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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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1999

06/30/1999 00:00:00

Name: Floyd Asbury
Email: dynamotion AT email.msn.com

Anyone know Steve Hyatt , radar maint., Sundance Wyoming?? Would like to locate.


06/30/1999 00:00:00

Name: Loney Turpin
Email: loney_turpin AT hotmail.com

Tom, Gene I didnt see the hot button for GATR sites. Must have been an oversight. I enjoy visiting this site!


06/30/1999 00:00:00

Name: Art Kerr
Email: adkerr AT hitl.washington.edu

Well done - excellent web site! Thanks for preserving the memory


06/29/1999 00:00:00

Name: Mike Dmochowski
Email: mdmochowski AT drc.com

Great web site and truly a trip down memory lane. I had almost forgotten some of these sites.....Mike


06/28/1999 00:00:00

Name: Louis Emond
Email: LouisEmond AT aol.com

Great walk down memory lane. SAGE and BUIC III, Tyndall, Corvallis OR, North Truro MA, Great Falls, MT


06/28/1999 00:00:00

Name: Ed Kowalewski
Email: aciny AT aol.com

Thanks for the memories.


06/28/1999 00:00:00

Name: James M. Riggin (Jim)
Email: sales AT colospringsrealestate.com

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


06/28/1999 00:00:00

Name: Randall Kliner
Email: Randall.Kliner AT spacecom.af.mil

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.


06/28/1999 00:00:00

Name: Wagnon, Bobby D.
Email: boliwagnon AT aol.com

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. .


06/28/1999 00:00:00

Name: Richard Sarno
Email: RSJS AT prodigy.net

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.


06/27/1999 00:00:00

Name: Harold Stewart
Email: harolds AT email.msn.com

Enjoyed the visit. I was in USN VW13 from July 57 til early 61, then AEWTULANT til Aug 61. AC(W)2.


06/27/1999 00:00:00

Name: Edwin Eiswerth, LtCol (retired)
Email: efeiswerth AT aol.com

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.


06/27/1999 00:00:00

Name: Phil Szymkowicz
Email: philszy AT europa.com

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


06/27/1999 00:00:00

Name: Deryl Sadler
Email: dlsad AT emeraldnet.net

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.


06/25/1999 00:00:00

Name: Gary A Robinson
Email: iflyfishg AT aol.com

did Radar maint from 81-98. now wear a blue rope at Keesler. drop me an e-mail


06/25/1999 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Sunder
Email: chsun1 AT pclink.com

Would like to hear from anyone who was at the 719th AC&W in Sparrevohn, Alaska in 1955-1956. What a place it was.


06/24/1999 00:00:00

Name: Roy Hartnell
Email: hartnell AT aol.com

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.


06/24/1999 00:00:00

Name: Barry E. McClung
Email: bmcclung AT gvtc.com

Great site... it will be a great learning tool for anyone willing to believe the facts presented


06/24/1999 00:00:00

Name: Cadman, Brian
Email: b-cadman AT juno.com

AC&W Repairman don;t pass on they just live on.


06/24/1999 00:00:00

Name: Jerry Fowler
Email: jfowler AT 2fgroup.com

30372, 689th, 714th 778th, Det1, 620TCS


06/24/1999 00:00:00

Name: Bob Morris Msgt Ret
Email: bmorris117 AT aol.com

served 1955-1975 GCI sites, Tyndall afb, Morroco, Germany, Korea, Alaska,also AEW&C otis, Mcellan


06/24/1999 00:00:00

Name: Floyd Asbury
Email: dynamotion AT email.msn.com

Any interest in a reunion of the 748th AC&W Squadron, Kotzebue, AK? If so, send me an email.


06/23/1999 00:00:00

Name: Gary l. Crawford
Email: garyjoancrawfrd AT webtv.net

I served at Cape Lisburne Radar Site From Oct.59 to Oct 60 Would like to hear from anyone who served at that time.


06/23/1999 00:00:00

Name: Robert McKay, MSgt, Ret
Email: Thule-APJ AT worldnet.att.net

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


06/21/1999 00:00:00

Name: Bill Everly
Email: bille11 AT excite.com

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.


06/21/1999 00:00:00

Name: Eddie E. (Gene) Walker
Email: ewalker142 AT hotmail.com

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.


06/21/1999 00:00:00

Name: Bob Henson
Email: bhenson1569 AT netscape.net

BOADS was my first duty station as 2nd Lt. Feb 64 - Jan 67. WC, WD, RICMO, ASO Great tour.


06/20/1999 00:00:00

Name: Bob Caggiano
Email: rcaggian AT ptd.net

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!


06/20/1999 00:00:00

Name: John H. Linebarier
Email: Ocowhiz AT GDI.NET

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.


06/18/1999 00:00:00

Name: Bil turner
Email: isbamsa AT AOL.com

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.


06/18/1999 00:00:00

Name: Edward L Brown
Email: elbrown AT injersey.com

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.)


06/18/1999 00:00:00

Name: Frank Falkner
Email: FKF930 AT AOL.COM

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?


06/17/1999 00:00:00

Name: Bob Speirs
Email: bspeirs AT mn.mediaone.net

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.


06/15/1999 00:00:00

Name: Ralph Berryman, Major (ret)
Email: rb1936 AT aol.com

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


06/14/1999 00:00:00

Name: Warren Rivera
Email: wr1meds AT moa.net

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!!!


06/14/1999 00:00:00

Name: Dick Konizeski
Email: rmk98 AT tscnet.com

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


06/14/1999 00:00:00

Name: Donald R. Bosh
Email: donbosh AT webtv.net

Spent entire 28 Yrs in AC&W and Air Def Comd.Germany,Alaska,Korea,Philipines,plus all those TDYs throughout SE Asia


06/14/1999 00:00:00

Name: Michael R. Sommers
Email: msommers AT bright.net

I was stationed at Fortuna AFS from May 1975 through November 1977. After Fortuna, I was stationed at Calumet AFS until Feb. 1979.


06/13/1999 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: tepage AT erols.com

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


06/13/1999 00:00:00

Name: Kent Vasby, LtC, USAF Ret
Email: kvasby AT smallbytes.net

Great undertaking. Glad someone did it! Will refer all the old scope-dopes to our home-page. Thanks!


06/13/1999 00:00:00

Name: George Nichols
Email: Logroll603 AT aol.com

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.


06/12/1999 00:00:00

Name: Gene Heath
Email: heath AT compserv.net

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


06/11/1999 00:00:00

Name: Elwood Beck
Email: elbeck AT penn.com

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.


06/10/1999 00:00:00

Name: Robert E. Miller
Email: Ruggles AT richmond.infi.net

Thanks


06/08/1999 00:00:00

Name: Duane L. Mitchell TSgt USAF Retired
Email: duanelmitchell AT worldnet.att.net

Served aboard TT-2 November 1955 to December 1956. A/1C, AFSC 30352C


06/08/1999 00:00:00

Name: Carl L. Smith
Email: CLS42 AT Prodigy.Net

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.


06/08/1999 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: john.tianen AT carrier.utc.com

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


06/08/1999 00:00:00

Name: Dave Funston
Email: dfunston AT kodak.com

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.


06/08/1999 00:00:00

Name: fuge, edward k.
Email: fugeed AT aol.com

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


06/08/1999 00:00:00

Name: D.Castillo
Email: thecastillos AT home.com

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.


06/07/1999 00:00:00

Name: Tom Cotter
Email: cotter45 AT aol.com

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.


06/07/1999 00:00:00

Name: Robert C. Reisenweber
Email: robw3bbo AT aol.com

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.


06/07/1999 00:00:00

Name: Michael A BUTLER, MSGT Ret:
Email: Bremike AT aol.com

Can you used scanned pictures?


06/07/1999 00:00:00

Name: Donald R. Abbott
Email: donald.r.abbott AT gte.net

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]


06/06/1999 00:00:00

Name: Floyd Alan Asbury
Email: dynamotion AT email.msn.com

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.


06/06/1999 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Merkel
Email: cbm95 AT aol.com

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.


06/06/1999 00:00:00

Name: jerry pierce
Email: jpierce AT louisa.net

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.


06/05/1999 00:00:00

Name: Bill Wampler
Email: dtmb AT netkonnect.net

Thanks for the memories. I was at 551AC&W,26ADMS,Cape Romanzof, and Murphydome Ak. 67-71


06/05/1999 00:00:00

Name: Duane A. Vanderwerf
Email: dvanderw AT centuryinter.net

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.


06/04/1999 00:00:00

Name: Paul F. Coutu
Email: thecoutus AT the-spa.com

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!!!


06/03/1999 00:00:00

Name: Michael G. Brainerd
Email: kaymik AT fidnet.com

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.


06/03/1999 00:00:00

Name: Harry Larrabee Sr, TSgt USAF Ret
Email: harry AT panax.com

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.


06/01/1999 00:00:00

Name: Doug Sylfest
Email: xldoug AT newnorth.net

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.


06/01/1999 00:00:00

Name: Alan Raphael
Email: adraphael AT west.raytheon.com

U.S. Air Force 1964-1968 751st Radar Sq. Mt. Laguna AFS CA 670th Radar Sq., San Pedro AFS CA


06/01/1999 00:00:00

Name: Jim Trowbridge
Email: jtrow AT juno.com

At Saglek 1956.


06/01/1999 00:00:00

Name: Jim Trowbridge
Email: jtrow AT juno.com

At Mt. Tamalpais 1955. At Saglek 1956. At Gettysburg 1957. Any connections?


06/01/1999 00:00:00

Name: Jim Trowbridge
Email: jtrow AT juno.com

At Mt. Tamalpais 1955. At Saglek 1956. At Gettysburg 1957. Any connections?