Comments: FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES I'M SOLICITING INFO ON RANGE BASES RE STATION ABBREVIATION, NICK NAME (I ONLY KNOW "THE ROCK") CLUB NAME AND THE LOGO OF THE CLUB OR THE STATION. Enjoyed the work and many friendships formed there.I WOULD ESPECIALLY LIKE TO HEAR OF THOSE STATIONS WHICH CLOSED EARLY; MAYAGUANA, DOMINICAN, EAST ISLAND, ST LUCIA AND FERNANDO. Would enjoy hearing from anyone that was there at that time to share memories and what they are doing now. Comments: Wor4ked for RCA from July 1956 to July 1960 at Mayaguez, then Turk and ended up at GBI. THOSE PALMETTOS ACROSS THE OLD VERY NARROW ROAD THERE WHERE WE USED TO SIGN-IN AND THEN SIT IN THE SHADE OF LONG GONE.February 1961: My first assignment was Carter Cay in the newly opened Comm Center.September 1962: RCA transferred me to Trinidad where I worked in the Comm Center.Two days before I reported to go to work for RCA (on Jan 14, 1956) we checked into the Brevard Hotel until we could get settled into anew "home".I feel very fortunate to have been part of many historical events there; some very pllease and some not so very pleasant.) with the infrequent tour groups, helped build a diver's catamaran/diving platform to accomodate a large group (paint was wet when the arrived), played beer ball at the southern Air Force base (you get a beer at first base and your run does not count if it is not empty at home plate), participated in the land crab race (Coast Guard entry requested a forklift to meet the plane to offload their crab), frequented the very small Enlisted Man's bar way too much, learned tennis on the adjacent court, Capt Atkins taught sailing classes on Sunfishes (which gave me confidence to own 3 Hobie cast and then a 38' Morgan sailboat that I lived on in S. but then was Shanghied by Wally to go on the Twin Falls tracking ship. Left RCA in '78 from the MADOS contract in Maryland, and worked for OAO Corp for 25 years, retiring from Lockheed Martin in 2004. Thanks for the site." Comments: I WENT to work in 1955. We sailed to Cape Canaveral first stopping in NJ for work on the ship. We live on 30 acres on the Mc Kenzie River about 50 miles east of Eugene, Oregon. Comments: Ships/Range Rats party on Sunday, April 23 starting at 12 noon at Baja Seafood and Chowder in Port Canaveral. Comments: I lived in Antigua from 1966 to 1972 while my dad worked at the tracking station there.
I went back to Air Traffic Control in Oxnard, Ca in 1969. After Antigua he went to Jupiter, then Grand Bahama and after that closed, he went back Jupiter at the Jonathan Dickinson Missile Tracking Annex (JDMTA). My dad really enjoyed the work and the people he worked with on the islands upand down the Eastern Test Range. Comments: It was fifty years this month when my new bride of 6 month that we packed all of our belongings in the rear seat of our 1957 Ford and headed for Cocoa, Florida.
My function was to do the Purchasing of all food Products items and specialty products,consumables and dry goods for the Eastern Test Range through out the Bahamas, Antigua, Ascension Island and Mahe in the Seychelle Islands. Jerry Ledford my Supervisor actually presented me with a certificate called Range Rats International as I was responsible to manage all the purchasing at the commissary out port and strategic purchasing at Patrick Airforce Base, Florida. Comments: Moved to Patrick AFB in 1964 assigned to 2862 GEEIA Squardon as part of "Rilley's Range Runners".
As a Ground Radio technician I helped install the HF receiver site at the Cape as well as the HF transmitter site at Ascension.
Transferred with Pan Am to Los Alamos National Lab in 1986 until 1996 when I relocated back to the Cape as a Johnson Controls employee. I remember the "never go Navajo" and the "run a way Snark", so any of you? A GOOD CROWD OF OLD RATS, LOTS OF PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS, LOTS OF TALL TALES, LOTS OF GOOD FOOD AND COMPANIONSHIP. RANGE MANAGER RUSS REED WAS THERE - 97 YEARS YOUNG AND AS SHARP AS EVER. I believe he was part of the 205 missions on the Vanguard. When radar was removed from Carter Cay Spent time on GBI. FOR THOSE FAR AWAY; PAFB MUCH CHANGED AND THEN NOT CHANGED. ALL THOSE HOUSES, INCLUDING BEACHFRONT, EMPTY, STILL MAINTAINED. DOUG ROGERS JUST RETURNED FROM A MONTH LONG TREK AROUND ASCENSION. ANYONE INTERESTED CAN CONTACT VIA E ADDRESS LISTED ELSEWHERE ON THIS SITE.
Comments: I was at The Devil's Ashpit Tracking Station on Ascension Island from 1975 until 1979. MANY HAD MADE A LONG TREK TO GET THERE, FROM OUT OF STATE AND FROM FAR AWAY INSTATE. Don't have a lot of information about his job but he was fresh out of the Air Force where he was a cryptographer. Adventurally got assigned to Trinidad, where I worked in Receiver CMF radar . Trinidad, Fernando De Noronha, Antigua, Grand Turk, Eleuthera, Ascension, Mahe, Pretoria. I received this emal from Don Akerberg yesterday saying:"I received a phone call from Angela Sweetin that Maury passed away on Thursday evening June 29th. Maury wrote this in my Range Rat Sign-In Book way back in Jan, 2006:"I arrived at MTP in Feb 1959 as a B-TEch in the Radar Shop, aptly led by Ira Runyan. THERE ARE MANY POSTS ON YOUTUBE RE THE ISLAND AS OF TODAY. Arnold from1965 - 1967, and in Grand Turk 1967 - 1970. Comments: Was on the Range from December 1956 - June 1972.