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2005

07/31/2005 00:00:00

Name: Will McDuffie
Email: willmcduffie AT charter.net

I have just found your site. I was stationed at the 777th Radar Sq, Klanath AFS twice, First time was 1959 thru 1961. Was then at Camp Adair, 25th Air Division Sage, 61 thru 62. Was in SEA for 63 then back to North Bend AFS the 761st 64 to mid 65. Was at the 21st Air Division Sage, McGuire AFB, 66 thru 67. Was back to Klamath AFS the 777th 67/68. Went to BUIC Probramming school and was assigned to Othello AFS in Washington, I don`t remember the Sq number I believe it was the 681st or something like that. I them was assigned to McChord Sage Center as a System Programmer to keep the BUIC sites running. After that I was assigned out of the Air Definse System. I Retired from the USAF in 1979. Anyone who was at these places during these times let me know. It would be good to talk about old times.


07/30/2005 00:00:00

Name: Jim Lofvendahl M/Cpl. ret
Email: jp_lof AT telus.net

Is there anyone from the RCAF in here? I realize we were the minor partner but It would be nice if I wasn`t the only Rdr Tech or FtrCOp in the bunch.


07/30/2005 00:00:00

Name: Jim Lofvendahl RCAF
Email: jp_lof AT telus.net

Is there anyone from the RCAF in here? I realize we were the minor partner but It would be nice if I wasn`t the only Rdr Tech or FtrCOp in the bunch.


07/30/2005 00:00:00

Name: Fred Tracy
Email: frederick_tracy AT msn.com

Served at San Pedro Hill from mid 1961 to late 1962 as a fst-2 tech. If you overlapped, let me know. Best regards.


07/27/2005 00:00:00

Name: Peter.Kronenberger
Email: peter.kronenberger AT us.army.mil

Hello everyone, Just found this great web-side. I worked at the housing office in Neubruecke, Germany and we served many of those guys and girls assigned to 615th AC&Wsq stationed at Birkenfeld, Boerfink and Neubruecke. Keep up this great side, it brings back many memories.


07/27/2005 00:00:00

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

I was stationed at Sparrevohn, Alaska from 2/54-2/55. Most of the time in ground radio but the last few months in the orderly room. At most, there were 85 of us there, @ 9 on top of the mountain with the radome. I have some color slides of the place if they would be of use to you. Let me know....


07/27/2005 00:00:00

Name: Sargent Cathrall
Email: scathrall AT nycap.rr.com

Great site...thanks for the kindling the memories 764th AC&W Sq St. Albans AFS, VT 4/58-11/59 1876 RR Sq (Det 2 921st AC&W SQ) La Scie AS, Canada 1/60-2/61 M&S Sq Keesler AFB,MS 2/61-6/62 Sandia Base, NM 6/62/7/63 2875th GEEIA SQ Tachikawa AB, Japan 8/63-6/65 Det 2 2875th GEEIA SQ, Kadena AB, Okinawa 6/65-5/66


07/26/2005 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: tepage AT hotmail.com

It is with great sadness that I post this note. Ren L`Ecuyer will be greatly missed. I would like to acknowledge that his fantastic website, The Pinetree Line, was the inspiration for ours. I never met Ren in person, but we corresponded many times, and I considered him a true friend. Thank you, Ren, for all that you did! Copied from http://www.pinetreeline.org/ -- Dearest Member and Guests, It`s with a heavy heart that I advise that my husband, Ren L`Ecuyer, went to sleep for the last time at 2p.m., Saturday, July 23, 2005. Many of you followed us through his cancer journey during 2003 with loving support - for which we thank you. Ren had recently suffered a series of health problems that we sincerely believed he would recover from. His passing was unexpected, but he is at peace. Cremation has been arranged with no service, which is what Ren would have wanted. I will take a private moment some time in the future and spread Ren`s ashes in the bay here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, which was our chosen retirement home. As you know, Ren developed each website with passion and fervor - truly a labour of love for him. Many times during our conversations over the years, Ren had asked that, if on his passing, I would keep the websites going for an indefinite period of time - perhaps with the thought that someone might like to take up where he left off. Our dear friend, Brent Sirna, who most of you don`t know, was involved behind the scenes with the technical aspects of the websites. Brent has assured me that I will have his full support in fulfilling Ren`s wish. I`m not sure how we go forward from here, but we will keep you notified. Please bear with us as we work it out. I will be traveling to Canada shortly for a few weeks, at which time I will get together with Brent to discuss everything related to the websites. Afterwards I will return to our home in Mexico. I know that you recently may have sent Ren personal and memorable materials to be posted on the board. Ren was always meticulous about returning these items to the individual, and I will try to do the same. It just may take me a little longer as I sort things out. As I am not too familiar with the workings of the website, should you need to contact me in the near future, please e-mail me at margaret.lecuyer@pinetreeline.org. I`ve always dreaded the day that I might have to write this message, however I ask that you now join me in saying `Good Night Ren` - your friend, my husband....the love of my life. Margaret L`Ecuyer


07/26/2005 00:00:00

Name: Larry Hale
Email: osboyz AT bellsouth.net

Scope Dope to 1st Sgt -- What a journey! Started @ Kessler then to Neah Bay Wa. on to Tyndall 678ADG then to Kotzebue in `78 and then to Shaw to the 507 TAIRCW (lots of TDY to all the TCS in Fla, Ga, NY, PR, S.C.) back to Alaska, Campion AFS applied for instructor duty at Keesler and became a course developer and Instr. Supervisor (TDY to Germany and Boston and far away Dothan and Savannah.) Applied to teach at NCOA and was stationed in UK RAF Upwood NCOA, transitioned to 1st Sgt RAF Alconbury and then back to states at Columbus AFB then to Keesler as Instructor at 1st Sgt Academy. Stayed on at Keesler and was 1st Sgt at old Scope Dope School Sqd and other Sqds. TDY to Saudi and Kuwait during Operations and retired post Kohbar towers incident. Would never trade my experiences in Scope Doping for anything in the world Greatest Guys and Gals ever as we know the sacrifices & disicipline to endure the long hours and the few rewards other than knowing we help keep our family and freinds safe and free. God Bless those that stood the late vigil and was ready to alert and fight. Currently living in Baton Rouge Area!


07/24/2005 00:00:00

Name: Jack Shelley
Email: noflajack AT juno.com

Great site! It`s gratifying to see some recognition for the folks who served in the `other Air Force` (i.e., usually a long way from airplanes and BX`s). My AC&W time started in `56 at Keesler scope dope school then on to 618th, Det 19 (Unishima), Lake City AFS, Snow Mountain AFS, Rosas AFS (ES), Doebraberg (DE), Bucks Harbor AFS. Tired of the `site life` I retrained into SAGE computer maintenance after leaving Bucks in 1967, enjoying Keesler AFB for about 10 months then on to Richards-Gebaur for a year before being offered the opportunity to again retrain into the AUTOVON maintenance field. After training at Sheppard AFB for about 6 months we headed to Fuchu AS near Tokyo for 3 years then on to Clark AB for 2 more. Living on the big bases near real cities had a lot of advantages but, on the sites, we seemed to have more of the `we`re in it together` attitude.


07/24/2005 00:00:00

Name: Jack Shelley
Email: noflajack AT juno.com

I forgot to mention on my last post that the primary mission for the 663rd site at Lake City, Tenn., was to provide air defense for the Oak Ridge Atomic Energy Lab just a hop, skip, and a jump down the mountain from us. The fact that McGee-Tyson AFB closed just after I got there (late `57) probably didn`t help. We were given tours of the Lab from time-to-time as a gesture of appreciation from the guys at Oak Ridge. At that time Oak Ridge was a wholly owned Federal Government town, only people working there being allowed to live there. We (barracks rats) used to hang out there in an effort to meet the girls who worked in the various admin jobs there at the time. How times have changed!


07/23/2005 00:00:00

Name: Jerry Nyberg
Email: gnyberg AT sbcglobal.net

I was stationed at the 752nd ACW Sq. in Empire, MI from 1953-55. Hello to everyone who was there. Also, would like to contact any relatives of Norris Slaven. He was best man at my wedding.


07/22/2005 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: gaj7702 AT aol.com

For John Tianen … The same thing happened to me at the 661st AC&W SQ, Selfridge ANGB, Mich., about in 1973. I, too, was connecting a power cable to a bank of heat lamps. For some reason we were working in near darkness. My recollection is, unknown to me, there were actually two screw-on connectors. One (the larger) went into the socket on the bank. The other (for whatever reason) was behind that one. The only reason I could think of having it later was to inspect the plugs and connecting wires. As I was twisting these I saw an impressive white light and loud pop between my hands. I thought I had gone to radar technician Valhalla. The short started a small fire in a junction box and disrupted one of the power generators. If memory serves, while I was twisting the outer connector and the inner one, the wires inside the latter were coming closer and closer until they shorted out. I suspect Mr. Tianen were both legends thereafter, “The guy who …” I also think it was a bad, and potentially deadly, cable connector design. That’s odd because typically radar equipment was quite safe to maintain. I never knew anyone seriously injured while working on radars, though some (including me on the occasion above) came close.


07/22/2005 00:00:00

Name: Rita Kleinfelder
Email: nostalgiar AT shaw.ca

Hello, I am writing several books about the 1950s, with one book per year. I came across a reference to 1956 as the year of the first production model of a radome. I contacted a manufacturing company that said it`s sure radomes were produced earlier than that. I looked through your web site but couldn`t find anything specific. Can you help me?


07/22/2005 00:00:00

Name: Herb Campbell
Email: campbellhw AT aol.com

Served with the 735th AC&W Sqdn in (French) Morocco from July 55- July 56. Call sign was Jesse. Went from there to 602nd AC&W in Giebelstadt Germany and stayed there until November 58. Call sign for 602nd as Ed Crofoot noted was Dora.


07/22/2005 00:00:00

Name: Herb Campbell
Email: campbellhw AT aol.com

Served with the 735th AC&W Sqdn in (French) Morocco from July 55- July 56. Call sign was Jesse. Went from there to 602nd AC&W in Giebelstadt Germany and stayed there until November 58. Call sign for 602nd as Ed Crofoot noted was Dora.


07/22/2005 00:00:00

Name: Tom Griggs
Email: tgriggs AT houston.rr.com

I was stationed at the 736th AC&W Squadron (Morocco), Nouasseur Air Depot, from 1956 to 1958. Subsquently, with AACS and/or GEEIA at Andrews AFB. Would like to hear from anyone that was in Maroc at that time. Thanks, Tom Griggs


07/22/2005 00:00:00

Name: Arnold Hooper
Email: _hooru_ AT midmaine.com

In response to John Tianen,s keeping the heat lamps going at 932nd Rockville, Iceland. When I was there in 1957 the 3rd shift duty was pretty boring. To help pass the time we would send someone to the chowhall to get steaks. Then we placed the steaks on cooky sheets and laid the works on thew heat lamps to frie the steaks. This caused the lamps to overheat and break.


07/22/2005 00:00:00

Name: Arnold Hooper
Email: _hooru_ AT midmaine.com

In response to John Tianen,s keeping the heat lamps going at 932nd Rockville, Iceland. When I was there in 1957 the 3rd shift duty was pretty boring. To help pass the time we would send someone to the chowhall to get steaks. Then we placed the steaks on cooky sheets and laid the works on thew heat lamps to frie the steaks. This caused the lamps to overheat and break. So John, if you were there and recall replacing a lot of lamps, my sincerest apologies.


07/22/2005 00:00:00

Name: Scott Goodrich
Email: mooseriver4me AT hotmail.com

Joined USAF in 1977. On to Biloxi for 276X0 training. First assignment AEW&C (EC-121) scope dope Homestead FL. Sea Survival Training at Turkey Point in Biscayne Bay. 2 TDYs to Keflavik. Flew until deactivation in 1978. Then to 21st NORAD Hancock Field, NY where I was a Tracking Tech, Weapons Tech, Faker Monitor Tech/evaluator and TBS operator until separation in 1981 as E-4 Sgt.


07/21/2005 00:00:00

Name: Ken Cornish
Email: deeken AT cox.net

303X2 Techies by nature love to reminisce over the various changing technologies and equipment evolution. But missing in all of the letters I have read since joining this site several years ago, and suprising given the name of the site, is any mention of a somewhat different type of job that fell to the maintenance folks in the early radome years - radome maintenance. How many of you had the pleasure of riding the bosn`s chair around the outside of the dome inspecting damage and making repairs to the neoprene? The chair was suspended by rope attached to a movable ring at the base of the lightning rod and while one man was harnessed in the chair two others moved the chair up and down and around the bubble. This was especially exciting when there were 30-40 knot winds whipping around up there. Also, the regularly scheduled job of torquing the flange bolts around the base of the dome. But this was inside and only required muscle and a strong desire to avoid cleaning the cable troughs down in the ops building. Another job I recalled, although it was only a one time incident, was at the 759th at Naselle, Washington in the pre-radome era. We were on alert during one of the many probes by Soviet aircraft. A blizzard was raging and the temperature was waaay down and the antenna drive motor was freezing up. Hq 25th AD ordered that all efforts be made to keep the site on the air. The maintenance crews, all there because of the alert status, toook 1/2 hour turns up on the tower anchored with a rope, using a blow torch on the drive motor housing to keep the sail rotating. Another pleasant task was sitting out on the waggler arm of the FPS-5 height finder to remove the feed horn and have it taken down to the shop to be dry out the condensation before reinstalling. The platform for the set was very small and as you sat on the waggler arm you were looking straight down at a very long fall. Fingers were so cold replacing the bolts with one hand while holding the feed horn in place with the other was a real challenge, the bigggest fear was dropping on of these scarce bolts , having to go down to the ground to try and find it and then climbing back up the tower and back out on the arm to finish the job. Nope, radar maintenance was not all using sophisticated test equipment and monitoring meters and displays down in a warm building or sitting at the work bench repairing circuit boards. But I wouldn`t have traded any of it. It was a great job with lots of fine people. Was assigned to five LRR sites, and a direct support bombing unit just below the MLR in Korea in `52 & `53. Plus several Hq assignments and winding up as a Project Blue Suit alumnus of IBM for the AN`FSQ-7. The radome jobs were later relegated to the the GEEIA teams that visited the sites on a regular basis and the neoprene bubbles were gradually replaced with rigid domes and the 303x2`s could go back to their electronics.


07/21/2005 00:00:00

Name: malvin selby
Email: malvinselby AT yahoo.com

i was on watchman agr 16 fromjuly 63 to decommission jul65


07/21/2005 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT earthlink.net

In response to Ken Cornish and his comments on radome maintenance....Radomes in cold climates (this was the 932nd in Iceland) were equipped with banks of heat lamps that kept the dome free of ice. One of my first tasks as a radar tech straight out of Keesler was to go up in the radome and connect the power cables to the banks of heat lamps. These were large cables.... 4-conductors in each cable as I recall with each connecting pin about the diameter of a pencil and made of solid copper. The complete cable was about as big around as a man`s wrist. To make a long story short, as I was connecting one of these cables, it somehow shorted out in my hand. There was an explosion and the connector, made of cast aluminum, vaporized. I was momentarily blinded, my eyebrows were singed, and my fatigues were scorched. A cloud of smoke filled the radome. I`ll never forget the looks on the faces of the two guys who were working with me...complete shock. To this day I don`t know why I wasn`t more seriously injured or killed.


07/21/2005 00:00:00

Name: Don Higgins
Email: drhiggins AT cox.net

To John Tiannen (932nd) The inside of a FPS-3 Radome is scary in it`s self. We were completing the installation of the FPS-3, the antenna lower half was installed when the generators went down. The radome losing air pressure started to sway in the wind and caught the edge of the antenna tearing a hole in it. We were fortunate to have a patching kit just big enough to cover the hole, while getting the generators back on line. 1953 was not a good year for antennas at the 719th (Sparrevohn). The wind took out the CPS-6 antenna even with cables securing it. Glad you were not hurt in the incident.These cables are monstorous. I got my OJT at the 754th (Port Austin) in 1952 during the construction of the FPS-3 there. Check out the pictures on the 719th AC/W site, documents, pages 4,5. of the heater lamps inside the radome and the crippled CPS-6 Antenna. The 719th CPS-6 was removed and the FPS-3 was upgraded and given a rigid dome.


07/21/2005 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT radomes.org

Don Higgins: Just double-checking -- records show that Sparrevohn AFS in its very early days operated an AN/CPS-5 search radar. We even have a photo showing such. You mention an AN/CPS-6 search radar; was this a `typo,` or did Sparrevohn AFS also have this model, either before or after the AN/CPS-5? Also, what was the height-finder radar type back then? The photo shows what looks to be either an AN/TPS-10 or an AN/FPS-4. Do you recall? Thanks!! -- Tom


07/21/2005 00:00:00

Name: Michael J Billet
Email: Billetyork AT aol.com

My Question is How Do You Add Pictures and Letters to this web site. My Dad was Stationed in Armstrong On Canada and in Camdon Alaska and he has a few phhot`s he would like to add and also add his name to the Armstrong roster and Alaska also he was stationed in Germany and Watertown Ny and Cherry Point Nc and has a lot of Pic`s he would like to add Thank You MJB Ps His Name Is Ret Tech Sgt Donald E Billet 46-67


07/21/2005 00:00:00

Name: Don Higgins
Email: drhiggins AT cox.net

Tom.....You guys don`t give anyone a break.....I knew the minute that I hit `send`, I had made a typo. Thank you for correcting me. The search radar in the early Sparrevohn days was the AN/CPS-5D, and the Height Finder was, according to your archives, a AN/CPS-4 (Beaver Tail). I don`t recall that it was ever used. It was not a AN/TPS-10D. The TIPSEY was my first radar set at Port Austin in 1952 before the FPS-3.A `Salute` to all the 719th Airmen from `1953` Thanks Tom,


07/20/2005 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: gaj7702 AT aol.com

Now on e-Bay, unrelated to me in any way whatsoever: Vintage “Aircraft Observer” magazine, Spring 1956, Vol. 3, No. 2, 42 pp. Clean, good tight spine. Put out by U. S. Air Force, Air Training Command. The B-66, Route Charts, Radar, Gyro Wander and more. Item no.: 6968830563.


07/20/2005 00:00:00

Name: Ray Garber Jr.
Email: r.garber AT insightbb.com

Was stationed at the 648th Radar Squadron at Benton Pa from July 1961-March 1964. Worked in Radar Maintenance----height section. Two AN/FPS-6 (HF0 and HF1) and one AN/FPS-26. Prime search was AN/FPS-35. Last job was DMCC.


07/18/2005 00:00:00

Name: W. Charles Brown
Email: wcbrown7 AT msn.com

Hello all . . . Joined USAF June `73, after basic training went to Biloxi, MS for tech school to learn to be a scope-dope; Fall `73 first assignment at McChord AFB, Tacoma, WA with the 25th NORAD Division in Air Surveillance, was team leader; Spring of `76 second assignment at Cold Bay AFS, Cold Bay, AK with the 714 ACW Squadron, also Air Surveillance. The only excitement there was that I got to track a couple Russian bombers until they were intercepted and told to go back home. Found out later that that kind of `cat & mouse` routine was pretty common in western Alaska. Assignment ended Spring of `77 and I got a three month early out. I probably should have stayed in and done AWACS or something like that then retired at 38. That would have been 12 years ago. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20.


07/17/2005 00:00:00

Name: John W. Holmes
Email: ujohn AT hcis.net

I was stationed at the 664th AC&W Squadron at Bellefontaine, Ohio from approximately August of 1952 until October 1953. Anyone out there stationed there about that time? Remember the Logan Hotel Coffee Shop?


07/16/2005 00:00:00

Name: Don Nyquist
Email: lvnyquist AT prodigy.net

I was stationed at Makah AFS, Lockport AFS, Pt. Austin AFS, Hofn NIS, and Range Group Nellis AFB. I retired here in Las Vegas.


07/16/2005 00:00:00

Name: Bobb
Email: bobb_hp AT yahoo.com

http://groups.msn.com/CapeNewenham http://www.alsap.org/ Interestring sites too....


07/16/2005 00:00:00

Name: Michael J. Billet
Email: billetyork AT aol.com

Hello, I been going over this radar site and found the article on Cherry Point. My Dad was in the air force, and he got the Marines and the Air Force together. I wanted to see what you knew. My dad`s name is retired Tech Sergeant Donald E. Billet. He would know anything you need to know about the AF and the Marines at Cherry Point. While he was there, he made NCOIC and ranked number #3 in the whole Air Force. What I understand and got relations with the Marines to go smoothly and the Marines even learned something. Ps I think this is great stuff you have here, and would love to hear from you, and if anybody remembers him. Thank you. My name is Michael J. Billet, and my e-mail is billetyork@aol.com.


07/16/2005 00:00:00

Name: Nolan W. Bailey, Sr.
Email: nolan.bailey AT verizon.net

Just stopped by your Dewline page and found it interesting. I was one of the C-130 `ski model` pilots in the 17th TCS who had the job to keep the DYE sites on the Greenland ice cap supplied with food `MAIL` and `MOVIES...` . In fact, if they got it, we had to `brung it.` I`m the historian and webmaster for the Firebird Association, www.firebirds.org. Some of your group may have served on the ice cap and quite possibly flew with us from Sondrestrom AB to a particular DYE site. There are lots of photos on the Firebirds site that cover Sondrestrom and the Ice Cap and the DYE sites. The 61st TCS was the squadron that flew the airlift which `built` the sites...and, in the very early 1960`s, the 17th TCS took the mission to do resupply and support work ... Best regards, Nolan Firebird Association and Webmaster Firebird Pilot:1963-67


07/16/2005 00:00:00

Name: Bill Evans Navy Searcher-Agr-4
Email: wmevans AT juno.com

I was on the USS Searcher Agr-4 as a weatherman. 1960-63. How about that Cuban blockage? Great memories. Real men. Proud of you all.


07/15/2005 00:00:00

Name: Ted Tisdale
Email: tisdale460 AT peoplepc.com

Was at the 747th ACWSq at Ellington AFB, TX, 64-65 as a butterbar. Ran intercepts over the Gulf with Guard Deuces from Ellington. Bunch of guys who flew T-38s from there used to mix in with the intercepts and try to screw things up. These guys were astronaut trainees from the Houston Space Center. Went from Ellington to P-Y-Do, Korea, 65-66, then to 41st ADCC, Johnson AB, Japan. Was there during the Pueblo thing which was `interesting.` The memories get better as time goes by.


07/14/2005 00:00:00

Name: Don Johnson
Email: don.m.johnson AT gmail.com

Glad to find this site - GREAT Job! About half of my Air Force career was in ADC, PACAF & USAFE and the radar command and control business. My first two ADC assignments were with the 612th AC&W, Ajo, AZ and the next with 780th ADG, Fortuna, ND. ADC was losing its fancy in those days and I closed both of these sites as a radar control facility. Next, bypassing `Nam, was the 623rd AC&W, Okino, Japan and PACAF. At Okino we started to transition process to JASDEF. After a stint with ICBM`s, I went to the 602nd TACC, Ulm, Germany on of the 3 TACC units of the 601st TCW, Sembach, Germany. I enjoyed my days in the radar business and made lasting friends while at these isolated locations. We used to dream of the `BIG BX` and wondered why we got chosen to spend our service time without all those Bennies – but the constant bridge games were fun. Would enjoy hearing from fellow `scope dopes`. Great Site!


07/14/2005 00:00:00

Name: Ron Abels
Email: mandanroad AT earthlink.net

I have a 27th Air Division Yearbook from 1954-1955 which I am interested in donating to Radomes, Inc. I cannot find a mailing address nor an e-mail address.


07/12/2005 00:00:00

Name: Scott Goodrich
Email: mooseriver4me AT hotmail.com

Scope Operator 79th AEW&C (Det 1 20 ADS) Homestead AFB & Keflavik NAS, Iceland - 1977-deactivation Weapons Controller Technician, Faker Monitor Technician/Evaluator, TBS- 21st NORAD Region Hancock Field, NY 1978-1981


07/12/2005 00:00:00

Name: Mike Dickenson
Email: bikermike43 AT juno.com

I was active duty enlisted Air Force from 1960-1984. Went to 303x2 AC&W radar maint school at Keesler and then stationed at: Macdill AFB 1961 to 1964 (FPS-20, FPS-6, FPS-7). Sembach AB Germany 1964-1967 (MPS-8). Eglin AFB 1967-1970 (FPS-85) By then I was in `phased array` Korea 1970-1971 (TPS-44) Headquarters ADC 1971-1979 (Desk Jockey) Maui Hawaii 1979-1983 (MOTIF, GEODDS) Cape Cod AFS 1983-1984 (FPS-115) I would love to hear from anyone who might remember me. Mike Dickenson bikermike43@juno.com


07/11/2005 00:00:00

Name: WILL EARNEST
Email: will.earnest AT sbcglobal.net

THANKS FOR THE GREAT SITE. I SERVED AT THE 746TH AC&W SQD,(OCAFS) IN OKLAHOMA CITY, FROM OCT. 1965 UNTIL NOV. 1967.THEN WENT TO THE 605TH. TACTICAL CONTROL SQD. AT CLARK AIRBASE. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR FROM OTHERS WHO SERVED DURING THAT TIME PERIOD.


07/10/2005 00:00:00

Name: RR Phelps
Email: phelpsrr2000 AT yahoo.com

after being in the 276xx career ladder, I was assigned to the 99131 AFSC ARFCOS TS Courier Field, any one in the same field that was back in 72-74 era, was stationed in Bangkok, Don Muang RTAFB ??


07/08/2005 00:00:00

Name: Curt Wolters
Email: curtw AT lummi-nsn.gov

I was a member of the 823rd AC&W Sqdn, Geiger Field, Spokane, WA, 1958-1959. Worked with Maj. Wroten, Lt. Anderson and MSgt Schroeder. Dr. Curt Wolters Bellingham, WA


07/08/2005 00:00:00

Name: kip mcleod
Email: kipmcleod AT rogers.com

35 yrs service RCAF/CF. 1958 to 1993. Multiple RDR sites/25th NR/Instructor SAGE/ 22NR/Wartime Safe Psg/ Director, Air Wpns Control & Counter Measures School/Stds Warrant Officer/NDHQ Personnel Evaluation Reports (spare me!)/Cheyenne Mtn Space Surveillance Centre/1st Space Wing U.S. Spacecom/18 SS Sqdn/GEODSS assist. Program mgr/ROCC East Sr Dir Tech.


07/08/2005 00:00:00

Name: Charles Craven
Email: ChrCrav AT AOL.com

Just came back from Klamath California June 20, 2005. Visited the 777th Air Station which is now a California conservation facility. I was there 1957 through 1959 as Ground-to-Air Radio Repairman. A1/c. Looks like they`re getting ready to sell it! We stayed at the Requa Inn. All brought back good memories.


07/07/2005 00:00:00

Name: Bill Anderson
Email: ke4ips AT direcway.com

Great Site! Was with the AN/FST-2B at 647th Manassas (63-65), 907th Bucks Harbor(65-68),676th Antigo(68-70), 679th Jacksonville (70-73)


07/07/2005 00:00:00

Name: Dick Estep
Email: dickestep AT nospamyahoo.com

I was stationed with the 719th ACW at Sparrevohn AFS during 1968 and 1969 as site electrician. It was a rough year weather-wise. Major William (Bill) Short had to pull strings more than once to get our supplies flown in. Lt. Gaston was the best Civil Engineering officer in existence. One of the amusements we had was the slide down the mountain from the Power Building. Anyone remember that little Sgt. from Georgia who was such a great pool shot? As I recall he and I were the two best on site. Your mileage may vary. Thanks again for the memories. Dick Estep


07/06/2005 00:00:00

Name: James Dybalski
Email: jim AT dybalski.com

I was at the 754th Radar Squadron from 1964 through 1967,


07/06/2005 00:00:00

Name: Jim Grunst
Email: scadragon AT juno.com

Used to work at two different sites- Pave Paws on Cape Cod as an enlisted man from 1981- 1984 Pave Paws at Robins AFB, Georgia from 1987- 1990 If they could have seen THEN some of the computer we have today.... And no one then could have imagined the collapse of the Soviet Union... Quite a different world we live in now. Jim Grunst


07/06/2005 00:00:00

Name: John Bandur
Email: bandur33 AT msn.com

Does anyone remember the AN/TPS-27 radar system built for Tac Control sguadrons in 1964. It was supposed to be 3D but the height wasn`t so accurate. The height computor had soldered in tubes...We had one in the 601st TCS in 1964 thru 1967 when it was replaced by the TPS-44. I rotated in 1966 to Condon and worked on the FPS-27 which was much different......where has the time gone?!?


07/05/2005 00:00:00

Name: William McManus
Email: Dianne_McManus AT msn.com

Was stationed Lewistown AFS/Tonapah AFS/Texas Towers/etc:etc:


07/05/2005 00:00:00

Name: Ronald DeBell
Email: surv1 AT bellsouth.net

1974-1975, 303X2 school, Keesler AFB, MS; 1975-1977: 786th Radar Squadron, Minot AFS, ND (FPS-27 Tower); 1977-1979, 603rd TCS, Sembach AB,Germany (TPS-43 tactical radar); 1979-1980 554th Range Group, Nellis AFB/Tonopah Test Range NV (MSQ-T8 Soviet radar); 1981-1985 626th TCF, Bremerhaven AIN, Germany, AN/TPS43E tactical radar); 1985-1992, 1839 EIG, Keesler AFB, MS (Instructor); 1992-1994, 729th ACS, Hill AFB, UT, (AN/TPS-75 Tactical radar and QA); Retired in 1994, currently residing in Ocean Springs, MS. Anyone that remembers me, drop me an email.


07/05/2005 00:00:00

Name: Harvey Hartman
Email: hlhartman AT houston.rr.com

The response to our request for info on the Tactical Air Command`s mobile radar units has been very gratifying. Unfortunately, several of you have reported trouble with my military e-address (harvey.hartman@txelli.ang.af.mil.) We have a new server and it is currently experiencing some teething problems and we have been told that these problems may last for several weeks as the Base Comm guys get it all sorted out. Therefore, please use my civilian e-address (hlhartman@houston.rr.com) to send your information to. Thanks to all of your inputs, this project will be a success!


07/04/2005 00:00:00

Name: Jeff States
Email: psu68 AT psualum.com

To all who served---a special thanks. Happy Independence Day!!


07/04/2005 00:00:00

Name: Randy Miller
Email: highbridge AT jcom.home.ne.jp

I was in the 621st in 1975 until NKP was closing. I saw the Jolly try to do something to the radar but can`t remember now if they succeded. I moved down to Udorn from there. Does anyone remember the monkey at Udorn? I`m glad I found this site. Lots of memories. Randy Miller


07/04/2005 00:00:00

Name: John E. Mason
Email: jemason2 AT juno.com

Spent 20 years in the darkrooms, From the 728th at Shaw AFB (1977); SC and Eglin AFB, FL (1977-1978); 717 AWCS at Tatalina AFS, Alaska (19878-1979); 6th Mislle Wanring at Cape Cod, MA (1980-1981); 602 TCS in Neu Ulm West Germany(1981-1984); 3625 TTS at Tyndall AFB, FL !984-1985); 12 Mislle Warning at Thule AB, Greenland(1986); 776 Radar Sq (Over the Horizon Radar) in Bangor, ME (1987 - 1991); 10 MWS (PARCS) Cavalier AFS, ND (1991 - 1993)and finished as an Air Force Advisor to the 101st ACS out of Worcester ANGS, Worcester, MA (1993 - 1996). Also managed several TDY`s to Nellis AFB, NV, Saudi Arabia on Elf One Deployments and Columbia, South America with the ANG. Would like to hear from anyone who might have worked with my father in law, Thomas Rideout, MSgt, Ret (1959 - 1979) I know he was stationed at Thule AB, Greenland, and Charlseton AFS, Maine. Thsnk-you


07/04/2005 00:00:00

Name: Gary McCullah
Email: gmccullah AT hotmail.com

I was in the 632nd radar squadron in Roakoke Rapids N.C. from 1965-1968. Anyone there during that time contact me at the above for any information or questions. I worked in the T-2 computer center.


07/02/2005 00:00:00

Name: Harland Fogle
Email: hfogle AT cox.net

1962-1964 = Finley AFS, ND (785th Radron) 1965-1966 = Udorn RTAFB, Thailand (Candy/Brigham Control) 1966-1967 = Finley AFS, ND (785th Radron 1967-1968 = Ubon RTAFB, Thailand (Lion Control)


07/02/2005 00:00:00

Name: Dave Schwartz
Email: us1safe AT intergrafix.net

My dad, Bernard T. Schwartz, was stationed at 648th Radar Squadron, Benton, PA


07/02/2005 00:00:00

Name: Arnold Hooper
Email: _hooru_ AT midmaine.com

Looking for anyone from 666th Mt Tam, Ca 1954-56,,,932nd Rockville 1956-57,,,(64th McClellan 1957-58.


07/01/2005 00:00:00

Name: Historian
Email: historian AT radomes.org

It`s a new month, so here`s an important repeat from last month: Heads up, all you past and present mobile tactical radar technicians and operators -- MSgt Harvey Hartman has graciously ``volunteered`` to compile and organize a listing of CONUS Mobile TAC (now ACC) radar units and their ANG and AFRes counterparts, for a new section of Radomes. Accordingly, please e-mail Harvey your information about Mobile TAC (407L) and similar radar units here in the CONUS. Harvey`s e-mail addresses are harvey.hartman@txelli.ang.af.mil and HLHartman@houston.rr.com. He needs unit numbers, dates of operation, location(s) of operation, assigned radar equipment, photos, emblems / patches, plus anything else of relevance. Thanks, everyone! Thanks, Harvey!


07/01/2005 00:00:00

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

LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO WAS STATIONED AT THE 799TH.A.C.&W. AT JOELTON.TN. REUNION TIME!!!! CONTACT ME. OR PHONE (805) 544-0909.WE NEED YOU. JERRY