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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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02/28/2007 00:00:00

Name: Jerry Swanson
Email: jls4-1 AT

REUNION TIME, Just a reminder for all who were ever at the 799th in Joelton TN. we are having our 3rd reunion this coming August 24-25 at the Hampton Inn in Springfield,TN. For information please contact me by E-mail or phone (805) 544-0909.

02/27/2007 00:00:00

Name: Jorge Carranza Torres
Email: negro AT

Soy Controlador Radar en la Republica Argentina, ademas de entusianta en la actividad.
Muy buena la pagina Felicitaciones

02/25/2007 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT

This is a note of explanation regarding the new categories on our ''Radar Sites'' search page:

When you search on ''FAA Joint-Use Sites,'' you will see a number of sites that were blue-suit sites back in the day, such as North Truro AFS, MA, and Fort Fisher AFS, NC. The reason they come up as ''FAA Joint-Use Sites'' is, the modern radars at those JSS sites are today operated by the FAA. Similarly, other blue-suit sites where the FAA maintained the search radar at one time or another, like Montauk AFS, NY, and North Charleston AFS, SC, are likewise listed now as ''FAA Joint-Use Sites.'' Or, if the blue-suit site was turned over to the FAA after the Air Force moved out, such as Aiken AFS, SC, and Saint Albans AFS, VT, then those sites are also listed now as ''FAA Joint-Use Sites.'' By the way, *all* CONUS FAA long-range radar sites in operation today, following 9/11, are in the air-defense network via data-tie, making them again, or now, ''joint-use'' sites by that definition.

Further, the designations of ''Army Joint-Use Sites,'' Navy Joint-Use Sites,'' and USMC Joint-Use Sites'' simply mean that the radar site was shared with, or hosted by, that agency, even if it was an Air Force radar squadron all the way.

So, I just wanted to let everyone know about this, as I figure sooner or later someone would question these designations. If anyone does have questions or comments, please send me (or Gene) an e-mail, or just post a note here in the Guestbook, and we will do our best to address your questions or comments.

Finally, if anyone spots any omissions or incorrect entries, please bring those to our attention. We strive to be as historically accurate as possible, and your ongoing assistance helps us achieve that goal. Thank you.

-- Tom

02/25/2007 00:00:00

Name: Byron Podtburg
Email: b.j.s-interiors AT

This is a great site. I check it every once in a while to see who may have checked in or left a note that I may remember. I also keep track of the reunions for the radar sites I had been stationed at during my career in radar maint. Thanks Byron

02/24/2007 00:00:00

Name: Jeff States
Email: psu68 AT

For Dan Sibbet. You are listed on the site roster for Det 1 Kindsbach Germany with the email That address no longer functions. Do you have a new email address?

02/22/2007 00:00:00

Name: Gary Heath
Email: heafus AT

I would like to contact anyone who was stationed at the 679th AC&W Squadron (then 679th Radron) from 1960 to 1964.

02/18/2007 00:00:00

Name: Robert Reeves
Email: motorcarwarehouse AT

Well folks...I done done it!

It took awhile, but I finally
read ALL the entries in the GUESTBOOK,1998-Present.
Even saw a few names I recognized!
Thanks again for the trip down memory lane.

Couldn't believe you even have
a picture and site roster of the 606ACW site
we were stationed at Doebraberg,Germany!

This is something special you have done,
quite the awesome website
for dependents and families
who also served, in their own way,
along side their "scope dope" fathers and husbands.

My father was John C. Reeves, radar maintenance.

Hutchinson,Ks. AFB (1960-63)
606ACW Doebraberg,(Hof)Germany(1964-67)
779th, Opheim,Montana (1967-70)
678th Panama City,Fla, Tyndall AFB.(1970)
Lowry AFB,Denver, Co. (1970-73)
Plattsburg AFB, NY, (73-76.)
Lowry AFB Denver (77-80)
Retired in 1980 as TSGT.

Would love to hear from any of Johns' friends.

"He walks through the jungle,
with his scope in his hand,
He's a mean @#?@$%*
He's a RADAR MAN!"

In memory of John Reeves, R.I.P.

02/16/2007 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: gaj7702 AT

The Feb. 5 issue of AF Times reports: The second-most visible sign that you're in the Air Force will soon be a thing of the past in Georgia. Auto window decals will no longer be issued at Robins Air Force Base as of Feb. 5. The idea could spread to other bases as a way to save money and improve the safety of airmen and their families while they are off base, according to Air Force officials. In the post-Sept. 11 world, the decals have little practical use for base security because installations require drivers to identify themselves with government ID cards, Robins and Air Force officials said. New technology, such as cameras that photograph license plates of cars at base gates, also allow security teams to keep track of who is entering and leaving a base. There is the additional security concern that off base, the decals identify the car or truck as belonging to someone who is in the military or works on base. If a terrorist wanted to target members of the military, he only has to look at car windows to find a target.

02/15/2007 00:00:00

Name: Frank Kuba
Email: frankkuba AT

Brings back many memories.

02/12/2007 00:00:00

Name: Larry Bialecki
Email: Lawrence_Bialecki AT

Wonderful site. Brings back many memories of a wonderful three and one haft years (1974 1977) at Hill AFB in Utah. When I was there in the 4754th RES, I was a Radar Evaluation Officer, starting as a 2nd Lt and leaving as a Captain. I believe the Squadron was being shut down just as I completed my assignment. Most conus radars were being transferred to the FAA and being retilted to support control of the Nation Air Space for commercial service. No longer a worry about Soviet air breathing threats. During the 3.5 years I was ask to go to Iran to site radar for the Shaw, go to Greenland to work the radars on the ice caps (both of which I was allowed to reject because I was married and had a young family), and eventually became project engineer for developing new testing techniques for the AN/FSS-7 (Fuzzy 7). At the end I worked with the civilian engineers (George Sales, Frank Kuba, and others) in the 4754. I left the AF after 4 years and pursued engineering in various aerospace companies. My AF experience in ADC with the 4754 shaped my life and I look fondly back on all the officers and airmen I worked with at the time. Are there any of those out there reading this that may remember me or were at the 4754 when I was there.

Larry Bialecki

02/12/2007 00:00:00

Name: Delbert (Dale) Lingenfelter
Email: sooner0 AT

I was stationed at Joelton the 799th from Jan 1958 to Oct 1958, was
discharged from the USAF at Joleton in Oct 1958.
I'm looking for a Jack Miller, he was from VA is all I know we were both
stationed at Fuchu Japan together and returned to te same base
We were radio operators in the Air Force.

02/12/2007 00:00:00

Name: Bob Caggiano
Email: rmcagg AT

Melville AFS, Labrador or 641st AC&W you have anything to add to the Melville Air Station website? If so, be sure to e-mail me or visit the website. If you visit, please sign the Guestbook!

02/11/2007 00:00:00

Name: Bob Cumby
Email: Bocum2 AT


I was station at Taipei Air Station,Taiwan Jul 1965-Oct 1966. I was assigned to Det 1, 13 Air Force. Later we become the 327 Air Divison. I was with the DM. I 64570, Supply. We had operations at Kung Kuan, Chiayi and Tainan. I went to all of the units that was under 327 AD on staff visits in Materel function. I know of no Radar type sations. As old member of 6 AC&W Squadrons in Maine, NH and Spain back in the 50's I would have notice if the were there. Bob

02/10/2007 00:00:00

Name: Allen Folger
Email: N5627F AT

FYI-The call sign for the 602ACW Sq at Giebelstadt,Ger. was changed from 'Moonglow' to 'Wheaties' in 1965.

02/10/2007 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Adkins
Email: Chuck8021 AT

Tony and Tom

I was a 29150 (comm center) with the 2165th Comm Sq at Taipei Air Station. From 12-63 to 2-65 I was at one of those Taiwanese Air Force radar sites. We had four officers (radar types), four comm center, and two microwave people (for the teletype signal) assigned.
We were located at Shihmen, the northern most point on Taiwan. Don't know the officers unit, but the other six of us we comm squadron personnel. Best 15 months of my life.
The officers rotated out of Taipei, we had a daily truck run to TAS.
The other six of us lived in a hostel and went to Taipei whenever we wished.


02/10/2007 00:00:00

Name: larry johnson
Email: kc9dub AT

great site. was a 303352 756sq-62-63; 674th sq- 63 to 65

02/09/2007 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT

Request for assistance: I received an e-mail today from a veteran asking about U.S.-manned radar stations in Taiwan in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The sender said he had heard of at least 3 sites, but did not recall the names or locations. If any of you know of any U.S.-manned radar stations in Taiwan, please let us know so we can add those sites to our on-line museum listing. Please provide as much information as you can, such as the AC&W Squadron No., the Station Name (or nearest town, or mountain), the Assigned Radar Equipment, Site Dates of Operation, and so forth. Photos and other memorabilia would be highly desirable. (I think I also heard once that the U.S. *might* have operated a radar station in Hong Kong, too; if that's true, and if anyone has information on a U.S.-manned Hong Kong radar site, please provide that information as well.) Thank you very much in advance. -- Tom

02/09/2007 00:00:00

Name: Tony Kehnle
Email: tk7100 AT

Im impressed a nice piece of work. Just completed a scan of the Guest Book from day one lots of names and memories from the past.

67-68, 32AD, Gunter Whiskey Chicken
68-69, 327AD, Wai Pu and Lo Shan, Taiwan WC
69-71, 21AD, Hancock Field Weapons Trainer
71-73, 552AEW&C Wing, McClellan, Information Officer
73-76, 23AD, Duluth, Information Officer
76-80, 963AWACS, Tinker, WD
80-83, 961AWACS, Kadena, ADO, MCC
83-86, CENTCOM, MacDill, Ch, Air Defense Branch
86-88, 5TAIRCG, Osan, CV
88-92, SOC 3, Borfink and Sembach, SD

Id appreciate it if anyone could provide a current e-mail address for Mike Dmochowski.

02/09/2007 00:00:00

Name: Tony Kehnle
Email: tk7100 AT

Tom Paige,

There were three, possibly four such sites in Taiwan. They were not squadrons - rather, they were Operating Locations of 327th Air Division which was headquartered at Taipei Air Station. Each of the OLs was at a Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) LRR and each had a USAF team of four 17XXs and four communications techs assigned.

I was stationed at OL-AE which was originally at Wai Pu on the west coast near Miao Li. It was moved in early 1969 to Lo Shan - a mountain top approximately 6,000 elevation and about 20 miles inland from the west coast on a line between Miao Li and Tai Chung. OL-AE was nicknamed the Wai Pu Weenies - a name that stuck even after the move to the mountain.

One of the others was at O-laun Pi at the very southern end of the island. If memory serves, another was near Tainan on the southwest coast. There was also another LRR at Ma Kung Island in the straits but I don't recall if it had a USAF team or not.

Hope this helps. Tony

02/08/2007 00:00:00

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

File it under "Off The Subject But Interesting": I just heard about possible additional Social Security benefits based on military service (active duty or active duty for training) between 1940 and 2001. Seems to me that a couple of us should fall into that category! Check out


02/08/2007 00:00:00

Name: Jack Kerr
Email: jackr_ker AT

Like many others I have a lot of 35mm slides from AF days. Does anyone know of a resonably priced service that will convert slides to a DVD.

02/08/2007 00:00:00

Name: john garrison
Email: jogarr AT

I enjoyed your website tremendously!!!! I was stationed at Tin City, Ak. 710th ACWRON from Jan. 1959 to Jan.1960 and used to talk via White Alice to some of my Air Force buddies at other sites along the DEW line and I used to wonder what the sites looked like and how life was there and now I know thanks to your pictures of the radar sites after 48 years. I had buddies on Indian Mountain, Fr. Yukon, St
Lawrence Island, Cape Lisburn, Kotsubu and others. Is there a way to communicate via email with some of these guys???? How can I post a message???? I am new to this website, I am a registered member.
Thanks again for a GREAT website!!!!!
John Garrison

02/08/2007 00:00:00

Name: Gene McManus
Email: radomes AT

For Jack Kerr & others interested in transferring slides & film to DVD, contact Roger Schuerger at VideoLab, Roger has treated us VERY well with video & film to DVD, and may be able to do the same for you. Good luck.

02/07/2007 00:00:00

Name: Aaron V. Allen
Email: aaron.nancy AT

Hi ALL: Does anyone know the status/location of
LTC-r Dan D. Kienker, an Air Weaps Off. at 602 TCS
Tuerkheim DE? He was a site commander at one or more
other places. Pls msg me if you know or knew him...
Thanks, Aaron..

02/04/2007 00:00:00

Name: Bobby G. Johnson
Email: bobbyjohnson07 AT

I was member of the 656 when in Schenectady from Sept. 1950 till Oct. 1951. From there I travelled to Japan and was a member of 10th Radar Calibration Unit. I was discarged in Dec 1953

02/01/2007 00:00:00

Name: John W. Rushing
Email: rosejohnr AT

Thanks a lot I have enjoyed visiting and Looking over th Radar Museum site Great Work. Have been able to look up some old radar sites. I was in the Air Force from Feb 1954 until lthe last of Novenber 1957. I was a Radar Ops.
Thanks again
John W. Rushing
Natchitoches, La.