Saskatoon Mountain, BC

1961 Historical Report USAF Historical Division


Historical Report
919th AC&W Squadron
1 April 1961 to 30 June 1961

Section I

REQUIRED DATA

  1. Unit and Location

919th Squadron, Saskatoon Mountain Air Station, Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada

  1. Name and Grade of Commander

Jack E Williams, Major, USAF

  1. Chain of Command (Superior Echelons)
  2. Administrative: SPADS, 25th Air Division, ADC, NORAD
    Logistical: 4602nd Support Group (ADC)

  • Subordinate Units (Down to and including squadrons)
  • None

  • Mission (Give authority and brief statement of primary mission)
  • Maintain radar surveillance and report surveillance information to appropriate SAGE Direction Center for identification and action. Exercise control with the limited capability provided, as directed by the SAGE Direction Center.

  • Personnel
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    Officers

    Airmen

    Civilians

    Total

     

     

    Assigned

    11

    113

    17

    141

     

     

    Attached

    1

    1

    0

    2

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Equipment (Give official nomenclature and quantity of mission-type equipment)
  • GPS-T2 (1), GPS-T2A (1), UPA-37 (2), AN/FRT-502 (1), AN/URG-60 (1), AN/FRT-503 (1), AN/FRT-501 (1), CR-91A (1), T-282 (1), T-217 (1), R-36/C (1), R-278B (1), FPS-6B (1), FPS-20A (1).

    Section II

    COMMENTARY

     

    Operations:

    The Operations Officer for the squadron, Captain Homer H Schindler, was transferred to Richards Gebaur Air Force Base 4 June 61. Captain Paul O Geske was then assigned as the Operations Officer.

    M/Sgt. Charles D Bell was reassigned as the NCOIC of training, trading places with M/Sgt. Gilbert G Reyes who then assumed the position as NCOIC of Operations.

    Captain Jack R Crawford was evaluated as a Controller and certified combat ready 9 May 61. Captain Crawford was then made Senior Director of the Combat Team.

    1st Lt. John A Pinkston was evaluated for combat ready skilled and certified as skilled 22 June 61. Lt. Pinkston was then assigned the additional duty as Instructor Director.

    1st Lt. GL Morgan was evaluated for combat ready and certified 26 June 61. Lt. Morgan was then made Senior Director of "C" Crew.

    This reporting period saw the beginning of the new operations training briefing room located in the bottom of the FPS-6B tower #1. As of the end of the period, the room was not yet completed. All formal training for Operations and Communications and Electronics personnel will be held here.

    During this reporting period, the squadron participated in seven exercises. These exercises included a Tactical Evaluation and Pre-Tactical Evaluation for SM-153.

    The first exercise entitles 25th NORAD Exercise 1-61 was 21 April 61. The objective of the mission was to concentrate on ORI deficiencies discovered in the recent ORI of 25th Air Division. The target force consisted of B-57s, T-33s and A-3B type aircraft; however, only T-33s and B-57s penetrated our area. During the mission, 13 targets entered our coverage. Of these, there were seven MAs claimed by fighters under our control. Fighters scrambled for our control were F-106s and F-89Js.

    The second mission in which we participated was not a normal NORAD Exercise. This mission was to test the vulnerability of the Mid-Canada radar line against air-borne ECM. The test was conducted by an RCAF Team from St. Hubert, Quebec, utilizing our radar and directors for control of their aircraft making the ECM runs on the MCL.

    Early in May, the 919th was required to participate in the Project Mercury flight. Prior to the firing, we were required to place a portion of our radar equipment in the stand-by position.

    The next mission in which the squadron participated was 25th NORAD Exercise 1-61. The mission objective was to exercise each Sector in the Division against low, medium and high level penetration in a maximum ECM environment. SAC aircraft operated in the area jamming ground radar. No intercepts were allowed during the mission on any of the SAC aircraft. During the mission, the targets consisted of T-33s and B-57s. Four F-106s were scrambled for our control, but only one track was committed with the resultant of 1 MA.

    Grass Shack 5 was the next exercise held 1 June through 4 June. This exercise was in joint operation with the 28th and the 29th Air Divisions. The objective of the mission was to test the capability of the regions against low level and medium level penetrations. Coordination between the Divisions on the mission was stressed. The target force consisted of B-57s, T-33s, A-3Ds, E-3Ds, F-89s, A-4Bs and AD-7 type aircraft. During the mission, F-89Js were the only fighters scrambled for our control.

    On the 15th of June 61, SPADS conducted an exercise for the purpose of working out difficulties observed during the last ORI. The mission served as a pre-tactical evaluation for SM-153. The target aircraft consisted of T-33s and F-106s. During the exercise there were ten F-89Js scrambled for our control. There were nine MAs claimed by ORI.

    The last mission in which the squadron participated during this reporting period was the Tactical Evaluation for SM-153 from 19 June to 23 June 61. During the exercise, there were again ten F-89Js scrambled for our control with 20 MAs claimed.

    The station was relieved of its identification function for Mid-Canada line penetrations during the middle of June. All MCL identifications now come from SPADS. As a result, no flight plans have been passed to us from Edmonton DOT for track correlation.

    Communications and Electronics:

    ADC Commendation Certificates were awarded to SM/Sgt. Green and M/Sgt. Seibert for outstanding achievement during the first week of January 1961 when the radome collapsed which housed the FPS-20 radar antenna. (See attachment at end of this report)

    During April, SPADS made a staff visit to the base. The visit found the Section in good condition. Colonel Welburn represented SPADS during the visit.

    In May, the C&E Section was given a Pre-IG Inspection by Major Roeber.

    The 9th through 11th of June the 4602nd Support Wing made a staff visit and found the quality of the section to be very good.

    M/Sgt. Seibert departed PCS in June for McChord Air Force Base, Washington. Sgt. Seibert was NCOIC of the Communications Maintenance for the base.

    General:

    On Armed Forces Day, the 919th held open house and saw a good turnout by the local population. The visitors were given tours and refreshments during the day.

    Once again the base has a baseball team which plays in the Wheat-Belt League. Much interest is displayed in this activity throughout the local area which generates better Canadian-American relations.

    Typed Name and Grade of Commander

    Jack E Williams, Major, USAF

    Signature

     

     

    Air Defense Command
    Commendation Certificate
    is Awarded to
    Senior Master Sergeant Benjamin I Greene, Jr., AF14086833
    919th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
    Saskatoon Mountain Air Station
    Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada
    for

    Commendable achievement as NCOIC of the Communications-Electronics Section at the 919th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron from 3 through 10 January 1961 in that, by displaying outstanding devotion to duty, positive leadership and timely coordination after the inflatable radome was irreparably damaged; the construction of a rigid radome progressed in record time without mishap, despite unfavorable weather conditions; allowing great credit to be reflected upon himself, the squadron and the United States Air Force.

     

    919th Aircraft Control and
    Warning Squadron (ADC)
    United States Air Force
    Saskatoon Mountain Air Station
    Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada

    24 March 1961

    Reply to
    Attn of: 919CCX

    Subject: Recommendation for the Air Defense Command Commendation Certificate

    To:

    Commander
    SPADS (SAGE)
    Larson Air Force Base
    Washington

    It is recommended that the following individual be awarded the Air Defense Command Commendation Certificate: Greene, Benjamin I Jr., Senior Master Sergeant, AF 14086833, 919th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada, assigned as Non-commissioned Officer in Charge of the Communications-Electronics section during the period 3 through 10 January 1961.

    Narrative Summary of Achievement

    During the night of 2 January, an inflatable radome covering the search radar antenna was severely damaged due to a simultaneous electrical power failure and high winds. Although the radome was temporarily repaired, it was in a permanently weakened condition, was declared irreparable and the squadron obtained authorization to replace the dome with a rigid radome available on station.

    (1)

    At 1700 MST 4 January, the squadron obtained six days "downtime" to accomplish the disassembly of the radar antenna, the destruction of the inflatable radome and the construction of a rigid radome.

    (2)

    Upon the arrival of a DLM team at 0900 MST, 6 January, the preliminary tasks were in such a state of progress that the actual construction of the rigid radome commenced just four hours later. Working around the clock in an exposed location with temperatures near zero degrees, over thirty squadron personnel assisted the depot team on the installation enabling completion in record time, 77 hours, at 1800 MST, 9 January.

    (3)

    After reassembling the antenna and completing a general clean-up, the station was fully operational again at 0735 MST, 10 January.

    From 3 through 10 January, M/Sgt. Greene worked many hours "overtime" (at times over sixteen hours a day) insuring that he and his superiors were kept adequately informed on work progress, that the proper coordination was performed with all agencies concerned and the qualified supervisors were present on the job. His positive leadership, intelligent decisions and quick action on many occasions during this period inspired his subordinates to effort not often realized or demanded.

    This individual served in the grade of Master Sergeant as NCOIC of the Communications-Electronics section of the 919th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron during the period cited. His date of return to the ZI is June 1962.

    Master Sergeant Jerome D Seibert, AF 19200113, is also being recommended for an award for meritorious achievement during the period 2 January 1961 to 10 January 1961.

    Sergeant Greenes service in the Air Force subsequent to the period of achievement on which this recommendation is based has been honorable. On 1 March 1961 he was promoted to the grade of Senior Master Sergeant.

    Copies of an unclassified proposed citation are attached to this recommendation.

    No further recommendations for awards to this individual are pending.

    A previous award has not been made to the individual for the achievement described.

    Sergeant Greene has been previously awarded the Good Conduct Medal (four loops), National Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and the AFLSA with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

    It is desired that this presentation be made on 28 April 1961, if favorable consideration of the recommendation is given.

    Ben M Hagan
    Major, USAF
    Commander

    1 Atch
    Proposed Citation