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Entry: 88422
1954TH AACS SQDN
1954-6 AACS

LAWRENCE LUND wrote on March 1, 2014


City and State: BRENTWOOD NY

Unit: 1954-6 AACS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I served in the United States Air Force from January 9, 1953 to December 5, 1956 (4 year tour) as an Air Traffic Control Specialist.
I am a Korean War Veteran and earned the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and Korean Service Medal.
I had Basic training Samson Air Force Base located in upstate New York.
I then had AACS (Airways and Air Communications Service) training, at Keesler AFB in Biloxi Mississippi April - July 1953
My first duty assignment was as an Air Traffic Controller in the 1954-6 AACS Detachment, Johnson AFB Japan at the Tokyo Air Route Traffic Control Center where I served for 2 years.
Returning to the US, I was assigned to the 2017th AACS Squadron, McGuire AFB New Jersey RAPCON (radar approach control). While at McGuire AFB I earned my GED and took some college.

I got married in 1956 in my wifes home town of Trenton NJ, and when my tour of duty was over I was discharged from the Air Force on December 5, 1956. A this time (March 2014) we have 6 kids, 14 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren.

In December of 1957 I was hired by the CAA (Civil Aeronautics Administration) US Government now the (Federal Aviation Administration). I became an Air Traffic Control Specialist in the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center. In October of 1961 I became a Data Systems Specialist at the NYARTCC. The job entailed writing testing and maintaining the Air Traffic Control system program. The computer at that time was a Univac file 1, made by the Sperry Rand Corporation.

I was an Air Traffic Controller and Data Systems Coordinator for the FAA for 32 years 8 months and retired in 1986.

I worked for Northrop/Grumman as a Senior Software Engineer after retirement from the FAA. This is the same job I did for the FAA before they contracted it out. On May 14, 2003 I retired from Northrop/Grumman after 17 Years. Actually it was a reduction in staff and they asked for volunteers to be laid off and they would get severance pay and then be able to go on unemployment. I jumped at it! At the time, I was only working 3 days a week anyway.

Two of my sons are also Air Traffic Controller's. Steve is a controller at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center on Long Island and Larry Jr. was a controller at the New York Tracon with a couple of stints in Hawaii. Larry had a tragic accident in May of 2005 while stationed in Hawaii. He suffered severe brain damage and is on disability retirement from the FAA. We flew him back to the mainland and he is presently in a nursing facility receiving therapy.

My oldest grandson Steve graduated college (2004) at the Community College of Beaver County PA. finishing the Air Traffic Controller course. He was an electrician awaiting employment. He got picked up by the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center and went to the Oklahoma training facility. (7/27/2009) and is presently an Air Traffic Control Specialist at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center.

His brother Russell joined the Air Force in 2006 and became an Air Traffic Controller. He went to the same school I did in Biloxi Mississippi over 50 years later. He was discharged in December of 2012 after completing 6 years with a tour in Iraq. He just got picked up by the FAA and will be going to the training facility in Oklahoma shortly (March 2014). He will be going to the New York Tracon.

Another grandson Joseph finished the Community College of Beaver County PA air traffic control school and has been picked up by the FAA and is in training in Oklahoma as an Air Traffic Controller probably for Teteboro Tower.

Another Grandson Tyler has finished the Air Traffic Controller course at the Community College of Beaver County PA. The dynasty continues.




Keywords: Larry Lund, Tokyo Center,


Entry: 87579
1954TH AACS SQDN
AACS FLIGHT CHECK

MARK CATO wrote on November 7, 2013


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Working on AACS flight Check history. Looking for pictures and
stories of AACS ATC facilities, navaids, radar, flight check
aircraft, etc.


Keywords: AACS, flight check, air traffic control, ATC, radar, navaids,
flight check aircraft



Entry: 85950
1954TH AACS SQDN
OLD FRIENDS

VIRGINIA DALE wrote on April 12, 2013


City and State: MEDWAY MA

Unit: 1954TH AACS

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I lived in Japan off base from 1958 to august 1961. Would love
to

hear from anyone from Shinden village . Fond memories


Keywords: Johnson Air force base tHE GREEN STORE OUTSIDE THE mAIN NGATE


Entry: 81517
1954TH AACS SQDN
YOKOTA AFB 1954AACS

BRUCE WALTON wrote on December 28, 2011

Deceased

City and State: NORTHAMPTON MA

Unit: 1954 AND 1954-1 AACS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Would love to hear from any one there 1952 to 1954

Keywords: Yokota Control Tower maintenance
Tokyo Control Radio Maintenance



Entry: 81295
1954TH AACS SQDN
NEED COPY OF DISCHARGE DD214 JOIN USAF 7-11-54 DISCHARGED 4-1-58 UNDER JOE J GUTIERREZ A/1C

JOE GUTIERREZ wrote on December 11, 2011


City and State: LA MESA CA

Unit: 2354TH SQUADON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 80017
1954TH AACS SQDN
SERVICE AT HANEDA AFB GCA 1952-1955

JOSEPH HAWKINS wrote on August 17, 2011


City and State: BODEGA BAY CA

Unit: 1954 AACS SQN, !932 AACS DET.?

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I sailed to Japan on the troopship "General A. E.
Anderson" in March 1952. I was originally assigned to
Yokota AFB and then reassigned to Haneda AFB
approximately June 1952, where I stayed until January
1955. I married Miyako Koinuma in November 1954.


Keywords: Friends: Bill Gray, Cornelius Carroll, Richard Czerniac,
Bill Anderson 



Entry: 79618
1954TH AACS SQDN
FELLOW AIRMEN, HANEDA AFB, TOKYO, JAPAN 1953-1955

DON BOHLER wrote on July 13, 2011


City and State: MONUMENT CO

Unit: 1954-3 AIR - AIRWAY COMMUNICATIONS SQDRN

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Would be great to hear from some of my fellow controllers during those times. Don Bohler, S/SGT

Keywords: Haneda Tower, Tokyo, Japan, Air Force Controller July 1953 to January 1955 


Entry: 78366
1954TH AACS SQDN
1954 AACS 57-61

CLARENCE PANNELL wrote on March 29, 2011


City and State: PEMBERTON NJ

Unit: 1954 AACS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Looking for airmen who worked in the Mole Hill 57-61.

Keywords: flip Jeep


Entry: 78263
1954TH AACS SQDN
LOOKING FOR CLARANCE DEFRIECE

VALERIE WILLIAMSON wrote on March 21, 2011


City and State: COMMERCE CITY CO

Unit: 1954TH AACS SQ.

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: We are trying to find information about Clarance Defriece who was stationed at the Bakado Transmitter Site in 1957. Photos or any information is greatly appreciated. Clarance was my Great Uncle's son who joined the Airforce and never contacted his sister again, she tried to find him before she died, she is gone now, but her children continue to look for him or his children. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Keywords:


Entry: 78086
1954TH AACS SQDN
LOOKING FOR OLD FRIENDS

BERT BAGLEY wrote on March 5, 2011


City and State:

Unit: 1954TH AACS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: also was tdy to taegu in 1955. workedd on matcom mountain.

Keywords: i was stationed at johnson afb from june 1953 to june 1957. spent 2 yr at sakado machi transmitter site.


Entry: 77195
1954TH AACS SQDN
YOKOTA AB

BOB HUCK wrote on December 22, 2010


City and State: IN

Unit: 1954-1 AACS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: We operated the Yokota Control tower and GCA during 1952-1954 period. Would like to correspond before we are gone!

Keywords: Yokota control tower and GCA 1952-1954
Peter Workman, Joe Bek, John Rohrbaugh (?), Willie T. Sanders, Jim McCarty, Urb Baca, Bob Bargainier (?)



Entry: 76458
1954TH AACS SQDN

JAMES MICHAEL TESSITORE wrote on October 18, 2010


City and State: SALEM MA

Unit: 1962 AACS JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I am trying to locate other members of my 1962 aacs squardon from the Air Force Unit. I was an air traffic
controller in Japan.

Kadena Air Force Base Okanowa, Japan


Keywords: 1962aacs Johnson Airforce Base Japan


Entry: 70888
1954TH AACS SQDN
1954TH AACS SQUADRON PHOTO.

SUSAN SUPPER wrote on July 13, 2009


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I don't know anyone is interested but I have a photo of 11 men posed in front of the 1954th AACS Squadron sign at Johnson Air force base. I would be happy to share it with you via Email. My father is in the photo.

Keywords: 1954th AACS Squadron Johnson Airforce Base photo


Entry: 70403
1954TH AACS SQDN
TOKYO RADAR

HENRY BROER wrote on June 1, 2009


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: I served at Johnson from 8/1953 for 2 years as a radar maintenance airman for Tokyo Radar located on the other side of the runway. We were responsible for air traffic control for military and civilian aircraft arriving at Oshima island and being directed to various fields in the Tokyo area. T/Sgt Meskill was the NCO in charge. I have lots of good memories of the duty there, esp opportunities to visit Tokyo and other places. It was a good time to be there as the military still ran many facilities including those in the city...e.g. the Ernie Pyle movie theater.


Entry: 67015
1954TH AACS SQDN
1954 AACS JULY 54-56

JAMES DALEY wrote on August 28, 2008


City and State: COLCHESTER VT

Unit: 1954 AACS TOKYO ARTCC JOHNSON AFB

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was glad top see some details on the 1954 AACS because I had forgotton the SQ number.

Several of us left Naha, Okinawa in mid-enlistment to go to Tokyo ARTCC at Johnson AFB. (1954-56)

At OKI we were tower-gca and at Tokyo center we controlled overhead traffic from Wake Island to southern Japan.

There was another center at Fukuoka.

Learned a great Japanese tongue-twister one time:
tokyo-tokio-kyo-kyar-kyo-kyu

Try that three times!


Keywords: Jim Daley


Entry: 66323
1954TH AACS SQDN
LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO KNEW MY FATHER

THOMAS SUFFERN wrote on July 2, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Looking for anyone who knew my father. Thomas E. Suffern A/2C. I know he was in Japan to start as an Apprentice Control Tower Operator based on a letter I found which is a Job title and Major Responsibilities. The letter was Approved by Robert W. Watts. I also have a picture of him and my uncle taken at the Tokyo Mess in 1952.

Keywords: 1954th AACS Squadron
Detachment 1954-3



Entry: 57187
1954TH AACS SQDN
1954 AACS

JOSEPH LOBIS wrote on May 16, 2006


City and State:

Unit: 1954 AACS SQ

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was station at Johnson AB from 1959 to 1962 working ground radio maintenance with the 1954 AACS. The barracks were on the right side down from the main gate. Also the 1st MOB was close by. Wonderful assignment and was there when they downsized the base. We became Det 1 2127 Comm Sq detached from Yakota.

Keywords: 1954 AACS


Entry: 55096
1954TH AACS SQDN
AIK88 AACS K-9 PUSAN KOREA

JACK CARTER SR. wrote on January 9, 2006


City and State: WHITEHOUSE TX

Unit: 1973RD AACS K-9, ALSO 1954AACS , JOHNSON AFB JAP

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: would like to contact any of you ole AACS guys who was at any of the bases and sqdns listed above.
The years would be in Japan during 49, 50, and 51 Korea when AIK88 radio communications was in a tent,
everything was in a tent;;;
also anyony of you ole key punders at AIF2/AIF20 Johnson AFB, Japan.

also. any of u ole 46th com, Barksdale AFB 53/54



Keywords: would like to QSO with:
Bishop, Arnette, Bohata, King, Jabin,

a few at K9



Entry: 47926
1954TH AACS SQDN

KIMBERILY ANN RICH BLUMN wrote on January 5, 2005

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 33010
1954TH AACS SQDN
FELLOW CONTROLLERS 1953-1955

DON BOHLER wrote on March 23, 2003


City and State: MONUMENT CO

Unit: 1954-3 AACS SQDRN, HANEDA AFB, JAPAN

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Just looking for fellow controllers stationed at Haneda AFB, Japan during the period of 6/1953 to 1/1955. Sgt. Robert Shotliff,deceased, was Tower Chief during most of that time. Don Bohler

Keywords:


Entry: 24729
1954TH AACS SQDN
I'M LOOKING FOR THE PERSON WHO KNOWS JOHN CASADONA

YUMIKO WAKI wrote on April 14, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: My father, John Casana was in Air force camp in Kokura Japan around the year of 1952-1957.
I was born in Kokura, and was with my father until 1957. He left for U.S. from Komaki Air force camp in Japan. My mother had been keeping in touch with him for some years, but a letter in ten days become once a month, once three months ..then we lost our addresses each other and long time had pssed. But I found my father's relatives on Internet in 1999. Unfortunately my father has been dead for ten years, but I was so happy because all the relatives of my father accepted me heartfully. Since then we have keeping a good relationship each other. I'm going to U.S as a participant of Exchang Japan program. I would be very happy to meet someone who was a friend of John Casadona, my father.


Keywords: 1952-1957 Kokura Japan Airforce camp



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