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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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12/31/2011 00:00:00

Name: Steen H Ogren, MSgt/ret
Email: Patsteen56 AT

June 1974 to Jan 1976 at Point Arena AFS, CA. Then Jan 1976 to Apr 1979 at Wallace AFS, PI. Along with Apr 1973 to Jun 1974 at AC&W radar school at Keesler AFB. MS that is my 30372 career.
From Feb 1968 to Sept 1973 I was a 58170.
From Apr 1979 to Apr 1981 and Apr 1984 to Mar 1988 I was a 30476.
From Apr 1981 to Apr 1984 I was trained and had a special job as a Satellite controller.
Career 20 years & 20 days. Overseas 10 years and 8 months. Lots of remotes, PI(3), Turkey(2), TDY's, lots, Viet-Nam, Thailand, Guam, Germany(2),Taiwan(3), Hawaii, Washington DC, Pentagon, Saudi Arabia and a Stateside Isolated and a MOB unit.
20 Years and 20 days cost me a marriage, enough fun time to retire.

12/31/2011 00:00:00

Name: Tim Wilkerson
Email: tim AT

I was stationed at Bad Munder, Hessisch Olderdorf, FRG, with the USAF, 609th TCS, '77-'79. I'm looking for a 609 TCS patch. Thanks.

12/31/2011 00:00:00

Name: ssgt sbilly clark
Email: nightskybc AT

was in supply stationed there between march 1978 and march 1981

12/30/2011 00:00:00

Name: Buck Brennan CMSGT RET
Email: chiefb37 AT

For all you active and retired troops HAPPT NEW YEAR,-may it be safe and full of joy.

12/28/2011 00:00:00

Name: eugene wemple
Email: genewemple AT

I was at 655th watertown ny 63-65 & 917th unalakleet alaska 62-63 would like to hear from old frends.

12/28/2011 00:00:00

Name: Ronald H. Rodriguez
Email: ronrod17509 AT

756th AC&W Squadron, Finland, Minnesota - 1954-1958 - S/Sgt.

12/27/2011 00:00:00

Name: Ray doerschlen
Email: Rdoerschlen AT

Was at 904th Winslow 57-58. Saw Ted marlboros name here. I remember the terrible motorcycle wreck. Also remember some wonderful good times, and the many beautiful girls. Like the Eagles song I stood on the corner lots a times.

12/27/2011 00:00:00

Name: Jim Mcdonough, MSG RET
Email: jimbo5441 AT

A/2C James A. McDonough Jan '55 - Aug '55 transfered to 669th, Santa Rosa Island CA. , 646th, Highlands NJ ... Feb '58 - May '59.

12/26/2011 00:00:00

Name: Mary Helen Taft
Email: Taft_Mary AT

My father, Robert Gustave Taft, began work at the SAGE building in about 1960. He had been involved in the White Alice project (Alaska) prior to that. He is now deceased. Would like to hear from anyone who may have worked with him on these projects.
Kind Regards
Mary Helen Taft

12/25/2011 00:00:00

Name: Dick Laxton
Email: dicklaxt AT

Served at the 717th AC&W Squadron,Tatalina 1955-56 & 1962-63

Just looking for familiar names and faces.


12/25/2011 00:00:00

Name: Robert Sullivan
Email: rmsas2 AT

I was in Cold Bay 74-75

12/23/2011 00:00:00

Name: John Hankins
Email: johnhankins AT

Was assigned to the 776in 1954-55 and the chief medic. Relieved to go on active duty as commissioned officer. Hello to all my buddies who remember and those interesting time to go up old smokey each day.

12/22/2011 00:00:00

Name: larry Jackson
Email: vickyjac AT

So, which of you bought the old missile site? Like I said, it would make a great bed and breakfast. Or, a grain storage facility.

12/22/2011 00:00:00

Name: LARRY Jackson
Email: Vickyjac AT

Used electric car, Nissan Leaf or equal. !00 mile range,HVAC, 4 passenger sedan. I've been waiting since the late 50's to buy one. That's when the car companies started telling us they'd be out in 2-3 years. Now the Chinese have one.

12/22/2011 00:00:00

Name: Samuel R Duncan
Email: samuelrduncan AT

I graduated from 30454, ground radio equipment school, Keesler AFB, MS, late 1961. I was assigned to the 627 Radar Squadron, Crystal Springs, MS; then to the 732 AC&W Squadron, Ozona, TX, then to the 644 Radar Squadron, Richmond AFS, (Homestead AFB), FL, then to digital equipment repairman school (the Backup Intercept Control - BUIC system), Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS; then to the Radar Squadron (BUIC Assignment) at Tyndall AFB, FL; then to the 621 Tactical Control Squadron, Detachment 3, Ubon, Thailand,and finally to Cape Charles AFS, VA (BUIC Assignment). I served from January 1961 to august 1968. I was discharged as a Staff Sergeant.

12/21/2011 00:00:00

Name: Jerry Zettler
Email: zettlerj AT

The book, "The Great Detective" is available at amazon from $4.40 to $24.00. Just re-prints only.

12/19/2011 00:00:00

Name: John Wilson
Email: jawil48 AT

While rewireing an old house and climbing through the attic ,I came across a book called The Great Detective. It was writtenin 1946 by Wesley W. Stout for Chrysler Corp. It is about their development of radar and how it won WW2. It is a neat 99 page book telling their view of radar and it's development.

12/18/2011 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: gaj7702 AT

"On a Friday in 1948, six aeronautical designers from the Boeing Company holed up in a hotel suite in Dayton, Ohio. They stayed put until Monday morning, except for the one who left to visit a hobby shop and returned with balsa wood, glue, carving tools and silver paint. The group emerged with a neatly bound 33-page proposal and an impressive 14-inch scale model of an airplane on a stand. Col. Pete Warden, the Air Force chief of bomber development, studied the result and pronounced, “This is the B-52.” One of those six was Holden Withington, and on Dec. 9, at age 94, he became the last of the B-52 designers to die. His daughter, Victoria Withington, said he died at his home on Mercer Island, Wash. He had Alzheimer’s disease ..."


Likely everyone on the Radomes site has a B-52 story. I think the GPA-89 simulator (not sure I have the right nomenclature) was set up to "fly" a B-52 like target that could drop chaff, do some ECM. I could well be wrong. Been a long time.

12/14/2011 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT

The Atlas missile silos were built in northern New York in 1960 and 1961. One of the radar maintenance guys stationed at the 656th Radar Squadron was from that area and helped build them right after he left high school. They were deemed obsolete by 1965 and de-activated. At the time, I lived near I-87 that runs north from Albany, NY to Canada. I was driving over an I-87 overpass one spring day in 1965 when I was stopped by a police barricade. As I waited, I watched as the Air Police escorted an Atlas missle on a trailer under the overpass. Security was very tight. I later learned the deactivated missiles were destined for Cape Kennedy for use in the space program. As I recall, the missile was close to 90 feet long. Its skin appeared to be highly polished stainless steel or aluminum. It was a sight I will never forget.

12/13/2011 00:00:00

Name: Dave Fischer
Email: fischer.dave AT

Worked on the AN-FST2B and BUIC III at Fortuna AFS, ND and on the FSQ7 at Duluth AFB - (1970 - 1974). Turns out that computers have been my livelyhood ever since and I have to thank the USAF for that!!

12/13/2011 00:00:00

Name: Ronald Anderson
Email: rranderson AT

Assigned to 616th AC&W Squadron at Wasserkuppe, Germany from 1966 to 1969. Worked on the 412L SAGE System. Looking to communicate with anyone who knows anyone or is familar with the location or unit.

12/13/2011 00:00:00

Name: Larry Jackson
Email: vickyjac AT

See MSN Homepage. Missile Silo for sale in New York State, $750,000, 20% down, 30 year mortgage. Less than $3K per month. I know one of you will buy it. Who will it be?

12/13/2011 00:00:00

Name: Larry Jackson
Email: vickyjac AT

See MSN Homepage. Missile Silo for sale in New York State, $750,000, 20% down, 30 year mortgage. Less than $3K per month. I know one of you will buy it. Who will it be?

12/12/2011 00:00:00

Name: william D. Capps
Email: mrbillcapps AT

I worked at the Gatr Site at Fortuna ND in 1970/71 and am looking for anyone that might have known me at that time

12/12/2011 00:00:00

Name: Michael Phipps
Email: michael.phipps AT

Stationed at Ft. Yukon AFS (709th) Nov 1972 - Oct 1973.
Fond memories of that year.

12/10/2011 00:00:00

Name: Thomas Edward Rozier
Email: terozier AT

'77 - '79; GATR site with R. Eichmeuller, L. Kilgore, and others. E-4;
First taste of venison and smelt.

12/09/2011 00:00:00

Name: Miles Martin
Email: mo1martin AT

I would like to echo Tom's comments about Gen Ferguson. He was a good commander and so was his staff at 21AD.

Tom, If you did not get my email about the JSS planning document, contact me.

12/09/2011 00:00:00

Name: George Wickert
Email: gwickert AT

I agree with Miles and Tom I had the honor of knowing General Ferguson
on personnel level as well as a professional level. I have a photo of him and myself taken at my retirement ceremony,in April of 1980. He was fine Commander of men.

12/08/2011 00:00:00

Name: Larry Jackson
Email: vickyjac AT

Colonel Potter (Harry Morgan) died yesterday. He was 96 years old. All MASH Units will miss him.

12/07/2011 00:00:00

Name: Howard P Lindberg
Email: lindberghpl AT

In October 1953 I, along with some other Keesler AFB graduates, was assigned to the 633rd AC&W Sq at Wheelus AFB, Tripoli Libya. I had been trained in B-29 Airborn Radar Navigation Equipment and was transferred to the 580th ARS at Wheelus in January 1954. I've been trying to remember what radars the 633rd was operating at that time.Does anyone know? Anyone else assigned to the 633rd at that time? Thanks . . . Lindberg

12/07/2011 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT

Some sad news: While searching on-line for something else, I stumbled across an article commemorating Brigadier General Alonzo L. Ferguson. He was the Commander of the 21st Air Division (SAGE) / 21st NORAD Region at Hancock Field, N. Syracuse, NY, when I was there.

According to the write-up, General Ferguson died in 2007, and was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on 12 September 2007.

I can say from personal experience that General Ferguson was a great leader and a great man. He will be missed.

For the full account, see

12/06/2011 00:00:00

Name: Emile Broome, Jr
Email: emilebroome AT

Hi Gene ...
How are you doing, just wanted to say, Good Morning ...

Emile ...

12/06/2011 00:00:00

Name: Dan Brown
Email: browndjp AT

CDN Forces RDR231 for 11 years
just want to say great web site
was honored to meet verry good people during those years.
Again thanks for keeping the memories alive.

Ret. MCPL Brown Dan

12/04/2011 00:00:00

Name: Larry Jackson
Email: vickyjac AT

FPS-6 great? I was in maintenance, not a scope dope, but if memory serves me correctly, tying to determine the exact center of that long vertical line to establish the exact heighth was rather tenuous, ey?

12/04/2011 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT

Veterans of the 656th Radar Squadron are holding a reunion in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 9 - 13, 2012. The host hotel is the Holiday Inn located in the heart of Saratoga Springs. More information including a secure hotel registration link and a printable registration form is available on our reunion website

12/03/2011 00:00:00

Name: Pablo "Rod" Rodriguez
Email: prodz999 AT


Watertown AFS, NY (Dry Hill-USAF) - '75-'76
Sparrevohn AFS, AK - '76-'77
Hancock Field, NY - '80-'84

12/03/2011 00:00:00

Name: Paul P Kuzma
Email: omanopa63 AT

looking for Porter Ooten from Sunbright TN
we were stationedfrom 60 to 64 At603rd AC&WSqdn at Langerkopf,Germany

Thank you much

Paul P Kuzma

12/01/2011 00:00:00

Name: Anne. L. Smith
Email: poodlesmith AT

I am looking for a Don or Glenn Bailey who was at Columbus Airforce Base in Columbus 1954-55

12/01/2011 00:00:00

Name: ben cooper
Email: a10acnlostincali AT

My father was stationed in giebelstadt germany approx from 1955 he served for 8 yrs. Charles ben cooper if any one served with him .I would like to hear from you.