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Re: General ALCS questions

Postby AE on Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:34 pm

Hey Doug, you forgot the "L" model! (Granted, it was pretty much the most forgettable in the EC-135 family.) I know the L models had the Phase II but I don't think any were ever equipped with the CALCS--even though the CALCS T.O. (21-LG118A-1-2) was coded for all four models (A/C/G/L). At least not as far as I can remember. For the life of me, I can't remember the difference in configuration between the A and L models but I know I flew on an L a couple times. By 1994, all references to the A/G/L models in the T.O. had been removed and the cover page said simply EC-135C. Now, that too is history. :(
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Re: General ALCS questions

Postby dekelley82 on Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:41 pm

Yeah, I purposely left off the L model so as not to confuse our Deuce brother Cancellier--typically used only for the radio relay a/c role out of Grissom/Rickenbacker. However, I do believe we had at least one L model at EAFB, due to the aircraft shuffling from the Pacer Link/CALCS modifications. When I got there in '87, they were rotating the a/c in and out, and there were already tail numbers leaving and not coming back (i.e., going to Grissom instead).

After the Pacer Link/CALCS mod there really was no difference between the A/G/L models.
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Re: General ALCS questions

Postby notlaw99 on Thu May 22, 2008 8:59 pm

When I was on crew in the 490th SMS [1970 - 1974] we had a cable problem with one of our sorties in Oscar flight. The redundant hardened cables between LCCs and LFs but the point of intersection of the connections was outside the LF Fence and only one cable runs from the point of intersection to the LF at that time in Wing I. We had a farmer managed to accidently cut the cable between the point of intersection to the network and the LF it self, isolating the LF from any squadron LCC control. Since that opened the LF to UHF control it had to be manually safed until the cable was repaired. I don't know if point of hardened cable interconnectivity was outside the LF fence at other wings or not.

They also did stupid things when they designed the SAC Underground. There was a single water pipe that ran from out side the O Club at Offutt to the Building 501 [Underground Command post] it was the water source for the air conditioning system. And the original SACCS DPS Computers [Q31s] were water cooled. So if the water supply was shut down you would lose use of the SACCS system in the SAC CP. The Q31s were totally replaced by WWMMCS computer in 1975 but the loss of water for air conditioning still affected other capabilities in the SAC Command Post.
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Re: General ALCS questions

Postby Chris Tac Guy on Sat Jun 13, 2009 6:00 pm

Hi there, This is my first post. The other day my mother gave me a coffee cup that belonged to my Uncle. On it was written "Chris 4 ACCS". Now I knew my uncle had been an officer in the air force and worked in SAC. My mom said that they called him Chris even though his name was William Christofolis, because his last name was too long. Does anybody here remember the unit? Was is a large unit or small enough where there's a chance somebody knew him? Any info would be appreciated either on the the unit or at best if somebody knew him. I really didnt know him, he pasted during a SAR mission when i was young in the 70's. Thanks
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Re: General ALCS questions

Postby AE on Sat Jun 13, 2009 6:58 pm

The 4 ACCS was not a small unit; in fact, if I remember right it had the claim of being one of the largest operational flying squadrons in SAC--and perhaps the entire USAF--at one time. I didn't know him and never heard the name before. (I think your question might be seen by more readers if you were to post it in a new string rather than bury it in this one.) AE
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Re: General ALCS questions

Postby Chris Tac Guy on Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:57 pm

AE,

Thanks,
Now I'll learn how to post a new thread. I've just started looking it up and so far learned that it was attached to the 28th from 70-92 if I'm not mistaken. My family has told me that he worked in the silos. That may have been in a different assignment.
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Re: General ALCS questions

Postby AE on Sat Jun 13, 2009 9:22 pm

Yes, the dates are correct. All of the guys in the ALCS branch of the 4 ACCS had missile backgrounds, meaning they performed alerts underground near the missile silos at either Minuteman or Titan II bases before coming to Ellsworth--or perhaps even at Ellsworth, since the 44 SMW used to be there. (It's also possible there may have been one or two Peacekeeper folks near the end... I left about a year before the unit closed so can't say for sure.)

And BTW, the 4 ACCS wasn't attached to the 28 BMW, it was assigned. There's a difference. 8) AE
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Re: General ALCS questions

Postby TDRSS on Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:09 pm

AE wrote:Yes, the dates are correct. All of the guys in the ALCS branch of the 4 ACCS had missile backgrounds, meaning they performed alerts underground near the missile silos at either Minuteman or Titan II bases before coming to Ellsworth--or perhaps even at Ellsworth, since the 44 SMW used to be there. (It's also possible there may have been one or two Peacekeeper folks near the end... I left about a year before the unit closed so can't say for sure.)

And BTW, the 4 ACCS wasn't attached to the 28 BMW, it was assigned. There's a difference. 8) AE



Ok, I'll play the organizational dummy today: what's the difference between attached and assigned?

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Re: General ALCS questions

Postby AE on Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:32 am

ASSIGN: To place a military unit within a military establishment [group or higher organization] so that the unit becomes an element or component of the larger organization.

ATTACH: To place a military unit temporarily under the control of another military unit or establishment for any or all of the folllowing reasons: administration, logistical support, or operational control. Unit attachment orders normally specify the purpose(s) for which a unit is attached. Attachment of a unit does not make the attached unit formally an element or component of the organization to which it is attached.... Attachment usually involves physical separation from the establishment of assignment.

(Source: The Organization and Lineage of the United States Air Force, by Charles A. Revenstein, 1986.)
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Re: General ALCS questions

Postby Capt. Bill on Sun Jul 18, 2010 1:55 am

When was the first ALCC launch of a MM III missile at VAFB. I was on one of the crews for Glory Trip 07, 08 and 09GM in Nov 1971. One of the launches, think it was 08, was supposed to be an ALCC launch but we had to key turn from the LCC when we were told that ALCC "could not get in". A few years back I ran into one of the ALCC crews at an AAFM reunion and he said he was on the launch and the "codes' were wrong. Not sure if that was at the LF or on the ALCC. I had never thought about it but I guess there had to be some coding to prevent inadvertent/unauthorized alerts.
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