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Prior months' guestbooks:
Name: Paul Koerber
I was stationed at "top camp" at Tin City from the summer of 1971 to summer 73. You can really see Asia from North America. I have photos to prove it. I've photographed Asia from both North America and Europe.
Name: Tom Page
While not related to radar or air defense per se, this editorial is very much related to homeland security. As someone who resided in Arizona for almost 8 years, I agree with the new illegal-immigration law 100%. The editorial explains why very well. See http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/29/opinion/29kobach.html.
Name: Carl Wenberg
Tom: I am 100% with you on that, I come from immmigrants like many of us, I remember fondly of my Grandmothers Swedish accent, came hear @ 16 knowing NO english went to work to survive no handouts, another grandmother poor as hell came over from Ireland with a cardboard box with small amount of cloths, with there HUSBANDS!! they left a wonderful legasy children, grandchildren etc. they did it the right way all became citizens in fact I proudly display there citizenship certifacate framed
Loking for Sgt Ronald E.mullen of Burbank,Wa. Went to Columbis HS graduated in '54.He knew Marlene Crowther.
Name: Wayne Mutza
Author would like to hear from anyone with photos and stories of USAF helicopters involved with radar sites. Research for book.
Name: harold viningre
I WAS STATIONED AT SPARRVOHN 719 AC&W SQADRON FROM 1957 TO 1958.
Name: Ron Larson
Radar Tech at the 666th AC&W from 1952 till Oct "53.Transferred to the the 4701st AEW&C at McClellan to fly on the RC-121c,ds..Disc '55 hired by IBM.Became Tech Rep on the ASQ-38 B-52 Bomb/Nav System in SAC.Until 1978.Then up to Alaska and Japan,prowling around the Soviet Union on special 135s til about 1972.Then worked on the DSP program, which via satellites monitored Soviet missile launches and nuclear activity.Almost forgot,spent about a year and a half at the Cape on the Saturn program.
Name: Don Steckdaub
Air Force March 1957 until September 1959. Basic at Parks AFB; tech school at Keesler AFB; 633rd AC&W in Tripoli, Lybia; Point arena, CA; Unalakleet Alaska. Lots of fond memories. Hope to connect with some of my old chums.
Name: Akbert A. Pjosek
I served in the 629th ACW Sqdn at England AFB, LA from May 1954 till we made the move to Italy. The whole Radar Squadron left together as a group. We packed all the Radar Equipment and vehicles and drove them to Port Arthur, TX., where they were placed on a ship and ferried to Livorno (Leghorn) Italy, (Camp Darby). We all on the night of 10 November 1954 were packed in three C-124 Globemasters II and flew to McGuire AFB, NJ. Then convoyed by buses to Stapleton, Staten Island, where we boarded the USNS Gen. R. E. Callan a World War II Liberty Ship,eight days later we docked in Casablanca, North Africa and let off troops that were going to be stationed in North Africa.
Name: Gary Jacobs
Bad news for the Keesler area? Associated Press story, Apr. 27
Name: ronald milliken
like to hear from any one station at 913th ac@w site pagwariver ontario may 1960 to may 1961 like to locate rolla manning
Name: Gerry Hill
I was at Sparrevohn (719th) from Feb 54-Jan 55. Love to hear from others who served there!!
Name: Jim Harkins
I was stationed at the "kuppe from 1967-74 and lived in Germany for 30+ years. That said I was one of the chief organizers and acting press officer for Armstrong's visit and subsequently co-authored [in German] "Die Wasserkuppe: Ein Berg mit Geschichte" (The Wasserkuppe a mountain with history) that has a significant portion of AC&W history
Name: arnold lawson
in addition to serving with 848 squadron in japan in 1956-57,i also serve with 963 squadron at mc cellan afb flying in the rc121 awacs aircraft as radar operator from 1957-59.we stopped sac many times from completing their missions against the united states.
Name: Kenneth W Dees
I was stationed @ 762 RADS from 81-84--contact me
Name: Daniel S. Eremenchuk
stationed on the Rock, Langerkoph from 1-5-56 to 12-15-1958
Name: Arturo Rios
Stationed at 760th AC&W from 1955 to 1957.
Name: Jeff States
An alternative weapons system now in the news. Use Google and search "Prompt Global Strike." The planning for Prompt Global Strike is being headed by Gen. Kevin P. Chilton of the Air Force, the top officer of the military’s Strategic Command and the man in charge of America’s nuclear arsenal
Name: 1SG (ret) Jose A. Garcia
I was stationed @ the Army Hawk site 31, from Dec 61-64.I remenber going to Vimy Kaserne? to shower and shop at the small PX there.
Name: Robert Dyslin
I served at the 636th AC&W, Condon,or from April, 52-Sept54 as an air policeman upon returning from Korea
Name: arnold lawson
i served at det 45 back in 1956-57 with 848acw squadron.now living in oregon,if anyone was there with me please get in touch.
I was stationed at the 626th AC&W Sqdn at Fire Island, Alaske from 1955 to 1956 and at the 739th AC&W at Wadena, MN from 1956 to 1957.
Name: Ron Wellman
Stationed at 789th AC&W in Omaha, NE from 1957-1959. 931st AC&W at Thule Greenland 1959-1960. Radar Repair
Name: Stan Grote
I was stationed at the 785 acw sqd. in 1957 to oct. 1958 teletype maints. anyone out there remember me?
Name: Neil Miller
Name: Gary Jacobs
When I was at Hanscom AFB, Mass., in 1980, Electronic Systems Division had a "Directorate of Iranian Air Defense." The Shah wanted safe airspace, it seemed. Speaking of which, a year or two later we sold the AWACS to the Saudis, which, it turned out, I later got to see in Riyadh. By that time the Shah was history, and Iran and Iraq were at war. The story below is from the LA Times, Sun., Apr. 18. The story includes mention of mobile tactical radars:
Name: Patrick E Stone II
Was stationed in 83-84 and have several from a recon flight on a UH1 looking for a WW2 aircraft that had gone down. Would be interested in having Michael Horne contact me if he was stationed there. I was in the Fire Department.
Name: bill clingan
I was stationed at CAFS from march 66 through feb 70, I worked at the commissary ans exchange. I also taugh Karate the time I was there.
Name: Bill Lawson
I was in the 852nd AC&W Squadron from Dec. 1953 to Jun. 1955.
Name: Tom Page
Anyone interested in buying the diesel generators at the old electrical power plant at Hancock Field (SAGE), North Syracuse, NY? The generators are still in working order, says the YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/user/SandSMachinery#p/a/u/0/8uGRzXuvO7E. Order now -- operators are standing by!
Name: Duane Rapelje
I was never at this AC&W but was at the 641st at Labrador which was simular to the one in alaska
Name: Rick Henchen
I was stationed at 773rd 1975-79.It was a great assignment(during the summer)winters were very cold. I had fond memories of my time there.
Name: Joe Schaerer
Served as Radar Maintenance from 1956-1960 at Requa, CA; Winnemucca, NV and finally at Ipswitch, Suffux County, England
Name: Jeff States
Gary...Your post reminded me of being stationed at the Kindsbach Cave in Germany (1962-1966). It was the ADOC (air defense operation center)for Europe. Perhaps the recent find was the other sides answer to Kindsbach.
Name: Tom Page
For all of us veterans of Hancock Field (SAGE), here's an update: The old SAGE Complex now has a new owner and a new function, as a secure storage facility. See http://www.suttoninvestingcorp.com/.
Name: Gary Jacobs
Seems vintage and laughable now, but I recall this circa 1974 at the 622nd TCF in Germany. Maybe others do, too. You got the phone call at home or the barracks to deploy. You put on your deployment uniform, bloused boots and polyester blue neckerchief in your fatigues. There was a name for that uniform I forget. For us in radar, the standard was (I think) 6 hours to tear down the TPS-44, all of it and ready it. If you worked fast, it could be done in half the time, and usually was. It was hard physical labor, sometimes exacting, sometimes just lugging cables. Add to that the German weather, cold, rainy, foggy. Plus, maybe you had slept, maybe not. The you went into the briefing about where you were going. An officer presided. My memory was where we went was generally just some location on a mountain. Then our procedures if attacked. If we're nuked, we die. If we are attacked by chem or bio weapons, we had masks, and (really) masking tape to close off our fatigues. Some such equipment was in silver cans. I forget what was in them. I thought if ever it really happened, they would find us and say prior to death we had some kind of ceremony involving silver cans. I remember on one deployment we went one place, then another. I fell asleep in the truck after something like two days awake and dreampt someone was hitting me in the face with a block of ice. I awoke and the right side of my face was bouncing off the cold window, complete with drool. At the time I didn't like being in the woods or camping and wish now I could revisit it, older, wiser, liking it.
Name: Gary Jacobs
Cold War era Soviet Bloc plans for WWII? The map that goes with the German publication story below is interesting, as was the description of the battle plan. Bear in mind there is some discussion over the validity of the finds. I thought of the tactical control flights. The thought back in the day would be that there would be a build-up of tension, or, at the very least, observable preparations on the other side. (Here one can think back to the mobilizations prior to World War I that seemed to slide into the conflict.)
Name: Ed Maisack
I was Training officer for the 705th ACW SQ 1967/68. Ltc Ed Hess was commander when I signed on in '67; then Ltc James Hall took over. It was a once in a lifetime experience.I was interested to see that King Salmon still exists. In addition to Training Offcer for the 705th I was also the Food Services Officer for the 5071st Air Base Group. Seeing the articles on the web brought back many memor ane-ies. If anyone our here was there at that time and wants to talk over old times give me hollar
Name: Ernest J. Ferguson
at Cape Scott, B.C. from the very beginning.
Name: John Pawlowski
Worked radar sites in Alaska from 1979 through 1987.....last 2.5 years on the Dew Line.
Name: Edna (Black) Whittemore
I am looking for anyone who has a year book from the 759th Radar Sqdn. during it's last years being open. I need a picture of my Dad in uniform; M/Sgt William C. Black. Please contact me if you can help. Thank you.
Name: harland Schultz
I'm Sorry. I have a new key board and it has trouble spelling. Its Kittitas, Washington.
Name: Edwin D. Sullivan (Ed)
I was stationed at Las Cruces AFS site March 58 to July 59. I do have some photos and can answer some questions that I saw on the web site. The big building was the chow hall. The quonset huts was barracks for enlisted single airmen, exception the sgts. was a quonset hut, but it was located at one end near the orderly room and supply. I was there when they just started to build some house for the base. I installed the telephone for the contractor. I see they were taken away.
Name: Mark Lassen
Served at the 756th AC&W Squadron in Finland MN in the sixties.
Name: Harland Schultz
If you are interested. I have a possible location for P-40a. The gap filler radar located at Kettitas. West of Ellenburg At 46 57 04 120 43 28 the University of Washington has an observatory. According to the aerial image for P-40a it is located on the 47th parallel and about halfway between the 120 and 121 longitude. That puts P-40a in the vicinity of the observatory. I’m using Google Earth.
Name: Edward F Wunsch
Spent 22 yrs in Radar.Eglin AFB,Westover AFB,932nd AC&W Iceland,Colville,Wash.,764th St Albans,Vt,713th Ac&W Alaska,Sioux City Sector,Iowa,961st AEW&C. Otis AFB,5th TAC PI,964th AEW&C Calif
Name: Susan Everett Alexander
I was stationed at the 741st radar squadron at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio TX in 1968 until the closing. Would love to hear from someone who was stationed there at that time.
Name: Tom Page
As I recall, one factor for the minimum target-detection distance was the TR-ATR tube 'off' time. Most radars used one waveguide for both transmitted RF signals (megawatts) and received RF signals (milliwatts). Without the transmit-antitransmit (TR-ATR) tube --- typically consisting of a spark gap --- transmitted RF energy would burn out the receiver. After each pulse was transmitted, there was a short "dead time" when the waveguide to the receiver was electrically blocked; therefore, closeby tagets could not be "seen," as the return came back before the waveguide to the receiver was back open. There might have been other factors, too; this is the one I remember.
Name: William E Jump
Was in Radar ops from 1955 till 1968. Stationed at Nemuro AFS Japan,North Charleston,S.C.,Alaske, Saigon SVN, and Condon AFS, Oregon.
Name: Gene Chasey
I was an ACW radar operator stationed at the 871st ACW Squadron, Villatobas, Spain, from Dec 1962 until May 1964. I have many fond memories of the time spent there, the guys I worked with, and of the Spanish people. I only wish that I had taken greater advantage of the opportunity...but I was only an 18 year old kid. Damn...where have the years gone?!
The target range blanking (talked about by Tom & Gary below) was taken to an extreme with the BMEWS AN/FPS-49/92 & AN/FPS-50. These had the first 600 miles (not a typo) blanked. The reason? We didn't want to see aircraft, only missiles in the early stages of launch, and at 600 miles the altitude was w-a-y above anybody's aircraft.
Name: Joe Marino
Stationed at 648th AC&W Radar Maintenance ( Benton AFS) Pa. from '54 to 57. Anybody out there???
Name: Gary Jacobs
There was some radius within which SAGE targets could not be detected. I forget what this was and why. Same with the venerable TPS-44, a mobile unit. I would think that such time has gone by that security and policy review are history. The FPS-26A I worked on at Selfridge, Air National Guard Base, Mich., is a parking lot. Google Earth the 622nd Tactical Control Flight location in Germany and you get a vacant lot. I can find the house my then wife and I lived in from there in Hackenheim. There was a water tower we sighted in on as our calibration test.
Name: John Sharkey
Am doing research on my Father's USAF career. He was C.O. at 649th Squadron, Bedford, VA. Maj. Howard C. Sharkey during approximately
Name: Art Christensen
Spent 1957 at the 719th AC&W Sqdn, Sparrevohn Alaska.