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April 6, 2012
 I was one of the original Computer Center Technicians
at Tinker AFB arriving there in 1962. Earlier that year we had training in Kansas City and four months at Cherry Hill, NJ with RCA. Starting in 1964 I was the

Relief Computer Center Technician with headquarters at Tinker AFB but spent
most of my time at the Berwick, Kansas Computer Center. In 1973 the Berwick Computer Center was moved to Austin, Texas and I followed. I retired from Western Union in 1986. Since that time I have worked for the U. S. Treasury and will have a second retirement soon. I would like to hear from my old friends.
Ronald Smith, 2304 Comburg Castle Way, Austin,
Texas 78748
ronfsmith@att.net
 

April 11, 2012

I worked at Tinker ASC Tech Control in 1972-3 and 1975, I also worked at Korat ASC Tech Control in 1974. This was an interesting career field in those days, working with all those high speed data circuits. I have enjoyed all the information provided on this site.

Steve Delaney. Delans@aol.com

  

June 7, 2012

Dear Sir or Ma’am:

Good afternoon. My name is LTC Kevin Romano and I command the 509th Signal Battalion in Italy. My battalion used to operate the old Coltano site. I am trying to get in contact with some of the members of the Battalion that served at Coltano. As the Commander of the 509th, I noticed a huge hole in the unit’s history from the 70’s to the 90’s. I looking to get photos and stories so that the legacy and history of this site will not be lost.

Thank you-

LTC Kevin P. Romano

Commander

509th Signal Battalion

DSN: 314-634-6509

 

July 5, 2012

LtCol Romano, I was the first company commander of the 56th signal company and OIC of the ASC from 1976 to 1978 please provide an email paulszabados@me.com

 

July 5, 2012

I was OIC ASC Coltano from 1976 to 1978 and First Company Commander of the 56th Signal Company 509th Signal Bn which had Coltano.

Paul Szabados

 

August 12, 2012

Hi Bob,

My name is Pete Cooley and I just came across your Autodin site. I first came into the ASC world when I cross-trained upon return from Vietnam. The three ASC's I was stationed at were Tinker, McClellan and Croughton. Upon leaving Croughton, I went special duty assignment at Andrews where we were a classified switch of sorts that had both 291's and 295's assigned to Operations. Would it be possible to be added to your list of AUTODINERS. My email address is: pjcooley@nc.rr.com and I can be reached at 919-333-4519 and if you would like to talk. It was a fun site to browse and please let me know how I can sign the guest book. I hope to hear from you one way or the other.

Regards, Pete Cooley

 

September 10, 2012

I am a long time employee of DSA. I started my association with AUTODIN at the PPM Room in Willow Grove under the watchful eye of Bob Krantz. I have been to the old training facility at Ft. Monmouth. I supported the initial acceptance testing at Croughton, Ft. Buckner and Nha Trang did software installs at Croughton, Pirasens and Coltano, and for a short time I filled in as site programmer at Pirmasens. During Ops 16 I did operator training at Albany and took part in MCS training at Handcock. In the early days of DMS I supported the MFI Gateway testing at Ft. Detrick and after working a couple other contracts I am back at Ft. Detrick supporting Ops. It's been a good ride.

Steve Cook

mdvolfan@dsainc.com

 

September 13, 2012

I worked in Plan 55 maintenance at Hickam AFB from 1966 to 1968, when the center converted to Mode 2. Even though Plan 55 was shutting down worldwide, they were still putting guys through the long tech school at Shepard. Now I'm living in the Philippines, just a few miles from where the Plan 55 center was at Clark AB. But nobody I talked to knows exactly which building the center was in at Clark. One guess was the basement of the HQ building, at the end of the parade ground, but that's only a guess. I could use some help identifying the building and where the troops lived too. Thanks.
Arthur Becker
artbecker2001@yahoo.com

 

January 30, 2013

I worked at Pirmasens, Germany AUTODIN from 1973 to 1976. I was a 34F DSTE repair and cross trained as a 34L but also worked on the ADMSE equipment (34H) as well at the peripheral. It was so long ago that I do not remember that much, but I was and Spec 5 when I got there and got promoted to Spec 6 while there. I remember changing units while there I did not remember which number STRATCOM but I did not remember 270 Company.

 

I remember bringing in the platters to replace the drum storage and the trouble we had keeping them running because of the air hoses leaking and the heads crashing. They were talking about replacing the computers with DEC PDP 11 but did not see them arrive. I worked for about 4 months in the power room waiting for my clearance to come. I was in the power room when they brought in the digital equipment to replace the analog motor generators. I remember standing behind the cabinet with a safety hook while an installer cabled in the main power to the power input, I think it was 440V but not sure and thinking that if he gets across that I will not be able to pull him off in time. I also worked on the teletypes when we all the 31J lost their clearance. I was very logical and could learn about anything.

 

 I remember one time with the site was down for about 10 days while we tried to get a transistor to fix a board and we keep getting a replacement that did not work. Looking at the signal on a scope the replacement had a dip in the signal. The system would work for up to 30 minutes after getting booted up to not booting up. We were told to keep it down until it was fixed. One night I was the only repairman on site and the Battalion Commander came in and told me to bring it up, I informed him we were not fixed yet and we were not supposed to bring it up. He ordered me to bring it up so I call the ops out told them to bring it up. It got all the way up and the teletypes started working and DC started to ask me if it was fixed and it crashed. I was called back to telecom within 10 seconds of it crashing to talk to some general. I informed him I was ordered to bring it up by my commander so I did he wanted to talk him and I know he was getting chewed out because I keep hearing “yes sir” and was told to keep it down until it was fixed.

I ETS out of the army when I got back to the states after my 3 years I remember I had a good time,

Davis (Dave) Watkins SP6


Feb 22, 2013

Hi - My name is Fred Seigneur. I worked with AUTODIN and developed software for AUTODIN-II. After I left the Air Force, my reserve assignment was with the Communications Computer Programming Center (CCPC). I'd like to connect with you about AUTODIN history, COMLOGNET, etc. 

BTW, DoD's first attempt to get their own ARPANET was called the Integrated Data Network (IDN), which (as you mention) Congress did not fund. When we did the SADPR-85 Study Report, we wanted to support USAF base level data processing with minicomputers on base, supplemented by regional centers. But, we knew we needed a real time packet network to do it. The Phase IV of the Base Level Data Automation Support Program (BLDASP) might have been different if the IDN was approved.

Sincerely,
Fred Seigneur


Feb 26, 2013

Hi

Enjoyed the site. I was an AUTODIN Tech Controller at Ft Buckner Mar 1968 through Aug 1969. Later I was later assigned to the Phu Lam Autodin Tech Control Feb 1970 until Feb 1971. I recognize some of the names on the Ft Buckner site. I would not mind adding comments.

Bob Harris

March 7, 2013

Bob,
My name is Nathan Allshouse and I was stationed at
Ramstein AB, Germany
1990-1992. During my tour there, I was with the 1964th comm group working at the OSC comm center (my wife-to-be worked at the base comm center.) I was trained and worked on AutoDiN and I love the site you have developed since it is now a piece of history. Do you have some kind of membership or list of people who worked on AutoDiN? If so, I'd like to be associated with that list/site. Feel free to publish my name and email address (nallshouse@hotmail.com) if you wish. If there is some group I can join or somewhere I can register for membership and post my experiences, please let me know. I appreciate your help.
 
Thanks,
Nathan Allshouse


October 7, 2013 

Hi Bob,

I just ran across the AUTODIN page on the internet. I was stationed on Okinawa from 1967 to 1970 at the Autodin site. I worked for awhile for SGM Shaloo. When I left Okinawa I went to Fort Monmouth and was an instructor in system operations for Autodin, I taught from 1970 to 1972 then went on recruiting duty. My e-mail is darylstanley@netscape.net.


November 3, 2013

I am not sure if we ever crossed paths. I was in Okinawa from April 1970 to 1971. I worked at JOSS (Join Overseas Switchboard) in the Stratcom building.  Great memories. I left shortly before things got a little ugly and 80 cars were burned on Koza St.

SP 4 LUIS RAMOS (
Coco)

Dec 11, 2013

I’m Ed Busch and started my AUTODIN career at Tinker AFB, OK in1966 as an Air Force Maintenance Tech.  The idea was that AF techs would supplement the WU techs at the CONUS sites.  I believe WU wasn’t really keen on the idea (possible job loss?) and the training wasn’t as robust as it could have been.  This is pure conjecture on my part.  At any rate, in 1968 AF techs were sent to Ft Monmouth, NJ for Overseas AUTODIN hardware training.

By the end of 1968, I was sent to the Camp Drake (Japan) ASC to support the newly fielded system there.  I can name several of the AF techs – but will save until I learn if I can get info posted or not.  At any rate, after two-and-a-half years at Camp Drake (90 TDY spent in support of Korat ASC – Thailand) I was sent on special assignment with several other techs from around the world to the Tinker AFB Communications Computer Programing Center.  Our mission – rewrite all of the Test & Diagnostic programs for the Overseas AUTODIN system.  The idea was – have techs who are intimately familiar with the inner workings of the systems write software to help field techs find failed system components more quickly and accurately.  Ray Krug, Ed Firth, Joe Harman and I were the core of the group.  Bruce Lanham and Jack Whyte also joined us.  We designed and wrote the code at Tinker – Then travelled to Ft Detrick, MD to compile and test our programs.  This was done on second and third shift so we could get the complete system to ourselves.  We would methodically open and ground pins on each printed circuit board in the rack, run the Test & Diagnostic (T&D) and note the results.  In the software listings we would list the possible failed modules so the tech could either perform a “Remove and Replace” or set up a scope loop for further problem analysis.

Most of the T&D staff stayed at Tinker though the late 70’s.  The lure of making some serious money was too much for a couple of us.  Data Systems Analysts, Inc. (who developed the Operational software for the Overseas AUTODN) first got Ray Krug in 1974.  Then, in 1975, I received a job offer – which I took.  I became a systems programmer for DSA and started work on OPS 9.0 (DSCCS ?).  By 1982 I decided to move to the Ft. Detrick area due to the constant travel between Pennsauken, NJ (DSA HQ) and the test site.  It was in 1982 that I also became the Project Manager for DSA.  I remained Project Manager through most of 1996 – at which time I was asked to head up a new project – Securing the Defense Information Systems Network (DISN) Bandwidth Management initiative.  Bill Jones and Charles Cooks took over as co-Project Managers.  During my tenure, DSA also started manning the Overseas sites with On-Site Programmers.

Also, during my tenure, we converted the 102 Processor assembly level coding to the MAC-32 language to rehost to the DEC VAX 700 series mainframes,

Hated to see everything “go away.”

AUTODIN Geek – 1966 – 1996+

Ed

Edward W. Busch - CCNA, Security+464

Neuchatel RoadNew

Bern, NC  28562

(252) 259-2985


April 1, 2014

Hi,
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 name.

I did four tours of duty in AUTODIN in the development and maintenance of software.  I began as a computer programmer trainee in 1966 with DCA after several years of message center experience in the Marines and at the State Department.  My first assignment was at the DCA Switchman office shared with
Western Union.  I soon became responsible for Tape Search Unit (TSU) and RCA 301 off-line software that searched history tapes and generated reports. Once the first Overseas AUTODIN switches were cutover and DCA assumed responsibility for OPS-2, I was assigned as one of the maintenance programmers to fix reported problems and to implement minor enhancements.

In 1968, I left DCA for a small company, C3 Inc., and we developed and implemented software for the original automation of the
Pentagon Telecommunications Center.  In 1971, I decided to return to DCA and once again performed software maintenance duties.

After the AUTODIN staff was relocated to
Ft. Detrick, I remained at DCA HQS. as a team leader developing software supporting AUTODIN and AUTOVON operations and engineering organizations.

My third time assigned to AUTODIN programming was when I was promoted to Chief, AUTODIN Programming Branch at
Ft. Detrick.  During my six years there, the branch implemented OPS-9, OPS-10.1, OPS-10.2, OPS-11, and OPS-12.  Our staff developed software in conjunction with contractor Data Systems Analysts for most versions except for OPS-10.1 and OPS-10.2 which were achieved with in-house resources.  We developed detailed specifications for each version, ensured compatibility between CONUS and Overseas AUTODIN, supervised 2-3 months of intensive testing using teams provided by the operational switches, and our personnel implemented the initial cotovers of the new versions at switches in the European and Pacific regions.

After several years in charge of an applications programming division, I moved into my last AUTODIN related assignment, to help develop contract specifications for the transition to the Defense Message System (DMS).  I retired in 1994 after three years on the DMS project.  When it became necessary to extend the life of AUTODIN, I worked briefly as a contractor to develop a five year extension contract.

Bob Campopiano
campopianorobert@gmail.com


April 16, 2014

I worked 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.

Also;
Lackland AFB July-Aug. 1966
Kessler AFB Aug. 1966-July 1967
Warner Robbins AFB July 1967-July 1968.
TDY Fort Monmonth Army Signal School AotoDin training March1967-May 1967.
Korat Rhailand AFB July 1968-July 1969.
ENT AFB/Peterson Field/NORAD-Cheyenne Mouttain  July 1969-July 1970.

Robert (Bob) Perry

  

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