Comments: BACK FROM THE RANGE RAT REUNION AT JIM IRBY'S SPREAD NEAR HAWTHORNE. I am looking for any information about my dad during this period. THE DISH SITE JUST TO THE SOUTH STILL ACTIVE, WELL MAINTAINED.

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.

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On Ascension, I was there when we were the last station to track SKYLAB - it should have been a visual as it burned up but all my pictures just show the clouds it was behind. However, I do recall Narvea Gardner, a black man who taught me much about dignity and perseverance. Comments: Worked as the SCO on Redstone May 1967 to May 1969. I was a fisheries Biologist and ran research programs on the Columbia R.

Many many stories I can tell and I have some photos... I believe I was the first/only woman on the softball team on Grand Turk, I lived in town rather than in barracks, I witnessed a tropical storm and could barely make it walking to work, helped a local master diver Paul (Hendrickson? I could go on, but I am currently planning a 2 or 3 month trip in early 2018 to go back and explore more. Comments: I was trying to find my (much) earlier entry to the RR book. I transferred (briefly) to the Radar Engineering Dept. Took leave of absence from FAA to join Redstone in Quincy, MA. utilizing Hydroacoustic Techniques to evaluate juvenile salmon passage at multiple Corps Dams. Discount food and drinks with name tag that you get when you sign in. Comments: Viewing the RR Sign in book, noticed I have an old email address. Thanks to Lee Barn for his email (RE: King Halikman) which got me back into interest in the RR history and Joe's great accomplishment with this site.

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.

THANKS TO JIM AND THE MANY WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE EFFORT TO PUT ON THE EVENT. Not sure this relates to his Vanguard job Comments: I was a RM2, Radioman 2nd class, stationed at NAVFAC Grand Turk in 1977. After my duty there, I became a Range Rat for RCA, and operated and then supervised the radar tracking watches on Antigua and Ascension Islands. Found a note from Benny Juhl, I worked with him on ORV's. Wish I could come to the next RR get together but the commute from WA is more than I can handle. Would be interested in hearing from anybody who had passed by my way in the past. BMEWS Thule, Greenland Alaska, Dew Line Andros Island, AUTECAlaska, AC&W Project, Cape Romanzof, Kotzebue, King Salmon Andros (again}Cudjoe Key, Fl. RCA Aerostat====================================Mick put this in the Guest Book by misteak on and I am finally moving it over to the Range Rat Sign In Book where it really belongs.... Services that will be held at the Bealls Funeral Home in Bowie Md. Maury was a great man and may he rest in peace and may his peace be eternal."There is an obituary link but it does not include any info. The hottest thing going was the MOD II, but the Nike MOD IV came shortly thereafter. CHEERS TO ALL THE OLD HANDS WHO STOOD THE TEST OF THOSE EARLY DAYS ON THE RANGE - LIFE IN A QUONSET HUT! Served on St Lucia, San Salvador, Rose Knot, Cape Telemetry 2 and 3, Mercury / Gemini Control, Mistram in Valkaria.

I have since returned only once (in 2005)and was so saddened by the condition not only of the base but also Hatchet Bay. from Doe Beadle, the wife of Dale Beadle that Dale has passed away...---------------so sorry to say my beloved husband, Dale Beadle, of 41 years died October 16, 2016. He would want all of his RANGE RAT friends to know.

When I was there in '05 the infrastructure was tenuous at best. I love Eleuthera and hope to go back again Someday. We met on GBI and Dale & I were on Grand Turk from 75 to 77.---------------Webmaster Note: Dale wrote this in the Range Rat sign-in Book back in May 2006 about his work downrange: I was an Air Traffic Controller for PA AM from Jan 1974-April 1977.

) 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.

THOSE PALMETTOS ACROSS THE OLD VERY NARROW ROAD THERE WHERE WE USED TO SIGN-IN AND THEN SIT IN THE SHADE OF LONG GONE.

Eventually went back to school for an engineering degree and ended up working for Lockheed in California. Bill Bailey Comments: I worked on GBI and Walkers Cay in the late 50's. My dad (Gen USAF, same name)had lied about my age and gotten me a summer job on the range. I worked for some time for a contractor who delivered supplies to various tracking stations.

After sinking went to for work for Pan Am as a security guard.

I ws working one of the consoles in what was then Central Control, and witnessed the explosion on closed circuit TV. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then. I have worked at Ascension Radars (1990-1992), Antigua Radar (2006-2010), Patrick Radar (2010-2014), Radar/Command Planner (2014-present).