Guest Book 7
April 1, 2014
I recently Googled "AUTODIN" and was pleasantly surprised to find a
most interesting and enjoyable website. I saw several names of people I
worked with for years and wondered how they came to be listed. Are you
the "gatekeeper" for the website? If so, feel free to add my
April 16, 2014
at the Korat AutoDin site as E-4 Sgt. in the COMM section, July 1968 thru July
1969. From there, was stationed at NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs as Tech Support. Originally
from Louisville KY, I now live in Indianapolis. I remember feeding and cleaning
the Bear, and the THAI's stationed at our site love of the Rice Bugs.
Robert (Bob) Perry
May 16,2014HOME AUTODIN
I was the (first) NCOIC DAU Technical Control Facility in Oct?67 and went TDY to Phu Lam in weeks 1&2 of Feb68 to assist in acceptance (from Philco Ford) the autodin facility there.
On my return to Andrews AFB, I was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for this service: Documented DD214.
MSGT/USAF Ret, A. M. Hayes
July 4, 2014
My name is Steve Wilson. I was a 72E-G5 from 1976 through 1979. I worked in the Zweibrucken, Germany TCC from 1977 through 1979. We used the IBM 360-20 Computer, Teletype writers, and the KG-13 Crypto.
I served with the 327th Signal Company. SPC Wilson
January 9, 2015
Hello Bob, you got futima Stratcom right. When I first got there the carrier equipment went thru our time division mutliplux equipment 120 channels then the base group and then finally the super group and thru the Rf gear and then shot by microwave to where I WAS AT WITH ONE OTHER SP-5 AND PAGE COMMUNICATION ENGINEERS. YAETAKE IS THE AMERICAN NAME OF THE MOUNTAIN SITE. The Okinawans call it YAEDAKE . On island and off island tropo communications occurs here to and from the Phillipines,Okinawa, and Tiawan and then V. Nam. Bob we were on the highest part of the rock and only a few we to were a part of you. A short story, one day i got a phone from the first sargent he wanted to see me. Now I have not even seen this man for over six months. In fact I did not know his name. So I made the long trip south, came into his office, I saw all his stripes as he stared at my name tag AND YELLED, LECHMAN I AM GOING TO PUT YOU IN JAIL. I started to talk, he interrupted Lechman when was the last time you wrote or spoke to your mother. I said tonight first sargent. End of conversation. I did so because i can monitor.Zap, any line from the site. Just use a 1KC tone. I never abused the system.
Mike Lechman went home sept. 70. mike
Mike Lechman firstname.lastname@example.org
March 5, 2015
I was stationed at siegelbach in the early 60s. We won the base basketball championship against the Ramstein AFB MP,s. Just kind of wondering what happened to our trophy, since it was kind of a real victory for our air station.
April 27, 2015
USASTRATCOM Asmara, Ethiopia 4/69 -3/71
I graduated from 32G school @ Ft. Monmouth in 12/68. I, along with 4 others did not receive orders @ graduation, and did not rotate overseas until 1/69. We all received orders for Pirmasens, Germany for the HHC, 59th Ordnance Group! We pulled casual duty there for 2 months, before getting orders for STRATCOM HQ, Heidelberg. 3 stayed in Germany, I and 1 other got orders for Asmara. Side note: When the clerk handed us our orders, he asked what part of Germany Asmara was in, to which we replied, the extreme southern portion!
When I arrived in Asmara, it was still a 100% torn-tape facility; also, Asmara was the largest HF relay site in the Army then. There were 5 AUTODIN circuits installed in 6/69; 3 to Pirmasens, replacing 5 torn-tape circuits and 2 to Coltano, Italy, replacing 4 to Siegelbach, Germany.
All 5 circuits were via satellite to Pirmasens; they would switch to HF twice a month for SATCOM terminal maintenance.
Our crypto equipment were KW-26s, with the optional HW-8 delay units installed. The changeover from satellite resulted in significant signal path changes, which we were able to compensate for with the HW-8s. AEA (Pirmasens) wondered how we were able to keep them in sync; we explained to them about the HW-8, which they, in turn incorporated on their end.
In 6/70, I was sent to Bad Toelz, Germany for 6 weeks for AUTODIN Mode V terminal maintenance training. As a result I was the only person in the commcenter qualified to maintain the AUTODIN terminals.
Later in 1970 the NAVCOMMSTA across the road from us, NKA, received 3 Mode V terminals. They had no one qualified to troubleshoot and repair theirs; as a result, I had to assist them on 3 occasions between 10/70 and 3/71.
The biggest repair issue incurred on these were the audible alarms (Sonalerts); operators used to jam screwdrivers into them to “quiet” them.
Jim Missenda, 3rd Shift TC
May 14, 2015
stationed at the Taegu Autodin from Sep'79 to 1st quarter
September 25, 2015
I worked at the Autodin site with Philco june 67-dec 68, trying to locate the site on a Korat map. I actually visited the Autodin site in 2007-old building was still there-across from it was the UPS bldg. The bear cage was there then and the tropo antenna next door.
November 12, 2015
I was looking at your page today. Just had to comment. I was also a 32D20 & 32D2T. I was at Buckner briefly in Feb 1972 but was Transferred out to Tengan right after the HF site was decommissioned. That microwave site supported Camp Hansen, Schwab, White Beach & Awase. We always manned the unmanned site during typhoons. I always seemed to end up at White Beach. I was there almost until rotation when my brother was killed. I left a few week early & was reassigned stateside at the Pentagon. I had a lot of fun there even though at the time it was a little crazy postwar and reversion. I raced motorcross there and also worked for the local Suzuki shop there in Sukiran. I only remember a few guys that we spent time with that were “banished” out there. Good times. Thanks for your post.
December 16, 2015
February 21, 2016
Hello Mr. Pollard,
My name is Susan Barrett and I came across your Autodin site and while surfing through the pages I came across your list of "Autodiners" and I didn't see my father's name there. I know he was at the Andrews site and I believe a few others. His name is Raymond F. Barrett. He has since been severely disabled by complications from a severe heart attack in 1997, but he still remembers his time working with Autodin and tries to find information on it online as best he can. He was also close friends with Robbie Robinson (God rest his soul) for many years who was also an Autodiner.
I just wanted to write and ask if my father's name could be added to your list along with his e-mail which is email@example.com. I know if I could send him the link to the page and he saw it he would be very happy.
Thank you so much and here's to a great year ahead.
Susan L. Barrett
February 22, 2016
MY name is
Forrest Allen and I came to Norton in 1967 and work under Joe
as a supvr then he gave me a promotion in 1968 to shift supvr. I left
there in 1971 to help my brother go into bussiness but that lasted for a year
when I found out that Fred Fogle had an opening so I applied and he hired me
and that lasted until 1975 when there was a layoff.
Ps I'm retired from DOD from McClellan in 1999
August 12, 2016
for keeping the autodin site up. I had NO IDEA Pirm was closed.
When I was there, there was a road leading to the area. There was a guard shack just outside the fence [or was it inside? can't quite remember].
new husband, was on guard duty. There was a chair in there that leaned up
against the wall on a tiny ledge that only held the two back legs.
Because I was pg, they put me on guard duty just inside the door, to the right just before going in thru the double airlock doors. 12 hour shifts, it was miserable. They finally let me on the floor, where there was an area much like Star Trek, a 'bridge' area, and the HUGE tapes down below, from left to right in a semi circle I think it was.
My ex, John Barrett spent more time in there than I did. There was some LARGE black sgt as the head guy, in the office. I wanted to stay in, he told me 'well, you're pregnant, we know you're getting out'. I said I wasn't. he said 'yes you are' and he refused to let me do any work, just had me sitting around. I got out. When you are young and female, and it's the 70's, its hard to stand up to people. I think his name was Joe, but that could be just cloudy memory.
I thought the head guy on the floor was first name David, but that too, could be cloudy memory.
There was nothing around there. just this bldg in the middle of nowhere.
The only 'claim to fame' I remember, was the message from Nixon to drop the last bomb on viet nam came thru that switch and we knew, before anyone else in the world.
I'm 62 now. I was 20 then. I was Pvt. Janine Barrett. A long, long time ago, I can still remember some.
Thanks for walking the short walk with me.
October 21 2016
I worked Norton PTF from 1983 to 1985. I remember Don Strong, Walt Vanokur and Ernie. Don was proud of his Honda Goldwing. Walt told me stories about his friend or dentist being the father of the VanHalen brothers, such a long time ago. Ernie was a disheveled genius. They taught me a lot about my job and BS'd some nights to pass the time. I went on to Osan, AB TCF where I was the QC NCO from 1985 to 1986. Thanks for the page.
William O. Themann
October 28, 2016
November 22, 2016
Hello my name is George Candello and I served in the 270th Signal Company from 1978 to 1981 and was tasked with the maintenance and repair of the digital subscriber terminal equipment inside the center. I just wanted to say hello and mention that I had to come across your site and it was really exciting to see that somebody had posted the history of what it is we and our predecessors had accomplished there.
I live in Portland Oregon and make my home in Milwaukie.
Thank you very much.
January 28, 2017
Wow. I just
found these sites. I was a USAF DSTE/ crypto tech in building 3001g at Tinker
from 1982 through 1984. I did my training at Sheppard in Witchita Falls. I may still have some trouble
shooting documents from that time. I am now the Postmaster in Grove Ok. Wow the
memories and some stories that come back from that time.
February 17, 2017
I discovered your AUTODIN history site and was amazed. I was stationed at Croughton from 1986-1990 and was the operator on duty during the Philco-Ford to VAX-DEC change over. I was also stationed at Gentile from 1990-1995 again the operator on duty during the RCA to VAX-DEC change over and also during the closure.
On your site is an story by John Scott about the AUTODIN closure coin including pictures. I could not find any further info about the coin or a bio about John. I am interested in getting one of the coins. Would you have any info about John so I can find out who he had make the coins.