825th AC&W Squadron
for the period ending
30 June 1961
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Specifically, a tactical re-evaluation of this unit conducted on 20 and 21 June 1961 further demonstrated and confirmed existing opinions that the unit is seriously impaired in the performance of its assigned mission due to severe limitations of the installed search radar equipment. As a result of this confirmation, and as a result of inspections of equipment and maintenance procedures by 4602nd Support Wing, 25th Air Division and CAR personnel which indicated that the equipment is meeting operating specifications; Spokane Air Defense Sector, through 25th ADIV, has requested the installation of the new programmed search radar be expedited. Consequently, until this action takes place, the unit can perform its mission only within the limitations imposed by installed equipment, and cannot be said to be operating at peak efficiency.
The unit mission has not appreciably changed during this period, except that as indicated in the previous report this unit is now responsible for battle coordination of the Sector Canadian sites.
As was anticipated, manning in the Operations field has become a problem within the quarter. Director wise, the unit is at full strength; however, airman manning is approximately 75% of authorized strength. Manning should improve in the next quarter. The GATR facility is approximately 90% complete, and the equipment is on site though there has been no installation as of the close of this period. The TELCO building is completed, and the SAGE Annex Building is approximately 60% complete. The previously planned Power Annex Building was cancelled as the ADC engineering survey team determined that commercial power is adequate for prime power at this unit. Present plans now call for a 20 foot addition to present emergency-power building with the addition of three 100 KW Deisel units and expansion of the sub-station.
Lt. Colonel Garvel R Trimble assumed command of the Squadron on 5 May 1961, relieving Major John H Farrar.
There was one hour and 31 minutes of Red time on the search equipment during the period. Primary reason for outages were power surges causing resultant component failures; however, Red time did not significantly influence accomplishment of mission.
A total of 254 training intercepts were conducted during the period and this is considered the minimum requirement necessary for director and associated technician proficiency training.
A total of 35 STM exercises were conducted during the period.
The unit was found satisfactory during the 25th NORAD Regions re-evaluation of the unit on 20 and 21 May 1961.