825th AC&W Squadron
for the period ending
31 March 1960
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In general this past reporting period has been marked by decrease in operational activity. This decrease was brought about by several factors: SAGE transition occurring in the 25th Air Division; conversion of Paine Air Force Base from F-89-Js to F-102-As; and inclement weather throughout the entire area. Activity picked up considerable late in the Quarter and is expected to reach normal again in the next Quarter.
Western NORAD Region exercise Bull Shoes was conducted on 29 March 1960, with this site experiencing little or no activity.
The squadron participated in thirty-six (36) STM exercises. This number was slightly less than previous quarters, but was sufficient for our training requirements.
On March 12, this squadron began conducting on-site week-end training of RCAF (Auxiliary) personnel from the 2442nd Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, Sea Island, BC, and the 2455th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, Victoria, BC. This normally involves two (2) officers and five (5) enlisted men each week-end, with training consisting of site familiarization and duty orientation. Excellent comments have been received from the two Aircraft Control and Warning Squadrons and 5th Air Division.
It has been suggested that this squadron conduct the two weeks summer camp now held at Cold Lake, in view of the excellent progress made so far. The summer camps will tentatively run from 1 June to 31 September.
Local Fighter Squadrons have supported this week-end training by sending fighters for control.
Contingent with week-end training, this squadron must send an officer semi-annually to brief the above units in accordance with NORADR 55-4 Subject; Briefing of Augmentation Units, dated 28 August 1959. The first such briefing was conducted on 4 March 1960.
The activation of the Seattle Air Defence Sector 1 March 1960 created a need for telling certain surveillance information to their manual inputs room. The necessary coordination with SADS personnel has been accomplished, and no significant problems exist.
The Philco Corporation of Canada has had an installation crew on site during the entire period installing the AN/FPS-6B. Although the major portion of construction has been completed and most of the components are in place and cabled, they have not reached the stage where power could be supplied.
All receivers have been moved from the receiver site to the transmitter site, and antenna switch relays have been installed. This has proved very satisfactory both manpower and equipment wise.
Nothing definite has been accomplished on a firing range, but a temporary range is being constructed to enable the personnel to become qualified.