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11 ACW History January - December 1992
The 623rd Support Squadron. (U) The 623 SPTS wa. assigned to the
i ACWV ol 27 January i992 and saioned at Galena Airort near viiiage or
Galena, Alaska. Galena Airport, a state-owned airport, was one of two forward
operating bases managed by the wing that supported both aircraft operations and
one of the seventeen Long Range Radar sites in Alaska.3'
(U) The airport was built by the Civil Aeronautics Aunorty (CAA) in
late 1941 as part of an overall airport construction program in Alaska. The field
was turned over to the military on 1 July 1943 and became a satellite of Ladd
Field. It served as a refueling stop for aircraft bound for the Soviet Union under
the Lend-Lease program. The CAA resumed control of the airport in December
1945 and began operating it as a civil airport.
(U) In early 1951, the Alaska Air Command (AAC) negotiated an
agreement with the CAA for joint use. Plans were made to base a squadron of
fighter interceptors there as Dart of the overall buildup of air defense forces in
Alaska. The plans for basing a fighter interceptor squadron there were later
deleted. However, AAC went ahead with plans for using the field as a forward
operating base. Four F-94s from the 449th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
stationed at Ladd AFB had already been assigned to Galena by the end of 1951
and began training combat crews in ground controlled intercept and cold weather
(U) in addition to the F-94s, other aircraft that operated from Galena
;.ldeAd C QF,. , F1, 1 F-10s,,, F-4 Ia F -15 whic began operations in
October 1982. Since 1961 over 200 successful intercepts of Soviet aircraft
sortied from Galena.3 Galena became an LRR site when the old aircraft control
and warning site at nearby Campion closed in 1984 as part of the conversion to
31Ppr, 1I ACW/HO, subj: Capsule History of Galena Alrvort & the 623d Suooort Sauadron.
25 June 92. (SD 1-8).
t LUudy. , u I(U) 1 F/J, "IlLti thLe. OVY VIt.L D rCL - a sttudy a Ovet iLrIrXItL ILCI LteCts ICtaL
Aiaska 1961-1991," 7 Jul 92, (on fi!e in 11AF/HO archives).
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United States. Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. Department of Defense Clearinghouse Response: DoD Clearinghouse Response to a letter from the BRAC Commission regarding review of BRAC Recommendations., letter, August 30, 2005; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc23427/m1/3/: accessed April 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.