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AN/MPN-14(13) ASR/PAR Mobile Radar Shop - Robins AFB, GA
(unofficially the * USAF Radar Technician Hall of Fame *)

RF Cafe - AN/MPN-14 mobile radar (RAPCON not shown)

 

MPN-13 GCA Radar Unit Scale model by Elbert Cook - RF CafeUSAF radar tech Elbert Cook has completed his scale model of the MPN-13 GCA (Ground Control Approach) mobile radar system that he worked on. It has an incredible amount of detail, including the ASR (airport surveillance radar) and PAR (precision approach radar) antennas, the VHF and UHF radio antennas, navigation hazard light, and even the gin poles that stabilize the trailers against wind forces. Elbert's modeling skills are impressive indeed! Hopefully, this model will someday end up in a USAF museum - maybe at Wright-Patterson AFB. 

 

1978 through 1982 marked my years spent in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Traffic Control Radar Technician, AFSC 303x1. After nine months in technical school at Keesler AFB, MS, I moved on to my permanent duty station at Robins AFB, GA.

RF Cafe: 5th CCG coffee mug with "Communigator" logo
This was the official
5th CCG "CommuniGator"
coffee mug back in
the early 1980s.

Kirt Blattenberger - Honorable Discharge from the USAF
Honorable Discharge from the USAF
RF Cafe: AFCS patch in camouflage scheme (on my field jacket)
AFCS patch in
camouflage
(subdued) scheme
RF Cafe: 5CCG patch in camouflage scheme
5CCG patch in
camouflage
(subdued) scheme 
RF Cafe: Combat Crew patch in camo
5CCG Crew patch in camouflage (subdued)
Kirt Blattenberger - 5CCG Certificate of Mobility Training
5CCG Certificate of Mobility Training
Click here to learn how to find patches and other paraphernalia from your military history.

Kirt Blattenberger - Veteran's Administration letterHere is a friendly letter I received from the VA. The GI Bill had been suspended during my enlistment era, so I had to pay into the college fund. Turns out, the VA had it wrong, and I did not owe the $15.93.

5CCG Alumni Association

Here is the official 5CCG Alumni Association website. Sign the guest book and have a look around.

MOB Locations (current)

MOB histories are quite extensive, and most have been moved around over the years. The links below take you to the most useful sites I could locate. If you know of better ones, please let me know.

Air Force Communicators & Air Traffic Controllers Association Website

Air Force Communicators & Air Traffic Controllers Association Website
Formerly called "The AACS Alumni Association"

AFSC 303x1 Radar Tech List

Thanks to Don Hicks and other former Radar Techs for many of these names. The list originally reported only 5CCG Radar Shop members, but has been expanded to include any AFSC 303x1 Radar Techs who care to send in their information for a listing. Send me an e-mail to have your name removed, or to add others to the ever-growing list.

 

"Old radar troops never die, they just 'Phase Array'"
- Ronald L. Fate

  • Bob Abbott
  • Jim Alderdice (read Jim's e-mails)
    • 2068th Sq. of AFCS, Hurlburt Field (Field #9), Eglin AFB, FL, MPN-13, Apr 1967 to Nov 1968
    • 1930th Comm. Sq., Detachment 2, King Salmon AFS, AK, MPN-13, Nov 1968 to Nov 1969
    • Civilian: AT&T Long Lines and other divisions as well as IBM
  • Garry Alexander
  • Bill (?) Arrington
  • Maynard Babcock
    • 52CCS, OCT 1990 to NOV 1992
  • Stafford Bailey
  • Evelyn Baker
  • Tom Bathurst
    • Kwang-Ju AB, ROK, 1988 to 1990. Unit designation changed from 4th CCS to the 4th CCG, radars with units in Japan (441th CCS), Korea (442nd CCS), and the Philippines (443rd CCS).
  • Renante Bautista
  • Dan Behrens (MSgt)
    • RAF Lakenheath, UK, NCOIC of Radar Maintenance, JAN 2001 to ?
    • 54CBCS, MAR 1994 to DEC 2000
  • Jeremiah Belanger (aka BUDDHA)
    • 51CCS, OCT 1998 to AUG 2000
    • 18th CS PICP, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, AUG 2000 to AUG 2002
    • Student (EE transfer to UCSB), Ventura College, 2003 to present
    • TECOM Industries, Inc., Microwave Lab test technician, FEB 2006 to present
  • Mick Bellew
    • 5CCG
    • Currently with FAA
  • Robert Bennett ("Gatorbob" - see photos)
  • Joe Berry
  • David M. Biles
    • 5CCG Radio Maintenance MPN-14 & TPN-19,  JAN 1986 to JAN 1989
    • 4CCSG Radio Maintenance Shop,
      JAN 1989 to DEC 1989
  • Frank Black
  • J.D. Black
    • Williams AFB in AZ, in 1980s. Soto Cano AB, Honduras for a 4 month TDY to give the Mob some relief maintaining the MPN-14. TDY to Panama from Honduras. Retired from USAF in MAR 94 after over 21 years. Worked as a cable installer, then in a motorcycle shop for a few years. Now permanently retired in CA -  lovin' every minute of it.
  • Joe Black
  • Bruce Blackburn
    • 5CCG (then the MCG - Mobile Comm Group) NOV 1970 to NOV 1973. Three MPN 13's (sn#s 154, 162, 192) and one MPN 14 with Rapcon trailer sn#127. The Commander was Col. Madera, and the Radar shop NCOIC was MSGT Richard Jolley. Other RADAR Maint personnel I worked with were Larry Gulley, John Peysur, Norman Cole, and Wayne Sutton.
  • Kirt Blattenberger
    • 5CCG, SEP 1979 to JAN 1982
  • Ed Bonfiglio
  • Ronnie Boswell
  • Sandy Branciforte
  • Damon Brantley
  • Scott Breen
    • 5CCG, JUN 1977 to JUN 1980
    • Currently contractor for U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor, HI, working on the AN\FYK-17B FACSFAC Air Control Tracking System
  • Carol Brown
  • Tim Brown
  • Mike Broxterman
    • FAA
  • Greg Bucchieri
    • MPN-13, MPN-14 and a one of a kind MPN-17 developed for use in Vietnam at Phan Rang AB. The MPN-17 had 2 Search frequencies at different phases so as to eliminate excess ground clutter. Also Laughlin AFB, TX and Aviano AB, Italy. 1966-1970 (see photos)
  • Orlando Carr
  • Jim Carthew
    • 2029 Comm Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, 1971-1974, AN/FPN-47 and AN/FPN-16
  • William Yancy Chastain
    • 5CCG, AUG 1980 to OCT 1983, AN/TPN-19
  • Marvin Clark
  • Shirley Clark
  • Philip R. Coffin Jr. (MSgt, ret.)
    • 3CCG, 1972 to 1976, TPN-19
    • Please contact me if you worked with MSgt. Coffin
  • Allen Coker (CMSgt, ret.)
    • 5CCG, MAY 80 to JUL 81
    • 1CCG, JUL 81 to JUL 84
  • Jeff Coleman
  • Lemuel Compton (TSgt, ret. '94)
    • TPN-19 civilian contractor in Iraq
    • FAA
  • Elbert Cook  (ret 1988) TPN-19 photos
    • Keesler AFB for GCA Radar training, Apr 1968
    • Sheppard AFB, TX,  Apr 1969 to Jun 1973, AN/MPN-14 B, FPN-47, FPN-16, GPX-8, GPA-70, GPA-30 and Brite-II
    • 3CCG, Tinker AFB, OK, Jun 1973 - Apr 1979. "I thought I must be in for a good deal. Boy was I wrong." MPN-13, MPN-14, TPN-19 (qty. 10) and all the equipment that went along with them. Went to TPN-19 school and factory in 1975. "What a mess. There are some war stories about them."
    • Shemya AS, Apr 1979 - Apr 1980, MPN-13 w/o a 301 key system, T3 Trainer. There was all kinds of room in that power trailer. Our UPX-6 was not restricted to 60 miles.
    • Holloman AFB, NM, Apr 1980 - Dec 1984, FPN-47, FPN-16, Brite-II, GPA-131. Then to Quality Control.
    • Langely AFB, VA, Dec 1984 - Jul 1988, Air Traffic Control Radar Functional Manager for TPN-19s. Dec 1984 ~ Jul 1988.
    • Retired 1988, got two degrees, worked for OKC hospital for 14 years then retired there..
    • Build model airplanes and working on scale MPN-13 model.
  • John Cope
    • 3CCG 1990 to 1993, AN/TPN-19
  • Steve Cote
  • Dave Court
  • Leslie Court
  • Jim Cuilla
  • Chris Daly
    • Currently works for FAA
  • Ron Dames
  • Rick Dahlke
  • Marty Davis
    • 5CCG April 1994 to March 1996 (51CCS)
  • Paul Davis
  • Mike Delp
  • Jesse Deluna
  • Dave Denman
  • Ken Dixon
  • Ron Dufek
    • 3CCG, 1982 to 1985, TPN-19
    • 4CCG, 1988 to 1989, MPN-14G
    • Present - ATC radar technician for Army at missile range on Kwajalein Atoll in Marshal Islands, DASR-11 aka AN/GPN30, 2 tracking radars that started out as AN/MPS-36
  • Stephanie Eddy
  • Nichole Egger
    • MPN-14 & TPN-19 PAR, Aug 1994 to Dec 1997
    • Graduated w/BSME in May 2006 - congrats!
  • Eugene Embry
  • Ronald L. Fate
    • TPN-19 Shop, 1982 to 1983
  • Jim Flaviani
  • James (Jim) L. Flinn (SSgt.) <see photos>

Air Force Logo; Past and Present - RF CafeThere, I was part of the 5th Combat Communication Group (5CCG), aka 5th MOB (MOB = mobile). Most of my early knowledge of electronics was learned as a result of the experience gained there. To be truthful, I was not overly thrilled with being part of a mobile communication group, because my goal was to work on an Click here to visit the 9th Air Force website - RF Cafeengineering degree, and the propensity for deployment was great enough to limit me to a total of about three semesters of college classes. After many years of part-time and full-time coursework after the Air Force duty, I finally completed my BSEE at the University of Vermont, of all places.

The AN/MPN-14 was a mobile radar system that consisted primarily of an Equipment Trailer (all of the radar electronics), a Maintenance Trailer (workbench, AC/Heat, UHF/VHF radios), and a big RAPCON Trailer (ASR and PAR displays and controls). A 60-mile Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR) and a 10-mile Click here to visit the USAF Patches website, where there is an extensive collection of service patches.Precision Approach Radar (PAR) provided the primary radar, and a 200-mile Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system provided the synthetic (secondary) radar. This IFF system contained a 1 kbyte magnetic core memory with the four read, write, sense and strobe lines threaded by Pygmies.

These pictures were dug out of a photo shoebox and posted for your viewing pleasure. A search on Google for the MPN-14 radar turned up no pictures at all, so maybe this is now the only one on the Internet.

Click here for a link to the current 5th Combat Communications Group webpage. When I was there, we were part of the Air Force Communications Command (AFCC - established NOV 1979); in fact, if I'm not mistaken, when I first arrived in 1979 it was part of the Strategic Air Command (SAC). Correct me if I err.Due to the huge amount of interest in the 5CCG (5th MOB) both my 5th members and by members from other Mobs, the scope of this page has been expanded to include all the MOBs, the first through the 5th. If you or someone you know was a member, please contact me with your service information and I will include it here. Photos are welcome; I can scan originals or negatives and return them to you if you do not have digital versions.

Kirt & Melanie with Don's cool presents from Hulburt FieldThanks to my good buddy Don Hicks for sending this USAF cap and coffee mug from Hulburt Field!  - Kirt Blattenberger

Tobyhanna Reporter article on an AN/MPN-14K transformer modification to prevent arcing.

 

Radar System Designations & Descriptions

 

MPN-14K Digital Radar DisplaysITT-Gilfillan MPN-14K brochureITT Gilfillan has "resurrected" the MPN-14. It appears from their brochure that they have gutted the shell and re-fitted it with modern electronics and software - very nice!. I just hope they have significantly improved the air conditioning system as well; that old design used to fail continuously. Thanks to Angelo V for the info.

RF Cafe - ID Plate from an AN/MPN-14 from the 1st MOB website (click)Here is an identification plate form an AN/MPN-14 radar trailer. It comes from the 1st MOB website

 

 

 

 

Maintenance Trailer nearest in photo, Maintenance trailer inline and connected to the rear, RAPCON separate and to the right. ASR & IFF antennas toward center of trailer, PAR Elevation antenna nearest. (circa 1979-82)Operations Trailer nearest in photo, Maintenance trailer inline and connected to the rear, RAPCON separate and to the right. ASR & IFF antennas toward center of trailer, PAR Elevation antenna nearest.
(circa 1979-82)

 

Backing up the tractor to hitch up the MPN-14 RAPCON for a deployment. (circa 1979-82)Backing up the tractor to hitch up the MPN-14 RAPCON for a deployment.
(circa 1979-82)

 

 

 

 

 

"Healthy Strike" deployment cantonment area, Herbert Smart Airfield, Macon, GA. (circa 1979-82)

"Healthy Strike" deployment cantonment area, Herbert Smart Airfield, Macon, GA.
(circa 1979-82)

 

 

 

 

Inside the MPN-14 Equipment Trailer. ASR display nearest the door with IFF control box next to it. PAR display near the arm protruding by door. (circa 1979-82)Inside the Operations Trailer. ASR display nearest door with IFF control box next to it. PAR display near the arm protruding by door.
(circa 1979-82)

 

 

 

 

B&W photo of ASR display (PPI) (circa 1979-82)B&W photo of ASR display (PPI)
(circa 1979-82)

AN/GPA-131 Analog Video Mapper Display Shown

 

 

 

 

 

B&W photo of PAR display showing Elevation display at top and Azimuth display on bottom. Yes, it is in dire need of alignment. (circa 1979-82)B&W photo of PAR display showing Elevation display at top and Azimuth display on bottom. Yes, it is in dire need of alignment.

(circa 1979-82)

 

 

 

Members of our radar shop assembling the MPN-14 (one of two we maintained). In the picture are Chuck Powell, Ron Dames, Don Hicks, Linda(?), Ed Nugent, Allen Coker, Scott Breen(?) and Supreme Commander TSgt. "Red" Worthington. I welcome feedback from anyone that wants to correct my identifications. (circa 1979-82)Members of our radar shop assembling the MPN-14 (one of two we maintained). In the picture are Chuck Powell, Ron Dames, Don Hicks, Linda(?), Ed Nugent, Allen Coker, Scott Breen(?) and Supreme Commander TSgt. "Red" Worthington. I welcome feedback from anyone that wants to correct my identifications. (circa 1979-82)

Kirt Blattenberger & Sgt. Ed Nugent inside the RAPCON performing a display alignment (or at least pretending to) (circa 1979-82)Yours truly and Sgt. Ed Nugent inside the RAPCON performing a display alignment - or at least pretending to.
(circa 1979-82)

 

 

 

5CCG Maintenance Shop, Robins AFB, GA - RF Cafe5CCG Radar Shop
(circa 1979-82)

(KRB photo)

 

 

 

5CCG Radar Shop  (circa 1980-82, Don Hicks photo)5CCG Radar Shop
(circa 1980-82)

(Don Hicks photo)

 

 

 

 

 

Red Worthington (Don Hicks photo)Red Worthington

(Don Hicks photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Hoover (my OJT trainer) (circa 1979-81, Don Hicks photo)Joe Hoover

(my OJT trainer)
(circa 1979-81)

(Don Hicks photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Rackley (circa 1981, Don Hicks photo)John Rackley
(circa 1981)

(Don Hicks photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck Powell (circa 1981, Don Hicks photo)Sgt. Chuck Powell
(circa 1981)

(Don Hicks photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Hoover Assembles Lights atop the MPN-14 (circa 1987,  Don Hicks photo)Joe Hoover Assembles Lights atop the MPN-14
(circa 1987)

(Don Hicks photo)

 

 

Click here for page 2 - lots more photos

 

 

Comments from Radar Troops (see other notes):

 

Gary Thomas <service> - I was inducted in the Air Force March 1968, after Lackland (now merged with Randolph AFB into Joint Base San Antonio) I was sent to Keesler for for 303x1 training and then assigned to the 1926 Comms Sq. at Robins in Dec 1969 and stayed there for the rest of my term of service 1971. We had a FPN/16 on a turntable and worked out the FAA Rapcon bldg. The TSgt. was Victor Sharp, SSgt. Calvin Oberg, Sgt. Ronald Vaughn. Soon we were joined by Nathan Lemmon, and Larry Gulley. Not long after I arrived Gilfillan came and did a complete rebuild of the unit including turntable. We then had a very light work load for the remainder of my time there, due to all new equipment.

Rich France <service>-  Radar unit#5 was assigned to me.. gulp!... either you guys could train on it or I caught Hell!. FPN-47 (there were two units in the same room that fed one antennae out by the trailers. I was one of the few that trained on the BRITE system – that came to Keesler before ANY other site in the world (including the Pentagon) – we trained oh so many officers for a year or so then enlisted men – with two maintenance staff on 24 hour stand-by- when anything was ordered for that system, it was flown directly to Keesler and delivered to me by the pilot! I welcome a contact from other radar guys from the 1960s/1970s. 

Rick Tenney -  The Commander was Col. Madera, and the Radar shop NCOIC was MSGT Richard Jolley. Other RADAR Maint personnel I worked with were Larry Gulley, John Peysur, Norman Cole, Wayne Sutton, and Bruce Blackburn. I found Bruce Blackburns' listing on this web page so most of the data is the same. I was sent to King Salmon Alaska in 1972. It's good to hear about long lost buddies.

 

 

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  • Sean Forman
  • Paul Fowler  <comments>
    • Sampson AFB ,NY Flt. 4552 Aug
    • 1955 Keesler AFB, Miss.3394th Training Sq 1955/56
    • Andrews AFB, MD 2045 AACS? 1956/58
    • Pepperrell, Newfoundland 1883 AACS Engineering & Installations Squadron 1958
    • Thule AFB, Greenland 1983rd AACS 1958/59
    • Davis Monthan AFB, AZ 1903rd AACS? 1959
    • Manhattan Beach AFS, Cal. 1959
    • Mather AFB, Cal. 2034th AACS? 1959
    • Tempelhof Central Airport, Berlin Germany 1946th AACS? 1962/65
    • Chambley, Fr. TDY to 1952nc AACS? Tan Son Nhut, RVN 1964th Comm. Gp 1965
    • Pleiku RVN, 1964th Comm. Gp. Det. 2 / 1978th Comm. Sq. 1965/66
    • Myrtle Beach AFB, SC 2066th Comm. Sq.1966/68
    • Na Trang RVN, 1979th Comm. Sq. 1968/69
    • Sewart AFB, TN 1969/70 Tinker AFB, OK 1984th Comm. Sq? 1970
    • Carswell AFB, TX 2048th Comm. Sq.? Fort Hood, TX Det. 1976
  • Bob Fox
  • Richie France (Sgt.) <comments>
    • Keesler AFB, Dec 1970 – Nov 1974, Radar unit S/N 1, 5, 19, 23
    • World's first BRITE system
  • Bobby Freuler (aka Rebel)
    • 5CCG, 1981 to 1989, TPN-19 Crew
    • Guam, 1989 to 1992
    • 3CCG, 1992 to 1995
  • Gary Frysinger
  • Mark Goodrich
    • Zaragoza AB, Spain, 1981 to 1984
    • Robins AFB, GA, 1984 to 1987
    • RAF Bentwaters, UK, 1987 to 1991
    • Torrejon AB Spain, 1991 to 1993
    • RAF Alconbury UK, 1993 to 1995
    • Ramstein AB Germany, USAFE Airfield Systems Program Mngr, 1995 to 2001
    • Retired: Zaragoza, Spain, 2001-?
  • Sean Greenwood
  • Ray Gressett
  • Scott Gilbert
  • Keith Grimm
  • Steve Hanas
    • GPN-22 at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, 1979-1983
    • Field rep for Raytheon after separation, BSEE from U-Mass
  • Juan Harnett, Jr.
    • 5CCG, APR 1983, NCOIC of Communications Maintenance
    • 81st TCF Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. NCOIC of Communications Maintenance, 1986 to 1991
    • Electronic Security Group, Royal Air Force Base, Chicksands United Kingdom. Assistant NCOIC Radio Systems Maintenance, 1991 to 1992
    • Operation Desert Storm/ Desert Calm 6975th Electronic Security Squadron Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia in Support of two no-fly zones in Iraqi airspace. Dec 1992 to Jan 1993
    • 838th Engineering Installation Squadron, Kelly AFB, 1994 to 1996
    • 31st Munitions Support Squadron, Ghedi Air Base, Italy, 1996 to 1998
    • 45th Mission Support Squadron Cape Canaveral AS FL/Patrick AFB Cocoa Beach, 1998 to 2000
    • Retired USAF, May 2000
  • Dave Hatfield
  • Steve Hay
    • 5CCG until 1989
    • 23rd CCSq, Andrews AFB, 1989 to 1991
    • FAA Radar Tech Support, 1991 to Present
    • CMSgt 245 ATCS, McEntire ANG Station, SC, will ret in FEB 2006
  • Steve Haynes (MSgt, ret)
    • 5CCG, Apr 1987 to Jul 2000, Radar Tech, Radar NCOIC, AN/TPN-19 Special Maintenance Team
    • 2000 - 2005 AFETS, 2005 - present FAA
  • Manley Head
    • MPN-1 GCA, San Angelo, TX and in Harlingen, TX, 1956 - 1959
  • Dick Heinz
  • Don Hicks (MSgt, ret)
    • 5CCG 1978-1985
    • 1946th CS, Berlin, Germany 1985 to 1988
    • 5CCG 1988 to 1997 (5th and 52nd CCS)
  • Floyd Hinkson (MSgt, ret. 1976)
    • Keesler AFB, MS, 30231 GCA Maintenance School - , MPN-1, CPN-6, TPN-1 radars, all WWII types, 24 Jan 1950
    • Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, MPN-1, CPN-4, 1950-1952
    • Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada, MPN-1, CPN-6, new CPN-4, 1952.
    • Ernest-Harmon, Newfoundland, AFSC changed to 30351, MPN-1.
    • MacDill AFB, FL, CPN-18, MPN-1 FPN-16, 7-level school, 1954-56
    • RAFS Molesworth, England, MPN-1, MPN-11 (modified to MPN-13), modified 3 other MPN-11 to MPN-13, 1956-57
    • Mildenhall & Lakenheath, England, MPN-13, 1957-59.
    • Robins AFB, GA, TDY
    • Homestead AFB, FL, MPN-13, CPN-6, 1959-60.
    • Hunter Field, GA, FPN-16, CPN-6, 1960-63
    • Toul Rosier, France, 2nd Mob, MPN-13, 1963-66
    • Hurlburt Field, FL, MPN-13, 1966-69
    • Da Nang Vietnam, MPN-14, 1969-70
    • Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC, MPN-14, attended FAA school on ASR-5 (GPN-12), 1971-74
    • Tinker AFB, 3CCG, NCOIC of largest radar section in AFCS, MPN-13, MPN-14 (& world's first 12, TPN-19s), 1974-76,retired MSgt 1976.
    • Worked 22 years for Waukesha Electric (now SPX Transformer Solutions) as senior applications engineer. Retired 1998, still living in Goldsboro, NC
    • Floyd has been one busy guy! [Kirt B.]
  • Joe Hoover
    • 5CCG 1974-1980, MPN-14
    • Western Electric, 1980 to 1983, Winston-Salem, NC, Quality Auditor
    • Bell Communications Research, 1984 to 1988, Senior Staff Technologist
    • Bell Communications Research, 1988 to 1994, Oklahoma City, OK, Member of Technical Staff Quality Engineer
    • Benchmark Electronics, 1994 to 1995, Clute, Texas, Quality Assurance Mgr
    • Talon Inc., 1995 to 1998, Stanley, NC, Quality Assurance Manger
    • BellSouth Communications, 1998 to present, Charlotte, NC, Facility Technician
  • Matt Howell
  • Jay Huehn
    • 2029th Comm Sq, Ellsworth AFB, SD, Sgt, 30351, Apr 1972 to Aug 1974
    • 1985th Comm Sq, Utapao Airfield Thailand, SSgt, Sep 1974 to Jul 1975
    • 1866th Facility Checking Squadron, TRACALS Radar Evaluation Technician, SSgt, 30371, Richards-Gebaur AFB, MO, Jul 1975 to Sep 1977
    • 1866th Facility Checking Squadron, TRACALS Radar Evaluation Technician, 30371, Scott AFB, IL, TSgt, Sep 1977 to  Nov 1979
    • Separated from the USAF on 19 Nov 1980.
    • Civilian: ITT Gilfillan (Sr. Field Service Engineer), CFS Rep at HQ TCD, Langley AFB VA on AN/GPN-22 and AN/FPN-62, 1980 to 1985. Sr. Logistics Support Engineer, Van Nuys CA, Logistics Engineer directly supporting the Engineering Program/Project Manager on the AN/MPN-14K Pre-Production Development Team, 1986 to 1988
  • Michael Hutchinson (MSgt)
  • Jason Ives
    • Tempelhof, Germany and Beale AFB, CA, 1989 to 1997. GPN-12, FPN-62, GPN-22, and NEXRAD
    • Went through AECP and earned a commission in 2001
    • Retired July 2012
  • Jeff Jedinak
    • Vandenberg AFB, CA, 1977 to 1978, MPN-14H
    • Tempelhoff Berlin, Germany, 1978 to 1982
  • Terry Johnson
  • Wesley Jones
    • 5CCG, 1976 to AUG 1979
  • Sherman Jordian
  • Kevin Killea (MSGt, ret. 1995)
    • 5CCG SEP 1979 to NOV 1980, MPN-14
    • JTF Bravo, Soto Cono, TPN-19, 1991
    • Civilian site Manager on TPS 70, Columbia, S.A., 2000 to 2001
    • Currently INCO Tech for Raytheon on DASR 11/GPN 30 radars.
    • Installed DASR 11 at Baghdad Int'l Airport, Iraq, 2004-2005
  • Glen King
    • 5CCG 1973 to 1975
      NCOIC at the time was MSgt Frank Hale
    • 2146th Comm. Group, Osan Korea 1975 to 1976
    • 2179th Comm. Group, Patrick AFB, FL (separated SEP 1976)
    • USAF Reserves, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, 1977 to ?
  • Michael Klein
    • 5CCG, JAN 1982 - OCT 1985
    • Keesler AFB, 3395 TTIC, GPN 22 Instructor,  OCT 85 - DEC 89
    • Spangdahlem AB Germany, 2137 CS (later to become 52CS in the early 90s), JAN 90 - JAN 97
    • 5 CS, Minot AFB ND, JAN 97 - SEP 97
    • Currently working at Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson AZ
  • Dave Knutson
  • Ed Kopp
  • Bob Kovarik
    • TPN-19, 1980 to begin the original 5CCG TPN-19 shop
    • Now working for FAA in Oklahoma City.
  • Mark Lambert
  • Taylor Lankford
    • TPN-19; 54 CBCS, 1994 – 98 / 2002 - 03, MSgt Ret.
  • Rick Leupold
    • TPN-19, 3rd MOB, Tinker AFB, 1983-1988
  • Wendel Littlefield
  • Bill Losinski
  • Rudd (nickname) Mahoney
  • Jim Mallick  (TSgt Retired 3 Aug 1993)
  • Fred May
    • 1837 EIS Tachikawa AB (later Yokota AB) and the 1962nd at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa
    • MPN-14, 5CCG, Warner Robbins, GA, for three weeks, then to  Sep 76 - Apr 79 and was the Maint. Control Facility Chief for MWTAB 501
    • 1946th at Tempelhof, Germany
    • 1943rd at Pope AFB, NC (I was the last Radar guy there)
    • 1843 EIG at Wheeler Airfield, HI
    • Finished up on Hickam AFB, HI, at Hq PACAF
  • Jim McCullough
    • Jim dates back the farthest of anyone in this list!
    • Radar Tech, 2nd Mob in Toul-Rosiere,
      France, 1962 to 1965
  • Rahn McCullough
  • John McConnohie II
    • 5CCG, 1994-?
    • 1st & 52nd CCS
    • TSgt, Retired 1 JAN 2001
  • John McKeller
    • 3CCG P/32CCS-TPN19, 1983 to 1994
    • 24 first ATC (ANG), MPN-14K, 1997 to 2004
    • FAA, 2005 to present
  • Jason Merrill
    • 77-81 Wilder RBS site, ID – MSQ-77, MPS-9, TLQ-11 (1CEVG)
    • 81-97 McClellan AFB Depot, CA – MPS-9, MPS-T1, MST-T1, TRTG, MSQ-43
    • 97-00 Buckley AFB, CO – MPN-14K + ATCALS shop (ILS, TACAN, UHF/VHF etc.)
    • 04-05 Tobyhanna Army Depot – Northrop Grumman – MPN-14K
    • 95-99 CA, WY, PA ANG MPN-14K – Joint Guard 97-98
    • 04-05 Reserves Global Hawk 3CO
    • 06-07 Boeing C-17 Avionics March AFB, CA
    • Present - 729th ACS Hill AFB, UT – Operation Iraqi Freedom 2008
  • Dan Miller
    • 1st CCG, Wiesbaden, Germany, MAR 1981 to MAR 1983
  • Roger Miller
    • 303x1, MPN-13, 2048 Comms Squadron,  Carswell AFB, TX, 1973-1976
  • Tom Moore
  • Craig Mull (MSgt)
    • 5CCG, Radar Maintenance, 54th Squadron, 1997-1999
  • MSgt. Nagel
  • Auford Neal (MSgt, ret. 1987)
    • GEEIA squadron (later the 1831st EI group), Robins AFB, GA
    • Thule, Greenland
    • 1926th Comm Squadron, Robins AFB, GA, NCOIC, 1971 to 1975
    • Instructor, Keesler AFB, MS
    • See MPN-14 photos from Ubon, Thailand
  • Britt Neal
    • Norton AFB, MPN/13E Brite 2, Baseline Mod, T-2 trainer, 1972 to 1975
    • Tempelhof, Germany, 1975 to 1977
  • Don Nelson
    • Williams AFB, MPN-13 (ended up catching fire in the equipment trailer, allowing me the experience of getting another MPN-13 off a C-124), AUG 1966 to FEB 1968
    • Korat RTAFB, MPN-14 Mobile Rapcon
  • Bill Newhouse
  • Ed Nugent
  • Bill Olson
  • Mike Parris
    • 5CCG 1987 to 1989, TPN-19
    • FAA (civ) NAS NOM, 1989 to Present
  • Dave Paschal
  • Joe Petersdorff
  • Chuck Powell
  • Joe Pranger
  • Melvin R. Prell
  • Charles Pritt (see photos)
    • Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS, Training, 1973
    • 1837th EIS, 1956th Communication Group, Yokota AB, Japan, with multiple TDYs to Kadena AB, Okinawa and to Clark AB, Philippines, 1973 to 1976
    • 3rd MOB (3CCG) OK, MPN-14 and TPN-19, 1976 to 1979
  • John Rackley
  • Doug Reed
    • MPN-13A (w/TPX-42A), BRITE II in tower, MacDill AFB, 1928 CG, 1976 to 1979
    • Electrical engineer at Kennedy Space Center
  • Tim Reed (MSgt, Ret.)
    • AFETS 3CCG
  • Jim Rice
  • Herb Rideout
  • Ron Roberson
    • 3CCG, Tinker AFB, OK, TPN-19 FTD/CHOT Training, Oct 86 to Jul 87
    • 5CCG and 53CCSq Robins AFB GA, Aug 87 to Nov 93 TPN-19 Shop (System 7)
    • 24OSS Soto Cano AB, Honduras Nov 93 to Oct 94 TPN-19 Shop
    • Currently Sr. Engineering Technician
  • Rick Robideau
  • Chuck Rogers  (read his letter)
    • Keesler AFB, MS 1969 - there for hurricane Camille (and clean-up)
    • Goodfellow AFB, TX, 303x1 on MPN11, MPN13 w/ IFF/SIFATC, 1970-1972
  • Tim Rolen
  • Frank Rowell
    • 3CCG AN/TPN-19 #6, 1986 to 1989
    • 5CCG Robins AFB AN/TPN-19, 1980 to 1983
    • TSgt, Retired 1993 (lleworf@charter.net)
  • Michael Rush
    • 53CBCS Radar Shop, Robins AFB, GA, Aug 99 to Aug 07
  • James Rumage
    • 3CCG Tinker AFB, OK, MPN-14, 1985 to 1990
    • Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, TPN-19, 1990
    • 52CCS Robins AFB for TPN19 shop with Steve Haynes in 1994. Bright star in Egypt, and multiple trips to Prince Sultan.
    • Retired in 2001
    • Now working at MGTC, Electronics Instructor
  • Mike Rumrill
  • Butch Salmon
    • NCOIC/Maintenance Sup, Apr 2005 to Aug 2007, MSgt retired
    • GS-11, DAF Air Force Engineering and Technical Services, ATC Radar 5th Combat Comm, Robins AFB, GA
  • Scott Sands
  • Bert Sappiano
  • Roger Savorgino
  • Dallas Sharp (MSgt, ret.)
    • Lindsey AS, Germany, ‘Leper Colony’ Mainz-Kastel, 1st Combat Comm, Radar Superintendent, 1983
    • Currently civilian U.S. Navy support
  • Thomas Sherrill
  • Michael Shipton (MSgt, on-duty '04)
    • 5CCG, JAN 87 to OCT 90
    • AFETS USAFE
  • Mike Skees  (see e-mail)
  • Jeff Smith (MSgt, ret.)
  • Ron Smith
  • Glenn Snedden (aka "Beaker")
  • Tony Spagnolia  (see his letter)
    • 3402nd STS Keesler AFB, Jan 69-Jan70 (Camille hurricane veteran!)
    • 22017 Comm - McGuire AFB, Feb 70-Sep71 (FPN 16 & 47)
    • 1883 & 1881 Det 3 Phu Cat AB, Oct 71-Dec71 (MPN 13 & 14G)
    • 1881 Comm - Cam Ranh AB, Dec 71-Jan72 (MPN 14H)
    • 1876 & 1876 Det 2 TSN & Bien Hoa, Jan 72-Mar72 (MPN-14E)
    • 1998 Comm - Korat RTAB, Apr72-Oct72 (MPN-14H)
    • Civilian career as private investigator specializing in electronic surveillance
  • Janet Spells
  • Mike Stanford
  • Steve Stanphill (CMSgt, on-duty '04)
    • 3CCG OCT 82 to MAR 84
    • 5CCG MAR 84 to MAY 91 (52CCS)
    • 633CS MAY 91 to OCT 92 Andersen AFB, Guam
    • HQ ACC OCT 92 to OCT 98 Langley AFB, VA (Radar SMT & IG ATCALS Inspector)
    • HQ AETC OCT 98 to JUN 02 Randolph AFB, TX (Command 2EXXX FAM)
    • HQ ACC JUN 02 to Present Langley AFB, VA (Command ATCALS Chief)
  • Mark Suchevich
    • Luke AFB 1975-1977
    • Tinker AFB, 3rd MOB, 1980 – 1984
    • Clark AB, Philippines, 1961st, 1984 – 1988
    • Scott AFB, Radar Evaluation Team, 1988 – 1993
    • Las Vegas, 1993 – 1997
    • Retired 1997, working as a Network Design Engineer for a defense contractor.
  • Tim Talbert (MSgt, ret.)
    • AN/TPN-19 all the way
    • 3CCG 1980 – 1885
    • 2CCG 1985 - 1993
    • 5CCG 1993 - 1994
  • Tom Taylor
    • 3CCG, Tinker AFB, OK, AN/TPN-19, 1978 - 1982
  • Rick Tenney
    • 5CCG (then the MCG - Mobile Comm Group) NOV 1970 to NOV 1972. Three MPN 13's (S/Ns 154, 162, 192) and one MPN 14 with Rapcon trailer S/N127. (see comments)
  • Harris Thacker
  • Gary Thomas
    • 1926 Comms Sq., Robins AFB, FPN/16 on turntable, worked out FAA Rapcon bldg., 1969
    • Read comments.
  • Wayne VanDenBroeke
    • T30351 Sets Instructor for TPX-42 IFF System, Keesler AFB, MS, 1975 to 1980
  • Rickey Vaughan (TSgt, on-duty '08)
    • Detachment 1 99th Electronic Combat Range Group, Dugway Proving Grounds, UT, 1993 to1995
    • 5CCG, 51st CBCS & 54th CBCS, TPN-19, Robins AFB, GA, 1995 to 2001
    • 3CCG (Third Herd), Tinker AFB, OK, 2001 to 2004
    • 607th CBCS (TPS-75), Camp Humphries, S. Korea, Apr 2004 to Nov 2004
    • 52nd CS, Spangdahlem AB, Germany, 2004 to 2007
    • HQ AETC/A6OL, Randolph AFB, 2008
  • Rodney Veal
    • 5CCG, MPN-14, 1974 to 1978
  • Paul Vitchkoski
  • Stephen White
    • 5CCG, 54th Radar NCOIC, May 2008 to May 2010
    • Retired Aug 2010 - currently, radar FAA Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport
  • Andrew Wilson, MSgt, Ret.
    • Sondrestrom AB, Greenland, Comm Sq. MPN-13 ASR, PAR, UPX-6 IFF/SIF, 1971 to 1972
    • 2053 Comm Sq., Reese AFB, Lubbock TX, same equipment as above but mounted on turntable, 1972 to 1974. Reenlisted as Vietnam was winding down and jobs on outside hard to come by.
    • 2066 Comm Sq., Myrtle Beach AFB, SC, my BOP for re-enlisting, GPN-12, FPN-16, TPX-42 and BRITE II Tower display, 1974 to 1978
    • 2137 Comm Sq., Spangdahlem AB, Germany, FPN-47, FPN-16, TPX-42 and BRITE II. Lots of beer, brats and wine. 1978 to 1981
    • 1866 Facility Checking Sq. (Flight Check Sq), Scott AFB, IL, worldwide deployments to optimize and flight check radars, GPN-20 ASR and GPN-22 PARs, 1981 to 1985.
    • KwangJu AB, Korea, 4th CCG Det 3 or Det 4, MPN-14, 1985 – 1986
    • 1972 Comm Sq., Eglin AFB, FL, GPN-12, FPN-16, TPX-42 and BRITE II, 1986 to 1990
    • FAA radar tech, Orlando Int'l, 1990 to 1999, and currently at Daytona Beach Airport
  • Mark Wilson
  • Frank "Red" Worthington
  • Jerry (Sam) Wright
    • TPN-19, Tinker AFB, 1987 to 1992
  • Gordon G. Zagar
    • 5CCG, TPN-19, 1980-1983
  • Earl Zonn
    • 5CCG, APR 1980 to JUL 1983
    • Short tour to Galena, AK, JUL 1983 to JUN 1984
    • Retired JAN 1994
    • Presently a WG-2610-12 at Gyro Shop, Bldg 158, Robins AFB.

If you were ever a member of the 5CCG radar maintenance shop, please send me an e-mail and let me know the dates you were there. I would like to use this space as a group gathering for all the graying heroes of yore. Thanks!

 

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