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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.

Please consider joining our new radar museum organization, The Air Force Radar Museum Association, Inc. AFRMA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit Ohio Corporation. Our sole purpose is the creation and support of the National Air Defense Radar Museum at Bellefontaine, Ohio. Please visit our home page to join or donate to this cause. AFRMA, Inc. - The Air Force Radar Museum Association, Inc.. Follow the "Memberships" link on the AFRMA home page.



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2008

08/31/2008 00:00:00

Name: Lowell Woodworth
Email: lgwdwrth AT earthlink.net

Thanks Gene and Tom (and all the Radomes crew) for your service to our country and your service to all the Radar Sites Veterans with Radomes.org. Your contribution was for sure the primary onset for perservation of many memories, for all us who served.
Thanks again!
Lowell Woodworth


08/31/2008 00:00:00

Name: Joe Hatfield
Email: joe AT jhat.com

Congratulations to Gene and Tom on the tenth anniversary of Radomes.org! This site is a unique and invaluable resource for anyone in the radar fraternity. Thanks for all your hard work and the wonderful contributions by the Radomes.org crew and visitors.


08/31/2008 00:00:00

Name: Ray Sturgill
Email: rdsturgi AT yahoo.com

Congradulations on your 10th. Anniversary. I'm no longer a member but I monitor this site all the time. I will get back in as a member.

Ray


08/31/2008 00:00:00

Name: Jack Bozza
Email: jbozza AT worldnet.att.net

Congrats and thanks Guys!!!!!!
Former member of 781ST AC&W/SAGE, Battle Creek, MI.


08/31/2008 00:00:00

Name: Ron Henderson
Email: shirahn AT bellsouth.net

Thanks to all the radar sites. I have spent many hours on them, especially the Texas Tower sites. Brings back memories.


08/31/2008 00:00:00

Name: Don Wyatt
Email: nhfan1 AT yahoo.com

Happy Birthday guys and gals!! I was a member a fe years ago and not sure why I'm not now. I think I should rejoin!


08/31/2008 00:00:00

Name: Gordon Tanner
Email: gltanner AT citlink.net

Thank you for all your work. It brings back many good memories.


08/31/2008 00:00:00

Name: Ron Watson
Email: rlwatson47 AT suddenlink.net

Thanks for keeping this site up and running. I was stationed at Fort Yukon AFS 1967-1968. Keep up the good work.


08/31/2008 00:00:00

Name: Ron Watson
Email: rlwatson47 AT suddenlink.net

I sent a lot of photos to the former Articflash site. The site was removed and now its a site that has nothing to do with Radar sites. I don't know why the site was removed.


08/30/2008 00:00:00

Name: Bob Cumby
Email: Bocum2 AT aol.com

I also want to thank Gene and Tom for this site. I would never found two old AC&W buddies and got see them in Dayton, Ohio 2004 after not seeing or hearing from them for 46 years. Tom also got me in contact with another buddy I got to call and talk to him after 57 years. We also exchanged old pictures. Thanks again. Bob Cumby


08/29/2008 00:00:00

Name: Carl Wenberg
Email: zoombag AT comcast.net

TO ALL TROOPS!!!! FLY FLAG ON 9/11


08/28/2008 00:00:00

Name: Dick Konizeski
Email: rrkonizeski AT gmail.com

I first became aware of this site in Feb of 1999, and I still recall the excitement I felt after finding it. I've spent many enjoyable hours since then, researching and documenting information for uploading onto the various pages. It's been great getting to know all the people I've 'met' through this site.
Gene and Tom, it goes without saying, but thanks!


08/27/2008 00:00:00

Name: Tony Storace
Email: tony.storace.ctr AT hanscom.af.mil

Just a note to say hello to all the USAF and Canadian guys that operated and maintained the SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment), RADAR, Radio & Computer equipment - on land as well as on the high seas.

I worked at Griffiss AFB in Rome, new York from 1954 to 1965. I then transferred to Sacramento, California (McClellan AFB). I was responsible for acquiring & providing logistic support, (Training, Spare Parts, Test Equipment,Technical Manuals etc.), for all SAGE equipment within the Contental US and in Canada which was identified as the Contintental Air Defense Intergration North, (CADIN) Program.

Again, hello to all and thanks for all your hard work.

Tony Storace


08/27/2008 00:00:00

Name: Gene McManus
Email: gmcmanus AT radomes.org

... and many thanks to all of you for your support, memberships, donations, and contributions of photos, documents, call signs, etc. This would not have been possible without you. - Gene.


08/25/2008 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Sunder
Email: chucksunder AT hotmail.com

Arnold, go to: http://www.bmtflightphotos.af.mil/
Here's a quote from the website:

The USAF Basic Military Training Flight Photograph Project is a concentrated effort to collect the approximately 119,000 USAF basic training photographs from the inception of the US Air Force in 1947 to the present. The collection includes photos from all bases that conducted Air Force basic training including Lackland AFB, Texas, Sampson AFB, New York, Parks AFB, California, Keesler Field, Mississippi, Amarillo and Sheppard AFB, Texas. The collection will also include Air Force basic training that was conducted overseas.

If yours isn't there, send it in if you have it. Good luck.


08/25/2008 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT earthlink.net

It's hard to believe that this website has been active for 10 years. I checked back to the 1998 guestbook and found that my first entry was made about 4 days after the guestbook was active. I've contributed from time-to-time and will continue to do so as long as this website stays active. Thanks to Gene and Tom for their efforts and Happy 10th Birthday.


08/25/2008 00:00:00

Name: Jeff States
Email: psu68 AT psualum.com

Couldn't agree more...Happy 10th!!


08/25/2008 00:00:00

Name: Rocky Dimare
Email: kings1978 AT yahoo.com

How times flys! Thanks Tom and Gene!! Happy 10th.


08/25/2008 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Sunder
Email: chucksunder AT hotmail.com

Want to add my THANK YOU'S to Gene and Tom and for their great work keeping this site active. It is enjoyed by many AC&W vets. I first signed on in 1999 and have been back many times.....which begs the question: Have you ever thought of putting a "hit meter" on the site?
Thanks again.


08/25/2008 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT radomes.org

Good news, everyone! I just tried the "Pinetree Line" website, http://www.pinetreeline.org/, and it's back on the air! We were very concerned that it might have been taken down permanently. However, fortunately, it's still with us. The "Pinetree Line" website was a great inspiration for our own, and we (Radomes, Inc.) probably would not be celebrating our 10th birthday if it weren't for that outstanding website. I only wish that the site's creator and original webmaster, Ren L'Ecuyer, had not passed away 3 years ago. At least his work is still available -- let's hope it continues to remain available. Many thanks go to Ren's widow, Margaret L'Ecuyer, for keeping the website going. Thank you, Margaret!


08/24/2008 00:00:00

Name: Arnold Hooper
Email: aghoop AT localnet.com

How about flight photos from Sampson AFB. Surely there must be dozens of our members who took basic training there. Does anyone have a link to Sampson photos. I was in Flt 3390.


08/23/2008 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Sunder
Email: chucksunder AT hotmail.com

Jerry, here's a basic training pic from Keesler....There must be a archive there too like Lackland has.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wlsetzer/usaf/keesler.html


08/23/2008 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: tepage AT hotmail.com

A year or two ago, I scanned my wife's flight photo from Lackland AFB, and e-mailed it to the historian. I never received an acknowledgment. However, I just checked ... and it's there! It's the flight linked at "3701-43 Flt W127 May 1979" (in the photo, she's the cute one). :-)


08/22/2008 00:00:00

Name: Herk Randall
Email: herkster AT verizon.net

I went to the Lackland photo site and I didn't see me in any of them. I went to Lackland in Dec 64 and graduated in Feb 65. I came up missing I guess.

Herk


08/22/2008 00:00:00

Name: Jack Kerr
Email: jackr_ker AT msn.com

Please remember the Lackland BMT photos only get there if some one has one and sends a copy of it to Lackland to be enterred into the data base. There was not one for my Flight until I sent them a copy of mine. So if your flight is missing and you have one send it in. They all so have some for Samson AFB.


08/22/2008 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Sunder
Email: chucksunder AT hotmail.com

You are so right, Jack.....if yours is missing, send it in.
Go to: http://www.bmtflightphotos.af.mil/
Scroll down to "How to submit a photo".
You can scan it and email it or you can snail mail it. Do it today !
It's easy and your buddies will love it.


08/22/2008 00:00:00

Name: leo j. milligan
Email: ljmsr22 AT aol.com

does anyone remember the squadron no. of the sqdn across from the WAC barracks in 1956 at Lackland. we had 4 men to a room and not the open bay like we shared in second phase. I dont remember a squadron picture but would sure like to find out if they did take one. was there pictures taken of each squadron


08/22/2008 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Sunder
Email: chucksunder AT hotmail.com

Leo, back in the fabulous fifties they took individual headshot pictures and then "pasted" them onto a sheet for a group picture. In later (?) years they took an actual group picture. Somewhere your picture is stored away.


08/22/2008 00:00:00

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

Regarding Lackland pictures, does anyone know about bthose of us who only spent a short time there and then went to tech school (I finished my basic at Keeler and know there was a group picture taken but didn't end up with one) Is there a link for that? Just curious,Jerry


08/22/2008 00:00:00

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

I should have proof read my earlier post I see a couple of spelling errors, It was Keesler.


08/22/2008 00:00:00

Name: Terry Rider, SMSgt, USAF (Ret)
Email: tsrider3-8 AT hotmail.com

Just a note to all of my old fellow AAC AC & W SQ vets. I was stationed at Cape Newenham AFS from Feb 69 to Feb 70; I was a Steam Plant operator/mechanic in the power plant which also housed the Prime Power Production Plant. That was supposed to be my SEA tour, but oh well, USAF had other plans for me. I retired from active duty on 30 Sep 85 and just last year from Federal Civil Service. Have retired in Iowa (my home), but still think of all the places we've been stationed at.


08/22/2008 00:00:00

Name: Arthur Wright
Email: abacuscomp AT yahoo.com

Great site. I was in the AC&W, 276x0 field, from 3/1966 until 4/86. It's great to see someone is keeping the old ADC command alive.

Great job,

Art


08/21/2008 00:00:00

Name: jerry zettler
Email: zettlerj AT iapdatacom.net

has anyone have the link to Lackland AFB Basic Training Graduation Pictures ?
Thanks
Jerry Zettler


08/21/2008 00:00:00

Name: Hank Brand
Email: b1347hwb16w AT optonline.net

Jerry!
Here is the web address for the Lackland BMT photos

http://www.bmtflightphotos.af.mil/photoindex.asp


08/20/2008 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: tepage AT hotmail.com

In my spare time, I do a lot of Internet searching for topics and photos related to our Online Air-Defense Radar Museum here. I frequently come across misinformation regarding our AC&W radar stations and related topics. Examples include:

Websites referring to former Air Force AC&W radar stations (built in the 1950s) as World War II radar sites;

Websites referring to former Air Force AC&W radar stations as missile-warning or missile-detection radar sites (other than sites with actual missile-warning radars like the AN/FSS-7);

Websites referring to former Air Force AC&W radar stations as Army Nike-Missile radar sites (e.g., Brookfield AFS, OH) (other than those sites that actually were Air Force - Army joint-use);

Websites referring to former Air Force AC&W radar stations as Navy radar sites (e.g., Blaine AFS, WA);

Websites referring to former Air Force AC&W radar stations in the CONUS as DEW radar sites (e.g., North Truro AFS, MA);

Websites referring to FAA air-route surveillance radar (ARSR) sites as Doppler weather radar sites;

And, of course, all those websites that talk about the so-called Montauk Project (or Montauk Conspiracy).

I even saw one website that indicated that the gap-filler radar site at Saugatuck, MI (where the building, radar tower, and radome still remain in place today) was installed in World War II to detect German submarines in the Great Lakes!

Has anyone else come across other laughable misinformation on the Internet about our old radar sites or related topics like SAGE control centers, etc.? If so, please share. Thanks.


08/20/2008 00:00:00

Name: Daniel Ottmann
Email: deottmann AT wf.net

I was the last man to leave the 661st Radar Squadron at Selfridge.
The 35 tower came to a halt on the first of April and everybody was gone by July of 74 except a SSgt Dodd who retired in August and me. I was holding the keys to buildings until February of 75. I was assigned to the GATR section of the site and had an assignment to the USAF Security Service at Misawa Japan. After I got my clearance, the Air Force forgot about me for awhile.


08/20/2008 00:00:00

Name: Donn Gallon
Email: dbackfanwa AT aol.com

Great seeing this site. I'm glad that we are all working on preserving this history. I will look through my pictures and papers for exhibit quality materials for the museum. Hope to hear from other 728 TCS folks, Did we have fun! LOL


08/19/2008 00:00:00

Name: Ted
Email: TGrosz3444 AT aol.com

Hi, does anyone know what happened to the Pinetree links

Thanks


08/19/2008 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT radomes.org

Re Ted Grosz's entry below. I don't know what has happened to the entire Pinetree Line website (http://www.pinetreeline.org/) -- it is completely off the air! Hopefully, Ren's widow is merely having the website's structure revamped for easier maintenance. It would be a real loss if the website were discontinued. I will send her an e-mail and ask. If I get a reply, I'll let everyone know. Stay tuned.


08/19/2008 00:00:00

Name: Ted
Email: TGrosz3444 AT aol.com

Tom, thanks for your prompt reply.

Ted



08/19/2008 00:00:00

Name: Ray Blake
Email: rdblakeatdelau AT aol.com

Dear Sir, Aug 19, 2008

What a great surprise to find you Air Defense Radar Museum web site. Iíve looked from time to time online for info about the two sites I was stationed at and have been quite disappointed until now. 754th AC&W Port Austin, Mi. 1969-1971 and 709th AC&W
Fort Yukon, Alaska 1971-1972.
I made a booboo when filling out the roster for the 754th by having my first and last names turned around. Is there anyway you can correct it?
Thank you so much for the great service you are providing.

Regards,
Ray Blake


08/18/2008 00:00:00

Name: Aaron Allen
Email: aaron.nancy AT verizon.net

Hi ALL: Recently we discovered that Mt Lemmon's ADC Call Sign was
apparently unknown...If you remember what it was or know of any ot-
her station's Call Sign that is wrong, or was changed from the one
shown on that site's homepage, pls msg Tom Page or Gene McManus.
Thanks--Aaron..


08/18/2008 00:00:00

Name: Sandra Tellvik
Email: sandune AT willapabay.org

I would like to address this message to the guys from the 759th AC&W Squadron who were stationed at Naselle, Washington in the early to mid-1950's. There are two vintage photo albums that have surfaced which belonged to Smokey O'Connell of Red's Sandwich Shop in Long Beach, Washington. As you recall, this was one of your favorite hangouts when you were stationed at Naselle. Smokey wrote down everyone's name in the albums and took many, many photos. I have recently helped to get these two albums placed in local museums, one at the museum in Ilwaco, WA and the other in the county museum in South Bend WA. There are so many GREAT photos with your names on them so some of you will now be famous forever and preserved for years to come in these museums. I grew up on the Long Beach peninsula and remember the boys from "Radar Ridge". Many of my girlfriends married you guys and moved away forever. It was so fun seeing these old photos again and remembering those days of the 1950's. Just wanted you to know that Smokey's old photo albums have now saved you a place in local history. :-)

Sandra (Stone) Tellvik
Ocean Park, WA


08/10/2008 00:00:00

Name: Kyle Nappi
Email: knap607 AT yahoo.com

8/10/08

Hello. My name is Kyle Nappi. I am 18 years old and I live in Ostrander, Ohio ( USA ). I was wondering if you could do me a favor.

I have a big interest in history, specifically WWII. I collect military medals, patches, badges, insignia, field gear, and a very unique thing, veteran autographs. I have a collection of autographs from military veterans who served during WWI, WWII, Korea , Vietnam , Gulf War, and the present war in Iraq .

I have been interested in history for over 6 years now, and I have collected the autographs and stories from nearly 1,600 veterans in 20 countries. The oldest veteran is currently 112 years old and the youngest enlisted at age 14. I have autographs from Pearl Harbor survivors, D-Day veterans, airman, POWs, USS Indianapolis survivors, Holocaust survivors, and even German soldiers!

Back in June (of 2007), I was interview by PBS, to talk about my collection for an interview that was to be shown online (YouTube). After that, I was interviewed for "The Columbus World War II Roadshow." They mentioned that it was to come on (in Central-Ohio) before some of the episodes of Ken Burnsí "The War." You can find this interview on YouTube under "Kyle Nappi."

I was recently interviewed by the American Legion for an article that will appear in their August magazine. Here is an internet link to the online article (different than the magazine article, which will appear in August)
http://www.legion.org/whatsnew/publications/newsletter/story?id=635

There have been several other people have taken the time to post my request online and in newspapers. There are too many for me to list, but if you go to Google or Yahoo and search "Kyle Nappi" you can find most of them.

Recently, I also had the privilege of going to Washington, D.C. during the early part of March. I was invited to the Pentagon for a Ceremony honoring WWI veterans. I was able to meet with the last American WWI veteran, Frank Buckles.

My main purpose for writing it to share with you that there are people from my generation who do remember the past and the sacrifices that were made for our great country. I would greatly appreciate it if you could pass the word around that there are people who remember, along with the information about my collection. If any veterans would like to help with my collection, feel free to contact me. Thank you very much for your time.

Sincerely,

Kyle Nappi




Kyle Nappi
1890 Warren Rd.
Ostrander, OH 43061 USA
Phone Number: 740-363-8095
E-mail: knap607@yahoo.com


08/09/2008 00:00:00

Name: Gene McManus
Email: gmcmanus AT radomes.org

Janesville, CA Gap-filler project. Austin Meinert has begun a project with the objective to be to restore (to the degree possible) the Janesville GFA site. He has appropriate contacts made with the Forest Service and other state and national government groups with an OK to proceed. If you look at the Recent Photos, you'll see that there is a ton of work to do to get the first phase - Site Cleanup - started and completed. If you are in the Janesville vicinity, and would like to help when you can, volunteers are needed, and heartily welcomed. Please contact Austin if you can volunteer a weekend or so via email: lynnsatr@frontiernet.net


08/09/2008 00:00:00

Name: Ronald S. Waggoner
Email: suzron AT gmail.com

My wife and I just went over to where Olathe AFS had been located. We live just a few miles away. If anyone would like pictures or other info, I would be glad to do some research into the situation as it is today. We were able to drive through what had been the housing area, but could not see for sure where the site was. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Ron


08/04/2008 00:00:00

Name: Larry Jackson
Email: vickyjac AT msn.com

Southeast Texas is under the gun again re storm. The lady AF Captain, reserve I believe, meteorologist on weather channel, is doing her annual duty at Keesler. She flies in storm hunter aircraft, and reported on tropical storm Eduardo, just after a flight.


08/04/2008 00:00:00

Name: Jon Jole
Email: jjole AT cox.net

I really enjoyed looking at the past and current photos of Silver City, NM site, OLAG, J-28. I was the last Enlisted Site Chief of this site and was suprised to see my name on the site roster. Lots of memories there. Keep up the good work.


08/02/2008 00:00:00

Name: Norbert Haas
Email: nr71330 AT yahoo.com

Just want to find out if there are any former members of the 665th AC&W from a time period of December 1953 thru December 31, 1954. I was a Radio Operator there at these times. Drop me a line to let me know.