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Cold Bay Air Force Station, Alaska

Cold Bay Air Force Station, the 714th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, was one of several long range radar sites located in Alaska. They were strategically placed to monitor the skies for potential threat during the Cold War. Operated and manned by the United States Air Force, the sites were a part of a huge defense system that kept the nation safe.

In 1970 I was assigned to become the Communications and Electronics Officer for the radar site at Cold Bay. It was a remote tour. Accordingly, family members were not allowed to accompany the airmen to the site. My family was no exception. My previous assignment had been at the 810th Radar Squadron in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. So, after moving my family to my hometown in Illinois, I flew from St. Louis, Missouri to Anchorage, Alaska. Once there, I spent a few days in-processing at Elmendorf Air Force Base. I arrived at Cold Bay during the month of May, making the 600 mile trip from Anchorage on Reeve Aleutian Airlines. During my eleven month tour I recorded many of my experiences on film. This is my story.
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Alaska Peninsula
Alaska Peninsula
Nearer
Nearer
Cold Bay Air Force Station
Cold Bay Air Force Station
Location
Location
Isolation
Isolation
Evening
Evening
High Tide
High Tide
White Alice Antennae
White Alice Antennae
White Alice Antenna
White Alice Antenna
Low Tide
Low Tide
Frosty
Frosty
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