Goose Bay, Labrador

1966 – Historical Report – USAF Historical Division

Historical Record
641st AC&W Squadron
Goose Bay, Labrador
1 October 1966 to 31 December 1966

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

    First Air Force
    37th Air Division

  • 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 support a minor relay communications center, to provide logistical support to the 37th Air Division’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-93A – Two Channel Prime Radar, AN/FPS-90 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, Two 225 HP Steam Boilers.

    Section II



    Authorized officer manning for the operations section during the past quarter was 13. There are 12 officers assigned. Officers assigned during this quarter are Captain Schacker, Lt. Bogy, Lt. Creighton and Lt. Fridlund. Airman manning for this quarter is 33 NCOs authorized, 19 assigned; 52 airmen authorized, 41 assigned. During this quarter 3 NCOs and 8 airmen were assigned. Ten live exercises and STMs were conducted during this quarter. 190 ˝ hours of academic and 25 ˝ hours of ECM training were accomplished by all officers while the airmen completed 636 hours of academic and 289 hours of ECM training. There were 3,176 flight plans processed by this section. For this same period there were 9 unknowns, 2 AAD scrambles and 4 practice scrambles.

    Communications and Electronics:

    Authorized officer manning for the Communications and Electronic section is 2, at the present time there are 2 assigned. Captain William S Overling transferred to 37th Air Division while Captain Edward L Lussier replaced him. During this quarter 40 new fluorescent lighting fixtures were installed in the maintenance areas. Extensive repainting of tower interiors has been accomplished and improved housekeeping procedures have been implemented. The FPS-90 Height Finder antenna was damaged, during a routine maintenance function, to the extent that depot maintenance was required. There were 14 airmen transferred out PCS and 6 transferred in.

    Civil Engineering:

    Routine preventative maintenance work was accomplished including much work that was brought on by the extreme cold. One complete diesel engine was replaced by Canadian Marconi Company because of a warped block. Outside stairwell on one barracks was enclosed by the mobile maintenance team. Three O&M projects were completed while there are 3 more still under design. Overall manning was increased by 2 military and 2 civilians.

    Station Support:

    The storage bins in the 90 Tower were assembled and completed. Property was placed in the appropriate bins and the floor area was painted. Desks and rugs were obtained for all BAQ billets. Material Control was relocated for better access plus installing a status board to show current status of all priorities.


    CWO W4 Morris Elder was replaced as Administrative Officer by 1st Lt. Francis B Brake.

    Typed Name and Grade of Commander

    Donald A Zeine, Lt. Col., USAF