Goose Bay, Labrador

1965 – Historical Report – USAF Historical Division

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

Section I


  1. Unit and Location

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

  1. Name and Grade of Commander

Donald A Zeine, 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 operate a Master Direction Center for the Air Defense Command, to man and operate a NORAD Control Center under a NORAD Command, to operate a minor relay communications center, to provide logistical support to the Goose Air Defense Sector’s Direction Center and TROPO and BMEWS Communications Systems which are located on the station.

  • Personnel

















  • Equipment (Give official nomenclature and quantity of mission-type equipment)
  • AN/FPS-87A – Two Channel Prime Radar, AN/FPS-93 Radar Height Finder, AN/GPX-7A Radar Identification, 16 Cummins Diesel Generators, 8 AN/GRC-27 Multi-Channel UHF Transmitter-Receivers, 6 AN/GRR-7 Single Channel UHF Transmitter, 3 MF/URG-60 VHF Receivers, 6 AN/GRR-7 Single Channel Receivers, 6 T-5002/FRT-502, 2 225 HP Steam Boilers..

    Section II



    Officer manning during the quarter was satisfactory with authorized strength 13 and 12 weapons controllers assigned. New officer arrivals were 1st Lt. Murphy, 1st Lt. Patterson, 1st Lt. Nelson and 1st Lt. Sanderson. Airman manning in the Operations Section for this quarter is: 33 NCO’s authorized, 31 assigned; 52 airmen authorized, 46 assigned. There were 22 new airmen assigned this quarter. During this quarter the 641st AC&W Squadron participated in 3 live exercises and 9 STM missions. Training hours accomplished by Officers and Airmen during this quarter: Weapons Controllers 1,309 hours of Academic and ECM training and Airmen accomplished 1,061 hours of Academic and ECM training. 5,489 flight plans were processed by the section involving 4 unknowns, 2 active air scrambles, 822 practice intercepts and 561 recoveries. This squadron participated in the Air Force William Tell meet at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, placing second in the F-102 competition.

    Communications and Electronics:

    The responsibility for all Materiel Control activities were transferred to the Unit Supply Officer, Lt. Evans. The change was directed by ADC effective 15 Nov 65. The Materiel Control Section, as well as the bench stock and parts storage areas will remain unchanged. The MCC area was rehabilitated with a new MCC console being constructed making a more efficient working area. The intersite maintenance teletype net was installed. The OA-3424 radar modification was installed. This modification provides the search radar with a high gain antenna which increases the ECCM capability. The new antenna changes the AN/FPS-87A into an AN/FPS-93A. Modification AT-914, a SIF antenna modification, was also installed. The new SIF antenna provides the site with an ECCM capability. The modification also helped eliminate the ringing effect caused by aircraft squawking close to the site. The wire maintenance section completed wiring for an automatic alarm system to the pump house. This installation will eliminate the need for Civil Engineering personnel to physically check the pump house to ascertain if the water line has drained completely. Key personnel arriving and departing during this period are as follows: Departures – SM/Sgt. Lake, M/Sgt. Farnsworth, S/Sgt. Ahrns, S/Sgt. Beck, S/Sgt. Carlstrom, S/Sgt. Demich, S/Sgt. Durant, S/Sgt. McNeill, S/Sgt. Pettit, S/Sgt. Smith, S/Sgt. Wisely and S/Sgt. Wattleton. Arrivals – SM/Sgt. Isbell, S/Sgt. Severn, S/Sgt. Earnhardt, S/Sgt. Cornell, S/Sgt. Eoff and S/Sgt. Holland.

    Civil Engineering:

    Costs for this section during the quarter are as follows: Military Labor - $5,914.08; Civilian Labor - $22,098.94; Material Costs - $3,345.75; Fuel and Lube Oil - $23,230.78 for a total of $54,589.55. The following installations were accomplished: three-prong electrical receptacles, a new pump in the pump house, heaters in the 20 tower, heaters in unit supply, a heating coil in the dining hall dishwasher along with many other items. FY-66 projects are designed and ready to go to contract. Several FY-67 projects have been approved. Personnel losses: Mr. Dwyer, Mr. Balsom, and S/Sgt. Stinson. Personnel gains: Mr. MacKey, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Gosse, S/Sgt. Ezell and A/2C Allen. Fire Protection: There were no actual fires during this period. There were six fire drills and eight training classes. All water pressure extinguishes were recharged. All carbon dioxide extinguishers were weight tested and stencilled. All water standpipes were flushed and checked for correct couplings.

    Unit Supply:

    This section assumed full responsibility and accountability for Materiel Control as directed by ADC. The personal effects of M/Sgt. Wheeler were shipped to the USAF Hospital at Andrews Air Force Base. M/Sgt. Whobrey departed during this period and S/Sgt. Thompson arrived.

    Food Service:

    There were two new arrivals in this section during this period: A/1C Villarreal and A/2C Lancaster.

    Air Police Section:

    Duties as usual with the following arrivals and departures: A/1C Phillips, A/1C Huffman, A/1C Jenkins and A/2C Levert departing and S/Sgt. McAllister, A/1C Jackson and A/1C Schow arriving.


    1st Lt. Fitzgerald was reassigned to Goose Air Defense Sector during this period. S/Sgt. Stewart arrived during this period and took over as unit administrative clerk and CWO Elder arrived to assume duties as unit administrative officer.

    Prepared By: Morris Elder, CWO-4, USAF

    Typed Name and Grade of Commander

    Donald A Zeine, Lt. Col., USAF



    Civil Engineering Cumulative Costs

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    Fuel and Lube Costs

    Total Cost