NSF Facilities Open House at Cheyenne Frontier Days

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:45 to 15:00
Cheyenne, Wyoming


CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming National Guard is opening its doors to the public July 26, at the 153rd Airlift Wing, 217 Dell Range Blvd., in Cheyenne, Wyoming from 10:45 am - 3:00 pm.

National Science Foundation (NSF) supported atmospheric science research facilities will also be present at the Wyoming National Guard Open House this year and will include the NSF/NCAR C-130, the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) Doppler on Wheels (DOW), and the University of Wyoming (UW) King Air. These facilities are used to research a wide range of atmospheric phenomena from severe weather to drought to air quality.

Tours of the facilities and weather balloon launches will be held throughout the day.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) makes significant investments in the atmospheric sciences to address a wide variety of atmospheric phenomena ranging from severe weather to air quality. By improving our understanding of the atmosphere and our ability to predict storms, droughts, wildfires, and even the small-scale movements of air that can influence the energy produced by wind turbines, this research makes our country more resilient and safer as we are better prepared to assess and respond to our future needs.

Funding from the NSF enables the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the University of Wyoming (UW), and the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) to manage and operate a variety of research equipment used to collect the data needed to study the atmosphere.

Wyoming National Guard Open House Event Details

The open house will feature static equipment displays highlighting the various missions and roles of the Wyoming Air and Army National Guard. Among the displays will be C-130s, other fixed wing aircraft and a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

Only shuttle bus traffic will be allowed on the base due to security and parking restrictions. Shuttle buses will leave continuously from the Frontier Mall’s north side, between Dillard’s and Sears, beginning at 10:45 a.m. The last bus to the open house will leave at 2:45 p.m. The mall is located at 1400 Dell Range Blvd,.

Vehicles with handicapped stickers and personnel who possess a valid military ID may enter the main gate at 217 Dell Range Blvd., from the east direction only by making a right-turn onto the base. Vehicles heading west on Dell Range Blvd. will not be authorized to access base. Pedestrian foot traffic will also be allowed at the main gate.

Gates open at 10:45 a.m. for the public to view the displays. The open house ends at 3 p.m.

All visitors must bring a valid ID. No weapons-including pocket knives, coolers, or containers will be allowed on the base. Security personnel may search all bags.

“We wanted to offer the Cheyenne Frontier Days crowd a chance to see the capabilities of their Wyoming National Guard,” said Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Wyoming’s adjutant general.

“Community support is vital to our success; this is one way we can show our appreciation for that support,” he said.

Vendors will be selling food and drink on base during the open house.

Wyoming National Guard equipment currently scheduled for display includes:

  • C-130H Hercules aircraft equipped for various missions
  • UH-60A Black Hawk
  • Medical decontamination display
  • VA Mobile Clinic
  • Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower
  • Civil Air Patrol aircraft
  • HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System)

There are plenty of activities available for young and old. Come out and see what the Wyoming Military Department has to offer and visit the NSF support facilities!

See more on the Wyoming Military Department and the Wyoming National Guard Open House webpages.