Goose Bay, Labrador

1965 Historical Report USAF Historical Division

Historical Record
641st AC&W Squadron
Goose Bay, Labrador
1 January 1965 to 31 March 1965

Section I


  1. Unit and Location

641st AC&W Squadron (ADC)
APO New York 09677

  1. Name and Grade of Commander

Benjamin M Howse, Lt. Colonel, USAF

  1. Chain of Command (Superior Echelons)
  2. Air Defense Command
    26th Air Division (SAGE)
    Goose Air Defense Sector
    641st AC&W Squadron

  • Subordinate Units (Down to and including squadrons)
  • None

  • Mission (Give authority and brief statement of primary mission)
  • The mission of the 641st AC&W Squadron is to conduct Air Defense Operations within area of assignment as outlined in ADC (RCAF) ASI 3/4/3, to support the Goose NORAD/CONAD Combat Center area of responsibility as described in NORAD GO Nr. 14 and CONAD GO Nr. 8 dated 13 May 1960, and to function as a Master Direction Center within the Air Defense system.

    Authority: Paragraph 1, Goose Air Defense Sector Regulation 23-2, dated 15 July 1963.

  • Personnel




























  • Equipment (Give official nomenclature and quantity of mission-type equipment)
  • AN/FPS-20A Two Channel Prime Radar, AN/FPS-90 Radar Height Finder, AN/GPX-7A Radar Identification, 10 Cummins Diesel Generators, 8 AN/GRC-27 Multi-Channel UHF Transmitter-Receivers, 6 AN/GRR-3 Single Channel UHF Transmitter, 2 MF/URG-60 VHF Receivers, 6 AN/GRR-7 Single Channel Receivers, 10 T-5002/FRT-502 and 1 FRT-503 Single Channel VHF Transmitters.

    Section II



    Officer manning in the operations section was satisfactory, authorized strength is 13, assigned strength is 13. New officer arrivals were Lt. Boone and Lt. Lesser. Lt. Cummings departed. Airman manning in the operations section for this quarter is: 33 NCOs authorized, 16 assigned; 52 airmen authorized, 59 assigned. Twelve new personnel arrived this quarter. Major problem confronting operations at the present time is inexperience of personnel. Over 85 percent of assigned airmen have not had previous experience in a manual AC&W environment. An intensified training program has been initiated to alleviate this problem. However, since basic AC&W training is required this section is neither staffed nor manned to accomplish the prime mission and accomplish the type of training necessary for mission accomplishment. During this quarter two (2) NCOs were upgraded to the 7 skill level. At the present time we have no one on OJT in the operations section. During this quarter the 641st AC&W Squadron participated in 6 live exercises and 31 STM missions. Training hours accomplished by officers and airmen during this quarter: Weapons Controllers have accomplished 631 hours of academic and ECM training. Airmen have accomplished 933 hours of academic proficiency and ECM training. During this quarter 3,236 flight plans were processed by the operations section. There were 25 unknowns, 4 active air scrambles, 640 practice intercepts and 500 recoveries. During this quarter the 641st AC&W Squadron participated in 20 Category Is, 5 Category IIs, and 3 Category III STP exercises.

    Communications and Electronics:

    The Squadron was submitted to 26th Air Division as the Sector entry for the annual ADC Maintenance Achievement Award. We placed 2nd in Division competition. According to the message received, appropriated recognition should be forthcoming. The ten-line key units in operations have been completely modified during this reporting period. This was done in order to furnish operations with a more reliable and less complicated system for better battle management. A project, initiated by M/Sgt Ainsworth, under the Cost Reduction Program, to deactivate the 641st Teletype Minor Relay Station and activate a tributary station has been completed. It has been forwarded for further action. Key personnel departing and arriving this period are as follows: Departures S/Sgt. Nutchko, CEM Administration; S/Sgt. George W Studdard, NCOIC Teletype Maintenance. Arrivals Major Clarence L Brady, CEM Supervisor, T/Sgt. Andrew J Knotts, NCOIC Teletype Maintenance, S/Sgt. Frederickson, NCOIC Crypto Maintenance, S/Sgt. Joseph A Castonguay, CEM Administration.

    Civil Engineering:

    The following work orders were completed by the Civil Engineering Section during this period:

    (see the matrix at the end of this report)

    Maintenance Overhaul: Preventative Maintenance completed for this period. Power Plant: All units were operational and plant was in inspection order during this quarter. Heating Plant: Operational maintenance continues. PM Costs: The following are cumulative costs for three (3) month period.

    (see the matrix at the end of this report)

    Fuel and Lube Oil Cost: $22,946.72. Status of O&M projects remain unchanged. Personnel: S/Sgt. McDonald (gain), T/Sgt. Towne (gain), T/Sgt. Schnaible (loss), T/Sgt. McDonald (loss), A/1C Granado (loss). Civilian Losses: Mr. Dunn. Fire Marshal: There were no major fires this period. Fire prevention classes conducted on 12 Jan, 1st, 10th and 25th Feb, and 3rd, 22nd and 25th Mar 65. Area Fire Marshals and Building Fire Wardens meetings were conducted 30th Mar 65. Damage Assessment and Control: Personnel are continually briefed on specific duties in cases of emergency. Squadron Improvement: Preventative Maintenance and general clean-up continues throughout the squadron.


    A revised office and housekeeping supply catalog was prepared in alphabetical sequence listing over 80 line items of common usage. The ADC Equipment and Utilization Team completed a utilization survey for all equipment assigned to this station. The results of this survey indicated 11 pieces of equipment to be turned in. The semi-annual Munition Storage Facilities inspection was conducted 3 March 1965. No discrepancies were noted. The self-help project of laying tile floor covering in the dry storage area was completed. Personnel gains and losses: A/1C Ronny Archer from Texarcana AFS, Arkansas, 4th March 1965. A/1C Jack Jones to Orlando AFB, Florida.

    Personnel and Administration:

    The section continued to work towards efficient personnel and administrative paperwork management to meet operational requirements. During the quarter 3 officers and 37 airmen were processed in, while 2 officers and 25 airmen were processed out. At the end of the quarter 20 officers, 198 airmen and 14 civilians were physically on duty with the squadron. The orderly room moved the multilith machine down into the old retention office. The Air Police is now daily raising the new Canadian "Maple Leaf" flag along side "Old Glory". A 33mm slide presentation was completed for VIP briefings. There were 7 tours and 2 USO shows during this period. Trophies and jackets were presented "DJs" of AFRTS who completed over 400 hours. The squadron basketball team won both the American League and the Base Championship. This is a repeat of last summer when in softball the squadron won both individual and team from SACs Goose Air Base. The new chlorine pump is now working, to be used for the water coming from Lake Alexander.

    Prepared By: Daniel J Pastor, 1st Lt., USAF

    Typed Name and Grade of Commander

    Benjamin M Howse, Lt. Col., USAF



    Civil Engineering Projects

    Work Order No.


    Date Completed

    MEL 106-65

    PM Corridors

    5 January 65

    MEL 107-65

    Dining Hall, Install New Radiator

    8 January 65

    MEL 108-65

    Orderly Room, Repaired Hot Water System

    13 January 65

    MEL 109-65

    Operations, Laid Rubber Base Board

    16 January 65

    MEL 110-65

    Operations, Laid Linoleum in Hallway

    18 January 65

    MEL 111-65

    Replaced Fan Motor in 6B Tower

    28 January 65

    MEL 112-65

    Worked on Fire Alarm System

    29 January 65

    MEL 106-65

    Motor Pool, Installed New Light Fixtures

    2 February 65

    MEL 107-65

    Petition Dry Storage, Dining Hall

    2 February 65

    MEL 108-65

    Made Cabinets in Barber Shop

    6 February 65

    MEL 109-65

    PM "A" Barracks

    10 February 65

    MEL 110-65

    Repair Fan Controls in Heating Plant

    16 February 65

    MEL 111-65

    Repair Fire Alarm in Operations

    20 February 65

    MEL 112-65

    Repair Broken Water Lines in Motor Pool

    26 February 65

    MEL 106-65

    Repair Broken Steam Line "A" Barracks

    1 March 65

    MEL 107-65

    Repair Pump on Washer

    3 March 65

    MEL 108-65

    PM "A" Barracks

    9 March 65

    MEL 109-65

    Replace Floor in CE Office

    13 March 65

    MEL 110-65

    Replace Glass in Theater Door

    17 March 65

    MEL 111-65

    Install Washing Machine

    20 March 65

    MEL 112-65

    Repair Leaks in Steam Line in Supply

    29 March 65

    Civil Engineering Cumulative Costs

    Military Costs

    Civilian Costs


    Total Costs