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Welcome to the Online Air Defense Radar Museum. We hope you enjoy your visit, and that we have contributed a little something in the name of those who served.  Gene.

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11/29/2002 00:00:00

Name: Bill Zynda
Email: zyndas AT

I recently saw MSGT Ray Cone`s name on one of your lists, but no email address. If Sgt.Cone reads this, or if anyone knows how to contact him, please let me know. Thanks! Bill, 787th AC&W, CAFS,MN

11/28/2002 00:00:00

Name: Henry I Semenic "Hank"
Email: gayann AT

Gutherie AFB, 1955-56-57 From Chicago Overseas duty - AACS - North Africa

11/27/2002 00:00:00

Name: Bill Zynda
Email: zyndas AT

The 787th AC&W Squadron, Chandler, MN enjoyed a memorable Reunion on Oct. 5, 2002. It was the first in over 40 years for most in attendance. We plan to meet again in 2004 or 2005, but I need help in finding airmen stationed at CAFS mainly between 1955 and 1965. We have many names, but lack current contact info. Please email me with help. Thanks much! Happy Thanksgiving!

11/27/2002 00:00:00

Name: Edward Franklin
Email: erfranklin AT

Once upon a time there was a web site called: which was a sounding board for personnel who were in SAGE. Does anyone know where that site has gone or been re-named?? When I go to, up pops a partially completed site for developing web sites and has nothing to do with SAGE. Got any ideas?

11/27/2002 00:00:00

Email: bobjan AT

Am looking for others that have been at AC&W sites.

11/22/2002 00:00:00

Name: Jeff States
Email: psu68 AT

Happy Thanksgiving to all `cold war` radar operators & technicians. Special holiday greetings to those responsible for the idea to build and maintain this remarkable site! We all served when needed.

11/22/2002 00:00:00

Name: Mark A. Crawford
Email: mark.crawford AT

Served at Minot AFS (Max, ND) from Aug `73 til Apr `75. Cape Lisburne May `75 thru May `76. Bergstrom AFB, June `76 thru May `77.

11/20/2002 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: GAJ7702 AT

Just thinking if the system of airship radars comes to be that it would great if they ressurected some of the old unit numbers, squadrons or emblems from the ADC Cold War radar era. The B-1 and B-2, after all, harken back to previous designations.

11/19/2002 00:00:00

Name: Earl Bender
Email: earl AT

In March I wrote asking for radar technicians, operators and other personnel to get in touch with me for some research I was doing into possible health effects of ionizing radiation emitted by this equipment. Many of your responded and helped with my research. Many also asked that if I heard of any developments to let you know. Well, some U.S. and NATO radar veterans and families and one veterans group have recently filed a lawsuit that asks the radar manufacturers to help veterans who have already gotten sick and to monitor other exposed radar veterans for early detection of onset of any radiation related problems. There`s one easy link where you get information about this Or if anyone wants more information about this, please e-mail me and I`ll send some information along. Thanks again to the entire community for their help. Earl Bender

11/18/2002 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: GAJ7702 AT

Reinventing Air Defense Command ....? Pentagon may bring back blimps for surveillance By Peter Pae Los Angeles Times Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - It has been 65 years since the Hindenburg burst into flames and deflated the chances that lighter-than-air ships would become anything more than a curious footnote in aviation history. Except for the limited use of the Goodyear blimp as a flying billboard, dozens of efforts to revive the glory of dirigibles have fallen flat. But now, Pentagon officials believe that airships could play a crucial role in protecting the United States from attack. They have quietly asked the country`s largest defense contractors to develop giant unmanned craft -- two to three times as big as Goodyear`s gasbag -- that would ring the continent. Hovering high in the stratosphere, beyond the reach of unfriendly forces, such blimps would be used to spot incoming enemy missiles and planes. The airships would be far more complicated than any built before, and it could take seven or eight years before they are deployed. But Pentagon and industry officials say technological advances, including highly efficient solar cells, make them optimistic that the giant blimps can be added to the U.S. arsenal. `We are very excited about high-altitude airships,` Sue Payton, the Pentagon`s deputy undersecretary for advanced systems and concepts, said in a recent briefing with industry executives, according to a transcript of her remarks. She added that airships have become a high-priority technology demonstration program for the Pentagon. The effort gained momentum a couple of weeks ago when the Missile Defense Agency, charged with protecting the country from ballistic missiles, officially launched a competition to develop a high-altitude, helium-filled airship. It said such blimps should be capable of floating for months at a time at an altitude of 70,000 feet and carrying more than 4,000 pounds of unspecified payload. Defense contractors have until February to submit their designs, and the agency expects to award a contract in March to one or more winning firms to build a prototype airship within three years. The goal is to deploy an operational system by 2010. Pentagon officials are cagey about how the blimps would be used and how much they would cost, but several federal agencies also want to use the airships, including the White House Office of Homeland Security, a spokesman for the missile defense agency said. Since last year`s terrorist attacks, homeland security officials have been stepping up calls for improving surveillance of suspected terrorists. At the recent industry briefing, Pentagon officials described one scenario in which at least 10 massive airships equipped with radar and other sensors would be used to track incoming ballistic and cruise missiles while also monitoring potential terrorist activities on the ground, according to people who attended the meeting. The airships would rim the U.S. coastline, starting from the Puget Sound area in the Northwest, down the Pacific Coast and then up the Atlantic Coast to Maine. Each airship could carry 40-foot rotating radars with a footprint of about 750 miles, according to a defense industry official. The airships, at least initially, would not carry weapons, although eventually they could be equipped with chemical lasers to shoot down ballistic missiles.

11/16/2002 00:00:00

Name: Pete Jeter
Email: eajeter AT

I served at Ft. Fisher AFS from November 1975 to June 1978. It was my first duty station as a young airmen right out of tech school. Looking through your website brought back many fond old memories. I even came across several photos of people whom I knew, when I was stationed at Ft. Fisher. Thanks for the memories! Pete J.

11/15/2002 00:00:00

Name: Jim Vallela
Email: jvallela AT

Just discovered this site. Would like to contact anyone who served with me at Palermo, NJ (1956-57), North Truro, Mass (1957-60), or P-Mountain, Greenland (1960-61).

11/14/2002 00:00:00

Name: Billy Brooks
Email: bdbrooks AT

Yearly blurb........looking for anyone from the 3625th TTG at Tyndall and 623rd AC&W, Det 2 (Kume) Okinawa. Billy

11/14/2002 00:00:00

Name: Vu Tien Duc
Email: imet AT

ICTs security in air defense control system: handbook, annual report, strategy, news catalogue (software and hardware). Thank you very much. Vu Tien Duc, Institute of Microelectronic and Information Technology of Vietnam

11/08/2002 00:00:00

Name: Joe D-Angelo
Email: jdang23052 AT

I was stationed in prum,germany with the 615acws from 55-58. had the best time there. would enjoy hearing from anyone else who was there.

11/07/2002 00:00:00

Name: Jim Trowbridge
Email: jtrow AT

Sampson 1953, Mt Tam. 1955, Saglek 1956, Gettysburg 1957. Anybody out there?

11/06/2002 00:00:00

Name: Ron Monst
Email: ronrico61 AT

611th ac&w Japan 1957,655th Watertown NY 1958,Hancock field, Syracuse NY 1959&1960 sage dir center. anyone out there?

11/05/2002 00:00:00

Name: Tom Altvalja
Email: Tom6ar AT

Too bad there weren`t more photo of the troops. Nice to see what some of the folks looked like then (that`s you Henry)

11/03/2002 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: GAJ7702 AT

New uses for high power microwave tubes? See below. Army`s secret `people zapper` plans Antony Barnett, public affairs editor Sun., Nov. 3, 2002 The Observer Britain has been involved in secret talks with the United States over the development of so-called non-lethal weapons, including ... microwave systems that cook the skin of human targets. ... (The) system uses microwave beams to heat the water in human skin in the same way as a microwave oven cooks a meal. ... The documents reveal the full scope of the new weapons programmes that the US military is developing. ... Its military name is the Vehicle-Mounted Active Denial System (V-Mads), but it has already been nicknamed the People Zapper. It works by harnessing electromagnetic power to fire an invisible pulse of energy at light speed towards a target. The beam causes the water molecules under the skin to vibrate violently, producing heat and discomfort. Scientists believe the system could heat a person`s skin to about 130 degrees in two seconds. The US delegation admits there might be problems with legal claims by victims. The classified document, which is an `assessment report` of a meeting that took place on 30 November 2000, admits the term `non-lethal` was inaccurate.`

11/02/2002 00:00:00

Name: herbert j. palmer
Email: herb707 AT

looking for info --- 132 AC@W Sqdn. Wadena, mn. 1951-1952

11/01/2002 00:00:00

Name: Michael Brose
Email: no1knows47 AT

Just stumbled across this site while at work one day. In a a word: TERRRRIFIC!! I am going home to take a LONGER look at this fantastic stuff.