Representatives of the former Soviet Union arrived here Wednesday to inspect nuclear missile rocket components at Hill.
The inspection is being conducted according to the terms of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. The visitors, representing Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, will measure the size and count the number of booster rocket motors at Hill to verify whether the United States is abiding by the terms of the treaty.The inspection will require a few days, said Hill spokesman Col. Frank Urben, during which time the visitors will stay in apartments on base.
Though Hill officials got the word on very short notice, just a few hours before the inspectors arrived, they were ready. Hill's Arms Control Office has prepared itself to receive them at any time, day or night, within the inspection window of March 1 through June 28. It conducted dress rehearsals, and posted signs around the base in Cyrillic, the Russian alphabet.