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Military Reporting Channel For UFO Incidents? OPREP-3

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UFO Telex - May 1978

     While going through the officially declassified and release that relate to the spooky 1975 US/Canadian border Northern Tier “over flights”, as well as other 1970’s–era UFO cases, I noticed a specific term repeatedly appearing in the documents that piqued my interest. The term was “OPREP–3”, and it was sometimes followed by other terms like “PINNACLE”, “BEELINE” or “NAVY BLUE”. Upon further study of statements of American military doctrine – both old and new – it became quickly apparent that these terms refer to a specific type of “operational reporting” system used by the US Armed Force. “OPREP”
Paul Dean
By Paul Dean
The UFO Chronicles
6-2-16

means “Operational Report”, and “3” refers to a category meaning “Serious Event/Serious Incident”. There are dozens of available publications that detail the OPREP–3 process. One such publication, promulgated by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), is an Instruction dated 1st of December, 1993, titled Joint Reporting Structure Event and Incident Reports. Page 1 establishes:

“The OPREP–3 reporting system… …is used by military units at any level of command to report significant events and incidents to the highest levels of command.”

Another publication, titled Air Force Instruction 10–206 Operational Reporting (AFI 10–206), and promulgated by the Secretary of the United States Air Force (SEC–USAF) on 15th October, 2008, states in Chapter 3:

“Command Posts use the OPREP–3s to immediately notify commanders of any significant event or incident that rises to the level of DoD, AF, or MAJCOM interests. Submit the applicable OPREP–3 regardless of whether or not the event is being reported through other channels.”

This is interesting, and we have inadvertently known about it all along. After the closure of the United States Air Force’s (USAF) Project Blue Book, no reporting channels, except the Communications Instructions for Reporting Vital Intelligence Sightings (CIRVIS) system, and the “Air Force Reporting System” (AFOREP) channel, were to be used for UFO reporting in the USA. Even knowledge of those was kept reasonably quiet. As we shall see, there is irrefutable, documented evidence that the AFOREP channel, which contained an early OPREP–3 procedures, has been used to report UFOs to higher commands.

On the night of May 14, 1978, the United States Navy’s (USN) Pinecastle Electronic Warfare Range, in Florida, endured a very unusual incident. A UFO was both visually sighted and tracked by primary radar. It was reported as displaying red, green, and white lights, and was accompanied by no sound. Also, the UFO apparently took evasive action when there was an attempt to lock radar on the object. When records relating to the case were released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), even the Public Affairs officer, N. P. Young, stationed at Jacksonville Naval Air Station (NAS Jacksonville), who processed the records, had this to say about the incident:

“I have never been a believer in UFOs, but I assure you I am convinced that a number of people witnessed an unexplainable event that night.”.

Five pages of records were released relating to the incident, including a two page telex sent from NAS Jacksonville to the Commander–in–Chief of the USN’s Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANFLT) at Norfolk, Virginia. Classified CONFIDENTIAL, one line states:

“NAS JACKSONVILLE /OPREP–3 NAVY BLUE 1718002 MAY 78/006”

Note the term “OPREP–3”. Further, beneath this line, the telex reads:

“REPORTS OF UFO DISPLAYING RED, GREEN AND WHITE LIGHTS”

Two more lines down the telex states:

“INITIAL REPORTED UFO SIGHTING BY TWO UNIDENTIFIED CIVILIANS”

Note the term “UFO” is openly used here. This is indisputable proof that a UFO event, of some sort, caused the sending of an OPREP–3 to the CINCLANFLT. I have imaged the page above, top.

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Eerie Encounter with UFO On Lonely Road | UFO CHRONICLE – 1978

Union Man Cites Encounter with UFO - Bangor Daily News 6-7-1978
An object with flashing lights which surrounded his car, completely stopping it and making it completely dead – no lights, no radio, no engine running, nothing (click and or right click on image[s] to enlarge).

     Dana says he experienced an encounter with an unidentified flying object, the likes of which he will never forget.

“I wish I’d never seen it, it scared the hell out of me,” the 20-year-old

By Bangor Daily News
6-7-1978

Boardman related Tuesday. He said while driving along the road from Pleasnt Point to Cushing about 1:15 am he encountered an object with flashing lights which surrounded his car, completely stopping it and making it completely dead – no lights, no radio, no engine running, nothing.

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Eerie Encounter with UFO On Lonely Road | UFO CHRONICLE – 1978

Union Man Cites Encounter with UFO - Bangor Daily News 6-7-1978
An object with flashing lights which surrounded his car, completely stopping it and making it completely dead – no lights, no radio, no engine running, nothing (click and or right click on image[s] to enlarge).

     Dana says he experienced an encounter with an unidentified flying object, the likes of which he will never forget.

“I wish I’d never seen it, it scared the hell out of me,” the 20-year-old

By Bangor Daily News
6-7-1978

Boardman related Tuesday. He said while driving along the road from Pleasnt Point to Cushing about 1:15 am he encountered an object with flashing lights which surrounded his car, completely stopping it and making it completely dead – no lights, no radio, no engine running, nothing.

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UFO Encounter & Missing Pilot Still a Mystery After 40 Years

UFO Mystery (Frederick Valentich) The Australian 10-21-1978

Frederick Valentich disappearance:
How UFO helped inspire The Kettering Incident

‘It’s not an aircraft’

     A pilot who disappeared nearly 40 years ago after reporting a UFO is one of the inspirations for the plot of the new television drama series The Kettering Incident.
By Carol Rääbus
www.abc.net.au
7-11-16

While the show revolves around fictional mysterious disappearances in the Tasmanian bush, the disappearance of Frederick Valentich was very real.

Valentich was a 20-year-old pilot who went missing over Bass Strait in 1978, leaving nothing behind except a mysterious radio transmission.

Historian Reg Watson has been researching the disappearance for many years.

“I’ve looked at it for gosh, three decades,” he told Leon Compton on 936 ABC Hobart.

“I have to say, in my opinion, he had an encounter with a UFO — and I don’t say that lightly.”

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The Clarenville UFO Experience | VIDEO

Clarenville UFO Experience 11-26-1978

By Alejandro Rojas
openminds.tv
11-11-15

    In October 1978, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer Jim Blackwood responded to a call regarding a strange object off of the coast of Clarenville, a Canadian town on the east coast of Newfoundland in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. When he got there he, along with about a dozen other witnesses, saw something he could not explain. Blackwood recently posted a TV interview from 1978 in which he describes the incident.

According to Canadian newspaper The Packet, Blackwood is now retired and living in Novia Scotia. News of the sighting received a lot of media attention, causing Blackwood to endure years of ridicule. Since leaving Clarenville, he says he rarely speaks about the incident.

However, he did recently speak to The Packet, and in May of this year he posted the UFO interview on YouTube (seen above).

Blakwood was a 25 year-old RCMP constable at the time of the incident. When he reached the location of the witnesses, he says there were about a dozen locals gathered there.

“I went down and the craft was hovering between Clarenville and Random Island, right on the water. It was only a couple hundred feet off the water. It was there for good two hours before it left” […]

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Disc-Shaped UFO Hovered Over Campers

Disc-Shaped UFO Hovered Over Campers

By Roger Marsh
OpenMinds.tv
3-61-15

     A New Mexico witness near Cimarron recalled a UFO event from 1978 when a disc-shaped object hovered 25 feet off of the ground with four glowing, round lights, according to testimony in Case 63904 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The events took place at Miners Camp, Philmont Scout Ranch, in Cimarron, on the night of July 4, 2008.

“There were about 12 to 15 hiking crews with their tents set up in one area,” the witness stated. “Each crew is up to 12 people.”

The witness woke up about midnight and observed the object near his tent about 50 feet away.

“It was a round, flat object, about the diameter of a car tire. It was moving slightly up and down and around in what could be described as hovering.”

The witness described the object.

“It had four round, glowing globes spaced at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock. . . .”

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Men in Black Encounter? – The Henry McKay Confession Tape | VIDEO

Men in Black Encounter? – The Henry McKay Confession Tape

By Michelle McKay
ufosupclose / YouTube
12-1-14

     The Henry McKay Confession Tape is an audio cassette tape from 1978 of pioneer UFOlogist Henry McKay (my great-uncle) talking about his experiences of being watched, stalked and harassed by authorities due to his UFO research involvement. I don’t recall if Uncle mentions in this tape that he had to get his local politician involved to finally get his P.O. mailbox back after it “mistakenly” was shut down and taken away from him.

I cranked the volume up as loud as it would go in the video editor, so you might need headphones depending on your speaker system. But most should be able to hear without headphones.

I do not know who Henry (my great-uncle) was talking to in this tape. All I know is that this conversation took place in a car in front of Henry’s home in Toronto, Canada in 1978. About half-way through the tape you will hear it raining outside. At around the 22 minute mark the tape goes blank, I have not done anything to it, this is the way it is on the original tape and I have no idea what caused this. Then the audio comes back. Then around the 27 minute mark the tape cuts off as Henry is mid-sentence and then you hear Uncle do a countdown — no idea what this is all about. Then all of a sudden the tape comes back to the interview in the car. Your guess is as good as mine.

If anybody has any idea as to who Uncle was talking to (the man interviewing Uncle) please leave it in the comments and also include why you think so. Or if anybody has any additional info to anything they have heard in this tape please leave it in the comments. Thank you for your assistance, together we can figure this out!!

In this audio cassette tape Henry talks about his mail being diverted, his telegram being diverted, his telephone being tapped, men watching his house from their car, being chased down the highway by an unknown vehicle, police showing up at his door to harass him from a city over 3 hours away, army showing up at his investigation sites (Henry specialized in landing sites and physical traces), and the monitoring of UFO investigators and researchers. Henry also mentions the Edwin Fuhr case (Regina, Saskatchewan) and that the police told Edwin not to say anything about his UFO sighting. He also mentions the Stephen Michalak case in Falcon Lake, Manitoba. He also talks about Ground Saucer Watch attempting to take the government to court regarding harassment for investigating UFOs. He also talks about his long fight with the government to get the Joe Borda files from the government (over 10 years Henry tried) in Brantford when a UFO landed in a tobacco field.

He mentions “O.P.P” which is the “Ontario Provincial Police”. He also mentions RCMP which is the “Royal Canadian Mounted Police”.

As you will hear in the tape, Henry called the harassment and monitoring from authorities “the loyal opposition”. A very fitting title for them.

This audio is courtesy of the official Henry McKay UFO Archives™ at UFOsUpClose.com

Henry McKay was a pioneer UFOlogist. He was the very first Director of MUFON in Canada. He was also one of the first modern-day UFO investigators to specialize in physical traces associated with UFO landing sites and close-range UFO sightings. His work was mentioned in the book “The Philadelphia Experiment”. He was an electrical engineer with the Air Force. He was also on the Board of Directors for the “North American UFO Federation” (headed by Richard Haines), was an associate of CUFOS (Dr. J. Allen Hynek), and also investigated for NICAP (Major Donald Keyhoe of the US Marines). He was good friends with Dr. J. Allen Hynek. He also gave a briefing at a hearing to the “Royal Commission of Electric Power Planning” in regards to UFO related power disturbances. For more info on Henry there is a MUFON webpage dedicated to him here.

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Socorro Witness Interviews | UFO CHRONICLE – 1978

Socorro Witness Interviews (Pg 14 of 14 & 15) – The MUFON UFO Journal October, 1978
Socorro Witness Interviews (Pg 15 of 14 & 15) – The MUFON UFO Journal October, 1978

Socorro Witness Interviews | UFO CHRONICLE – 1978

By Ralph C. Degraw
The MUFON UFO Journal
October, 1978

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New Revelations Re Socorro UFO Incident
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Artist’s Rendering of Symbol on UFO Craft (Redux) | SOCORRO UFO INCIDENT – 50th ANNIVERSARY

Socorro UFO Landing; 50 Years Ago Today (4-24-14)

What Zamora Really Saw And Reported To His Co-Workers And To Captain Richard T. Holder

Hoax Theory for The Socorro UFO is Quashed; Interview with Dr Kevin Randle | VIDCAST (Redux) – SOCORRO UFO INCIDENT – 50th ANNIVERSARY

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New Zealand Releases UFO Files – Kaikoura Lights Included

Well, New Zealand are following the lead of other countries and the Defence Force have finally waded through the necessary paperwork and so are finally set to release their ‘UFO files’. The release was originally scheduled for February (2010) but the Defence Force prevented this so that any personal data could be redacted to comply with privacy laws announcing that the release was rescheduled for

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