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Prior months' guestbooks:
Name: Robert Reeves
Congratulations on a great site! We were stationed at Opheim AFS,779th from 1967-1969. I believe Col. Charles Woodford was the base commander. My father was JOHN C. REEVES, radar maintenance. Parley Hayes, Mike Chandler, Rupert Brown and Frank Church lived next to us in base housing. I was the newspaper boy on the base and boy howdy folks...it was COLD!!! We were also stationed at the 606 ACW Doebraberg,(HOF)Germany 1964-67, Hutchinson,Ks,1961-64, Tyndall AFB in Panama City,Fl. 1970, Denver 71-74, Plattsburg,NY 74-76 and again in Denver 77-79. Would love to hear from any of Johns'friends. Again, thanks to all the contributors for a great site!
Name: Bobby Lyons
I'm not sure if I'm a member or not. I was with the 603rd AC&W Sq at Giebelstadt and Langerkopf Germany from 1953 to 1956.
Name: Aaron V. Allen
If anyone knows the status and e-handle of the following, can you
Name: Hank Kugel
Was in radar maint. in the USAF. 612th, 619th, 620th, & 623th to name a few.
Name: Jeff States
Once upon a time, we all worked in systems designed to defend against surprise enemy bomber attacks.That threat passed and was replaced by the threat of missle and ICBM attacks. And now,looks like we are on the way to being able to knock them down mid-flight. Might be an interesting AFSC for a young man to chose while enlisting in the USAF!
Name: Karl King
Wow - I was transferred to the 753rd Radar Sq in Saute Ste. Marie, MI., after 2 years in Thailand. What a change. This was the final duty of my 4 years and, now, I wish I had never left the service.
Name: Bud Egan
I enjoyed reading my copy of "Echoes" that I received in the mail yesterday. After looking at the photo of "Which site is this?", I was pretty sure it was the FPS-17 at Diyarbakir, Turkey. That brought back a lot of old memories. In 1954 I was a T/Sgt assigned to the Joint Military Mission for Aid to Turkey. I was with the Air Force Group, and assigned as the Group Radar Advisor to the Turkish Air Force (TAF). At that time, the TAF had a number of long range sites and gap filler sites. The equipment consisted of the CPS-1, CPS-4, TPS-10, CPS-5 and TPS-1b. My job was to visit all the sites and to assist them with training and maintenance problems. The sites were located throughout the country, but mostly along the Black Sea. One site that I had to visit was a long range site in Diyarbakir. It was a CPS-5 located right on the TAF Base. In the early part of November 1954, a radar siting team arrived at our headquarters from 17th Air Force in Rabat, North Africa. The team was headed by a L/C Warren, as I recall. It consisted of a group of about 12 civilians and a few military people. Most of the group were from the General Electric Company. The purpose of the visit was to go to Diyarbakir and do a site survey on a new radar. Since I was familiar with the Diyarbakir area and had the necessary security clearance, I was assigned to go with the team to help as required. For some unknown reason, someone had the bright idea to drive from Ankara to Diyarbakir. When I heard that, I suggested to the team leader to take a look at a Turkish "road" map and maybe they would reconsider that option. He did just that, and we went out to Etimesgut, the local TAF airbase, where they had landed, and took off for Diyarbakir in the C-47 they had arrived in from Rabat. From what I recall, it was about a 400 mile trip to Diyarbakir. After arriving at the TAF airbase in Diyarbakir, we had a group of jeeps available to us. We headed out to the proposed site, which was about 12-14 miles, and the team did what they had to do. After that, it was back to Ankara. A short time later, maybe a month or so, a Major arrived at our headquarters and I found out he was a civil engineer from USAFE. I'm pretty sure it was USAFE, but I could be wrong. His "mission" was to go to Diyarbakir to survey the new radar site that the 17th AF team had approved. Since he was alone, he needed someone who knew the site area, and to hold the "surveyors stick" while he looked through the scope. Guess who was picked for the job? You got it, T/Sgt Egan was the first choice. So off we go to Diyarbakir on the East courier, my favorite Goony Bird. With stops at Kayseri and Malatya, we finally arrive at the TAF airbase at Diyarbakir. One of the local USAF Sgt's met us, and loaned us his jeep for our mission. We had a few people on base most of the time to support and help with F-84 assistance. The Major, whose name I can't remember, and I left for the site to do our thing. We spent a few days surveying the whole site, him on the scope and me holding "the stick". I guess I'd be correct in saying that he and I were the first ones to completely walk around the new "billboard" site. We returned to Ankara, and he left to go back to his base and I went back to working with the TAF. After that, I had no involvement with the Diyarbakir site. I did see it as it was being built, as the C-47's going into and out of Diyarbakir AB flew pretty close to the site. It was hard to miss. All in all, it was an interesting experience. I spent two years in Turkey with the AF Group, and enjoyed it very much. I spent many days along the Black Sea, which was always my favorite place to visit. The upgrade to the Turkish radar sites is another chapter that comes later. It was also very interesting.
Name: Bill Narey
I was stationed at the North Bend,Oregon 761st Radar Squadron from 1960 to 1964.
Name: Douglas V Albrecht
Stationed at Murphy Dome AFS from 1967 to February 1968.
Name: Gary Jacobs
Civilian Pilots Provide Target Practice; Military Aircraft Chase Cessnas in Nighttime Drills Over Capital; By Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post Staff Writer, Wed., Jan. 17, page A01, As his watch ticks toward midnight, Paul Gardella checks the oil on the small Cessna 182 parked on a cold, dark airstrip in Fairfax County. He knows what he soon could be facing: Coast Guard helicopters chasing him. F-16s intercepting him. Ground-to-air missiles tracking his every turn. That's because Gardella -- a software engineer and former military officer -- is taking on a new role. Enemy of the U.S. government. "In the Navy, I was on the other side. I was on the side of the ones that were shooting," he muses. Gardella, 50, is among a group of pilots who pose as nighttime intruders, penetrating restricted airspace over Washington in drills that take place every few weeks. While area residents slumber, the volunteers allow the U.S. military to practice intercepting them -- or worse.
Name: Wm. Shaw
Two days ago, Jan. 15th., was the 46th anniversary of the collapse of Texas Tower 4 with the loss of 28 Airmen and civilians. There is a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives that day. go to the website www.texastower.org
Name: Wm. Shaw
Concerning my previous message directing you to the TT website tribute. You'll want to have the volume on to get the full impact.
Name: Lloyd R Bennett A1C
Served with 937th AC&W, Hvy Grnd Radar Repairman, 62-63. Assigned Adair AFS 63-65, a DC Control Center.
Name: Tom Page
Name: AJ Folger
Would like very much to join. Former surveillance operator, 602ACWS, Giebelstadt, Germany - 1964-1967.
Name: Fred W. Klingerman
Served in AC&W at Calumet, Barrington,Chandler,Clark on Lilly Hill,
Name: John Porter
I operated an electronics parts wholesale dealership in the early 60's in St. Johnsbury VT, and supplied the DEW radar base in East Haven, VT with a lot of materials.(DeMambro Radio Supply on Portland St.At that time, I held Tech. license K1CGA. I want to return to ham radio now that I have retired. I understand from the latest issue of QST that I may qualify for a General ticket under the grandfather clause.(see Feb. '07 issue of QST, Page 80 Question 7) Call me sometime at (802)748-4729. John Porter
Name: Arnold Hooper
Looking for anyone from 666th Mill Valley, 932 Rockville, 964th McClellan.
Name: Gene McManus
Arnold Hooper: sounds an awful lot like the precursor to WEXVAL, which took place in 1958-59. We ran WEXVAL missions in northern Canada a bunch back then. It started with Gen. LeMay's bomber mission into the U.S. from England, thru Canada (as I was told), down into the U.S. I was told that they got to Olathe, KS before they were intercepted. The result was a high-pressure SAC/ADC exercise, called WEXVAL - got no idea what that means - except for lots of sleepless nights.
Name: George Wickert
Name: Charlie Hogan
Unalakleet AFS, Jan 58-Feb 59. Member of the REDHORSE ASSOCIATION.
Name: Carl Wenberg
Any of you "Scope Dope" remember getting oders to go to a "Richmond NAS" then HomesteadAFB just before and right after Bay Of Pigs oper. in Cuba? grabbed troops from sights from all over US , couldn't believe it just got back from Iceland, was TDY for awhile then made PCS ended up at NAS Key West, 30 days then kept on extending up 180 days not telling us anything ,familys all over asking that did it for me after 9 yrs. cashed it in got out and went to FAA
Name: Tom Page
A number of you were stationed at radar sites in Japan at one time or another during your Air Force career. You might be interested in knowing that the modern-day Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF) air defenses include a mix of former U.S. radar stations and new radar stations. For a map showing all of the present radar sites (and other principal SDF sites) in Japan, go to http://www.fpcj.jp/e/mres/publication/ff/pdf/05_defense.pdf.
Name: Tom Page
Re my earlier post, the Japanese SDF map (31 March 2004) is ALSO found at http://www.jda.go.jp/e/pab/wp2004/a12_diagram.pdf. In both cases, you need to enlarge the map in order to make out any detail.
Name: Chuck Sunder
Just sent in my annual membership dues. If you enjoy this website as much as I do, consider a membership in Radomes Inc. In the "Navigate" window at the top of this page, scroll down to "Donations" and follow the prompts. It's only 25 bucks a year and money well spent.
Name: Gary Jacobs
From the 1/5/07 NY Times Op-Ed Page, “Looking Forward to Looking Back,” concerning anniversaries to be marked this year (edited): 50th anniversary of the launching of the first artificial satellite, the Soviet Union’s Sputnik, marking the dawn of the space age and prompting a huge investment in science education in this country (Oct. 4, 1957); 45th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, during which President John F. Kennedy and the Soviet premier, Nikita Khrushchev, confronted each other over the latter’s shipment of nuclear missiles to Cuba (Oct. 14 - 28, 1962); 40th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ masterpiece “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (June 1, 1967); 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria (June 5-10, 1967); 30th anniversary of Jimmy Carter’s pardoning of Vietnam War-era draft dodgers (Jan. 21, 1977); 25th anniversary of the Falkland Islands war (March 19-June 14, 1982); 10th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death in a Paris car crash (Aug. 31, 1997); 5th anniversary of President Bush’s “Axis of Evil” speech (Jan. 29, 2002).
Name: Tom Page
Re the posts by Jeff States and John Tianen (below). The referenced document by Burns & Roe (which we came across several years ago, and from which we borrowed several photos) is indeed nice. Just be aware that it contains a few *minor* errors. For example, see ''Recent Photos'' for Truax Field (SAGE); the document gets the DC blockhouse and the CC blockhouse reversed. No biggie, I know -- it's just one small artifact stemming from the fact that the document was researched and compiled by laymen, not by ADC / ADCOM veterans like us. Still, it is a good compilation over all.
Name: Gary Jacobs
Chicago Tribune 1/1/07: It sounds like a tired joke--but a group of airline employees insist they are in earnest, and they are upset that neither their bosses nor the government will take them seriously. A flying saucerlike object hovered low over O'Hare International Airport for several minutes before bolting through thick clouds with such intense energy that it left an eerie hole in overcast skies, said some United Airlines employees who observed the phenomenon. Was it an alien spaceship? A weather balloon lost in the airspace over the world's second-busiest airport? A top-secret military craft? Or simply a reflection from lights that played a trick on the eyes? Officials at United professed no knowledge of the Nov. 7 event--which was reported to the airline by as many as a dozen of its own workers--when the Tribune started asking questions recently. But the Federal Aviation Administration said its air traffic control tower at O'Hare did receive a call from a United supervisor asking if controllers had spotted a mysterious elliptical-shaped craft sitting motionless over Concourse C of the United terminal. No controllers saw the object, and a preliminary check of radar found nothing out of the ordinary, FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said. The FAA is not conducting a further investigation, Cory said. The theory is the sighting was caused by a "weather phenomenon," she said. The UFO report has sparked some chuckles among controllers in O'Hare tower. "To fly 7 million light years to O'Hare and then have to turn around and go home because your gate was occupied is simply unacceptable," said O'Hare controller and union official Craig Burzych. Some of the witnesses, interviewed by the Tribune, said they are upset that neither the government nor the airline is probing the incident. Whatever the object was, it could have interfered with O'Hare's radar and other equipment, and even created a collision risk, they said. The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (the term that extraterrestrial-watchers nowadays prefer over Unidentified Flying Object) was first seen by a United ramp worker who was directing back a United plane at Gate C17, according to an account the worker provided to the National UFO Reporting Center. The sighting occurred during daylight, about 4:30 p.m., just before sunset. All the witnesses said the object was dark gray and well defined in the overcast skies. They said the craft, estimated by different accounts to be 6 feet to 24 feet in diameter, did not display any lights. Some said it looked like a rotating Frisbee, while others said it did not appear to be spinning. All agreed the object made no noise and it was at a fixed position in the sky, just below the 1,900-foot cloud deck, until shooting off into the clouds. Witnesses shaken by sighting "I tend to be scientific by nature, and I don't understand why aliens would hover over a busy airport," said a United mechanic who was in the cockpit of a Boeing 777 that he was taxiing to a maintenance hangar when he observed the metallic-looking object above Gate C17. "But I know that what I saw and what a lot of other people saw stood out very clearly, and it definitely was not an [Earth] aircraft," the mechanic said. One United employee appeared emotionally shaken by the sighting and "experienced some religious issues" over it, one co-worker said. A United manager said he ran outside his office in Concourse B after hearing the report about the sighting on an internal airline radio frequency. "I stood outside in the gate area not knowing what to think, just trying to figure out what it was," he said. "I knew no one would make a false call like that. But if somebody was bouncing a weather balloon or something else over O'Hare, we had to stop it because it was in very close proximity to our flight operations."