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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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11/28/2003 00:00:00

Name: Edward Franklin
Email: erfranklin AT

God bless our service personnel as they protect America from venom and harm. Please support them in every way possible. I spent Thanksgiving 1958 at remote radar site King Salmon, Alaska with 200 other officer & enlisted scanning the skies to protect our loved ones in America.

11/28/2003 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: GAJ7702 AT AOL.COM

(Saw this on the National Public Radio Web site. Note the following is a part of the story.) A few miles from Hooper Bay, one of 50 small villages in the delta of the two largest rivers in Alaska -- the Yukon and the Kuskokwim -- is Cape Romanzof. The base was one of a dozen early-warning radar sites constructed in the 1950s as part of the Cold War military buildup. The Air Force began cleaning up the site in the early 1980s, capping landfills, digging up tanks and treating contaminated soil. When, in the early 1990s, a study found elevated levels of PCBs and fuel in local wildlife, Yup`ik locals asked the Air Force to fund a more comprehensive study. The Yup`iks insisted on designing the study themselves and doing their own sampling not only at the base, but near the village. They want to find out exactly which toxic substances are contaminating their land -- and where they came from. The Air Force acknowledges that it`s at least partly to blame for some area contamination and has embarked on a costly, long-term remediation program. But it hopes the results of the study will help distinguish which pollutants originated from its Cape Romanzof site, and which may be coming from other sources. Preliminary results from the study are expected within a few months.

11/28/2003 00:00:00

Name: Robert Knox Jones
Email: hardknox55 AT

Wow! Holy snowplow batman! My name is Robert Jones. I was SSGT John C.Reeves stepson and we lived in Opheim from 1967-1970 with my mother Betty A. Reeves. John and I had always talked about returning to Opheim and going deer hunting again. Unfortunately John passed away several years ago before we made the trip. Then I got an email about going to ...that there was info and pictures about.....DRUMROLL... OPHEIM! I was so excited! HAPPY THANKSGIVING I said to myself!! I could not wait to login and when I finally did and the pictures of Opheim came into view for the first time in about THIRTY years....well folks... I could feel the tears begin to well up in my eyes. What a moving experience. I will always cherish the memories and the friends I made there, some I am even still in contact with. Thanks made my day!

11/27/2003 00:00:00

Name: Ralph Harris
Email: topstops AT

Served at Campion AFS, 743 AC&W Squadron 1958/59.

11/27/2003 00:00:00

Name: Carl Wenberg
Email: zoombag AT

Alot of us spent Thanksgiving away from home at sites around the world, for me Iceland, Germany, we did have our Turkey and celebrated with our buddies, keep upmost in our minds the troops that are doing that today.

11/27/2003 00:00:00

Name: Bob Vincent
Email: o1MudBug AT

Thanksgiving 1959 on the `ROCK`, Guam,M.I.(Mount Santa Rosa)

11/27/2003 00:00:00

Name: Michael Staton
Email: Michael_Staton AT

I remember my first holiday on a remote assignment. Amaazing how lonely you can feel with over 100 over guys.

11/23/2003 00:00:00

Name: Keslar W. Reeder, MSgt,USAF. Ret.
Email: kesltddybr AT

40 years ago today I was stationed at the Great Falls Air Defense Sector, Malmstrom AFB, MT. We watched the JFK assasination play out on TV. We were put on high alert immediately. This I will never forget.

11/23/2003 00:00:00

Name: Henry (Hank) Brand
Email: hankb16 AT

Was stationed at Murphy Dome (AK) during assassination of JFK. Was asleep after Mid-shift (radar maint) when advised. Blizzard started at that time and lasted until the President was buried. Temps -10. Many went to Chapel for services.

11/23/2003 00:00:00

Name: Dale Williams, MSGT, USAF,Ret
Email: blackkoko2 AT

I was just reading Sgt Reeder message. I, too, was at Great Falls AD Sector when JFK was assasinated. I remember going up to the snack shop for lunch with the IBM site manager and standing in the doorway of Ops breakroom and watching it on TV. I was am A1C (E4) in Computer Maintenance at the time. I will never get what I was doing or where I was at when it happened.

11/21/2003 00:00:00

Name: Jerry Zettler
Email: zettlerj AT

Gene & Tom Thanks for the Info About GEEIA/E&I.Spent My year in Vietnam in the 485th GEEIA, what a way to get to see the country. Also did six years at WPAFB as a civilian in the 1828th and 2046th E&I. Thanks Again Jerry Zettler

11/20/2003 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: GAJ7702 AT AOL.COM

Nov. 20, 2003 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Air Force fighter jets were scrambled and the White House was briefly evacuated on Thursday after birds or possibly disturbances in the atmosphere tripped radar that keeps watch on restricted air space around the complex. `It`s a false radar target,` said William Shumann, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. `When the NORAD fighters got to the location of the alleged violation, they found nothing.` The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, is the command center for the defense of U.S. and Canadian airspace. Shumann said flocks of birds or atmospheric disturbances might have caused the false radar reading, which was initially thought to be a plane flying within five miles of restricted airspace around the White House. `It`s one of those electronic gremlins that pops up, but there was no aircraft there,` he said. The president was traveling in Britain at the time. An evacuation begun at about 9:20 a.m. EST was called off within 20 minutes, said Secret Service spokesman John Gill. `It was deemed unnecessary when the airspace violation was determined to be a radar anomaly,` he said.

11/18/2003 00:00:00

Name: Paul Dailey
Email: pgdailey AT

I was also at Yoza Dake,1980-81. At that time we were the 18TFW/TCOT -- 2 scopes, 2 freqs, 4 controllers and 2 weapons techs. The site itself was owned and operated by the JASDF, we were there for training purposes only.

11/18/2003 00:00:00

Name: Paul Dailey
Email: pgdailey AT

When you get arround to making updates to the call sign list, please include the following: BALDWIN -- 169th ACWS,WHEELER AAF OAHU,HI CORONET -- 150TH ACWS, KOKEE AFS, KAUAI, HI GOLDEN MONARCHY - 326TH AIR DIVISION (ADCC) WHEELER AFB, OAHU, HI KIDSKIN - 848th ACWS, WALLACE AS, RP ZEPPLIN EAGLE -- 18TFG/TCOT, YOZA DAKE (JASDF), OKINAWA, JAPAN Thanks

11/18/2003 00:00:00

Name: Bernie "Whitey" Morris
Email: morrisbernmo AT

Observe new email address. Mt.Tam,(666th acw) Mill Valley Ca. 1955-1956; Kangnung Korea 1957; Palermo NJ.1958(770th acw). Would Like to hear from any old buddies.

11/18/2003 00:00:00

Name: Tom Gillespie
Email: thojgill AT

Goverment strikes again. When I lost my job this past june, I went to the VA To see about medical for my asmha. To my suprise I found out I did not meet their mean standards, my networth was too high. no job no insurance and no help. but We can spend billions t orebuild Iraq. YOUR GOV AT WORK

11/16/2003 00:00:00

Email: xray9729 AT


11/15/2003 00:00:00

Name: CMSGT Buck Brennan ,RET
Email: buckybre AT

Great project you have going. I had 31 years in The radar field.Stared woith TPS-1D 704th ac&w <913 ac&w , 799th ac&w. from there to SAGE then to aew, then to AWACS. My heart never left the smelly OPS pits.

11/15/2003 00:00:00

Name: Tom Condra
Email: ardnoc AT

looking for anyone who served at Snow Mtn AFS from 1956--1960-like to hear from and possibly share photos thanks

11/14/2003 00:00:00

Name: Robert (Bob) E. Lee
Email: genboblee AT

I was with the 779th AC&W Opheim mt. june 1957 to aug 1957 only two & 1/2 months , But I will allways remember the wonderfull people there.

11/13/2003 00:00:00

Name: Gene McManus
Email: radomes AT

I just noticed that we have an image of a 786th RADS embroidered patch. I didn`t know that one existed. If anybody has one (or preferably two) for sale, please contact me. Radomes wants one for its collection, and I personally want one. Thanks, Gene

11/13/2003 00:00:00

Name: Harvey Hartman
Email: harvey.hartman AT

I just finished watching the TT4 special on the History Channel, `Doomed Tower at Sea.` What a powerful and moving story. All of us Cold War AC&W vets share a kinship with those 28 poor souls. I know that I`ll toss and turn some tonight as I try to sleep.

11/12/2003 00:00:00

Name: Mike McSweeney
Email: mcsweeney9 AT

Served with the 736 AC&W Squadron/316th Air Division in French Morocco 1954-1957. Back to Keesler as an instructor 1957/1958.

11/12/2003 00:00:00

Name: Skip Sobien
Email: ssobien AT

Looking for Fred Davis, a SSgt radar operator stationed at Opheim sometime between 1972 and 1976. If you`re out there or if anybody knows Fred`s whereabouts, please shoot me an email. We have a mutual friend that is looking for Fred.

11/11/2003 00:00:00

Name: Harold "Whitey" Carstensen
Email: htc1974 AT

Stationed at 903D 1957-1958. NCOIC Crypto Center

11/10/2003 00:00:00

Name: ron pope
Email: calvin AT

looking for a Dan Welch I was stationed with at Sweetwater AFS the 683nd out of Sweetwater, Texas..1966 to 1967...he finally wound up in the P.I. and I went to Sagion, Vietnam...if anyone knows anything about Dan Welch ..please email me ....he was from Vallejo,Ca....thanks a ton ron pope

11/10/2003 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT

Regarding the Golden Corral free dinners to vets.... Golden Corral is to be congratulated for their efforts to recognize all vets. A word of caution if you plan on taking them up on their offer. Two years ago, my dad (a WWII vet) and I attempted to go to dinner at a local Golden Corral. We couldn`t even get into the parking lot it was so crowded. A long line of people snaked out into the parking lot, waiting their turn to be seated. We decided to pass on their offer. Be prepared for long lines and long waits if you go.

11/10/2003 00:00:00

Name: ron pope
Email: calvin AT

Looking for anyone stationed with the 683nd ACW Sweetwater, Texas...from 1966 to 1967...a Dan Welch for one that I am looking for...or anyone that was stationed at Sweetwater AFS me at thanks for any help...Ron Pope...

11/10/2003 00:00:00

Name: ronald calvin pope
Email: calvin AT

update ...I was stationed with the 683nd Sweetwater,AFS Texas from April 1966 to November 1967....looking for anyone stationed there during that time ...a few names Pappy Helms...for one ...anyone who was there during this time contact me ....thanks...

11/10/2003 00:00:00

Name: ronald c. pope
Email: calvin AT

think before long I will get this down pat....first duty station 683nd @Sweetwater AFS, Texas..`66-67..then 377th SPS Ton Son Nhut,Vietnam `67-68.. forget the squad number @Whitman AFB,Nob Noster,Missouri....think 357th if anyone reads this that was a Security Police at Whitman AFB let me know should I find the correct squad # will add to this later...R.Pope....also if anyone knows of any 377th SPS members from Ton Son Nhut let me know thanks.....

11/10/2003 00:00:00

Name: ronald c. pope
Email: calvin AT

Bob (Woody) Wood....your email came back ...must be a wrong email address.

11/08/2003 00:00:00

Name: CMSgt (Ret.) Steve Spirnak
Email: sgtpepper13 AT

Golden Corral Restaurants, on Monday November 10th from 5 - 9 PM, is once again offering all veterans [i.e. retirees, active duty, Reserves and National Guard] of the U.S. military a free `Thank-you Dinner Buffet and Beverage` during their third annual Military Appreciation Night. The chain is located in 39 states and has over 400 restaurants. The offer is based on the honor system - no identification is required. An integral part of Military Appreciation Night is the Disabled American Veterans organization, the official voice of America`s service-connected disabled veterans. The DAV, which represents all of America`s 2.3 million disabled veterans, their families and survivors, will have members at the event in all restaurant locations throughout the nation to distribute literature, sign up new members and volunteers, and accept donations in support of the DAV. At last year`s Military Appreciation Night an estimated 252,000 veterans enjoyed free dinners. To locate the nearest Golden Corral Restaurant go to your phone book or for the address and phone number. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From the Retired Enlisted Association ( In a show of thanks to our nation`s veterans, Bill McCormick and Doug Schmick offer to serve veterans for a change at their McCormick & Schmick`s family of fresh seafood restaurants in a recognition of veterans` courage and spirit. All veterans receive a free lunch or dinner (with coffee or tea) at McCormick & Schmick`s nationwide on Veteran`s Day from specially selected menu items with proper identification (veterans ID, discharge papers, DD214). There are McCormick & Schmick`s restaurants in: Oregon *** Washington State *** Arizona *** California *** Colorado *** Florida *** Georgia *** Illinois *** Massachusetts *** Maryland *** Michigan *** Minnesota *** Missouri *** Nevada ***New Jersey *** Pennsylvania *** Texas ***Virginia *** Washington, D.C. Restaurant locator link:

11/07/2003 00:00:00

Name: Dick Konizeski
Email: rmk98 AT

Veterans Day articles on the old Radar Sites Some of you have seen articles and supplements put out by your local newspapers on the old AC&W sites, often on Veterans Day, or at other times. A few come to mind, such as Baker AFS and Burns AFS, Oregon, Sundance AFS, Wyoming, and Fortuna, North Dakota, to name just a few. Other articles may show up in the newspapers for general interest. These articles often contain good images and stories, and make great documentation to add to the various site pages in the Radar Museum, so keep your eyes peeled, and cut `em out if you see any. They can be scanned and uploaded onto their related pages of the Radar Museum. If you can`t scan them yourselves, many of us can, so give a holler. You can also send them regular mail. - - Dick - -

11/06/2003 00:00:00

Name: Jeff States
Email: psu68 AT

Sorry...for those having trouble with the link from my last message---if you are asked for the 10 digit code:type in 1483260750

11/05/2003 00:00:00

Name: Jeff States
Email: psu68 AT

Thought I would post this link for those who might enjoy, especially with Veteran`s Day approaching... Happy Veteran`s Day to all who served... asp?code=1483260750

11/03/2003 00:00:00

Name: Sam Phillippe
Email: dglspres AT

Hi ..was stationed at the 752nd AC&W Sqdrn in Empire Michigan 1956-1958 .. then overseas on an Island named Miyako Jima before finishing my toour of duty in Chandler Minnisotta ... it`s sad to see the old AC&w sites foled down ...lot`s of memories of the conctabt STP training programs that kept us alert during the cold war period.

11/01/2003 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: GAJ7702 AT

Military Hints and Tips: `Aim towards the enemy.` - Instruction printed on U.S. Army rocket launcher `When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.` - U.S. Army training notice `Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate. From 30,000 feet, every single bomb always hits the ground.` - U.S. Air Force ammunition memo. `If the enemy is in range, so are you.` - Infantry Journal `A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what`s left of your unit.` - Army preventive maintenance publication `Try to look unimportant; they may be low on ammo.` - Infantry Journal `Tracers work both ways.` - U.S. Army Ordnance Corps memo. `Five-second fuses only last three seconds.` - Infantry Journal `Bravery is being the only one who knows you`re afraid.` - Col. David H. Hackworth `If your attack is going too well, you`re probably walking into an ambush.` - Infantry Journal `No combat-ready unit has ever passed inspection.` - Joe Gay `Any ship can be a minesweeper - once.` - Anonymous `Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.` - Unknown Army recruit `Don`t draw fire; it irritates the people around you.` - Your buddies `If you see a bomb disposal technician running, try to keep up with him.` - U.S. Army ordnance manual `It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed` - U.S. Air Force flight training manual