do, and everybody kind of dispersed and did what they were told to do. I remember we had like a little briefing right there and everybody was just like, we just could not believe what we were seeing. Your adrenalin was flowing and I remember people saying like, “What is that?,” you know.
Mantle: Now, I know I have asked you this question before Steve, but some people believe that you misidentified the lighthouse. What do you say to that?
Longero: (laughs). I don’t think so.
Mantle: Could you see the lighthouse at the same time?
Longero: I won’t say it was the lighthouse; no, it was not the lighthouse. Not unless the lighthouse could move (laughs). Unless they could float that thing in the air. And then, you know, as we got, as people were getting close to this thing, it kind of came nearer to us and then it would go forward and then go back and all of a sudden it just disappeared, like something out of Star Trek. It was like warp speed and we were all, “What was that?” It was gone, and then that’s when they started doing all their investigations and I was just a, after we secured the area, they said, “Okay. You’re gone. Get out of here.”
Mantle: Was there a lot of talk about it back at base afterwards?
Longero: Oh yes. It was all over the base. It was a big topic.
Mantle: You said that you were debriefed a few days later. Is that right?
Longero: Yes, I want to say a day or two later. I remember that night we all used to go and eat at the chow hall and everybody was talking about it and I remember, in fact, I want to say I was sitting at the table where Penniston was sitting, and he was a Staff Sergeant, and he told all of us to stop talking about it. I remember that, you know, stop talking about it.
Mantle: You said, also, that Larry Warren was involved in helping set up the light-alls. Is that correct?
Longero: He was. Yes, that’s true.
Mantle: So who debriefed you Steve?
Longero: You know, Philip, I remember going in, they called us in individually, and I want to say that it was security police investigations, and I do believe that there was an OSI agent in there. I remember this OSI gentleman with a beard. I remember getting pulled in. I remember getting talked to by Major Zickler. I remember getting called into his office for something like that.
Mantle: Can you remember what the conversation was (with Major Zickler)?
Longero: Well, you know, what you saw, remember where you work in the weapons storage area. It was like you don’t need to talk about this you don’t need to make a big deal out of this.
Mantle: And we are talking about nuclear weapons here aren’t we?
Longero: Yes sir.
Mantle: So, there was a lot of talk, was there a consensus about what this thing was?
Longero: Yes. It was like, “What did we see? Was this an experimental aircraft?” I remember that was one of the things, you know, “What was that?”
Mantle: What do you think it was?
Longero: I think it was something not from this world. Just because the way it hovered and just the way it disappeared. That’s what I think. That’s what I’ve always thought.
Mantle: You know Larry Warren has been criticized quite a bit. What do have to say in answer to that?
Longero: I think there were a lot of haters out there who just didn’t like Larry Warren. I liked Larry. I went to tech school with him and I never had a problem with Larry, but I know there were people in that unit that didn’t like him for whatever reason. Maybe they didn’t like his personality, but I never had any issue with Larry.
Mantle: But you definitely remember seeing him there, don’t you?
Longero: I remember, what I remember is that we had something to do with these light-all things, I remember, yes. And that was out there, yes.
Mantle: Did you get to know any of the civilians in the area at the time?
Longero: No. After that, I just kind of kept myself to myself, and kind of thought, “I’ll do my bit and get out of here.”
End of interview
I have thanked Steve Longero for speaking to me and for going on the record for the very first time. Steve does not claim to be anything special, but he wanted to emphasize that there were a lot of others involved and who were witness to the events in question. Many of whom have yet to add their voice to these events.
Steve has confirmed the open secret that nuclear weapons were stored at RAF Bentwaters at the time, although, he did not personally witness any lights being shone onto the WSA. He has confirmed much of what Colonel Halt has already said on the record, and he is in no doubt that Larry Warren was there.
It is not the intention of this article to discuss what Steve and his colleagues may or may not have observed, nor is it my aim to support anyone’s story of whether they were there or not. One thing that is clear is that there are probably many others who were stationed there at the time and, as yet, have not gone on the record. Let us hope that in some small way this article might encourage some of them to come forward.
What is also clear is that despite the best efforts of some, this case will continue to be hotly debated for many years to come. Do the events in late December 1980 in Rendlesham forest have a conventional explanation, or is Steve Longero correct when he says it was “something not of this world?” I leave you to decide.
Originally , two orbs southwest, two heading east, one banks sw to north, head to all go back towards lockheed dynamics, per usual, i do believe they are in on this. the 6th orb much lower, south to north, bank to lockheed.
per last sighting, this has become daily after first report.
went outside due to immediate upheaval in home, a lot of unnecessary frustration and anxiety, had to get out of environment and go outside, for this display, this made me, my husband physically ill, as it does each time, we see these which is becoming daily, and also in major plain site in daylight around lockheed and ridge mar. these are not craft. we know this now.
we have no clue how this worked, but with prayer they seem to fly away faster, and also in daylight, just disappear… i think this may be our tool, whether u are christian or not, im not, i have no clue what my spirituality really is,. but i know since first encounter, my family has gone through enormous change. i do believe this may be age of ascension. as we know not one thing about chakras, and the event of this opening in us, was surprising, it is a very emotional and very spiritual awakening. now, as we see them, we pray, it seems to work… this have no solid form, they r not craft, they are demons i believe, some sort of evil in our sky. call me crazy, u see em pray, they run!!!!
we are going to get good cam, we are also going to say this, we have seen large looking white normal jets leave lockheed, turn to orbs, then flash and disappear..
be nice if the gov would let us have this tech too i guess. make for less gas money i have to earn.
we need to stop waiting for our worthless gov to disclose, why do we need them to tell us what the truth is, this is real folx, and the truth deepns and gets worse, i suggest loooking deeply into antarctica and the reasons john kerry went, and why a 35 year ban… they say no scientist are there even, thats bs, u can live track them on earthmaps. each nation that has it’s section to protect of antarctica has many scientists there.
this is the hub, the key, these things are not our friends, none of them are. none of them
I was at my boyfriends house & i was sleeping over as i usually do on the weekends. i went out front for a cigarette & after i closed the door & turned around i saw two orbs. the one to my far left repeatedly hid behind trees, peaking out as i often see them do while the one to the right stayed in my sight. i took out my phone & took a few pictures & a short video before i sat down to smoke. they didn’t stay too long. the one to the right vanished first after following the other a bit behind the trees & the one that was peaking in & out flew off to the left before going out. when i recorded this video i heard no noises but when i reviewed it, the first couple of seconds has a weird hum/static noise.
Filled out by field investigator l. flechtner #18809, with witness on the phone
at mufon h.Q.On 12/06/2016.
every night i would watch the sky at night over phoenix from superior and see this twinkling star light. because superior is a higher elevation than phoenix,
this light seemed to be over phoenix. when i looked at it through binoculars i
saw the twinkling was caused by the light emitting little, smaller lights falling off of it. they never veered far from the original light. the light was colored yellow, and blueish yellow.
then one night i saw a triangle fade in next to the twinkling light. the triangle had a yellow light in front,a blueish yellow light in the middle, and
solid green lights in the back. it faded out after a short period of time. the
triangle was larger than the twinkling light, but not as large as the “phoenix
i saw the twinkling light in the sky the whole time i lived at the arboretum apartments in superior.
i have had other sighting as well.
I was out on my patio which faces north and first saw a grey streak with an elliptical path from east to west at mid horizon. then about 30 seconds later i saw another object which i first was a satellite which was only about as half bright as the stars. the object was first sighted to the right of cassiopia but then turned in a southerly direction and then made a very tight 360 degree turn to the right and then flashed off to the west on approximately the same trajectory as the first object. there was no sound and i thought the objects were quite high.
Friday night december 2nd, 2016, i was sitting in my hot tub out on my back patio. i was facing south towards the back of my house.
i heard the faint chop – chop- chop of a helicopter and just a few seconds after i heard the first “chop” i saw a red light (i assume it was a running light from the helicopter) in the sky emerge heading southwest. this is a fairly common occurrence here as we see news and traffic choppers fairly often.
the chopper proceeded south for approximately 30 seconds. i didn’t give it another thought and went back to enjoying the tub. within another 30 seconds, i started hearing the chopper again but this time (even over the noise of the 6 hp tub jets) it was getting considerably louder. i leaned up and looked towards the sound and the red light was coming back towards my way on a north/northeast heading and moving fast, very fast.
at this point the rotor chop was getting so incredibly loud, i reached over and turned the tub jets off because i couldn’t believe what i was hearing and now feeling in my chest. the chop was so powerful that i then realized this has to be a military chopper. i couldn’t see the chopper itself yet but i could see it’s red running light (the only light visible) as it approached.
a few seconds later, the chopper passed right in front of me just above treetop height. when it passed by, the chopper was completely black as in there were no lights emanating from the cabin, just the red running light.
this is were it gets interesting… just in front of the chopper, about 50 to 70 feet, was a tubular shaped glowing white object silently screaming by. i know it made no discernible noise simply because the chopper thump thump thump is intermittent. if this was a jet or a missile going that fast, i feel very confident it would have made a loud jet engine or rocket sound. it was silent.
i reported this to mufon because of the following reasons:
1. it was an extremely fast and powerful military style chopper
2. it was flying way below legal altitude (just above treetops)
3. it was obvious to me that the chopper was chasing something due to it’s very fast and erratic flight path
4. right as it passed in front of my line of sight, i saw what it was chasing as decribed above.
5. when the chopper abruptly changed course, it was now coming towards me and did not have a white light coming out of the front of it.
6. and finally, because this all happened over a residential area.
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Not to worry, this is normal. But climate change may be playing a role.
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