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11 ACW History January - December 1992
SPTS was the closest forward ope .ting location to the wing being 270 miles
distant to the west of Eimendorf AtFB. The site was initialiv named Naknek after
the former Army Air Forces field constructed there during the early 1940s and
renamed King Salmon in 1954. The airfield was transferred to the CAA after the
war and AAC began using the field as a forward operating base in 1948 when F-
80s of t1e 57 L Fighter Grou wre depicjyed rena.
(TJ) King Salmon became operational as a ground controlled intercept
radar site in November 1951. The facility was converted to an air defense
direction center on 4 March 1953 and exercised control over the Cape Newenham
and Cape Romanzof Air Force Stations. King Salmon became a NORAD Control
Center in july i969 when the Fire island site near Anchorage was closed. The
aircraft control and warning sites in the ANR southern sector were transferred to
King Salmon's control.
(I) initially, the King Salmon nirraft control and warning site was
maintained and operated by Detachment F-3, 53 1st Aircraft Control and Warning
Group (later redesignated the 11 TCG). In 1952. AAC upgraded all site
detachments to squadrons and the 705th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
was activated on 8 December of that year. Base support for King Salmon was
provided by the 5071st Air Base Squadron, activated on 1 August 1960. The
squadron was inactivated on 1 July 1977, thus ending its existence and history as
it was a MACOM controlled unit.
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IU) A lew J01s t Air Dase SqU4UI! was acLivaLU Uy AAfLk. OU! 0
November 1977. Because the original squadron was inactivated, the new 5071st
was not related through lineage with the previous unit. However, the Air Force
approved the transfer of the original squadron's unit emroem to e new unit and
thus its onlyv !ink historicallyv.
(U) The squadron was redesignated a combat support squadron on 1 July
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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/m1/5/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.