During the Cold War, the United States Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force stationed thousands of people to remote locations around the world to serve early warning of possible nuclear attack by the Soviet Union. Airmen served at Radar installations—mostly small, mostly far from towns or air bases—throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Cold, barren, far from medical services, these Radar sites presented a challenge to service members’ mental and physical health.
Join us for a conversation with Radar Station Veterans who scanned the skies 24/7 for incoming aircraft and missiles. We talk with members of the popular Radar Station Veterans Facebook Group as well as those working to create a National Air Defense Radar Museum.
Image is the 611th Air Communications Squadron Mission Defense Team visiting a Long Range Radar Site to perform cybersecurity measures at Utqiagvik, Alaska, Feb. 15, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Patrick Sullivan)