Goose Bay, Labrador

1969 Historical Report USAF Historical Division

Historical Record
641st AC&W Squadron
Goose Bay, Labrador
1 January 1969 to 31 March 1969

Section I


  1. Unit and Location

641st AC&W Squadron
APO New York 09677

  1. Name and Grade of Commander

Donald J McGibbon, 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 function as a NORAD Surveillance Station detecting and identifying all airborne objects entering or operating within the units defined area of responsibility; to provide surveillance information to the Commander 37th Air Division concerning unknown, hostile and friendly airborne objects; to flight follow all air traffic operating within the scope of its radar coverage; and to function in a supervisory capacity over three outlying sites.
    Authority: 37ADR 23-2 dated 26 June 1968.

  • Personnel

















  • Equipment (Give official nomenclature and quantity of mission-type equipment)
  • AN/FPS-93A Two Channel Prime Radar, AN/FPS-90 Radar Height Finder, 0A840A/GPX-7A Radar Identification Set, AN/GPX-27 Interference Blanker Group, AN/UPX-14 Radar Interrogator Responder, AN/GRR-7 Single Channel UHF Receivers, AN/GRT-3 Single Channel UHF Transmitters, AN/GRC-27 Multi Channel UHF Transmitter-Receivers, AN/FRT-502 Dual Channel VHF Transmitters, AN/URG-60 Single Channel VHF Receivers.

    Section II


    Command and Administration:

    No significant occurrences.


    The squadron participated in three live exercises during the reporting period and conducted ten systems training problems. This section is experiencing manning problems presently, and the projected situation indicates no relief for some time.

    Civil Engineering:

    The entire periodic maintenance program has been revised in accordance with AFM 85-1 and is now in operation.


    This unit achieved first place in OJT standings in 37th Air Division (which in turn, was the leader in First Air Force standings) with a total of twelve upgrades. At this point, there are no three-level personnel in the unit; there are six five-level Staff Sergeants in training for seven-level. Manning shortages are being experienced and predicted in all sections during this and the coming quarters due to a malfunction in the 37AD computer processing program. No inputs were programmed for the months of March through June and out-of-cycle requisitions will be some time before they are filled.

    Typed Name and Grade of Commander

    Donald J McGibbon, Lt. Colonel, USAF