Brown, Clyde, SSgt

Communications Systems
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Current Service Status
USAF Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
29372C-Airborne Radio Communications Technician
Current/Last AFSC Group
Communications Systems
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 29372, 31st Communications Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
00000-not listed
29231-Apprentice Morse Intercept Operator
29330-Apprentice Ground Radio Operator
29251-Morse Intercept Operator
29350-Ground Radio Operator
29350E-Ground Radio Operator
29352C-Airborne Radio Operator
29372-Airborne Radio and Flight Inspection Technician
Service Years
1956 - 1969
Foreign Language(s)
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Cuban Missile Crisis
Staff Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Missileman (Basic)

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal KC-135 2000 Hour

 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Together We ServedAir Force Communicators & Air Traffic Controllers AssociationVeterans of the Vietnam WarPost 454, John H. Kraus Post
Post 635Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2009, Air Force Together We Served [Verified]
  2010, Air Force Communicators & Air Traffic Controllers Association
  2013, Veterans of the Vietnam War
  2014, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 454, John H. Kraus Post (Member) (Bloomington, Illinois) - Chap. Page
  2014, American Legion, Post 635 (Deceased Member (Honor Roll)) (Normal, Illinois) - Chap. Page
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 1968-1969, EC-135 Looking Glass
From Year
To Year
Personal Memories
April 25, 1968-passed requirements as Radio Operator 2 on Looking Glass. Started training for Radio Operator 1.

May 27, 1968-Completed training for Radio Operator 1 and assigned Communications Team Chief on the Sac Airborne Command Post.

June 13, 1968 awarded Primary AFSC 29372C (now eligible for promotion to E-6 through E-7).

June 21, 1968-Aircrew Qualified in Written and Emergency Procedures proficiencies aboard KC-135 Looking Glass aircraft.

September 18, 1968-Exceptionally Qualified as Instructor Radio Operator on the SAC airborne Command Post (Looking Glass).

January 01, 1969-Awarded Missilleman Badge.

January 14, 1969-Re-Appointed Instructor in support of the SAC Airborne Command Post/Post Attack Command Control System (SAC ABNCP PACCS).

January 20, 1969-Received Letter of Commendation from Colonel Wilton G. Weaver, Jr., Deputy Director Command Control for "Outstanding Performance while assigned to the SAC Underground Command Post" during calendar years 1968-1969. Endorsed and fowarded on by Colonel Howard E. McCormick, Director of Communications Electronics (DOCE), SAC HQ, Offutt AFB, Nebraska. Also endorsed by Colonel Robert W Lally, Chief, Operations Division, (DOCEOC) and Major George Kelley, Chief, Comm Control Branch, 1st Aerospace Group.

May 1, 1969-Re-certified as Instructor SAC ABNCP PACCS.

 EC-135 Looking Glass Details

Aircraft/Missile Information
Looking Glass

"Operation Looking Glass" provided at least 11 EC-135C command post aircraft to the Commander in Chief Strategic Air Command (CINCSAC), which were either based at its headquarters at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, or at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. All aircraft have been retired or repurposed.

The U.S. nuclear strategy depends on its ability to command, control, and communicate with its nuclear forces under all conditions. An essential element of that ability is Looking Glass; its crew and staff ensure there is always an aircraft ready to direct bombers and missiles from the air should ground-based command centers be destroyed or rendered inoperable. Looking Glass is intended to guarantee that U.S. strategic forces will act only in the manner dictated by the President. It took the nickname "Looking Glass" because the mission mirrored ground-based command, control, and communications. Besides being the program name, "Looking Glass" is the official name for the "C" model aircraft of the EC-135. It has a crew of at least 15, including at least one or more general officer.

The Strategic Air Command began the Looking Glass mission on February 3, 1961. Looking Glass aircraft were continuously airborne 24 hours a day for over 29 years, accumulating more than 281,000 accident-free flying hours. On July 24, 1990, "The Glass" ceased continuous airborne alert, but remained on ground or airborne alert 24 hours a day.

On June 1, 1992, SAC was deactivated and replaced by USSTRATCOM, which now controls the Looking Glass.[2][3] On October 1, 1998, the Navy's E-6 Mercury TACAMO replaced the USAF's EC-135C in the Looking Glass mission.

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Last Updated: Aug 15, 2014
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