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2005

11/30/2005 00:00:00

Name: Mike GalvinJr.
Email: mgalvin AT briggs.com

Assigned as a Second Lt. in November 1952 to the 758th AC&W Sqadren at Neah Bay,Washington[now Makah,Wn]Left for the 64th Air Division,Red Cliff,Newfoundland in May 1953.I will be posting additional information and an unoffical history of the Squadron in the near future.


11/30/2005 00:00:00

Name: Gerald W Hill (AF 15475577)
Email: gwhill-one AT insightbb.com

I have scanned nearly all the messages posted & haven`t found any refences to the following: Red Rock Mtn, PA. or Ocean City, NJ. In 1953-54, I was stationed at Griffiss AFB in Rome, NY. We had no on base duties but went out as `specialists`(?) in UHF radio & made installations all over the eastern half of U.S. at AC&W sq`s, the above being 2 of them. Anyone have data about either site??


11/28/2005 00:00:00

Name: Don Timmerman
Email: rovers2000 AT clearwire.net

From 10/1955 until 6/1958, I was stationed at the 658th ACWRON in Winnemucca, Nevada. I never left the State of Nevada. Would like to correspond with some of the old buddies from that period of time. I now live in Reno, Nv. I know of one that lives in the Reno area, one that used to still live in Winnemucca, and one that lives in Spain.


11/27/2005 00:00:00

Name: John Poppino
Email: johnp AT lazyrb.com

I was assigned to the 782 AC&W Squadron, Rockville, IN from May 1951 through December 1954. Started out as a radar operator and finished as S/Sgt in the personnel section. I haven`t had any contact with other members of the 782 (escept Carl Bridget who lived in Mecca, IN.) Anyone have email addresses for my compatriots? John Poppino


11/27/2005 00:00:00

Name: Jerry Swanson
Email: jls4-1 AT juno.com

Time to start thinking about our 2007 reunion for those stationed at the 799th A.C.& W. Joelton, TN. If you were there and have not been in contact with Jerry Swanson or W.C. Chilton lately please contact one or the other of us. Jerry Swanson


11/27/2005 00:00:00

Name: Jay Youngbluth
Email: jyungbth AT cme.coop

Would like to get in touch with guys that were stationed at the 716th Radar Sqdn. Kalispell, Mt. Go to www.Military.com and type in 716th Radar Squadron


11/26/2005 00:00:00

Name: Jim Link
Email: jhlink AT gorge.net

I was stationed at the 719th AC&W squadron in Sparravohn AK in 1955. Went from there to the 637th. In Othello WA. Stayed there until discharge in Sept. 57. Just recently got interested in the idea of reunion. Have some slides of Sparravohn that could go into some archives. Am getting together an emial list of people who I`ve been in contact with. It`d be fun to swap some stories and experiences, especially of Sparravohn. Will be glad to hear from anyone from there. Read an account of the `bubble check`, when F-89`s used to come from low in the valley North of Sparravohn and climb up over the site igniting the afterburners just as they cleared the radome. What a memory that brought back.


11/26/2005 00:00:00

Name: Enrique Torres
Email: etcajigas AT aol.com

I was a member of the 140th at both the Pta Salinas site and the Punta Borinquen site. Was at the Punta Salinas site until the site at Ramey AFB was established. I remember very well LT Col N. Oliveras the CO of the 140th. There were others too numerous to list.


11/24/2005 00:00:00

Name: Jeff States
Email: psu68 AT psualum.com

Interesting info Gary. I also concur with your conclusion about radar techs & operators firing at the enemy. Thank goodness we won the cold war without having to exercise that particular option! Happy Thankgsgiving all.


11/24/2005 00:00:00

Name: RockyD
Email: kings1978 AT yahoo.com

Re Gary Jacobs and the M-16. One thing that pervaded upper echelon thining the whole 20+ yrs I was there was their palpable feeling of `un-macho` vis a vis the other services. I can`t count the umber of times I heard some `Old Guy` whine that we should all carry weapons and climb barbed wire every day because we were in the Military Damn it! I think the whole Iraq/terrorism thing is their excuse to push this sort of Me-Too-ism and detract from the real mission while scarfing up some fresh band new MONEY for the Training budget.


11/24/2005 00:00:00

Name: harry simon
Email: hsimon AT comlinkinc.net

I was based at Homestead in the 644th Radar Sqdn. from 1965 to 1968. I worked on the T-2 computer. I stumbled on this site and I will try to post some photos I have of the site from the old days.


11/23/2005 00:00:00

Name: ron pope
Email: monk AT acs-isp.com

I was stationed at Sweetwater from early 1966 until November of 1967 then went to Vietnam....was a great base to work ...enjoyed my tour there in Sweetwater...met some friends that I , to this day keep in touch with ....


11/23/2005 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: gaj7702 AT aol.com

Air Force Basic Training, the shortest the services at six weeks, will be increased to seven. The curriculum will reportedly stress `warrior ethos` and ground combat skills. The changes place importance on weapons handling. Incoming airmen will be issued a training version of the M-16 the first week. Realistic except the ability to fire, the blue rifles can be disassembled like the real thing. Based on training cadre announcements, they will go everywhere with the trainees. The trainees will also receive a mat with outlines showing where each M-16 goes when the rifle is reassembled. After four years of warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other counter-terrorism duties, senior Air Force enlisted members concluded that incoming service personnel needed to possess many of the same basic ground combat skills as their Army counterparts. I thought while in radar if we were shooting M-16s at bad guys, the war was going really bad. I recall on the TPS-44 we had an emergency destruction kit (a sledgehammer, in memory) and instructions on what to destroy.


11/22/2005 00:00:00

Name: george hagler
Email: getnold AT sbcglobal.net

642nd ac&w (redcliff) 1957-1960, 861st ac&w Akin sc-1960-1962


11/22/2005 00:00:00

Name: Ron Keane
Email: classicron AT msn.com

I was stationed at Cape Lisburne AC&W Site (Top Camp)from September 1971 until August 1972.


11/22/2005 00:00:00

Name: Howard Phillips
Email: h_j_phillips AT hotmail.com

I am currently in touch with 95 -(not a misprint)- of the men who served at Rabat-Sale, French Morocco (316th Air Division) from 1952-55. Several of these men are 273xx types and the remainder held various jobs at Y11-(The Cork Forest) . The Call Sign of the ADCC at Rabat-Sale was `Quiet`. I am also in contact with ten of the men with whom I served during my second tour of Morocco-1958/60, also at Y11. Anyone interested-contact me.


11/21/2005 00:00:00

Name: Mike McSweeney
Email: mcsweeney9 AT aol.com

Served with the 736th AC&W Sqdn. in Fr. Morocco from 9/54 until 3/57.


11/21/2005 00:00:00

Name: Historian
Email: historian AT radomes.org

For Gilbert Mastri: You may find information on the old 640th AC&W Squadron, Stephenville, NF, on ``The Pinetree Line`` website, http://www.pinetreeline.org/site41.html


11/21/2005 00:00:00

Name: David W. Dennis
Email: Webescot AT Yahoo.com

H-4 934th AC&W Sqdn Iceland 1957-1958 Radio Maint. Like to hear from any H-4 Vet.


11/21/2005 00:00:00

Name: Sgt. Michael E. Brose
Email: no1knows47 AT yahoo.com

Looking for anyone from Sweetwater, Tx. 683 AC&W SQ. 1966-1968 or Othello, Wa. 637 AC&W Sq. 1969-1970.


11/21/2005 00:00:00

Name: David Terpstra
Email: dlterpstra AT yahoo.com

I enjoy the museum very much. I was at the 793rd, Hutchinson Kansas, 1965-67, and 903rd, Gettyebury, South Dakota 1967-68. Some of the best times in my life and developed life-lng friendships.


11/20/2005 00:00:00

Name: Albert van Niekerk
Email: akkeddis AT webmail.co.za

I`m a x South African Air Force radar technitian,. I foung this site on a search link. Your doing a great job, keep it up.


11/20/2005 00:00:00

Name: "wolfman"
Email: RJW195 AT aol.com

Great site, was at Cape Lisbourne (Cape Hate) in 1954. Would like to know if anyone from the Mother`s Day 1954 body recovery incident are around. `Ole Country` Kondike` and /or `Poor Devil`would be good to hear from you


11/20/2005 00:00:00

Name: Gilbert Mastri
Email: capthoney4 AT netzero.com

Looking for anyone stationed @ 640 AC@W from 1954 to 1956. I was a scope dope and worked my way up to control tech. While I was there I was the fortunate person that designed the Sqdn patch. I`m sorry to see there is no longer a 640th


11/18/2005 00:00:00

Name: Jim St. Jean
Email: ff106nk AT cox.net

Does anyone know a short history of the radar station at Eufaula AL. My father was stationed there around 1958-1960. I`m just trying to get a little info on what he did there. Maybe someone may have known him. Joseph St. Jean, aka sunny. Any info would be greatly appreciated. My father went on to become an electrical engineer at Raytheon. Currently retired. Thanks


11/18/2005 00:00:00

Name: Gilbert Mastri
Email: capthoney4 AT netzero.com

Looking for people stationed at the 640th from 1954 to 1956


11/16/2005 00:00:00

Name: warren hester
Email: warren_hester AT sbcglobal.net

Served with the 795th ACW at Cape Romanzof 1958. During the cold war when the Soviet Union was sending probe flights over the diomede islands. We were constantly scrambling F 102 aircraft from Elmendorf to chase the little buggers back across the water. One crazy year and a ton of fun. Anyone out there from that year?


11/14/2005 00:00:00

Name: Ken Moser
Email: mosbi13 AT aol.com

I was at THULE--P MOUNTAIN FROM N0V 1953 TO NOV 1954.I AM LOOKING FOR A


11/14/2005 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Sunder
Email: chucksunder AT hotmail.com

Sparrevohn, AK alumnus 1955-56. Worked in the Comm Center. I found a URL of the company that is running the `show` up there today. I inquired as to the possibility of flying out to Sparrevohn as a tourist, but was turned down. They have a great photo gallery of several radar sites as they look today. Check it out. http://www.atcofrontec.com/shared_projects/alaska_radar_military.asp


11/12/2005 00:00:00

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

Once again, Golden Corral is thanking veterans for their service. Check out their website: http://www.goldencorral.net/PromoSpec.htm#military SS


11/11/2005 00:00:00

Name: Marshall K Zimny
Email: mzimny AT sunsetautogroup.com

First time on this site and am happy to see some familiar units.....my scope dope career(after Keesler) went something like this; 71-72 23rd NORAD Region Duluth, MN 72-73 DET26 or 632 TACP Grafenwohr, GE 73-74 609th TACC Cannon AFB, NM 74-76 Cheyenne Mountain Complex Colorado Spring, CO 76-77 705th AC&W Sq King Salmon, AK 77-80 607th TTS (Air Sqadron) Luke AFB, AZ Hope to hear from some former comrads!!


11/11/2005 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: tepage AT hotmail.com

For my fellow veterans of the 762nd Radar Squadron at North Truro AFS, Cape Cod, MA, as well as for all others who might be interested, there is an excellent film clip showing this former Air Force Station today (now the Highlands Center, Inc.) at http://hcitruro.org/. From the HCI website `Home` page, click on one of the two video icons, sit back, and prepare to feel nostalgic. (There are a couple of minor errors, such as calling North Truro AFS part of the DEW Line, and misidentifying the Diesel Power Plant as the Steam Plant, but no biggies.) Also, there are a few recent still photos on the other HCI pages. Enjoy! And, happy Veterans` Day to you all! -- Tom


11/11/2005 00:00:00

Name: Ed Hewitt
Email: chewitt8 AT tampabay.rr.com

I worked on the remote Air Force Stations in Alaska for 6 years from 1979 to 1985. I started at Cape Lisbourne in 1979 and moved to Tatalina in 1980. In late 1981 I became the Roving Maintenance Superintendent and traveled to many of the different stations to fill in while the regualar Maintenance Superintendent was on vacation, or to train a new man. I was headquartered at Murphy Dome, but wasn`t there much. Fort Yukon, Indian Mountain, Campion, Cape Romanzoff, Kotzebue, Sparevohn were among the stations I spent time at. I would like to hear from any of my old friends, Air Force or RCA that are still around. I hear from Charlie (Tiny Moo) and Paul Grothe occasionaly.


11/11/2005 00:00:00

Name: R. C. Allnutt
Email: rcallnutt AT comcast.net

Hi Tom... Thanks for the update of the Highland Center, the film brought back some great memories, while staioned on the `Cape`. I was one of the first `scopedopes` there in 1951 after spending time at Otis AFB lashup site before arriving at Truro... `Tallyho` Cec


11/10/2005 00:00:00

Name: Howard Larson
Email: hmlars1 AT comcast.net

In 1966 and 67 I was stationed in Gettysburg South Dakota, 903rd Radar Squadron. I was a Radar Tech on the AN-FPS27 search radar. Last summer I passed through Gettysberg and was saddened to see how the town had fared following the loss of the Air Station. I have a lot of great memories of the crew and the folks in town. I served the remainder of my tour as a Real Time Quality Control tech at the Sage Center at McChord AFB in Tacoma Washington.


11/10/2005 00:00:00

Name: Jeff States
Email: psu68 AT psualum.com

Wouldn`t it be great if everyone would fly a flag tomorrow in honor of Veteran`s Day? We did our part by serving. Now we need to do our part by helping others to `remember.` A salute to all veterans!


11/10/2005 00:00:00

Name: ron[mick]miller
Email: ronwmiller AT mindspring.com

served 852 ac&w sq gaum from sept 1953 till march 1955......and 728th ac&w sq south carolina march 1955 till august 1956 still in touch with a few from the 728th hope all is well


11/10/2005 00:00:00

Name: Dan Paves
Email: dp2wpa AT wilsonpaves.com

just a short note, I now have retired { SEMI} and live only 9 miles from the site, like old home week,lots of memories. The 775th in Cambria was a great place, and will always cherish the times spent there.


11/10/2005 00:00:00

Name: Robert Mulheran
Email: robert.mulheran AT hill.af.mil

Great web site dedicated to those who gave their service to protecting our skys. I believe my squadron, the 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron, at Hill AFB, is the last active duty unit from the ADC days.


11/09/2005 00:00:00

Name: april rozier
Email: batr AT netzero.net

great website!!! i have found a lot of intresting information about the roanoke rapids air base.my family and i have been over a few times just to look around and i took some pictures recently.hope they turn out well.we`ve also been to the herald office digging up information and have a few articles and pictures we copied from there.the base looked really nice back in the day.it has really grown up a lot now.once again,this is a great website and our family has learned a lot about radar bases. especially love the pictures.keep up the good work.


11/09/2005 00:00:00

Name: Bill Bolima
Email: bbolima AT bolima.com

I was stationed at the 916th ACW Squadron, Beausejour, Manitoba, Canada 1960-1961.


11/09/2005 00:00:00

Name: Warren Rasmussen
Email: invert20 AT yahoo.com

Looking for Controllers who were at Pleiku during 1965


11/09/2005 00:00:00

Name: Warren Rasmussen
Email: invert20 AT yahoo.com

Looking for Controllers who were at Pleiku during 1965


11/08/2005 00:00:00

Name: Bill Wells
Email: bdwells AT cox.net

Still looking for Ray Tate that was at the 767th in Tierra Amarilla in 54-55-56. I was also at the 768th At Moriaty and the 685th at Las Cruces


11/08/2005 00:00:00

Name: Joe Marino
Email: marinoj AT unionplus.net

Was Radar Maintenance at the 648th for all of my hitch after leaving tech school at Keesler. 1954 through 1957. Had some great times there.


11/08/2005 00:00:00

Name: Sandy Cragg
Email: daisley48 AT aol.com

I am trying to locate a David Kiersznowski whose sister Eva graduated from Johnstown NY High School. (We need her current address for our Reunion mailing.) Could you pass this on to David in case he is, indeed, Eva`s brother? Thank you.


11/06/2005 00:00:00

Name: Alvin Taylor
Email: kiss2 AT verizon.net

Im searching for any fellow vetrans that were stationed in san pedro at upper fort mac or santa rosa radar sites or members of the 669th during the year 1950 through 1954 ~Thanks~


11/05/2005 00:00:00

Name: James Wynn
Email: jr_wynn AT loudoun-net.com

Suggest that some of your readers visit the Philco-Ford Techrep web site, they may see many people that they know. http://www.exreps.com Jim


11/05/2005 00:00:00

Name: Otha Parker "Chuck"
Email: chuckMarieparker AT msn.com

I would be intrested talking to any of the enlisted men that served in the 663rd ACW site during the period of 1957 1958 timeframe regards Chuck


11/05/2005 00:00:00

Name: Edward Riddle
Email: eriddle1 AT kc.rr.com

I served at Sparrevohn AFS in the mid 60`s


11/04/2005 00:00:00

Name: Howard Swenson
Email: howard_swenson AT yahoo.com

After Tech School at Shepard AFB I served at the 632nd Radar Squadron, Roanoke Rapids, NC. April 1962 to July 1964 as a Cental Office Equipment Specalist. (Also TDY Air Police & Scope Dope) From there I went to a Comunications Squadron Detachment on Shemya Island Alaska Aug. 1964 to Aug. 1965.


11/02/2005 00:00:00

Name: Jeff States
Email: psu68 AT psualum.com

Re Tom`s info below. As the US deploys this and other new types of radar systems, somewhere, a computer will be selecting Air Force types to be trained in the operation and maintenance of the new systems. Sound familiar to anyone out there? We`ve all been there and done that!


11/02/2005 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: thomas_e_page AT raytheon.com

Jeff States, it is not obvious (to me, anyway) if the various X-Band Radar (XBR) systems will be maintained and operated by Air Force or Army personnel, or even civilian contractors. The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system itself is operated by the Army, so possibly the radars will be, too (?). It is also possible that the Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBR) might even be maintained by the Navy (?). I haven`t heard anyone say as of yet. If I do hear, I`ll post an update. Thanks. -- Tom


11/02/2005 00:00:00

Name: Ray Hodson
Email: rayroztwo AT hotmail.com

Stationed at Northeast Cape, Alaska, Feb 62 to Jan 63.


11/01/2005 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: thomas_e_page AT raytheon.com

News Item: Sea-Based X-Band Radar to be loaded on transport vessel 01-Nov-05 By Marc Selinger The U.S. Missile Defense Agency`s (MDA) giant ocean-going radar is about to get set for its first long journey. MDA tentatively plans to load the 282-foot-high Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) on the Blue Marlin, an open-deck, heavy transport vessel, during the week of Nov. 7-11 in Corpus Christi, Texas, agency spokeswoman Pam Rogers said Oct. 31. The Blue Marlin will lower itself in the water so SBX can be moved on top of the vessel. In a trip expected to last several weeks, the Blue Marlin will take SBX from Texas to the Pacific Ocean by traveling around South America. Although SBX can propel itself, making the journey on the faster Blue Marlin will save time and reduce wear and tear on the radar system. SBX will eventually be homeported in Adak, Alaska. SBX, which consists of a Raytheon-built radar atop a modified oil-drilling platform, transmitted its radar beam for the first time in September and has completed more than 100 test activities in the Gulf of Mexico, including demonstrating the ability to operate at sea for extended periods (DAILY, Sept. 19). The system, whose prime contractor is Boeing, is designed to help MDA track long-range ballistic missiles and distinguish between warheads and decoys. Meanwhile, the Defense Department has revealed that it plans to look for a site in Japan to deploy another Raytheon-built X-band radar, the first Forward Based X-Band Transportable (FBX-T) radar. DOD is acquiring a total of four mobile, land-based FBX-T radars to help with early warning of threat missiles, among other tasks. `Through timely information sharing, this radar will support capabilities to intercept missiles directed at Japan and capabilities for Japan`s civil defense and consequence management,` a U.S.-Japan security panel said in a report released Oct. 29. Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report