Kamloops, BC

1961 - Historical Record - Anonymous



of the

825th AC&W Squadron

for the period ending

31 December 1961


1 Unit and Location

825th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, Kamloops, BC, Canada

2 Name and grade of Commander

Garvel R Trimble, Lt. Colonel

3 Chain of Command (Superior Echelons)

825th AC&W Squadron, Kamloops, BC, Canada
Spokane Air Defense Sector, Larson Air Force Base, Washington
25th Air Division (SAGE), McChord Air Force Base, Washington
Air Defense Command, Ent Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Headquarters, United States Air Force, Washington 25, DC

4 Subordinate Units (Down to and including squadrons)

Not Applicable

5 Mission (Give authority and brief statement of primary mission)

Maintain radar surveillance, assign appropriate track numbers and report surveillance information to Spokane Air Defense Sector Direction Center (SPADS DC) for identification and action. Exercise control of allocated interceptors. Report results of tactical action. Lateral tell to adjacent stations and provide all possible navigational assistance to aircraft in distress.

6 Personnel

Officers Airmen Civilians Total
Assigned 16 146 20 182
Attached 2 2 0 4

7 Equipment (Give official nomenclature and quantity of mission-type equipment)



Organization and Planning:

There has not been a significant change in the Commanders evaluation of the organization or the squadron mission during the period of this report.

Overall manning reached a peak of approximately 94% during the period.

The GATR facility acceptance date has been slipped to 30 January 1962, due to shortage of parts, diesel malfunction, and power problems.

Acceptance of the SAGE annex building has been slipped to 4 February 1962 due to a strike at the factory building compressors for the Air Conditioning. The estimated arrival date of the units is 15 to 19 January.

Surveillance and Detection Network:

The previously reported equipment limitations remain unchanged.

There were nine hours and fifty minutes of Red time on the search equipment during the period. The primary causes were ATR and TR failure and power surge; however, Red time did not significantly influence accomplishment of mission.

Combat Operations:

There were three operational exercises during the period. Two of these were 25th NORAD Region Exercises and one was NORAD Exercise Skyshield II. During these exercises a total of 15 fighter commitments were made, resulting in 15 MAs, and 0 MIs.

A total of 379 training intercepts were conducted during the period enabling us to qualify two of the three newly assigned training status directors.

A total of 11 STM exercises were conducted during the period.


All phasing actions in conjunction with the scheduled squadron turnover to the RCAF are being accomplished according to plan. No difficulties have been encountered to date. The initial cadre of RCAF personnel are due to report shortly after 1 January 1962.

Major General Von R Shores, Commander 25 NORAD Region, and Colonel GG Atkinson, Commander Spokane Air Defense Sector, attended a Squadron Dining-In on 17 November 1961.