Fellow USAF radar technician Charles Pritt
just checked in with a plethora of info and photographs about his time in the 3rd MOB (aka 3CCG or 3rd
Combat Communications Group).
Charles sent me the following note in January of 2013. Enjoy.
"Here is my [service] info, the best I can recall:
I enlisted for 6 years, 1973-1979. I had a job description of ATC Radar Repairman Repairman, 30351.
- 1973 – training, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS
- 1973 – 1976 Yokota AB, Japan - 1837th EIS,
1956th Communication Group
- 1976 – 1979 Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City, OK -
I attended Technical training at Keesler, from April to September 1973, for Radar Repair.
Chalco Paper Tape
Reader procured by Mark J. Blair. See Mark's restoration photos. Please contact
you worked with the
reader on the TPN-19 system. Here is some of Mark's other vintage
My first assignment after Technical school was to the 1837th E&I squadron at Yokota AB, Japan
starting in October 1973. Since we were not supporting a daily operational radar system and the only
time we worked on Radar was when we went on TDY, we usually just sat around the office, talking, drinking
coffee or studying radar books for our promotions.
Thankfully we were very often TDY. I was sent to Thailand to close down the radar system at Ubon,
sent to the Philippines, Clark AB, to modify the Rapcon equipment from tube based equipment to solid
state equipment, did the same procedure at Kadena AB
in Okinawa, and made several TDYs to Korea, and I even made a TDY all the way to Altus AFB, Oklahoma
to assist the MOB outfit there with an MPN-14 system remodel. After a year and a half, the 1837th was
merged with the 1956th Communications Group so I was involved with the daily operational support of
the ATC radar system at Yokota AB.
After my assignment at Yokota AB in Japan, my next assignment was to the 3rd MOB in Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma. I finished out my time in the Air Force there.
I have attached some photos, and below is the description of the photos as best as I can recall.
I am scanning all my old photos and slides, back then we took a lot of slides, and I have a lot of radar
related photos, so I will gather these up and send them along when I can. "
All of the following photos are courtesy of Charles Pritt:
Approach radar antenna outside
Keesler AFB training building
Surveillance Radar (ASR)
antenna from the TPN-19
ASR, PAR, VHF, and UHF antennas
on the MPN-14 mobile
at Clark AB, Philippines
outside training building at Keesler AFB, MS
Precision Approach Radar (PAR)
antenna from the 3rd MOB
Air traffic controller's PPI at Clark AB, Philippines
Rapcon upgrade in progress at Clark AB, Philippines
TPN-19 radar transmit unit from the 3rd MOB
unit from the 3rd MOB
Posted January 15, 2013