I remember when they were talking about installing DEB in Germany. Worked with the E&I team some on vehicle support. Kinda makes one feel old...
I was stationed at Levkas and Soller in the '80s and have some pictures. Gotta get em scanned. When I do I'll let ya know.
Lefkas is still standing at 38.73505833433929,20.64092774066049.
As radar_designer stated Soller is gone except for the power plant.
tbshmkr: I worked with you at 1815 on W-P I think.
ol_tangodelta == Dave P. TDM-? I think.
1815 TES/OTES, AFCC OTEC. Very smart engineers & technicians, Highly trained, Motivated, at first, then when PCS'ing out!
I averaged TDY 223 days per year from 85-89.
I was FDM-Pac, then TDM-F, lastly Test Management (meetings).
Operational Testing in Philippines 7 times, Hawaii 3, Greece 3, Turkey 2, Canada 2, Alaska 1, Germany 1.
AFCC OTEC was NOT a high TDY unit. If designated a high TDY unit, personnel (304X0's specifically) could not PCS to/from a remote! Wideband Evaluations (Analog) was the primary mission of 1815th when activated.
The jet fuel was in the well at Erhac, TU?
I know!! I said Izmir earlier.
Hi, was stationed there also in the same time frame, 1981 to 1983. I was on the mobile maintence team for Power Production. Sure our paths did cross, Steve Taylor here. Love to here from a fellow Cornite, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to reply.
I wish I could of been there, was there from 1981 to 1983 as a power production specialits and have many great memories of time there. Steve Taylor
Dave T. FDM-Eur, then TDM-A then instructor in the -5 (narrowband) course then instructor in the -7 course.
Stayed at the school till it moved to Keesler. 1815TES/OTES, AFCC OTEC, Det 3 TIC, Det 3 AFC4A and finally Det 2 338TS (AETC).
Was supposed to go TDY to Canada but suddenly was sent to -7 school and went to Maine, Philippines, Japan and Korea. All for system acceptance testing. The mission changed.
Dave: Sorry, did not relate DeltaTango to FDM-Eur, kept thinking Non-DCS!
Operational testing was more interesting than systems acceptance. Systems acceptance was push the button, let the computer do the rest.
My favorite problem was at Elmadag. SMT found the problem and called OTEC in to verify.
The zinc plating on the billboard panels oxidized over the years and became a non-linear component . In hot dry weather, a nearby FM radio station would act as LO, the billboard would be a mixer, and the transmit signal would be injected into the receiver. Replating ($$$) each billboard panel was the fix. That was the first of the Greece/Turkey 486L trips. SMT found the problem, wanted OTEC to verify.
Hi, I was at Corna on the Mobile Maintence team for Power Production. Sure our Paths crossed, it was Msgt Pusateri,Dc,John Thomas, and me Steve Taylor.I'd love to hear from another Cornite, my email is email@example.com
Kinda sad to hear that Mt. Corna and all the other DEB site have been closed. I was at Corna on the mobile maintence team for power production from 1981 to 1983 and had the time of my life.I will cherish those memories the rest of my life. I would love to hear from any other Cornites, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
It appears the Menorca site is being fixed up and it will be used by UNESCO as a headquarters for studying the very unique biosphere of the Balearic Islands. UNESCO is spending 500,000 Euros to fix up the joint. The buildings are intact, but transients and freeloaders have done some damage.
Looks like some ol' stompin' grounds are being put to use again.
I have the article on the changeover but it's in Catalan (a dialect of Spanish) in .pdf file.
It's kind of funny how life rolls out. For most people places and folks are limited to one geographic area. Most people just don't move around that much. For me that hasn't been the case. I started with the Air Force followed by the Florida Air Guard and now fifteen years on commercial construction. This life so far has lead me to many homes and temporary job locations. The first of these was 2 1/2 years in northern Italy assigned as a 304X0 working from Mt. Corna RRL Italy. (When I got my orders no one even knew where it was.) It was a very special time. I have often wondered what came of the place and sadly I read that the Detachment is now closed. I was there from 85 thru 87 and for the most part, grew up there. For the many of those that served on those mountain tops before and after that time as well as the ones I served with, I have to offer something. Perhaps John Thomas, Greg Bruton, Chief Hopkins, Lance Emrick, George Shrock, John Keller etc, will read this someday. If not I offer it to the rest of you that served there. Remember - when the Soviets were ready to roll, we were all there standing in the way. (People have forgotten) Remember - when the ice was so thick it took a sledge hammer get to the feed horn to replace it on top of Cima Galena. Remember - when the teletype predicted terrorist would attack the lone communications site, we stood alone outside her door with a weapon and two rounds. Remember - blue thunder rolling through the cable racks at Paganella during a thunderstorm. Remember - looking down the barrel of a gun in the tunnel at Mt Cimone. Remember - the Hotel Continental near Mt Sera. Remember - Drinking a beer with your buddy on the porch at Ralphs at 7:30 AM after working all night. Remember - the last winding drive down that hill called Mount Corna. Here is to the many men who proudly served on the Mountain Tops of the Digital European Backbone in Northern Italy. God Bless You All! David Pabor email@example.com
I just found this website, and it brings back many old memories. I am also a old Air Force 304X0 from the Seventies. I was in the 3rd Mob at Tinker AFB, from 1972 to 1973. I went to Menorca, Spain from summer of 1973 to summer 1975. I had such a great time there, I actually extended my enlistment just to stay there that one more summer. Then it was back to Tinker AFB in Oklahoma until separation in 1976. I believe it was called the 3rd Combat Comm Group by then. I may still have some pictures of the Menorca site and of some island escapades, but they wouldn't be of the digital type.
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Have a look at the attached link were I posted several pictures of Menorca. I was station on Menorca from 81 to 82.
Thanks for sharing the pictures. It looks a little different than what I remember, but that was so long ago. (My memory isn't what it used to be).
Was there still a civilian there when you were there? I believe his last name was Hess, a big guy with beard or gotee, and drove a Volvo.
One other question, was there a puppy dog still there, looked sort of like a Boxer?
I will try to get my pictures scanned and uploaded some where.
You are welcome.
No I do not remember any one called Hess. Yes we had two site dogs. One Ms. Piggy the boxer and another one called Bummer. There are pictures of both of them on the other site.
I found her!! Unbelievable!!! That sure looks like my baby, named Brandy then. I was Brandy's original caretaker after getting permission from the site CO to keep her. I got her when she was about 6 months old. I kept her fed, and out of trouble. She had a little pad to sleep on in my room. She loved to run and play in the rock field just outside of the dorms. She would chase anything that moved. She also liked to grab ahold of the mops, and yank them down off of the rack just outside the dorm entrance. Then she would take them out into that field, and then proceed to tear them to shreds. And, she loved to ride with us in the car, especially to the beaches.
She also like to mess with a Siamese Cat we had, named Noodle, but Noodle would not play.
Last night I found a bunch of pictures of Brandy & Noodle, the Island, and some GI's and our Spanish friends, after doing an archeological dig in my upstairs spare bedroom. I hope to get them scanned and uploaded this weekend with the assistance of a relative.
We called her Brandy too. I'm not sure who gave her the nickname of Ms Piggy... I used to take care of the dogs and take them down to the beach all the time.
Yes she loved chasing rocks and had a puppy called sapphire and will post the picture on other site.
Take care Steve
Hello! I was a 304x0 stationed first at Bergstrom AFB at the 712th ASOC 1981-1983 then Mt. Vergine, Italy with the 2181 CS 1983 - 1985.
The ASOC assignment was a combat comm unit to provide close air support for the 3rd Army out of Ft. Hood Texas. Good ole TRC-97s!
Mt. Vergine was a autovon site. Two of the shots were to Martina Franca and Mt Limbara. It is my understanding it got turned over the Italian authorities in early 1990's.
What a great time! Radio Relay - First In, Last Out!
Did you by any chance know a Gregory Sikes or a Steve Dillion there at the 712th? I was at the 712th long after you once it moved to Fort Hood. Sikes was the only one left from the 712th's days at Bergstrom.
I was the USAF 304X0 Quality Assurance Evaluator (QAE) for the Spain 486L site maintenance and operation contract after the sites went to civilian contractors. I was stationed at beautiful Zaragoza AB, Spain and went TDY every quarter to inspect the sites, one near Inoges on the mainland, one on Majorca and one on Minorca. What a _tough_ job! I was equipment trained at the Humosa site near Torrejon AB, Madrid.
Here's a slide show with a few photos of the sites:
Thanks for posting the pictures at picasa. When were they taken? It appears that 2 more buildings were added to the Menorca site since I was there in '73-'75.
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