Source: Strategic Air Command Operations in the Cuban Crisis of 1962: Historical Study No. 90, Vol 1.

Primary Alert message from General T. S. Power to all his commanders, 24 October 1962:

"THIS IS GENERAL POWER SPEAKING. I AM ADDRESSING YOU FOR THE PURPOSE OF REEMPHASIZING THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE SITUATION THIS NATION FACES. WE ARE IN AN ADVANCED STATE OF READINESS TO MEET ANY EMERGENCIES AND I FEEL THAT WE ARE WELL PREPARED. I EXPECT EACH OF YOU TO MAINTAIN STRICT SECURITY AND USE CALM JUDGMENT DURING THIS TENSE PERIOD. OUR PLANS ARE WELL PREPARED AND ARE BEING EXECUTED SMOOTHLY. IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING INSTRUCTIONS WHICH BY NATURE OF THE SITUATION DEVIATE FROM THE NORMAL, USE THE TELEPHONE FOR CLARIFICATION. REVIEW YOUR PLANS FOR FURTHER ACTION TO INSURE THAT THERE WILL BE NO MISTAKES OR CONFUSION. I EXPECT YOU TO CUT OUT ALL NON-ESSENTIALS AND PUT YOURSELF IN A MAXIMUM READINESS CONDITION. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE OF WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IN ANY SITUATION, AND IF TIME PERMITS, GET IN TOUCH WITH US HERE."