Radomes Guestbook V3.0
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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Prior months' guestbooks:
Name: Floyd Asbury
Anyone know Steve Hyatt , radar maint., Sundance Wyoming?? Would like to locate.
Name: Loney Turpin
Tom, Gene I didnt see the hot button for GATR sites. Must have been an oversight. I enjoy visiting this site!
Name: Art Kerr
Well done - excellent web site! Thanks for preserving the memory
Name: Mike Dmochowski
Great web site and truly a trip down memory lane. I had almost forgotten some of these sites.....Mike
Name: Louis Emond
Great walk down memory lane. SAGE and BUIC III, Tyndall, Corvallis OR, North Truro MA, Great Falls, MT
Name: Ed Kowalewski
Thanks for the memories.
Name: James M. Riggin (Jim)
My first assignment in ADC was Texarkana AFS, AR in 1961. I spent almost 29 years in the Air Defense business, both overseas and CONUS. I enjoyed visiting the Radar Pages and will check it further when I have more time. Jim
Name: Randall Kliner
Stationed at Melville AS, Canada, 70-71, Clears AFS, AK, 73-74, and Cape Newenham, AK, 81-82. Most of my time was in airborne radar ops, EC-121 and E-3s.
Name: Wagnon, Bobby D.
I spent many fun and productive years (1958-1983) as a 17XX in GCI at Gray Air Base, Texas,923AC&W Sq at Hopedale Labrador, 966 AEW&C Sq at McCoy AFB, Florida, 551AEW&C Wg at Otis AFB, MA, 601TCW, Sembach AB Ger, 601TCS, Wiesbaden AB Ger, 552 AWACS Wg, Tinker AFB, OK, HQTAC/DOA, Langley AFB, VA. 601TCG, Kapaun AS, Ger. I retired as an 0-6 in Oct 1983. .
Name: Richard Sarno
Great Site, 773rd Montauk Pt, 64-68, 710th Tin City, 68-69, Sweetwater AFS 69 AND then assigned to 552nd AEW&C where is stayed until 72 , went to Ubon Thailand and then back to the 552nd and stayed until they closed, 79th in Homestead and then to Tinker. Retired at Pease AFB NH. Please e-mail if you Remember me, I really miss the AF. Would like to here from old friends.
Name: Harold Stewart
Enjoyed the visit. I was in USN VW13 from July 57 til early 61, then AEWTULANT til Aug 61. AC(W)2.
Name: Edwin Eiswerth, LtCol (retired)
Spent my career in ground radar & AEW. Started in EC-121s at Homestead AFB and Kef. Spent a year at Wallace Air Station then moved to E3s. Spent time at Tinker & Kadena and an Aussie ground site. Liked to hear from any old crew mates.
Name: Phil Szymkowicz
YES! Make Montauk AFS a national historical site..... It was my first assignment as a weapons controller back in Nov 63. What a place to start off my 21 year controller career (AC&W, EC-121, 412L, SAGE, ROCC and E-3) I visited Montauk last year but was unable to get on the site. At least I could see the FPS-35 tower/antenna from the Montauk highway and it sure did bring back many, many great memories. Phil Szymkowicz ANATOMY 13
Name: Deryl Sadler
Thanks for preserving a lot of almost lost history. A bunch of non volunteer but dedicated people served at these sites and did outstanding work for few rewards. Their stories should be preserved.
Name: Gary A Robinson
did Radar maint from 81-98. now wear a blue rope at Keesler. drop me an e-mail
Name: Chuck Sunder
Would like to hear from anyone who was at the 719th AC&W in Sparrevohn, Alaska in 1955-1956. What a place it was.
Name: Roy Hartnell
It was great to find the Radar Museum. I spent a long, cold, year in Alaska at Indian Mtn, and could never find anything besides my memory and some snapshots, that could prove that the place actually existed. Thank you for putting this on the net.
Name: Barry E. McClung
Great site... it will be a great learning tool for anyone willing to believe the facts presented
Name: Cadman, Brian
AC&W Repairman don;t pass on they just live on.
Name: Jerry Fowler
30372, 689th, 714th 778th, Det1, 620TCS
Name: Bob Morris Msgt Ret
served 1955-1975 GCI sites, Tyndall afb, Morroco, Germany, Korea, Alaska,also AEW&C otis, Mcellan
Name: Floyd Asbury
Any interest in a reunion of the 748th AC&W Squadron, Kotzebue, AK? If so, send me an email.
Name: Gary l. Crawford
I served at Cape Lisburne Radar Site From Oct.59 to Oct 60 Would like to hear from anyone who served at that time.
Name: Robert McKay, MSgt, Ret
I served in the Air Force for 23 1/2 Years as a 276X0. I have been retired for 8 years now. I worked at many of the sites you have documented to include Thule, Iceland, Luke AFB (SAGE), BUIC-III, FACPs, TACC, TACS, 507 TAIRCW, 84 RADS, 444 OPS and Udorn Thailand a manual site. It was a wonderful carrier and wish I was back in it. O well retired life is ok. It is great to see a site dedicated to the 276X0 carrier field. Keep up the GREAT JOB. Sincerely, Robert A. McKay, MSgt, Retired
Name: Bill Everly
Would like to hear from anyone that operated the comm systems at the Alaskan AC&W or Aleutian Dew sites in the early 1950s before the White Alice System was built.
Name: Eddie E. (Gene) Walker
Ominato Japan (613th AC&W) 1957 - 1958; Grand Rapids, Mn (707th AC&W) 1958 - 1959; Cambria,Ca (775th AC&W) 1959 - 1960; Norton AFB (SAGE) 1960 - 1961 Would like to hear from anyone from these locations.
Name: Bob Henson
BOADS was my first duty station as 2nd Lt. Feb 64 - Jan 67. WC, WD, RICMO, ASO Great tour.
Name: Bob Caggiano
Folks, take a minute to review the Radar Forum BBS page, and check out the Buddy Search. I just posted a photo challenge to AC&W. See if you are in the photo!
Name: John H. Linebarier
Alaska (Aleutians), Japan (Northeast Hokkaido), Germany (KTown-Sembach and north in the English sector). Seymour Johnson AFB, Holloman AFB, Eglin AFB and Avon Park Bombing Range. Radio Operator, Radar Operations, High altitude Ballon launching, Command and Control Wing Level and finished up in Recruiting Service. Anyone want to talk, give me a holler. Ocowhiz @ GDI.NET.
Name: Bil turner
Served 1957-oct1959 as RADAR technician (303 career field) with 663rd ACWron at Lake City AFS near Briceville just outside Lake City Tenn. Equip was AN/CPS-6b and AN/FPS-6. Got early out (3 mos) when they shut the old antique down due to being blanketed by newly installed AN/FPS-20s at neighboring sites. Left the Air Force but not the DoD. Have been working for DoD contractors ever since. BMEWS (where I met Gene McManus) MTP, ORVs etc, etc. Good reading about you guys, and dont let anyone kid you. THESE are the good ol days.
Name: Edward L Brown
I served as a radar tech from 1968 to 1972 at the following sites; the 666(mill Valley,ca), the 719(sparrevohn alaska), the 714(cold Bay,alaska), and the 777(klamath,ca.)
Name: Frank Falkner
Career USAF ACW Radar Tech/Supt. Last assignment was ADCOM radar asset Manager for JSS system. Found this web site while looking for more info on Det 29, 613 ACW in northern Japan and 620 TCS Monkey Mtn Vietnam. Good piece of work. Can I assist?
Name: Bob Speirs
My first assignment was to the 903rd Radar Squadron, Gettysburg, SD. From there it was the Texas Towers; Northeast Cape Alaska; Pickstown, SD; Tyndall BUIC site and finally Dickinson, ND. I worked in radar maintenance, retrained into flight simulators and retired after 20 as an E-8.
Name: Ralph Berryman, Major (ret)
Thanks for the memories. I was a 30352B/72. I worked on TPS-1Ds & 10Ds in Fr. Morrocco,Libya,& Alaska 1954 to 59. Was Maintenance OIC (3044) at 786 Radar Sq, Minot AFS, ND 1964-66. I spent several years in the TACS (both radar & comm) and was on the Automated TACC Source Selection Board just prior to retiring in 1973. My first and best love is still the AC&W years. Keep up the good work !- Ralph
Name: Warren Rivera
Im an old Philco TechRep who served during the Air Lift with the 1807th Wing, and stateside with the 661st AC&W at Selfridge AFB, Michigan. NICE PAGE!!!
Name: Dick Konizeski
OPHEIM AFS CO, C&E, Admin Officers, 1st SHIRT List Id like to publicly thank Evan Granrud, Civil Engineer of Opheim AFS and employed there from 1954 - 1979, for providing the Commanding Officers names on the list, and the Station Brochure. He provided me much of what is now on the Opheim Site location of the webpage. If any of you out there have any additions and/or corrections to this list(found in the Documents section), please forward it to me at the above email address, so I can make updates and corrections. Id also like any dates you can provide to further clarify the list. Regards, Dick
Name: Donald R. Bosh
Spent entire 28 Yrs in AC&W and Air Def Comd.Germany,Alaska,Korea,Philipines,plus all those TDYs throughout SE Asia
Name: Michael R. Sommers
I was stationed at Fortuna AFS from May 1975 through November 1977. After Fortuna, I was stationed at Calumet AFS until Feb. 1979.
Name: Tom Page
Hi, All: There is one crusade Id like to start: Id like to see the old AN/FPS-35 radar tower and its antenna at the former Montauk AFS preserved and restored. Similar to the Nike air-defense missile launch site inside the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Marin County near San Francisco, Id like to see the former Montauk AFS become a National Historic Site administered by the National Park Service (perhaps jointly with the state of New York, since the grounds of the former radar site are now within the boundaries of Montauk Point State Park). Why Montauk AFS? Its the last (and thus now the only) former Air Force Station where the entire search radar tower and antenna are still standing. Abandoned in place in January 1981 when the 773rd Radar Squadron (ADCOM) ceased operations there, the old AN/FPS-35 tower and its antenna have continued to stand, neglected by man and battered by the elements. Sooner or later, the antenna will succumb to the effects of high winds, rain, ice, and of course corrosion from the salty sea air. Not to mention vandalism. I feel this last remaining radar tower with its antenna intact would serve as a fitting monument to ALL the Cold War air-defense early-warning surveillance sites. Montauks location also makes it ideal for a NPS National Historic Site -- it is near, but isolated from, New York City and the other large metropolitan areas of the northeast. Other factors going for it include the beautiful scenery at Montauk Point, the nearby historic lighthouse, the coastal defense bunkers of Camp Hero, and the nearby beaches. Also, only twelve (12) AN/FPS-35 radars were ever built, and all are long gone now, except for this last one at Montauk Point. In fact, this is the last remnants of any of the giant rotating radars, such as the AN/FPS-24, AN/FPS-28, and AN/FPS-31. Should the Montauk AN/FPS-35 radar be allowed to corrode away, then this important part of Cold War history will be lost forever. And when its gone, its gone! Do you think we could generate enough interest to have the National Park Service (NPS) and/or the State of New York make the former Montauk AFS, particularly the AN/FPS-35 radar tower, into a National Historic Site? If so, do you think the NPS could be convinced to dedicate the funds needed to preserve and restore the tower and antenna? (Mainly, I am just advocating corrosion control and other stuctural maintenance.) Personally, I think we can -- and I think we should -- but it will take time, effort, and persistence. Well need to get lots of folks writing letters to their Congressal representatives. Any comments or other opinions would be appreciated. Please tell me what you think about this idea? If you agree with this idea, please forward a copy to others who might be interested. Thanks!!! Sincerely, -- Tom Page
Name: Kent Vasby, LtC, USAF Ret
Great undertaking. Glad someone did it! Will refer all the old scope-dopes to our home-page. Thanks!
Name: George Nichols
Nice to find this website. We, the 603rd Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron who served at Hof, Giebelstat and Langerkopf, West Germany have an active organization of former members. I will make them aware of this site at our next reunion (Mystic, Ct, September 99). Thanks for putting this website together. During my 30 year air force career I spent many tours with Air Defense Command at all levels. Had the opportunity to visit many AC&W Sites throughout the US and Alaska and I know fully well the remoteness of many of these locations. They were, for the most part, hardship tours. I always thought that these personnel were not recognized by the air force for the sacrifice that they made.
Name: Gene Heath
I was involved with the 6520 AC&W Sqd (Exper) at Lincoln Labs and was stationed at S. Truro, MA from Jun 53 to Feb 55 I served the military for four years. I was discharged Antigo AFS 56. Later as a civ. I wrote the JPG and JPE for the FPS - 35 at that time I worked for the 661 AC&W at Selfridge AFB near Detroit until it was shut down. This site is very pleasant and brings back good memories-- Thanks Gene Heath
Name: Elwood Beck
on the TT#3 roster I made two entrys by misstake can you delete one please. I also made roster entrys for 666, 772, and 762 AC&W Sqs. I still have some orders from some of these sites. If you would like copies. I have a new scanner but have not learned how to use all the functions yet,but I can mail copies. I will try to use the scanner to send them.
Name: Robert E. Miller
Name: Duane L. Mitchell TSgt USAF Retired
Served aboard TT-2 November 1955 to December 1956. A/1C, AFSC 30352C
Name: Carl L. Smith
My hat goes off to Gene and Tom for the development of this site. I cant begin to express my appreciation for their efforts to capture an important part of history. My AC&W years, 766th,Caswell, 1962--1964: 931st, P-Mountain, 1964--1965: 765th, Charleston, 1965--1968: Gibbsboro, NJ, Late 1968, will always be remembered as some of the best years of my life.
Name: John Tianen
Gene... What a great idea; creating an emblem for the on-line air defense radar museum. If the image is digital, there are lots of possibilities such as putting it on baseball caps, tee-shirts or jackets. Im looking forward to buying them when they are available. Im sure there are others out there who would wear it proudly as I will. This web-site has really blossomed from its humble beginnings a year ago. Keep up the good work. Regards, John
Name: Dave Funston
Gene, I may have some color photographs of the 692nd. Im not sure I didnt take the arial photo of the FPS-24. If I can find some stuff, Ill scan it and send it.
Name: fuge, edward k.
served as comm/radar/ce officer at: kirksville afs, mo. - 9/60 - 7/62 texas tower three - 8/62 - 6/63 montauk afs long island ny - 9/63 -12/66 anyone out there who recalls - pls email
Great idea and very informative webpage. I was hoping to find info on short range (ATC) radars and overseas sites specifically Templehof CAP in Berlin.
Name: Tom Cotter
Was in AC&W Radar From 1962 thru 1969 was at Othello AFS Wa.Then in Alaska with the 2868th GEEIA Sqdn with them,I lived on TDY status.I traveled Alaska DEW Line sites and To Korea to install a Radar for the ROK AF.I left Alaska and the AC&W field in Dec. 69. I presently live in Albuquerque N.M.
Name: Robert C. Reisenweber
Yeah, I was on TT#2, from late 1958 to early 1960. Lots of fun! Worked in radar maintenance and also operated the ham station, plus the radio on ship frequencies. I was there when the donut went down and we lost a few people, it was a lousy Thanksgiving that year. CWO Westfall was great and I remeber after reparing one of the hightfinder radar power supplies, we sat in the chowhallfor a little party. Seems like all of us had screwed-up in prior assignments and found our transfer to the 4604th! Wonder why! Sorry I cant make the reunion.
Name: Michael A BUTLER, MSGT Ret:
Can you used scanned pictures?
Name: Donald R. Abbott
Great job as usual guys! Sent for my certificate as a result of viewing this site and seeing that information. I will try to find someone to sponser this site[Not commercial,I remember]
Name: Floyd Alan Asbury
Served at the 21st AD Hq. from Sept 1965 to DECember1968. Transferred to 748th AC&W Squadron, Kotzebue, AK, in Jan 1968 to Jan 1969. Retrained into Instrumentation career field and retired in Nov 1985, CMSgt.
Name: Chuck Merkel
I think what you guys are doing is great keep it up. I spent only a few years stationed on site though I saw many while in GEEIA. BTW I stationed in Antigo WI in 1958 and at that time I was told the search equipment that had been at Two Creeks, 700 ACW had been a TPS-1D.
Name: jerry pierce
I was stationed at the 707th Radar Squadron in Grand Rapids, Minn. from 1960 till 1963. I would like to get in touch with anyone who was there during that time.
Name: Bill Wampler
Thanks for the memories. I was at 551AC&W,26ADMS,Cape Romanzof, and Murphydome Ak. 67-71
Name: Duane A. Vanderwerf
Spent 22 years in the AF, retired in 1971, all of my time was spent at AC&Wrons, 604th Friesing Germany, 929th, Alexandria La, 921st St.Anthony Nfld, 674th Oscola, Wi, Det 4, 619th TAC, Udron Thai and finsished up at 676th Antigo Wi The web page is great.
Name: Paul F. Coutu
Have enjoyed this site for quite some time. its good to see pictures of the old site(radar that is). Last time i was in Brookfield OH thesite was aa nursing home. Keep up the good work. Thanks!!!
Name: Michael G. Brainerd
I was stationed at Wadena AFS 1962-1963.I have a booklet about the station with some pictures in it. On the cover is the 739th Radar Squadron emblem ( a hand encircling a fighter).I would be glad to loan it for some one to copy if they desire. I would just like to have it back. I found this page by trying to find a couple friends I had while stationed there. If anyone who was stationed there during that period sees this it would be good to here from you.
Name: Harry Larrabee Sr, TSgt USAF Ret
Was stationed at the original Pine Tree Site not too far from E Harmon Air Base with the 1933 Comm Sq from 63-64; was then stationed with the 654 Radron at Brunswick Naval Air Station from 64-65 when I was then transferred to Topsham Air Force Station with HQ 36th Air Defense Sector from 65-66. From 64 to 66 I worked at the GATR Site located on the back side of Topsham Air Force Station. Was born/raised in Bath so wasnt that far from home. Was a very good tour.
Name: Doug Sylfest
Glad to find this site and that Gene and Tom are doing this. My first exposure to an AC&W site was the 747th at Ellington AFB, TX where I worked in the Comm Center. Crossed trained from there into Radar Maintenance, then: 676th Antigo 62-68, 632nd Roanoke Rapids 70-71, 779th Opheim 72-74 and back to the 676th where I retired in 75.
Name: Alan Raphael
U.S. Air Force 1964-1968 751st Radar Sq. Mt. Laguna AFS CA 670th Radar Sq., San Pedro AFS CA
Name: Jim Trowbridge
At Saglek 1956.
Name: Jim Trowbridge
At Mt. Tamalpais 1955. At Saglek 1956. At Gettysburg 1957. Any connections?
Name: Jim Trowbridge
At Mt. Tamalpais 1955. At Saglek 1956. At Gettysburg 1957. Any connections?