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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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07/30/2002 00:00:00

Name: Jim Underwood
Email: jimund AT

Basic Tng. Mar/1949, Flt.Chief, May/49 to Mar/50. Radar Sch. Mar/50 to May/50. Selfrige AFB May/50 to jun/50. Sent to 514AC&W det 2 at Buffalo, NY. Site was on Coast Guard Base, with 14 personal there. 14 of us were sent there to make it 28. Oct/50 moved operations to Fort Niagara. Set up in old Army Hospital Bldg. until new base was completed. Fort consisted of civilian housing. Sent to 763RD AC&W which was named Shawnee AFB at that time, in Oct/51. Was Control Tech for this period. Went to Wright Pat in Mar/52 assigned to GCA. Discharged from there Nov/52.

07/29/2002 00:00:00

Name: Gene Hellickson
Email: genehellickson AT

AC&W maintenance USAF 1965-1969 OREANG 1972-1988

07/29/2002 00:00:00

Name: Carson Harris
Email: loucar AT

What a great site, brings back lots of enjoyable memories, thanks for all your effort. Radar repairman, 864th ACW, Vincent AFB 58-59, 649th ACW Stephenville Nfld 59-64, 728 Tac Ctl Sq Eglin AFB 64-65, 640 ACW Sq Stephenville 65-66, Hq 27 AD Malmstrom AFB 66-67, Hq 26 AD Luke AFB 67-68, NCOIC Quality Control Hq Alaskan Air Command Elmendorf AFB 68 untilFeb 72 when retired, now living in Show Low Arizona and enjoying that life a lot. Would enjoying hearing from any of you that where at those locations at those times. Keep up the good site work, thanks, Carson

07/27/2002 00:00:00

Name: joe hudson
Email: romansofjoe AT

I was in the radar maintenance field from 1960 to 1980 at which time I retired as E9. Retrained from aircraft to radar maintenance and went to school at kEESLER AFB 60 TO 61. Went to Manasses AFS 61 to 62 then to King Salmon AFS from 62 to 63. Sent to Duncanville AFS 63 to 64. To Perrin AFB 64 to66. Keesler AFB 66 to 67 9 level school, then to Makah AFS 67 to 69. Richmon AFS 69 to 70. 7th AF/1964th Comm Gp. 70 to 71. Then to McDill AFB ,660th, 71 to 72. Bach to Keesler fot second 9 level school. Left early for Finland AFS 73 to 74. Went to Cambria AFS 74 to 75. Cape Newanham AFS 75 to 76.THIRD mob Tinker afb 76 to 77 and South Comm from 77 to 80 and retirement. Since then was instructor of electronics at Grayson County College until 1995. I then retired to the golf course. This is one of the best sites for seeing old friends, keep up the good work.

07/26/2002 00:00:00

Name: Stanley Gray T/Sgt USAF Ret.,
Email: Olekodger AT

Stationed with 764th Radar Sq at St.Albans VT. 1973-78 retired there. Was club mgr. Logistic spt.we have reunions every other year. one coming up in aug 2003. any passed assignee`s to the 764th contact me through my e-mail. love to hear from you.

07/25/2002 00:00:00

Name: tomislav
Email: miksa AT

hello from croatian military radar station zagreb.this site is great and i hope i will start something like me...

07/25/2002 00:00:00

Name: Rod Blaikie
Email: rblaikie AT

Was stationed at Kingsley Field, Or from May `67 thru Aug `69 with the 827th Radar Keno AFS. Later in the 347th TFW in Awakamogawa Radar site (Manual,SAGE and BUIC controller.) Great site/s, looking for old friends and maybe some new ones with same old memories. Thanks.

07/25/2002 00:00:00

Name: Bob Lindseth
Email: rldl AT

I served as a A/1C radio operator during the years 1953 and 1954. A total of 19 months at Condon, OR (636th AC&W).

07/24/2002 00:00:00

Name: Henry (Hank) Brand
Email: HankB16 AT

Visited the old 744th AC&W (Murphy Dome) on June 26, 2002 as part of cruise/land tour. Radical change! Apparently, the old baseball diamond/helipad is now a parking lot, and it looks like the old FPS-6 tower is serving as the base for the FPS-117. Everything else is gone. There is a small generator shack near the gate and a small antenna farm outside the fence. (Old) Murphy Dome Road is now in very poor shape and has been replaced by (mostly paved) Sheep Creek Road and Murphy Dome Road (New) starting at the Parks Highway near the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The tree line has risen to the top of the hill with spruce trees 20-25 tall where there was only brush in 63/64 (global warming?). Will be submitting photos shortly. Henry (Hank) Brand Radar Maint 9/63-9/64

07/23/2002 00:00:00

Name: Jim Trowbridge
Email: jtrow AT

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

07/23/2002 00:00:00

Name: Jon Edwards
Email: JoneLine AT

Anyone around from the 859th in Red Bluff,Ca? Was there 1961 til 1965.

07/23/2002 00:00:00

Name: Ron Dzuba
Email: zube1 AT

Change of address. Snake Jones-where are you?

07/21/2002 00:00:00

Name: Greg Manns
Email: gamesq AT

Served at the 778 AC&W Radar site in Havre, MT from 7/7/61 to 3/3/64. Anyone out there copy those years or a part of?

07/20/2002 00:00:00

Name: Jim Ault
Email: kathyandjim AT

Great site. I spent 9 years on AC&W Radar Stations and this brought back a lot of okd memories. Thanks.

07/20/2002 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT

If you want to get a copy of your military records, go to and download and print the form to request the records. Direction on how to fill out the form and where to send the request are included. Next of kin can request the records of deceased vets.

07/20/2002 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT

The URL I gave earlier to get military records may not directly access the form. Do a search on the web site that comes up and look for standard form 180 (SF180) which is the form you will need.

07/18/2002 00:00:00

Name: Merrill E. May,Cmsgt,Ret.
Email: merrill.may AT

606 AC&W Sq Korea 1954-55 661 AC&W Sq Mich. 1955-57 763 AC&w Sq NY 1958-65 MAAG TAIWAN 1965-67 661 RADAR Sq MICH 1967-71 CAPE LIS,AK 1971 754 RADAR SQ 1972-73 ADC/NORAD HQ 1973-79

07/18/2002 00:00:00

Name: Ret. Msgt. William F. Emmett IDMT
Email: squeker AT

Station at Opheim AFS September 1970- September 1977. Was Senior Independent Medical Duty Tech. We retired in that area and then moved in 1986 to Missouri. Sure do miss the people and the area.

07/16/2002 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Sunder
Email: chucksunder AT

Still looking for anyone at the 719th AC&W Sq, Sparrevohn, AK in 1955-56. A couple web sites about Alaska:

07/15/2002 00:00:00

Name: Roger Smith
Email: r_jsmith AT

Glenn Blevins stationed in Mill Valley in early 60s, contact Gilliam Smith @r_jsmith@bellsouth .net

07/14/2002 00:00:00

Name: clair d boggs
Email: bbryant AT

my name is clair d boggs and i was a member of 676 ac&w sqdn antigo, wi from 1954-1957. would love to hear from someone in this sqdn

07/14/2002 00:00:00

Name: Billy Baker
Email: billy AT

I went to Keesler Aug 66. Stationed at west mesa afs from 66 to 68 Hancock Field 68 to 70 Keno afs 1970 to 72 West berlim 72 to 75 Mt hebo 75 to 77 King Salmon Ak 77 to 78 Mill valley ca Cape liz and Beale afb Ca. Retired in 1989. Iwould like to hear from anyone i was stationed with.

07/14/2002 00:00:00

Name: Bob Caggiano
Email: rmcaggiano AT

A quick note to say the Melville Air Station website has been updated today. If you stop to visit, please sign the Guestbook.

07/13/2002 00:00:00

Name: Tom Grabowenski
Email: Tazgrabo AT

my Dad work at the radar site from 1970 to 1974.

07/12/2002 00:00:00

Name: Skip Sobien
Email: ssobien AT

Just returned from a trip to Opheim... Nothing left but a couple Telco buildings, an old long abandoned AN/FPS-3 Tower, and some slab foundations. Sad, huh? I remember some good times there `72 - `76.

07/10/2002 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: gaj7702 AT

Forgot about the blue dickies and bloused boots, thus were we to show up ready for deployment. I agree with Michael Horne about the 601st patch. Living off base with one of the few German telephones, during one period after getting the call, I rode a bicycle around Hackenheim alerting others who did`t have phones. Then we`d ride to the site in a small Fiat holding our mobility bags outside because we and they would not fit inside. All part of make-do with what you have. One hallmark of that time was how inventive people were in constructing stuff from leftovers or plain junk. Our workbench was a bowling alley floor scrounged from someplace. Indestructable.

07/10/2002 00:00:00

Name: Bobby G. McLeod
Email: bobmac33 AT

This is a most interesting website as I pulled duty at the 758th AC&W at Neah Bay, WA. from Jan. 1954 thru July 1957. I was a `scope dope` and lived in PA with the weekly commute. Would not want to do it again but would not trade for the experience.

07/09/2002 00:00:00

Name: Garth Wake
Email: gwake98042 AT

Just a reminder that time is fast approaching for the reunion of the 636th AC&W Squadron, Condon AFS, Condon, Oregon on August 16 & 17, 2002. Friday, August 16 dinner buffet at the Elks Temple at 7:00p pm. No-host bar. On Saturday August 17, at 1:30 pm there will be an ice cream social in the city park and in the evening a sit-down steak dinner at the newly renovated Condon Hotel. Reservations are a priority and contact Dave Klein at We are expecting a good turn out - come early - stay late and greet old friends and meet new ones. Garth Wake

07/09/2002 00:00:00

Name: Wesley Irwin
Email: neotope AT

This is a great website! I will join.

07/08/2002 00:00:00

Name: Scott R. Harrington
Email: srharrin AT

Thanks for the research. Great to find this much info on Sioux City Air Defense Sector. Keep up the great work. Scott Harrington

07/08/2002 00:00:00

Name: Michael Horne
Email: mdhorne AT

Just an addition to what Gary Jacobs posted below - what about the blue dickeys?? In the USAFE Tac Control units, the wearing of these neck scarves allegedly made your fatigues a Class `A` uniform! We were required to wear these on `special occasions` such as QC inspections or TAC EVALs. The idea and the colors I think came from the Army (aqua blue was the color for comm-electronics troops if I remember right). Also, in 622 and other flights we MAY have also worn the 601 TCW patch as this was our higher HQ.

07/08/2002 00:00:00

Name: Brian A. Coy, SMSgt USAF (Ret)
Email: bcoytac AT

More about the blue scarves. When I returned from Germany in 1961 I was assigned to the 728th Tac Con Sq at Shaw. While there we began wearing scarves with fatigues, and wearing jump boots with bloused pants. Each squadron in the 507th Comm and Con Gp had a different color scarf - the 728th was blue. Our fatigues and boots were so messed up after a 3+ month deployment to Thailand we received a special one-time issue of 2 sets of new fatigues and 1 pair of jump boots.

07/08/2002 00:00:00

Name: Brian A. Coy, SMSgt, USAF (Ret)
Email: bcoytac AT

I forgot to mention in my previous note that the scarf/jump boots/bloused pants uniform was to show we were on CASF status - Composite Air Strike Force. This also meant that we had a practice recall once a month, and one of the things checked was our shot records. We had to have current shots to go any place in the world at no notice - so we saw a lot of needles.

07/07/2002 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: GAJ7702 AT AOL.COM

The 622nd Tactical Control Flight in Germany listing reads, `Needs emblem.` To my memory as one who was there 1974-75, the unit did not have its own patch. Instead we wore the USAF Europe patch on fatigues. For a time we had blue ball caps with `622` in white on them. These were discontinued for reasons that escape me, but I think had to do with hassles from higher headquarters types who insisted on uniformity. (These worthies were famous for having, say, parkas for that 2-block walk from the barracks to their offices while there was a `shortage` of this item among field deployment units.) This brings to mind the `electrical hazard boots` and the `no polish` rule that lead to much explaining when worn outside the unit. I suppose one way to tell a radar troop was the lack of watches, rings and metal eyeglass frames on the job, which could be deadly in that high voltage environment. Or perhaps the famed `7 level` screwdriver in the left shirt pocket? Any other memories of radar-specific unit or career field uniform items?

07/06/2002 00:00:00

Name: Harold Rogers
Email: haroldrogers AT

An old radar repair technician. 1956 to 1960. Spent time at Keesler AFB, 753rd ACW in MI, Middleton Is, Alaska, and Tyndall AFB in Florida. Years well spent. Gave me a career in electronics as a comm. tech for AT&T.

07/05/2002 00:00:00

Name: Walter Aho
Email: wagrace AT

Stationed in Neu Ulm, Germany from 1/56 through 12/59. Worked as Control Tech. at `Joplin`, located in Geislingen, Germany.(Bavaria). Joplin was operated by the 616th AC&W Squadron, Neu Ulm. We controled F100`s out of Munich and F86`s out of Augsburg (if I remeber correctly). Call sign of the F100`s was `Writing Zulu` We operated often with `Racecard` which you have on your list. Our Info all went to `Passport` which you also have on your list. Please add `Joplin` to the list.

07/04/2002 00:00:00

Name: Richard Atencio
Email: sticker1898 AT

Served 1/55 through 11/58. Klamath Ca, Mt. Tamalpais, Ca and Labrador. Any old flyboys who served w/me out there?

07/01/2002 00:00:00

Name: Paul Bischoff
Email: bischofp AT

My Scope Dope career: 1980-1981 932nd Rockville, Iceland (1st assignment) 1981-1983 Hancock Field, NY 1983-1985 Griffiss AFB, NY Special thanks to the phone operators at Rockville. You guys saved my life.

07/01/2002 00:00:00

Name: Jerry Alexander
Email: jdalex AT

What a great site!! I was a radar tech in the Air Force and served at 902nd in Miles City, Montana `63 -64 and previously at the 813th in Rockport, Texas `61 - `63. I mostly worked on the Gapfillers at Palacios, Riveria and Delmita in Texas. Check out this website and let me know what you think. Thanks