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Mullane: Did a space alien invade a New Jersey military base?

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A retired Air Force major recounts the tale of an extraterrestrial visitor.

Each October, when the leaves change and the winds cool and stories are told around roaring fireplaces, creepy tales of horror and dread emerge from the pines of southern New Jersey.

Usually these involve the Jersey Devil, but sometimes Bigfoot. Once, a guy told me he encountered the Jersey Devil while “squatching” for Bigfoot in Burlington County. A twofer.

That was at Lines on the Pines, and when the guy looked at my business card, he asked, “What’s ‘JD’ stand for?”

“Jersey Devil,” I said. “I’m incognito. Don’t tell anyone.”

I’m uncertain he knew I was kidding.

This year’s tale is courtesy of Air Force Maj. George Filer, retired, who was an intelligence officer at McGuire Air Force Base (now part of Joint Base Dix-McGuire-Lakehurst) in the 1970s.

In a new book, “Strange Craft, The True Story of An Air Force Intelligence Officer’s Life With UFOs,” Filer claims that an extraterrestrial creature was shot and killed at McGuire in 1978, and the government covered it up.

“It happened, all right,” said Filer, 84, who lives in Medford, New Jersey.

After midnight on........

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