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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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01/31/2006 00:00:00

Name: John J. Kolman
Email: verna AT thevillages.net

Eight of my twenty years in the Air Force were in the radar field. I appreciate the effort involved in creating the information availabe in this museum.


01/31/2006 00:00:00

Name: Raymond G. Miller Sr
Email: rgmsr60 AT peoplepc.com

I was stationed at Wasserkuppe,Germany from 3//1960-12/1962. Whilw I was there we had Maj. Lees as Commander (1960-1962. &Col. K.C.Jones1962-1963. F/sgt Cusick,S/msgt Roy Painter.


01/30/2006 00:00:00

Name: Tony Edwards
Email: aedwards65 AT cox.net

The air force let me have two all expense paid vacations...one at the 712th at Northeast Cape, Alaska in 1957-58 and another at the 641st, Melville AFS, Goose Bay in 1959-60.


01/30/2006 00:00:00

Name: Tony Edwards
Email: aedwards65 AT cox.net

In caser anyone`s interested, Northeast Cape AFS (712th ACW), is undergoing environmental cleanup as of 1/2006. I recently met a pilot from Nome who`s been flying workers there. Apparently the place is an environmental mess.


01/30/2006 00:00:00

Name: Margaret Sandbak
Email: slopeguy2 AT aol.com

My daughter is looking for information about the 658th radar squadron that was located in Winnemucca Nevada. She is writing a paper about it for her class.


01/29/2006 00:00:00

Name: Rick
Email: richard.clifford AT ngc.com

So one Saturday night in the mid 70`s I`m lying in bed in the BAQ (bachelor airman quarters) falling asleep to the cyclical whine as the massive 100-hp AN/FPS-24 antenna drive motors swung the sail into and out of the wind. Suddenly the light on my alarm clock goes out and the drive motors grind to a halt. What`s going on??? I guess the boys at the Mitre Corp designing the SAGE system didn`t take into account that a dispute concerning bar service at the NCO club could trigger a sequence of events leading to a pickup truck crashing into the utility poles provide power to the site. Good thing the Russians weren`t able to exploit that lapse in coverage! Another `fond` memory - we were having some arcing problems with the power amplifier and the NCOs determined it would be necessary to perform some real-time observations inside the `tank`. I`m not sure if I volunteered or was volunteered, but I`m climbing down into the tank with another TSgt. When the hatch was closed, the lights went out. I couldn`t see anything, and the circulation fans and plumbing made all the noise. I think its safe to say my back was pressed about as hard as I could press it into the inside wall of the tank. Needless to say, after a few minutes there was a blinding flash. Who could tell where it came from??? With all of the KV and/or RF floating around in there, I doubt this particular procedure could be found in the Technical Order. Where else but the 754th?


01/29/2006 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: gaj7702 AT aol.com

That’s “Mister” Scope Dope to you: “Based on data from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Census Bureau, Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin recently published the second edition of the book ‘The 300 Best Jobs That Don`t Require a Four-Year Degree.’ Among the 25 top-paying occupations was Air Traffic Controller, annual income: $102,030.”


01/29/2006 00:00:00

Name: Larry Brandt
Email: lcbrandt AT comcast.net

Rick Clifford`s story about climbing into the `tank` of the FPS-24 to troubleshoot arcing problems at the 754th are also corroborated by experiences of some of my colleagues at the 822nd. Mind you, it is hearsay in my case, as I never saw such a thing happen first hand. The whole idea of it gives me the shivers...as the tech pressed himself against the wall of the tank, what were the odds that the arc would be through the spot where was standing? And what about X-radiation from the arc. Are these guys still alive, or have they long since passed on from leukemia? The FPS-24 was one helluva a machine, though. I think there was a bank of six klystrons that provided a humongous pulse to the ceramic triode final amp. At Cottonwood, Idaho, each revolution of our antenna caused a `buzz` in the transmitter output signal of radio station KORT, a low power AM station located in Grangeville, almost 30 miles away measured as the crow flies. And ALL radios, TVs, whatever anywhere within 15 miles emitted the same `buzz` once each antenna revolution. You just grew used to it after a while.


01/28/2006 00:00:00

Name: Andy Hatchett
Email: the_Verminator AT comcast.net

GRR-784th Snow Mt.


01/28/2006 00:00:00

Name: Harrel "Don" Spangler
Email: h.spangler AT mchsi.com

I went to Basic Tng at Sampson AFB NY, 1954..Kinross AFB,Chicksands AFR England, Little Rock AFB, Keesler AFB, Kirkville, Mo. AFS, Goose AFB, LAB, Castle AFB, Ca...Got out of the Air Force in 1968, worked as a Air Traffic Controller for the FAA, Retired in 1990, from the Oakland ARTCC.


01/27/2006 00:00:00

Name: Carl Hensley
Email: hensleycarl AT wmconnect.com

I was at 681st AC&W Cut Bank Mt. 54 to 58. Got out and worked for GE for 32 years on (what else) radar systems.


01/25/2006 00:00:00

Name: james wilson CMSgt Retired
Email: jandb2 AT knology.net

This is a wonderful site to hear about old friends. I would like to hear from anyone i served with in Korea (607th) in 1952 & 1953. (Worked on CPS-5, CPX-1 and CPS-4 HF (I was still very green at this business) I started out as a 30332 & was lucky enough to advance to a 30090 after 27 years. I was at Tyndall in 1953 thru 1955Controllers school working on the signal corp AN/CPS-6 (X1) Was sent to Cape Lisburne AK in Mar 56 and worked on the AN/FPS-3 the forerunner of the FPS-20, FPS-93 and the n came the FPS-117 Minimally sttended Radar when the Alaska radars were turned over to RCA.The radar ops stayed for a period of time but it bacame so automated that the site could be run by 6-8 people and even i Tech at certain sites. Was stationed at N. Charrleston AFS in 1957 (792 AC&W) We had the Fps-20, FPS-8 and the FPS-6. Operations had an experimental group of scopes and processors that allowed data to be xmitted. I then spent 31/2 years at 6i5AC&W at Prum Germany. Worked on the CPS-4 which was a single channel Magnetron version of the FPS-20 series. Sent then to 810th AC&W at Winston Salem NC where as a T/Sgt was named NCOIC of the FPS-26 hydraulic rotation and tilt system. I had never seen anything like it. Served here for 2 good years (1962 and 1964) In 1964 I went to a 1 year 9 level course from at Keesler and was assigned to 609th ACW at Eufaula ALA. Equipment there was the XW1 FPS-24 and XW1 FPS-26. Was used for training but finally was conned to SAGE and tied in to 32 AIR DIV at Gunter AFB In Montgomery Ala. Also had the FST-2 for SAGE data processing. I was assigned to Job Control and finally worked as the the stations Quality Control Inspector. 609th closed in 1968 and I went to 753rd AC&W at Sault st Marie MI. Got orders for Cold Bay AK in 1969 and spent a year there befor spending my last 8 years at HQ AAC at Elmendorf AFB AK located at Anchorage. Retired after 27 years in 1 AUG 1978.


01/22/2006 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT radomes.org

For Ronnie Ezell: According to Air Force records, Northeast Cape AFS ceased radar operations and closed some time in 1969.


01/22/2006 00:00:00

Name: William Delotto
Email: wdl0000 AT optonline.net

I am curently working on a construction project @ NY-09 Kensico and live in Armonk NY which is a bordering town to the site. Would interested in the hisory of the site. Thanks


01/22/2006 00:00:00

Name: Hooper
Email: _hooru_ AT midmaine.com

OK for the Lackland vets. Now lets hear from some Sampson recruits. I was there in summer of 1954 and weather was nice but guys who went thru basic there in winter report some frigid conditions. I remember the base was a formner navy boot camp and the barracks still had navy ensignia,s painted on the walls. I also remember the huge chow halls and standing in the lines waiting to get in.


01/21/2006 00:00:00

Name: Ronnie J Ezell
Email: ups1zeke AT earthlink.net

Was stationed at NE Cape, St. Lawerance Island,Alaska(712thAC&W Sq.) from 1963-1964. I was in motor pool,TSgt. Westmoreland was NCO in charge of transportation. There was also SSgt.Shelton, who was NCO over mechanic`s. Anyone know if this site is still operational?????????


01/21/2006 00:00:00

Name: Robert Cissna
Email: Naomibob AT comcast.net

I`m looking for roster information for the 666th AC&W Squadron staioned at Half Moon Bay, California from 1948 to 1950 and then to Mount Tamalpias during 1951-1952. I was out of Hamilton Air Force Base and quartered in Half Moon Bay for three years and Mt. Tamalpias for one year. Would appreciate any leads.


01/21/2006 00:00:00

Name: Ben Sherwood
Email: ben AT bensherwood.net

I served about 7 months on Resolution Island in 57/58 then went up to Fox Main Station, Melville Peninsula for the remainder of my year tour. I was a 1st Lt. then.


01/21/2006 00:00:00

Name: JAMES ALLEN
Email: ja4873 AT aol.com

I WAS STATIONED AT THE 705TH AC&W SQ KING SALMON AK IN 63. IT WAS AN ASSIGNMENT THAT WAS ENJOYABLE EVEN THOUGH IT WAS REMONT.


01/21/2006 00:00:00

Name: Charles Joseph Denmon
Email: castay5455 AT yahoo.com

I served at 923rd AC&W Sqdn. Hopedale. Labrador from July54 until July55 Is anyone reading this who was there during this period ?


01/20/2006 00:00:00

Name: Patricia Ann Allan -Newman nee Harrison
Email: zeetche AT wm-mw.org

Hi I m Dewline s wife Bruce Mc Kenzie Harrison and he has passed on now I would like to do somthing with all the slides I have over 2500 of them and I wish I could share them with people . Im not a webmaster but and I have to get a machine to take them from the 35 ml slides to put on the net But I really would like to see this in a Museum in his honor Now I tried to get help before but it ended up dead end . I m not sure but I also have his id card with Federal Electric picture of him . Please tell me how I can share all the wonderful pictures and info and I have a badge too with dyemain on it please advise Patricia this is what I m doing now here is my website to share and we have a web site for bruce to help raise funds I like to see people help with donations and if you have a way of getting the money to help with web sites and etc it be a blessing here is my site http//zeetche.wm-mw.org note we lived in Langley BC he has 3 sons Dan Tim Arron


01/20/2006 00:00:00

Name: John Rosso
Email: godfather1501 AT hotmail.com

Took my basic at Lackland starting around 2 July 1950 (flight 5140). We were scheduled for 13 weeks, but because of the influx of many new basics (due to Korean War which started 25 June 1950)we were cut to 8 weeks. Witnessed the first of the tents being put up through out the base (Just about every empty space tents were being erected). As the war and the influx of basic trainees increased the lenght of basic soon went down to 6 weeks, 4 weeks, and finally I heard of 10 days, with the continuation of basic at their tech training schools.


01/20/2006 00:00:00

Name: Walt Martley
Email: bettyandwalt AT cox.net

For John Rosso: I reached Lackland around the second week of 1951. Spent about a week collecting a set of blues and a set of ODs, and starting insurance. Lived in a squad tent, and IT SNOWED. Went directly to Sheppard AFB and started A&E school almost immediately,(as I remember it now)without `benefit` of Basic Training. That`s probably why I went no higher than MSgt. Did not get properly indoctrinated!!! HAHA Best to all.


01/20/2006 00:00:00

Name: Gayle Watson
Email: bachwats AT erols.com

my father was stationed at Charleston Hill Radar installation in the 50`s -- while he was stationed there he met my Mom. Does anyone have avy pictures of the sation at that time? Thanks, I`m trying to complete a scrapbook on his life.


01/20/2006 00:00:00

Name: Gayle Watson
Email: bachwats AT erols.com

my father was stationed at Charleston Hill Radar installation in the 50`s -- while he was stationed there he met my Mom. Does anyone have avy pictures of the sation at that time? Thanks, I`m trying to complete a scrapbook on his life.


01/20/2006 00:00:00

Name: John Rosso
Email: godfather1501 AT hotmail.com

Reference all the remarks about basic training: I recently attented a basic graduation at the parade grounds of Lackland AFB. (my radar group had a reunion in San Antonio and this was a side trip for us. They had our group of radar boys, about 150 of us right in front of the grandstands as VIP`s. Toured the Lackland Museum and they had a great display of things from the old days, wooden foot lockers, double bunks, etc. The curator gave us a request for anyone taking basic in Lackland or the other sites to write the museum and talk about their experiences in basic at any of the basic training bases. But he is especially interested in the experiences of the basic trainee`s in Tent City. Contact: fernando.cortez@lackland.af.mil History and Traditions Museum-37TRW/MU, 2051 George Ave, Lackland AFB, TX 78236-5216


01/19/2006 00:00:00

Name: John Gladden
Email: Johngladden2 AT aol.com

P-Mountain, Thule 911th and Empire AFS, Michigan 752nd AC&W, Ground Communications Maintenance. 1955 - 1959 active duty. Who`s left?


01/19/2006 00:00:00

Name: Gene McManus
Email: gmcmanus AT radomes.org

Lackland: I was there in Aug-Oct 1956. We were required to gobble salt tablets by the handful. Sweat stains in fatigues were white & crusty from the salt. Very hot, loved the air conditioning (??? - oh yeah, open windows) in the old WW-II barracks we had then.


01/19/2006 00:00:00

Name: Jim Luck
Email: jamesluck1 AT hotmail.com

Lackland: Arrived Nov 64. Still WWII barracks. Still picking up c. butts


01/19/2006 00:00:00

Name: Bill Schmidt ( FlowerPower)
Email: zebra01 AT netzero.net

Hi Gang: I was a `scope dope` at the 36th air div topsham afs maine 66-68 then assigned to `Paris Control` Saigon.....while in maine I would sign in on the tty to stevenville as `flower power`.......great site......de w2zh.....bill ;-)


01/19/2006 00:00:00

Name: Stephen Weatherly
Email: lweatherly4 AT comcast.net

Lackland - remember it well from OTS and then 10 years later when I was at HQ ATC/LGME. Now I have a real COLD WAR story. My OTS Group (class 64-F, Jan to Mar 1964, more cold than hot) was at the Medina Annex. Our barracks was a 3 story cement block building in the OTS complex. Our area was surrounded by a chain link fence and sealed shut at night to keep us away from the guard dogs (or was it the other way around). First thing we had to do was clean up cement dust, sweep up broken window glass, and scrape LOF stickers off each pane of new window glass. All this because, in Dec 1963, one of those quaint igloo shelters nearby our barracks blew up. Years later, I used to visit one of the intact igloo shelters at Medina that housed the ATC small arms maintenance office. Had to pass through a mobile AF Security Service unit with its` vans and lots of antennas to get there. The Chief had a great office in this igloo with one of those floor traps that you could drop unwelcome guests into. Not really, but there was a deep concrete pit with a plywood floor insert covered by a rug. The pit had been used for special maintenance by the former owner. This all goes to say that Lackland AFB (Medina Annex) had another mission beside training back in the old CW days. After Lackland for me it was off to Keesler (Annex 1 and 3), then Mt Hebo AFS (689th Radar Squadron), and more adventures. Cheers!


01/19/2006 00:00:00

Name: Burton Brennan CMSGT USAF RET
Email: burtonb AT centurytel.net

War stories on Basic tng, took mine at parks AFB, USE to be debarkation for WWII troops. Old wooden Bks 2 stories, used shoe polish to keep the floors shined. 11 weeks in lenght 1955. we did not pick up cig butts , was taught to field strip them HA HA.


01/18/2006 00:00:00

Name: Gerry Hill
Email: gwhill-one AT insightbb.com

To Bruce S.--All other E-mails are coming thru fine; try again??


01/18/2006 00:00:00

Name: Greg Clarke
Email: GregoryClarke AT bellsouth.net

Stationed with 914th AC&W Armstrong Ontario 1959 -1960. Would like to have anyone who served during that time to make contact. A long one year tour, made many friends who rotated stateside and lost contact. Recently made contact with former room mate and former NCOIC. Would like to hear from others.


01/17/2006 00:00:00

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

Lackland...Aug `71...hot,hot,hot... some days too hot for P.T.on the asphalt...first group in the new three story `dormatory` and actually heard complains of it being too cold at night.....my,my...things change


01/17/2006 00:00:00

Name: Larry Waits
Email: waitslarmar AT aol.com

Interesting to read some of the Lackland stories. I was at North Truro MA, Suffolk County NY and MOADS Gunter (291X0). Also was a TI at Lackland June 72 thru May 76, came back in 79, retired in 80. Are any of my trainees out there? Would like to hear from you. (I really am a nice guy)..


01/17/2006 00:00:00

Name: Bruce Straughn
Email: brucestraughn AT bresnan.net

To Gerry Hill: I tried to return your e-mail but your ISP won`t accept my e-mail address.


01/16/2006 00:00:00

Name: Kenneth W. Leoutsacos
Email: leoutsac AT mindspring.com

I remember being part of a crew sent out to service and restore our gap filler back to service in the spring of 1965 just before I left the USAF. I was stationed at the 777th AC&W Squadron at Requa, CA (near Klamath,CA). To tell the truth the only thing I remember about the trip is that we had to travel some sixty miles South SouthWest of Ureka, CA and that we had to across a cattle range and that there were dead steers out there that the owners had not gotten to yet. We serviced the Generator and did some PMIs on the RADAR once it operational. I remember the impression that it had been down for most of the winter and had not been serviced earlier because of it`s inaccessability. The trip also seemed to be a boondogal.


01/16/2006 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Sunder
Email: chucksunder AT hotmail.com

Lackland AFB June 1954....Hotter than hell...I remember looking out the back door of the barracks and seeing the Coke machine about 50 feet away on a patio...we weren`t allowed to use it until about week 7 of basic. A couple years ago I happened to be in San Antonio and went out to Lackland just to see what it looked like. It doesn`t resemble anything like 1954, which is understandable I guess...lots of new buildings...but I`ll bet that Coke machine is still 50 feet away....


01/16/2006 00:00:00

Name: Keslar W. Reeder, MSgt,USAF,Ret.
Email: kesltddybr AT aol.com

I guess everyone remembers their stay at Lackland, I know I still do. It was July 1951 and it was hot and dry. We lived in tents on the parade field because there we too many going through basic training. This was at the height of the Korean War. We finally got into a barracks the last week of basic. Basic was cut to seven weeks due to the large number of recruits and I don`t think I missed a thing. Later in my AF career I had and occasion to return to Lackland and I couldn`t find anything that was there in 51.


01/16/2006 00:00:00

Name: Gene Hellickson
Email: genehellickson AT yahoo.com

I arrived Lackland during the first week of June 65. There we so many people coming in at the time they had to put us in the old WAF barracks that had just been closed. Then they ran out of uniforms, so we went almost 2 weeks with the clothes we had. Not a pleasant time.


01/16/2006 00:00:00

Name: lee de gannett
Email: ldegannet AT cox.net

Would like to hear from tose i have servide with


01/16/2006 00:00:00

Name: Dale Hux
Email: joan_hux AT yahoo.com

Served at Sparrevohn Alaska 1954-55 and Kingman, Arizona 1955-1958 and St. Anthony Newfoundland 1958-1959. Would love to hear from anyone serving there during these times. I am enjoying this site.


01/16/2006 00:00:00

Name: Bruce Straughn
Email: brucestraughn AT bresnan.net

Great site! My basic was at Amarillo AFB in June/July of 1968. AC&W training was at Keesler AFB then on to Detachment 1, 729 Tactical Control Squadron at Homestead AFB in 1969. Spent 1970 with 719th AC&W Squadron at Sparrevohn AFS, AK. Discharged from Malmstrom AFB, MT, 4642 Support Squadron (SAGE) in June of 1972.


01/16/2006 00:00:00

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

Arrived at Lackland on January 9, 1951, and billeted in a twelve man tent on the PT field, dirt floor, and issued a canvas cot, 6 blankets, and a pile hat. The temp. would go to 70 degrees during the day, and go down to 20 at night. We had stoves but no fuel to keep warm, utilizing newspapers between the blanket to keep warm. We slept in our civies for 2 weeks, and finally got a truck load of wood for the stoves, if you were lucky not to get hit over the head with a log while retrieving a log. All we did, was line up and pick up the loose stones in the field and place them around the tents everyday.. Whew! Keesler was like a resort..


01/16/2006 00:00:00

Name: Hank Brand
Email: b1347hwb16w AT optonline.net

A lot of messages lately have been relating to Basic Training experiences. For those of you who are not aware, Lackland AFB is gathering Basic Training photos. To view their website, possibly viewing your Basic Training photo, or submitting your own - go to http://www.lackland.af.mil/info/flightphoto.asp They are hoping to gather 115,000 images.


01/15/2006 00:00:00

Name: Vincent Russo
Email: vjrusso1 AT yahoo.com

I was one of the original group who opened up the new base that was the 778AC&W Squadron at Havre Montana Under Base commander Major Crombe


01/15/2006 00:00:00

Name: Vincent Russo
Email: vjrusso1 AT yahoo.com

I was one of the original group who opened up the new radar base that was the 778AC&W Squadron at Havre Montana Under Base commander Major Crombe


01/15/2006 00:00:00

Name: Jon Layton
Email: jlayton AT dmci.net

I was stationed at the 737th AC&W site in Morocco from mid 1958 to mid 1959. My next assignment was the 687th in New mexico. I would love to hear from anyone I served with during that time fram


01/15/2006 00:00:00

Name: Bob Torrence
Email: msgttorrnece AT sbcglobal.net

I was the first man assigned to Texas Tower 2 stationed in 4 rivers ship yard when tower was built.


01/14/2006 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: gaj7702 AT aol.com

I was looking at the new stuff about gapfillers and noticed the twin-bunk areas on the lay-out. Did guys actually sleep out there? My impression was that they were maintained periodically. (How often? How`d you get to them?) Come to think of it, where did the video go from them and how was it displayed? I don’t remember gapfillers being covered at Keesler in ’71, though I think they were still around. Was that type of maintenance something you picked up on the job? Bottom line for the tech: Were the gapfillers cool to work on or a pain in the toolbox?


01/14/2006 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT earthlink.net

Regarding gap filler duty.... At Saratoga AFS, gap filler duty was highly coveted by all the 30352s. They were always traveling back and forth to the different sites and pretty much had a free reign as to what to do. As long as the job got done, no one really bothered them. Since they were off the main site so much, they didn`t have to deal with the day-to-day chickens**t like inspections, KP etc. I never did gap filler duty but knew several guys that did, and they loved it.


01/14/2006 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: tepage AT hotmail.com

For Gary Jacobs re gap-filler radars -- I went on active duty *after* the ADCOM gap-fillers were all phased out, so hopefully the gap-filler veterans themselves will weigh in here, and add additional and clarifying information. Here`s what I have heard, though: The last gap-filler annexes were closed down reportedly by July 1970, so no doubt that`s why the radar maintenance courses at Keesler did not teach them in 1971 and later. As I have been told, the radar troops were usually provided a military vehicle, and drove out to the gap-filler sites weekly, or more often if repairs were needed. Sometimes privately-owned vehicles were used, as seen in some of our vintage photos (such as those for Hanover, PA, and Norway, MI). Most of the time the gap-filler annexes were unmanned; however, they were typically manned around the clock during exercises and during higher DEFCONs such as during the Cuban Missile Crisis (see ``Documents`` for Palacios, TX). Re the bunks, from what I have heard, sometimes the bunks were used, but more often the troops stayed in trailers parked right outside the gap-filler building (seen in some of our vintage photos such as those for Bridgewater, ME, and Oswegatchie, NY), or at nearby motels / boarding houses. The gap-filler radar data were transmitted over telephone lines to the parent long-range radar station using the AN/FST-1 data transmitter (similar to the LRR`s AN/FST-2 that was later replaced by the AN/FYQ-47; see our section on ``Radar Equipment``). Those gap-filler radar data, reportedly, were displayed right along with the site`s own long-range radar data. For sites tied-in to SAGE, all the radar data were then sent to the respective air division SAGE direction center via phone lines. For manual sites, the gap-filler data went no further than the parent AC&W radar site. Finally, we are still looking for photos of the gap-filler sites (vintage and recent), so anyone who has any, please send us copies. Many thanks to those vets who already have -- your contributions continue to be greatly appreciated! Thanks again. (By the way, for a really interesting vintage photo, check out the one for Elberton, GA, showing the antenna sail swap-out.) -- Tom


01/14/2006 00:00:00

Name: John Petrick
Email: jpdoctorcool AT netscape.com

Lackland Sep 1967, I remember the fire drills the first night, and kp at hells kitchen, thats the one that never closed, the first night that we got there, they took us to eat, but I was so scared, I could not eat.


01/13/2006 00:00:00

Name: Vincent Jakelaitis
Email: vjina AT optonline.net

I was stationed 1950-1954 Fargo, NY then 785th AC$W Finley ND Every nigth SAC would penitrate our site and our call sign was Flower Control


01/11/2006 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: gaj7702 AT aol.com

When I arrived at Lackland in June 1971, a fellow I didn`t know on the bus had the misfortune to be wearing a t-shirt with the Superman `S` logo on it. That, of course, was a TI`s dream shirt. When he got off the bus, a TI immediately said, `It`s Superman! He`s come here to help us.` Then, `Look, up in the sky! It`s a bird, it`s a plane, it`s ...` Charles Grier, the fellow who later became my roommate at Keesler. In one of life`s ironies, I became a radar repairman and he an ECM tech of some type. I think his stuff went on B-52s. He`s out there somewhere, Superman. Great guy.


01/11/2006 00:00:00

Name: Jeff States
Email: psu68 AT psualum.com

Recently I applied to the VA to see what medical benefits I might be eligible to receive. The following is the latest information for those of you who might be considering appling to the VA in the near future. `I regret to inform you that you are not eligible for VA medical treatment at this time. As of January 17, 2003 the VA has stopped accepting application from those veterans that make over the yearly income threshold ($31,013.00)` The yearly income level of $31,013 includes your annual income, your spouse`s annual income, your annual social security, any pensions, etc.


01/11/2006 00:00:00

Name: Charles McClure
Email: mcclurec AT msn.com

I arrived at Lackland in Oct. 1971. I remember every morning before sunrise going outside having to pick up cigarette butts using the flashlight that we were issued to see them with. Then we had to field strip each one of them. Any other flight have to do that?


01/11/2006 00:00:00

Name: JimE
Email: jime AT gci.net

Flight 1013, August 1965 had to pick up cigarette butts... Even us Non-Smokers.....


01/10/2006 00:00:00

Name: Jerry Zettler
Email: zettlerj AT speakeasy.net

FYI Most of the Ohio AMVETS Posts have Career Centers in place now to give veterans some FREE training Classes. Most of the courses are in the Computer training area. They are free to all vets no matter if you are an AMVET member or not. If you are interested call a local AMVET post they can give you a full listing of courses that are available


01/10/2006 00:00:00

Name: Glenn Widner
Email: gwwidner AT bellsouth.net

40 years ago today a group of us arrived at Lackland after enlistment at Ft. Jackson S.C. Arrived about 1:00 in the morning, and nearly froze till we were issued a field jacket. Roe, you are not forgotten buddy.


01/09/2006 00:00:00

Name: Herschell Spears
Email: harmony AT strato.net

I spent almost 10 years in AC&W. After scool at Keesler I stay for two classes as instructor. Then went to Korea 608th AC&W Det 3 at K53 for one year 1955. Then to 786th at Minot 1956-1957 where I was Discharged oct 21957. I re-enlisted in dec and went to 657th Houma 1958-1961 then to 641st Goosr Bay Lab 1961-1962 then 924th Sagalek New, for four months then to Beale AFB Sage till it closed in Aug 1963 Discharged and return to Florida where I worked and retired as Air Traffic Cintroller with Faa at Jacksonville. Good site here. `


01/09/2006 00:00:00

Name: robert e hudlin
Email: rehudlin AT aol.com

1955,56,57years spent in Colville, Wa 760th


01/07/2006 00:00:00

Name: Bill Lloyd
Email: Billdoris AT sbcglobal.net

I was at Det. 14 Funagawa, Japan from 1954 to 1955, that is when they started up Det. 33 on Kamo. I have a lot of pictures of the detachment if anyone would like to see them. I would also like to hear from anyone that was at Det. 14 from the time it started up until it closed. I have a lot of fond memories of this place. Bill Lloyd


01/07/2006 00:00:00

Name: Don & Glenda Lavy
Email: glavy541 AT msn.com

Sado Shima 611 & 621 AC&W Squadron June 2006 Reunion Plan to join us in Indianapolis, IN for the annual 611 & 621 AC&W Squadron reunion. Early arrival is the evening of June 7, 2006. On Thursday, June 8 we’ll visit the NCAA Headquarters and Hall of Champions, the unique Eiteljorg Museum of western art and artifacts and the Indiana State Museum, all located on the beautiful canal in downtown Indianapolis. The Circle Centre Mall is just blocks away, with Nordstrom’s and Parisian anchor stores. Indiana knows how to commemorate America’s freedom and America’s veterans. On Friday, June 9 our guided bus tour will take us to the USS Indianapolis National memorial, the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, the Indiana World War Memorial, Soldiers & Sailors Monument as well as a tour of the beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral. On Saturday we’ll visit the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Museum. Many original race cars and artifacts are contained in the museum. Take a ride around the 2.5 mile oval track! Contact Donald & Glenda Lavy at 941/505-2692 or glavy541@msn.com


01/06/2006 00:00:00

Name: Robert E Earp (Bob)
Email: bobearp AT sc.rr.com

I was stationed a Tatalina AFS from November 1959 til November 1960. Anyone at Tatalina durring that time please contact me. Bob


01/05/2006 00:00:00

Name: Vincent Jakelaitis
Email: vjina AT optonline.net

I was assigned 785th after completing a year in Fargo with NDAC college naval reserve shiup board radar. the went tomn Finley


01/05/2006 00:00:00

Name: Vincent Jakelaitis
Email: vjina AT optonline.net

I was assigned 785th after completing a year in Fargo with NDAC college naval reserve shiup board radar. the went tomn Finley


01/04/2006 00:00:00

Name: Howard J Phillips
Email: h_j_phillips AT hotmail.com

Time Line: 317th Trp Car. Tachikawa, Japan Feb-Oct 1947// 618th AC&W Sq Nov47-May 49 Kashihawa, Japan // 503rd AC&W Grp. Roslyn Heights NY Jul 1949-Jun 1950 // Det 2 632nd AC&W Sq Galena, Alaska Aug 1950- Aug 1951 // 690th/135th AC&W Sq Kirtland AFB- Albuquerque, New Mexico Sep 1951-Nov 1952 // 767th AC&W Sq Tierra Amarilla, NM Nov 1952-Sep 1953// 316th Air Division, Rabat-Sale, French Morocco Oct 1953-Sep 1955 // 34th Air Division Kirtland AFB Nov 1955-Feb 1957 // 687th AC&W Sq West Mesa, New Mexico Mar 1957-Oct 1958 // 316th Air Division Rabat-Sale, Morocco Nov1958-Jun 1960 // 908th AC&W Sq Marietta, Georgia Jul 1960- Aug 1961 // 924th AC&W Sq Saglek Bay Labrador Sep 1961-Sep 1962 // 28th Air Division Hamilton AFB Nov 1962-Jun 1966 // Det ! 615th AC&W Sq Kindsbach, Germany Jul 1966-Jun1970 // 780th AC&W Sq Fortuna, North Dakota Jul 1970-Jun 1971 // 667th AC&W Sq Hofnfirdi, Iceland Aug 1971-Dec 1971 // 12th Missile Wing Thule Greenland Jan 1972- Aug 1972 // 24th Air Division Malmstrom AFB Montana Sep 1972-Feb 1973.


01/03/2006 00:00:00

Name: David Poe
Email: davidpoe_1 AT msn.com

In 1969 I was blown off the starbord outer wing while refueling it and have been totaly disabled ever sense. I was attached to the 966th AEW&C Squadron at McCoy AFB in Orlando, Florida. I now reside at James A Haley Veterans Hosiptal in Tampa, Florida. Do you know why or I have never found a pin of the EC121. If you do could you tell me so I can find it. I am also trying to find the patches from the 966TH AS WELL. Thanks David Por


01/03/2006 00:00:00

Name: Hoop
Email: _hooru_ AT midmaine.com

Happy New Year. Would always like to herar from anyone who served at 666th AC&W, (32nd at Rocxkville, Iceland, 964th AEW & C at McClellan.


01/02/2006 00:00:00

Name: Charles Bollacker
Email: bollackerc AT aol.com

I spent October 1993 to September 1996 with the 615th AC&W at Herzo Base near Nurneburg, Prum and Duren (Klienhau).


01/01/2006 00:00:00

Name: Glenn Widner
Email: gwwidner AT bellsouth.net

744th AC&W, Murphy Dome 1968-69. Time does fly. May God bless you all this New Year. Oh, my birthday is today, Jan. 1.


01/01/2006 00:00:00

Name: James Luck
Email: jamesluck1 AT hotmail.com

A Happy New Year to all Radar Site troops, past and present. May 06 be your best ever. Jim Luck


01/01/2006 00:00:00

Name: Rod
Email: rodmx AT aol.com

I a radar operator my first 6 years in the Air Force. Worked with the 412L system at Wasserkuppe Germany 1964 to 1967. Tactical Air Control in Udorn Thailand 1967 to 1969 and SAGE at Hamilton AFB Syacuse NY.