Spiro T. Agnew Defense Command Award made from Cheyenne Mountain Granite dated September 3, 1969

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One of a kind Defense Command Award made from Cheyenne Mountain Granite issued to unique Spiro T. Agnew dated September 3, 1969. 

The insignia worn by The North American Air Defense Command mounted on granite blasted from the site of the Cheyenne Mountain Combat Operation Center presented to The Vice President of the United States, Spiro T. Agnew on the occassion of his visit to Colorado Springs on September 3, 1969.  The award has the engraved signature of General Seth J. McKee - In August 1969 General McKee was named commander in chief of North American Air Defense Command and Continental Air Defense Command,

The Cheyenne Mountain Complex is a United States Space Force installation and defensive bunker located inside the mountain. The complex is a constructed cave that can survive a nuclear attack and cut itself off from the rest of the world. Inside, people monitor the skies for suspicious space activity, missile evidence, tests, and launches, and decide what to report to decision makers. Visitors are briefed and escorted by four people, and are told that they can't bring explosives and that employees can use deadly force to protect the site. 
 
Spiro Theodore Agnew November 9, 1918 – September 17, 1996) was the 39th vice president of the United States, serving from 1969 until his resignation in 1973. He is the second of two vice presidents to resign the position, the first being John C. Calhoun in 1832.

Agnew was born in Baltimore to a Greek immigrant father and an American mother. He attended Johns Hopkins University and graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He was a campaign aide for U.S. Representative James Devereux in the 1950s, and was appointed to the Baltimore County Board of Zoning Appeals in 1957. In 1962, he was elected Baltimore county executive. In 1966, Agnew was elected governor of Maryland, defeating his Democratic opponent George P. Mahoney and independent candidate Hyman A. Pressman.

At the 1968 Republican National Convention, Richard Nixon asked Agnew to place his name in nomination, and named him as running mate. Agnew's centrist reputation interested Nixon; the law and order stance he had taken in the wake of civil unrest that year appealed to aides such as Pat Buchanan. Agnew made a number of gaffes during the campaign, but his rhetoric pleased many Republicans, and he may have made the difference in several key states. Nixon and Agnew defeated the Democratic ticket of incumbent vice president Hubert Humphrey and his running mate, Senator Edmund Muskie, and American Independent Party candidates George Wallace and Curtis LeMay. As vice president, Agnew was often called upon to attack the administration's enemies. In the years of his vice presidency, Agnew moved to the right, appealing to conservatives who were suspicious of moderate stances taken by Nixon. In the presidential election of 1972, Nixon and Agnew were re-elected for a second term, defeating Senator George McGovern and his running mate Sargent Shriver in one of the largest landslides in American history.

In 1973, Agnew was investigated by the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland on suspicion of criminal conspiracy, bribery, extortion, and tax fraud. Agnew took kickbacks from contractors during his time as Baltimore county executive and governor of Maryland. The payments had continued into his time as vice president, but had nothing to do with the Watergate scandal, in which he was not implicated. After months of maintaining his innocence, Agnew pleaded no contest to a single felony charge of tax evasion and resigned from office. Nixon replaced him with House Republican leader Gerald Ford. Agnew spent the remainder of his life quietly, rarely making public appearances. He wrote a novel and a memoir, both of which defended his actions. Agnew died at home in 1996 at age 77 of undiagnosed acute leukemia.