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Groom Lake Security
(DET 3 SP)
Investigated by Glenn Campbell
Who is Clorne Filkins?
The "Cammo Dudes" are members of the anonymous, camouflage-clad security force that patrols the outer boundary of the
Groom Lake complex and adjoining public lands. They are a mixture of Air Force personnel and employees
of a private contractor, probably EG&G. They are protected
by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department,
the only local police force in the U.S. that acts in proxy for a secret Federal entity.
Cammo Dudes detain tourists who wander across the poorly marked military border near the "E.T. Highway," State Route 375. Regardless of the circumstances, these tourists are turned over to the Sheriff's Department for the typical $600 local fine. By dealing only with the local authorities instead of federal ones, the Cammo Dudes avoid having to identify themselves or appear in court.
Stored on this server.
It is the position of the Research Center that any federal employee
or contractor who patrols public lands or interacts with a public
police force must be identified. This page is an attempt to assemble
a roster of Cammo Dudes and sufficient information about each of them
to assure that civil rights will be respected.
I work on the Cammo Dude investigation only when I am motivated to
do so. Motivation usually takes the form
of another innocent tourist arrested at the border. I have no objection
to the arrest of those who truly
intend to violate the border, but the security guards who detain the
prisoner must identify themselves at the scene and be prepared appear
in court to testify. I do object to the needless arrest of
those who have only innocently crossed
the border because of insufficient marking or the state's "E.T. Highway"
promotion. As long as
needless arrests continue and Cammo Dudes do not identify themselves
at the time of arrest,
I will continue my effort to identify all of these security guards
from secondary sources.
Unfortunately, this could also result in unintended side effects:
Because all other avenues are blocked, I am forced to identify these
people in a more
public forum than would normally be required. My investigation may
also result in the unintentional identification of
other base personnel not affiliated with the Cammo Dudes.
Names of Dudes
Below is a list of Cammo Dudes and their home addresses obtained from
(See DR#35 article
On 7/25/96, two California tourists, drawn by the E.T. Highway publicity,
drove beyond a restricted area sign at night. They were detained
by unidentified guards, arrested by
a Sheriff's Deputy and given $1200 in fines. In addition, a relative
of the Undersheriff towed their
vehicle for an additional $175.
In the following weeks, in response to this needless arrest,
I conducted additional research to obtain the addresses, telephone
numbers, social security numbers, dates and places of birth, real
estate assessments and other public information for the security members
who had been deputized by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Dept. Below
I have published only home addresses.
This information comes from this public records, mostly in Clark County:
Since each of these people once took an oath as public officer of
Lincoln County, they have forfeited their right to anonymity.
In the list below, I have chosen not to public phone numbers and social
security numbers, as I do not think this would be productive at present,
but as long as anonymous arrests continue at the border, without the
opportunity for the accused to face their accusers, I will continue
to collect information on these characters. Anonymity is the antithesis
of civil rights, and as long as these people are not identified, they
will continue to abuse visitors. Every new anonymous arrest I hear
about will result in additional information published here.
- Recent and previous issues of the Las Vegas phone book.
- Voter lists
- Recorded documents from real estate transactions
- Property plats
- Property tax records
Notes on the list below:
- The part of the name in bold is as it appeared on the official
duputization of that person in the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department
(recorded in the Oath of Office book in the Lincoln County recorders
office). Additional letters, usually for the middle name, were filled
in from other public records.Unlike other deputies in Lincoln County,
these ones were sworn in by notary publics in Clark County working
for the Air Force Flight Test Center. [See original
- In most of the cases below, there was only one exact match in
public records of Clark or Lincoln counties for each of these people.
The only multiple candidates were for "Robert R. Armstrong" and "Kenneth
Learned," both of whom had both a "Junior" and "Senior" on record.
Robert R. Armstrong, Sr., was born in 1918 and died in 1993. The
other, Jr., was born in 1941, making him the likely candidate. Although
his age is right, I am less than completely certain it is the right
one, since "Robert R. Armstrong" is a common name, and Boulder City
is a longer commute to the Janet terminal than most of the others.
Kenneth Learned, Jr., was born in 1964, making him younger than most
other Dudes, so the father seems a more likely candidate, born in 1940.
- There was no "Lars N. Larson", with an "o", but I did find a "Lars
N. Larsen", with an "e". I assume this was a clerical error at
the time of duputization. Lars Larson gave a written warning to a
tourist at the border in 1993, including his signature (one of only
two times I am aware of when a Dude identified himself). Although
"o" or "e" is not clear in the signature, it does match Lars Larson's
signature or real estate records in the Clark County Recorder's Office.
- Most of these duputies were hastily de-deputized by the Lincoln
County Sheriff on August 24, 1994. In my opinion, this does not restore
their anonymity, since they remain publically accountable for their
past actions as deputies. Only two Cammo Dudes sponsored by the Air
Force Flight Test Center have not been de-deputized: Robert
R. Armstrong and Donald Ray Domkowski. Presumeably, they
continue to represent the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department at Area
51, but this cannot be confirmed.
- I have been unable to find a match for only a single Cammo Dude
Deputy: Hubert E. Sides. I encourage investigation by others
to help find this person. Presumably he lived in Lincoln, Clark or
Nye County in the early 1990s. I have not yet checked Nye County
or all records in Lincoln County. I also did not check Clark County
Recorder's documents prior to computerization (before 1988). I consulted
previous editions of the Las Vegas phone book dating back to the mid
1980s and could not find him.
- This list was current as of the early 1990s, but there is no guarantee
that these people still work for the Cammo Dude Force, and some current
members do not appear on this list. Nonetheless, the CDF appears
to be stable, and I would expect the majority of these people to still
be patrolling the border.
- From public records, I have the social security numbers, dates
of birth, state of birth, party affiliations and phone numbers (even
when "unlisted") for at least 80% of these people. By driving by
their houses, one can record their license plate numbers. VA home
loans recorded for several of these men suggest their previous military
service. There are many other public records that I have yet to explore,
but further inquiries will be linked to behavior of the Cammo Dudes
themselves. If civil rights continue to be violated at the border,
then I will have to take a more in-depth look at individual Dudes
and their backgrounds.
- All I has to start with is a name (shown in bold below), so it
is possible that I am confusing a real Cammo Dude with someone else
in Las Vegas who has the same name. This is more likely with common
names like Robert R. Armstrong, than with uncommon ones like Clorne
Filkins. If there are errors like this, it is only with one or two
of these people (as detailed above), since there was only one candidate
for most of them.
|Armstrong, Robert R.
||651 Ave. F
Boulder City, NV 89005
|Cain, Richard William
||740 Reagan Dr.
Las Vegas, NV
|Property sold 9/93
but still registered to vote
|Coulston, James Wayne
291 Queen Mary Ct.
|Countryman, John Richard
||3846 E Gowen Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89115-0246
|Deley, Thomas Louis
||6356 Cobalt Ln.
Las Vegas, NV 89102-1131
|Domkowski, Donald Ray
||223 E. Maulding Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89123
|Dye, Michael Kevin
||1420 Bamber Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89117-1234
|Fackrell, Howard S.
||PO Box 418
Panaca, NV 89042-0418
||6725 Evanston Ave
Las Vegas, 89108-5407
|IRS lien released 6/96
|Goodman, Fox Roland
||1406-H Santa Margarita
Las Vegas, NV 89102-2934
|Howe, Robert Arthur
||2033 Wagonwheel Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89119-2874
|Hull, William J., Jr.
||431 Ash St.
Henderson, NV 89015-5769
|Koranda, Thomas R.
||1021 Palmhurst Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89128-6155
|Larsen, Lars Nils
||5670 Gorham Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89110
|Signature on real estate docs.matches Groom warning
|Leach, Loren Edward
||7636 Raven Hills Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89129
|Learned, Kenneth Allen
||501 E. Rolly St.
Henderson, NV 89015-5303
|Linton, Richard John
||2981 De Silva Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89121-5346
|McFarland, Darrel Keith
||4239 E. Philadelphia
Las Vegas, NV 89104-5330
|O'Connor, Jonothan Harris
||3628 Hamlin Pl.
North Las Vegas, NV 89030-0162
|Palay, David Daniel
||1682 Autumn Rust Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89119-0404
|Roundtree, Lawrence Thomas
||1663 Candice St.
Las Vegas, NV 89115-6837
|Sides, Hubert E.
|Taylor, Thomas Earl
||3004 Chapala Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89120-1932
|Major, U.S. Air Force
Security Police Commander
County sheriff's invoice
|Weathington, Jerry M.
||3333 Durham Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101-1813
Cammo Dude Gallery, photos of the
Dudes in action!
Created: 9/5/96 gc (research began 7/29/96)
Last Modified: 12/8/96 tm.e