Best Friends SMS Lebaron (Maintenance Chief) A/1c David Richards TSgt Bob Spotts
Best Moment Being chosen for maintenance crew, and going TDY to White Sands, NM.
Worst Moment Finding I was assigned to RBS - a unit I had tried to avoid for a number of years. However, my internal assignment (maintenance rather than operations) somewhat soothed my feelings.
Chain of Command Detachment 9 reported to 11th Radar Bomb Scoring Squadron, located in March AFB,CA. In turn, 11 RBS reported to 1st Combat Evaluation Group (SAC) at Barksdale AFB, LA.
Other Memories I was assigned to Detachment 9 (1962)from overseas (OL 8, 601st TCS) in Landshut, Germany. I had been an autotrack maintenance man since 1951 but I had never been assigned to an RBS unit. So, most of the equipment was new to me; all the operations were a mystery. However, I was assigned to the maintenance crew. We performed all the preventive and reactive maintenance, and slowly, I learned the equipment. In 1962, I was selected to attend the first school on a new radar being developed by Reeves Instrument Co. of New York. The class was held in Garden City, Long Island, NY from September '62 until December '62. In early '63, I was again selected, this time to participate in the field testing of the AN/MSQ-35 system at White Sands, NM. I was the only maintenance man assigned, and worked with civilian engineers to maintain the radar while operational tests were being conducted. After 193 days, the tests were determined as failures and the mission dropped. I returned to Winslow in time to be advance party to move one of the older radar susytems to a new location - St. George, UT.