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Name: Gordon L. Neff
Contoller @ Ocen City, NJ, St lawrence Island, AK, and Roslyn AFS, NY
Name: Frank Grinstead
I worked on a lot of these sites. I worked on the radar equipment for MDA an GEEIA.
Name: George Mushett
303XX from `57 to `82. A couple of oddities from my career. 1268th AACS (2168 Comm Sq) RAF Upper Heyford, U.K. `60-`64: FPS-8 mounted on a temperate tower (no radome)provided long range approach control for B-47s on reflex rotations from CONUS. 636 TCF, Bremerhaven GE. `77-`79, Co-located with 626 TCF on the B-haven city dump! Only elevated terrain for miles around.
Name: Ken Blum
Looking for Fred M Davis - last known station Osceola AFS, WI (1965) - last known e mail address firstname.lastname@example.org Also looking for Barry Bohac, Terry Monroe, Dave Gates, Gale Quals - you old time gap-fillers out there?
Name: Gerald E. Conger
I WAS WITH THE 648AC&W Squadron,Benton,Pa. I now work there as a substitute teacher. It is now Red ROCK Job Corp Center.
Name: Fred H. Lee
Great info. I worked on BMEWS in 1961/62 in Thule, so that interest brought me here.
Name: Anthony T. Palischak SSGT USAF RET.
648th AC&W Squadron, Benton, Pa. 1956-1960. We have had 3 reunions of the 648th, and with great success. Are patches available for this Squadron?
Name: Robert (Bob)Wallace
Sorry about messing up the first entry of the guest book. I didn`t relize the guestbook was for all the Sqds. We were Stationed at Minot786th from July65-Dec68 and returned Sept71-Sept76. We were At Finland 756th from Dec69-Sept71. At Neah Bay 758th from July82-July84.Stationed at Jackson Fla from Sept 76-July81. 2 tours in Alaska North East Cape Dec68-Dec69, Sparravon 719th Sept75-Sept76.Would like to hear from any of the old timers.
Name: DEANE E ESANCY
I was in LK City TN Pinetree Line.913th Castlewell Me,MT Tam CA, 601st Wunstrof GE,(Sage) Beale CA , Topsham ME. BMEWS THULE, ENT AFB CO. LUKE AFB AZ Retired in 78 as C/MSGT. Went to work for DOD spent time in UT, CO and Germany.I have the hornor of being in BELRIN GERMANY when wall went up as military and civilan when came down.Now retired in FL. Would like to hear from any one I may have run into in my life time.
Name: Howard J Phillips
My sincere gratitde to Gene, Tom and all those who have made this `old Boy` very happy with all the good `work` you have done in bringing so many memories back to me. By the way I finally got around to `Joining` last Monday. I will take this opportunity to list the places that I served over the 26 years of my active service career and perhaps sone of my associates will get in touch with me: Osaka (Hanshin) Japan- 618th AC&W Sq. 1947-49. Roslyn Heights ,New York- 26 ADD , 1950 Galena, Alaska- 743AC&W SQ (?) -1951 Kirtland AFB NM. 135th AC&W Sq -1952 Tierra Amarrila, NM 767 AC*W Sq- 1952-53 Rabat-Sale, French Morocco. 316th ADD- 1953-55 Kirtland AFB NM 34th ADD- 1956 West Mesa, NM 687thAC&W Sq- 1957 Rabat-Sale, Morocco. 316th ADD-1958-60 Marietta, GA. 908th AC&W Sq- 1961 Saglek Bay, Labrador. 924th AC7W Sq- 1962 Hamilton AFB, California. 28th AD (Sage) 1963-1966 Kindsbach Germany (412L), Det # 1 615th AC&W Sq Fortuna AFS ND. 780th AC&W Sq. 1971 Hofn, Iceland. 667th AC&W Sq Sep0Dec 1972 Thule, Greenland, 12MSW Jan-Aug 1972 Malmstrom AFB MT. 24 AD (Sage) Sep 1972-Feb 1973. End of that Story.
Name: william l. hanson
was assigned 708ac&w (indian mtn ak) 70-71. would like to know how if ever possible to get a sq patch, anyone know?
Name: Woody Bredlove
Just want to update my email address. Still would love to hear from anyone stationed at the 626 Tac Control Sq. at Shaw AFB, SC PY-DO (K-53) Korea, Topshan AFS, Maine, 961st AEW Sq. Otis AFB, MA. Tatalina Alaska, St. Albans, VT. and Charleston AFS, Maine. Retired in Bangor, Maine 1n 1978.
Name: Jules J. Arel
Was stationed at the 768th ACW Sqdn. Moriarty, NM (MotherGoose) 1955-1958.
Name: Al Granizo
Stationed at Mt Laguna AFS, 751st AC&W Squadron, from 1956 to 1958.
Name: George H. Klock
Was assigned to the 799th Joelton TN Oct 58 to Fall 60, and the 783rd Guthrie W.Va. Fall 60 to Jan 63
Name: Sam Armstrong
Correction for 1/19/03 its the 810th Radar Squadron Winston-Salem AFS, NC
Name: Sam Armstrong
Was the postal clerk from 1961-1965 Winston-Salem 81th Radar Sqdn. and I would like to hear from those stationed there.
Name: Gary Jacobs
Microwave technology progresses ... Time Magazine Posted Sunday, January 19, 2003; 10:31 a.m. EST Every war has its wonder weapon. In Afghanistan, it was the Predator, the unmanned drone that would loiter, invisibly, over the battlefield before unleashing a Hellfire missile on an unsuspecting target. The Gulf War marked the debut of precision-guided munitions, and in Vietnam helicopters came of age. World War II gave us the horror of nuclear weapons, and World War I introduced the tank. If there`s a second Gulf War, get ready to meet the high-power microwave. HPMs are man-made lightning bolts crammed into cruise missiles. They could be key weapons for targeting Saddam Hussein`s stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons. HPMs fry the sophisticated computers and electronic gear necessary to produce, protect, store and deliver such agents. The powerful electromagnetic pulses can travel into deeply buried bunkers through ventilation shafts, plumbing and antennas. But unlike conventional explosives, they won`t spew deadly agents into the air, where they could poison Iraqi civilians or advancing U.S. troops. The HPM is a top-secret program, and the Pentagon wants to keep it that way. Senior military officials have dropped hints about a new, classified weapon for Iraq but won`t provide details. Still, information about HPMs, first successfully tested in 1999, has trickled out. `High-power microwave technology is ready for the transition to active weapons in the U.S. military,` Air Force Colonel Eileen Walling wrote in a rare, unclassified report on the program three years ago. `There are signs that microwave weapons will represent a revolutionary concept for warfare, principally because microwaves are designed to incapacitate equipment rather than humans.` HPMs can unleash in a flash as much electrical power—2 billion watts or more—as the Hoover Dam generates in 24 hours. Capacitors aboard the missile discharge an energy pulse—moving at the speed of light and impervious to bad weather—in front of the missile as it nears its target. That pulse can destroy any electronics within 1,000 ft. of the flash by short-circuiting internal electrical connections, thereby wrecking memory chips, ruining computer motherboards and generally screwing up electronic components not built to withstand such powerful surges. It`s similar to what can happen to your computer or TV when lightning strikes nearby and a tidal wave of electricity rides in through the wiring. Most of this `e-bomb` development is taking place at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. The Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland has been studying how to deliver varying but predictable electrical pulses to inflict increasing levels of harm: to deny, degrade, damage or destroy, to use the Pentagon`s parlance. HPM engineers call it `dial-a-hurt.` But that hurt can cause unintended problems: beyond taking out a tyrant`s silicon chips, HPMs could destroy nearby heart pacemakers and other life-critical electrical systems in hospitals or aboard aircraft (that`s why the U.S. military is putting them only on long-range cruise missiles). The U.S. used a more primitive form of these weapons—known as soft bombs—against Yugoslavia and in the first Gulf War, when cruise missiles showered miles of thin carbon fibers over electrical facilities, creating massive short circuits that shut down electrical power. Although the Pentagon prefers not to use experimental weapons on the battlefield, `the world intervenes from time to time,` Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says. `And you reach in there and take something out that is still in a developmental stage, and you might use it.`
Name: John W Petrick
I was very happy to find this sit,I live in Wilkes-Barre, not to far from the old 648th. Hope to find some old friends.1968-1969
Name: Robert L. Wallace
I was stationed there from July65-Dec68 and then returned Sept71 -Sept76. I worked in the 27 Tower. Would like to hear from the OLD gang. We retired in 1990 with 26 yrs in.
Name: Mark D, Harmsen
RADAR Mech, November 1951 to April 1953
Name: Jim Underwood
Any permanent party left from Lackland 3704sq or members of flt4037, 1949 ?
Name: ROGER BURNS
WAS A 276 FOR 22 YEARS. THREE REMOTES IN ALASKA. INSTRUCTOR AT KEESLER.
Name: Sgt Harvey (Rabbit) Hartman
This site has brought back some wonderful memories for me! MSgt Harvey Hartman 272nd EIS, TxANG LaPorte, TX
Name: BOB VINCENT
charleston afs,me(765th) 1958-59 anderson afb,guam,m.i.(852nd) 1959-60 fortuna afs,nd (780th)1960-61
Name: Michael D. Dickenson
What a marvelous idea. I am a 24 year AF veteran. Worked on SAGE radars in the early 60`s. I`ll look for some `artifacts` but don`t believe I have any.
Name: Dennis Hancock
Assigned to: Duluth IAP 78-81, Hofn 81-82, McChord 82-85, Keesler 85-87, Cheyenne Mt 88-91, then lost in Space
Name: Bob Guerrette
WOW! Talk about memories... After reading about Sage, Dew-Line, BMEWS, etc, as a kid, I found myself serving as an AC&W repair tech (30352) from 66 to 69 at 783rd and 664th (was one of the last at both sites, transferred from Guthrie to Bellefontaine, due to closure, but Bellefontaine didn`t last much longer. Great site, obviously the result of a lot of hard work (but I suspect, a labor of love)
Name: Ed Weaver
I was stationed at the 766 Radar Sq, Caswell Me 66-67 time frame as the Personnel Clerk (as we where called) Major Earl Hill was the Commander. Like to talk to anyone that was assigned during that period.Also at 36 AD at Topsham AFS 68-69 period.
Name: Chris McWilliams
Just checked the latest photos of what`s left of the 779th at Opheim MT. It`s sad to see - Jean & I have many fond memories of our time there 40(!) years ago. Two of our 4 kids were born there at Glasgow AFB. Lots of good people there - wonder where they all are now?
Name: Jeff States
Hi to all you air defense radar vets. If you are like me, you have been visiting this site for a year or two and `remembering the past.` We have all seen the familiar quotes in the guestbook... `great site`... from those who visit and take the time to leave a comment. Yesterday, I found myself asking a question:`if you feel that this is such a great site, why aren`t you a member?` I had no good answer! Surely the gentlemen who developed this site have expenses and surely I could afford $15 to become a member--so, I did. (It was painless!) I invite those of you who revisit the site often to do what I did...join. We are most fortunate to have a location where we can meet and visit with others who served when needed as we did... many years ago.
Name: James P. Lowe
Hi: I was at the 911 in Vermont in 60-61 also at the 907 Bucks harbor Bedford AFS Would like to here from any one who was at these sites I have pic on this site of Vermont`s 911 it was vandalized bad. after ti closed chec them out....
Name: TOM TRIMBLE
I SERVED @ 703rd ACWRON, TEXARKANA. ARK. JAN.1958 - MAR.1960 AND @ 615TH ACWRON @PREUM DE (GERMANY). GOOD EXPERIENCE AND GREAT MEMORIES.
Name: TED MARLBROUGH
Hi, I was in the 767th Unit while at Tierra Amarrilo, New Mexico site for about 3 to 6 months, then transfered to the 904th Radar Site in Winslow Arizona where I spent about 1 1/2 Years there.
Name: GALE URBAINZICK
HI GENE Recived my memborship to day Jan 6 2003 my chief at Emergency Goverment Ham Shack Mack N9NTB Was stationed at Walkishw Wis.Base in the Wis Trails mag Feb issue is a picture the Cold War Miseum would like to make a sight of it its now a park for summerfest activities the Bong air field is now a Wis. State Park in that area pople shoot model rockets at that sight now 73 Gale N9RZL
Name: Michael Papps
Was stationed at Montauk AFS in NY from 1959 thru 1961. Worked in Tec. Supply with SMSG Vince Radzawicz, A1cBob Sapp, SsgtRocky Lane, A1c Jesus Fuentes, and a few others. Had some good times at Montauk.
Name: Michael Papps
Montauk AFS NY May 1959 thru Sept 1961
Name: S Wollman
Great job! I live near an old nike missle base & your web site gave more info than the rangers at the site could. Thanks. Steve W.
Name: Abbott F. Brownell
HI, I was a radarman on the U.S.S. Lowe (DER 325) from 10 Sept 1963 going straight thru until the radar picket ships were replaced by aircraft and navy picket stations were disestablished. I spent many months on radar picket station #9 @ 31*N 128:30* W ( call sign Galahad). We were station out of Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay! I stayed aboard untill my 4 years were up and we spent my last year as part of operation Market time off VietNam ! If you have any more info about OUR facet of the NORAD opertation let me KNOW PLEASE !! Sincerely, Abbott Brownell
Name: Michael Staton
A great site! Brings back many memories.
Name: Bernie "Whity" Morris
Mt.Tam (Mill Valley Ca.)666th acwsqd. 1954-1956; K-18 KangNung Korea 1957; Palermo, NJ. 770th ACWSQD 1958. still enjoying checking out this most appreciated site weekly. Thank you Hoop for turning me on to it. Keep up the good work Gene.
Name: Howard J Phillips
Can you please add the 618th AC&W Sqdn Hanshin, Japan (Fishbait control) and the 924th AC&W Sqdn, Saglek Bay, Labrador(Lonesome) to your list of Call Signs..I served at both. Thank You
Name: Ray Buda
Folks In the equipment section you listed the AN/FPS-20, 20A, 20B as an AN/FPS-3 with a AN/GPA-27. The FPS-3 was a single channel magneton radar mounted on the antenna. The FPS-20 was a dual channel klystron radar. Also on the AN/FPS-6 Series there was an E model made. It had the hydraulic variable nod antenna and the OA-2325 Receiver system. I know of 5 systems that the AF had. Four in Okinawa and one in the Phlippines. The information that you have is very interesting. I spent most of my time in the AF with TCS Squadrons. Ray
Name: Don Miles
Enjoyed the comments from all of the old 303x2 and AC&W folks. Was stationed at Keesler MS 61-62, Madera AFS CA 62-64, Wallace AFS PI 64-65, GEEIA Brookley AFB AL 65-67, Port Moller AK 67-68, Homestead AFB Fl TCS 68-73, Tin City AK 73-74, Ft Lee VA 20th NORAD 74-77, Neah Bay WA 77-79, Oceana NAS VA 79-81 we became operational and they closed Cape Charles VA, Retired and worked for the Navy and then went back to Oceana as the AFETS. FAA took over the site and is still operating at that location. While at Fort Lee I ran the PACE flights for all of the weekly radar evaluations. Still in contact with some of the members of Oceana and the TCS out of Homestead.
Name: Arnold Hooper
Checking in for the new year. Mt Tam, Mill Valley 666th 1954--1956,,,,Rockville 932nd 1956-1957--- McClellan 964th 1957-1958. Anyone from those sites, dates give me a buzz.
Name: Jim Trowbridge
Sampson 1953, Mt Tam. 1955, Saglek 1956, Gettysburg 1957. Anybody out there?
Name: Leonard M Tomsik, DDS
This is a very interesting website. I came across it purely by accident. I have a great interest in things of this nature although never assigned with a MOS of radar tech or weapons controller. I was a dentist assigned to the 780th Air Def Grp., Fortuna, ND and also 785th Radar Sq, Finley, ND and lastly 779th Radar Sq, Opheim, MT in the early 70`s. I have made 2 trips back to all three and many photos and information to share. Thanks.
Name: Fred Lee
Worked at BMEWS J-site from mid 1961 thru 1962, in Bldg 3 receivers. Went back to Thule in 1971 & 1972 for ITT at the sub-terminal on the bay.