The following operational activities histories for the 3084th Air Police/Security Squadron were taken from the Historical Reports of the 3084th Aviation Depot Group, recently declassified by the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, and the United States Air Force.
3084TH SECURITY SQUADRON - OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES
(1 Jan - 30 June 1956)
As of 1 January 1956, the 3084th Security Squadron, commanded by Major David F. Strohm, had the following personnel strength assigned:
a. Officers: 7
b. Airmen (Overhead): 3
c. Air Police: 144
d. Civilians: 2
e. Weapons Mechanics: 7
(Ed. Note: Total = 163)
The 3084th Security Squadron Morning Report of 4 June 1956 showed a total strength of 201 enlisted Air Police personnel. However, due to the overseas assignment of approximately 30 Air Policemen in two separate commitments, only about 170 Air Police personnel were actually present for duty as of 1 June 1956. The 30 reassigned Air Police were either on leave prior to their shipment or had already departed for new assignments. In addition to the 30 Air Police assignments mentioned above, approximately 10 additional Air Policeman received orders in increments for reassignment to recruiting and additional overseas assignments.
Due to the reassignment levels of our Air Policemen, another scrutiny and readjustment of security forces became necessary. Because of the cut in the Unit Manning Document, no replacements were anticipated for the departing personnel.
The majority of Air Police personnel assigned to the Security Squadron during this period were of the top three grades. The withdrawals for overseas assignment were from the lower four grades. Consequently, our security force became top heavy with a surplus of personnel in the upper three grades. In fulfillment of security requirements, it became necessary to staff certain guard commitments which ordinarily be manned by airmen of the lower four grades with Non-Commissioned Officers.
In anticipation of the vast construction program that was to commence early in the Spring, an inquiry was dispatched early in January to the New England Division Corps of Engineers in Boston, Massachusetts, as to the possibility of obtaining a list of all sub-contractors in this area who possess facility clearances. The Corps of Engineers office stated that to compile such a list would involve considerable time and effort and would not necessarily cover the entire situation. It was agreed that this office would notify the Corps of Engineers of the identity of all subcontractors receiving a contract under F. D. Rich Company and that the Corps of Engineers office would then inform us as to the status of the facility clearance. Subsequent to this agreement, the Resident Security Agent contacted his Headquarters in Kansas City regarding this matter. He was informed that Kansas City had no objection to permitting subcontractors not possessing facility clearances to work within the "Q" Area, providing they had no constructive access to classified areas or material. According to this agreement between Midwest Engineers and Construction Office (MWECO), Kansas City and AMC, the contract for the construction within the "Q" Area was classified by Kansas City, and AMC agreed to accept the responsibility for the control of access to classified areas in accordance with industrial security regulations. Inasmuch as the Security Office, MWECO, would not lower the classification of the contract, their suggestion to permit access to classified programs to contractors not possessing a facility clearance was not favorably considered. This was alleviated through re-negotiation of the agreement between MWECO and Headquarters AMC. This agreement provided for the New England District Office Corps of Engineers to submit a proposed contract to the Station Commander for determination of security classification prior to its being opened for bids.
Captain Albert F. Barnard received notification of his reassignment to an overseas station on 6 February 1956, with a reporting date of 17 May 1956. Captain Melville T. Letaw, a former Air Police Officer, was obtained on a loan basis from the 3084th Operations Squadron. Captain Letaw replaced Captain Bernard as Deputy Director of Security as of 1 May 1956.
During this reporting period there were only four reports of AWOL, two of them for a period of less than four days and the other two were dropped from the rolls as deserters. One was involuntarily apprehended in Baltimore, Maryland and confined at the Westover Air Force Base Guardhouse to await court martial action. In the other alleged desertion case, an airman who was assigned to this organization from an overseas assignment requested and was granted an extension of fifteen days leave, but has failed to present himself at this Station.
On 20 February 1956, a conference was held between Major David F. Strohm, Director of Security and the District Commander, First District Office of Special Investigations, Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts to determine the feasibility of appointing certain OSI agents to be sole investigators of cases on this Station. A letter was then forwarded to the 3079th ADW requesting their concurrence of the intended agreement. Wing Headquarters approved a "cook's tour" of our facilities for two OSI agents and in turn, they would brief their subordinates. The reason for this proposed project was to familiarize First District OSI with the activities at this Station and thereby establish a better working liaison.
During the first week of April 1956, Major Strohm visited the 3080th Security Squadron, Caribou Air Force Station, Limestone, Maine and conferred with Captain Wayne Perske, Security Squadron commander at that installation. The purpose of the visit was to coordinate security matters and exchange ideas concerning improvement of security at both Stations. A return visit was then made to this Station by Captain Perske during the week of 23 April 1956.
The Security Squadron underwent three formal inspections by outside agencies and higher headquarters during this reporting period. They included the semi-annual USAF-AEC Security Inspection, semi-annual AMC-AEC Security Survey, and the 3079th ADW Management Improvement Review Board. As to the latter, the six flight organization was surveyed at this Station by the Management Improvement Review Board. Their findings were reviewed and evaluated by Wing Headquarters who in turn forwarded their approval of the system to this Headquarters. The USAF-AEC Security Inspection and the AMC-AEC Security Survey revealed no major discrepancies.
PERSONNEL SECURITY DIVISION
The Personnel Security Division, comprised of the Pass and Badge Office, Photographic Laboratory, Safe Inspection and Repair Section, Personnel Security Office, Visitor Control, and Security Indoctrination sections progressed satisfactorily through the past six months with no major discrepancies reflected in security surveys and inspection reports to higher headquarters.
The one major change in the Division during this period was the addition of a section to conduct administrative safe and vault inspections. These inspections are conducted on a weekly basis and are designed to insure compliance with applicable security directives by all personnel assigned responsibility as safe custodians. Further, experience proved that it was within the capability of assigned personnel to perform preventative maintenance on safes and to replace used parts, open dead-locked safes, teach personnel to change safe combinations, and provide other general locksmith services. Therefore, space for a work room was provided and locksmith tools, spare parts, and material were ordered and received through established supply channels. This action furnished needed locksmith services for this Station at a great monetary saving to the Air Force since it has previously been necessary to contact outside locksmiths for this service. Now, immediate help is present following a safe breakdown. During the period of this report, 113 safes were repaired, 271 administrative inspections were conducted, and 10 safe custodians were taught to change safe combinations.
PERSONNEL SECURITY OFFICE
Miss Virginia Constantelo, GS-3, replaced Miss Jeanette A. Peloquin, GS-3, 19 March 1956. Miss Peloquin terminated her employment in the Personnel Security Office in order to marry.
Further personnel changes included the addition of Miss Leona LaPrade, GS-2, to the office staff as Visitor Control and Badge Accountability Clerk as of 14 May 1956. This was a converted military position to a civilian position within the division, and has produced the desired state of strict accountability of badges. A total of eighty official visitors were monitored by the Visitor Control section. This number reflects only those official visitors announced by message from Wing Headquarters.
The Personnel Security Office received a total of 378 completed reports of investigation from the OSI during this reporting period. Of this number, six were deemed to be special cases within the provisions of AFR 205-6. This office requested 191 background investigations from the First District OSI, Westover Air Force Base, and 37 requests for National Agency Checks from Fourth District OSI, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.
Upon receipt of the new AFR 205-6, "Personnel Security Investigations and Clearance", received by this office in March 1956, and under the provisions of this same regulation, the use of our local clearance certificates ceased and the new Air Force forms and the new DD Form 398's were instituted.
New procedures were initiated in March with the Site AEC Custodian for clearance of personnel to Restricted Data information. The AEC has delegated limited authority to the Site Custodian to grant access approval to AEC Restricted Data. Concurrently, the Station Commander was delegated the authority to certify military clearances to AEC in the name of the Commander, AMC. This procedure has been extremely successful. Prior to inception of this program, the time required to process a clearance was seldom less than two months, whereas action at the local level can be completed in one day. A daily liaison is maintained in person between the Custodian's Office and the Personnel Security Office.
PASS AND BADGE
The Pass and Badge office manufactured and issued 1,896 identification credentials during the period of this report. The Inspector General, USAF, Security Inspectors from Headquarters AMC, and other official visitors commented favorably on the swift accuracy of the personnel assigned to this function. The Inspector General, Headquarters AMC, took all data concerning our laminating press equipment for possible adoption AMC wide.
Personnel assigned to the Pass and Badge Office remained stable except for the addition of a Technical Sergeant from the Security flight. All personnel have continued to perform extra duties, such as Charge of Quarters, Mess Attendance, and Air Police Training in addition to normally assigned duties within the office.
The Photographic Laboratory continued to provide ground photography services for the entire Station, with one assigned three skill level photographer. A total of 525 identification photographs were taken, developed, printed and distributed. A total of 731 special events were photographed, printed and distributed. These special events included public relations released for local newspapers and the Westover Air Force Base paper. Photographic coverage was provided for all vehicle accidents and incidents involving damage to government property. Pictorial sequences were provided for organizational histories and other activities as the need arose.
The Security Indoctrination Program progressed satisfactorily with a sharp increase noted in the percentage of attendance of personnel at indoctrination meetings.
The goal of one hour of indoctrination per month, per man has been achieved through the efforts of the Unit Security Officers and their alternates. Unit Security Officers are appointed by their respective Commanders on special orders for this additional duty.
Monthly meetings with these officers are held to provide them with information and guidance for their programs. The Unit Security Officers then turn in attendance slips containing information about the particular program given. This information is transcribed to the master indoctrination record of each individual assigned or employed. In this connection, the Unit Security Officer system provided an organizational framework which speedily complied with the requirements of AFR 205-15 in directing all personnel who have received clearances to certify in writing that they have read and understand this regulation.
Plans were completed for the installation of an Intelligence and Security Library to be used as an indoctrination center for Unit Security Officers. A concerted attempt will be made to collect information which may be useful in helping to make personnel aware of their security responsibilities. This library will also be used as an office for interviews conducted by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of Special Investigations.
The Physical Security Division under the supervision of Captain Walter H. Bosau, AFxxxxxxx, consisted of the bulk of personnel of this Squadron. This division was charged with the operation of the six Air Police flights performing normal security and law enforcement duties. Due to a shortage of Air Police personnel at Westover Air Force Base, it was necessary to continue to provide a traffic patrol on the access road leading from Westover Air Force Base to this Station.
During the months of February and March, this division was subjected to a large personnel loss due to expiration of enlistments. For a period of time between the second week of February and the first week of April, the division cancelled leaves and passes of remaining personnel except in emergencies, in order to maintain minimum security requirements. At that time, difficulty was experienced with the lethal fence being activated by high winds, snow, and winter weather. Operations proceeded normally in spite of weather conditions and minimum personnel strength.
An influx of Air Police personnel during the month of April once again placed this division in a stronger position. Leaves were again approved for personnel who were unable to take them because of the prior personnel shortage. This division was informed of the forthcoming additions and/or changes which were to be made at the Main Gate, "Q" Area Gate, and at the Guardhouse. These alterations had been proposed by this division some months before and were approved. The proposed date for these changes was June or July 1956.
AIR POLICE TRAINING
Due to the reduced Christmas and New Year's schedule, the Training Section did not start training this year until 9 January 1956. The large personnel carry-over from 1955 still caused an additional workload for the Training Section. The months of January and February were devoted to basic fundamentals of Air Police duties. Emphasis was given to basic weapons, post orders, and SOP's peculiar to this Station.
On 16 February, this section received the new Wing Training Regulation 50-3. With 80% of the old training program completed and a 60% turnover in Squadron Air Police personnel, this represented the opportune time to revise the training schedule and establish a new yearly outline of subjects.
On 8 March, T/Sgt Thomas Jacobs, Assistant NCOIC of the Training Section, left for Parks Air Force Base, California to attend the Air Base Defense Instructors' Course. T/Sgt Albert Weldon was relieved from flight duty and took over as training instructor for the duration of Sergeant Jacobs TDY.
Training progressed as scheduled with the months of April, May, and June experiencing extensive outdoor work in tactics, drill and informative area tours. These three months also saw the accomplishment of the bulk of our weapons range familiarization. Range work was divided between the local Westover range and the machine gun National Guard Range in Holyoke, Massachusetts. This range work included a night course in the use of the .45 pistol and M-3 machine gun. In addition to normal training periods, section sergeants had some sub-standard men report to the training section for help in subjects that were causing them difficulty. Because the regular training program is geared to the 5 level, it was found necessary too include some special training at the 7 level. This was accomplished by running a schedule of NCO's and having special short indoctrination periods during duty hours. On the basis of one man at a time, the training officer worked with individuals and conferred several times with each NCO in subjects as noted:
b. Special alert plans
c. OJT problems
d. Weapons and Tactics
e. Subjects of a general nature
During the period of this report, the following training was given and made a matter of record:
a. Four men upgraded to 30's
b. Thirteen men upgraded to 50's
c. One man upgraded to 70
d. 15,124 man hours of physical training
e. 585 man hours of classroom instruction
f. 116 man hours of extra training
g. 275 man hour of specialized NCO training
(1 July - 31 December 1956)
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(1 Jan - 30 June 1957)
As of 30 June 1957, the 3084th Air Police Squadron, commanded by Captain John P. Bayer, had the following personnel assigned:
Enlisted Administrative: 5
Civilian Administrative: 3
Enlisted Photographer: 1
Enlisted Air Police: 113
Weapons Mechanics: 5
Probably the most significant event within the period was the change of officer personnel including commanders. In March, Major David F. Strohm, Squadron Commander, relinquished commands to depart for a new assignment. In April, Captain John P. Bayer assumed command of the Squadron. In the interim, the organization was commanded by Captain Michael Spryn, Jr., with Captain Ronald E. Sigler acting as Deputy Commander. In February, First Lieutenant Joseph B. Depelheuer was assigned to the organization, and in April, First Lieutenant Albert R. Nieto was also assigned. This brought the Squadron officer strength to six with four of these officers, including Captain Sigler, new to the organization.
As a result of the arrival of new officers, a certain amount of job re-assignment occurred. However, by the end of May, officers were assigned permanent positions as follows:
Captain Bayer - Commander; Director of Security
Captain Sigler - Deputy Commander; Adjutant
Captain Barr - Chief, Personnel Security; Supply
Captain Spryn - Chief Physical Security
Lieutenant Nieto - Training Officer
Lieutenant Depelheuer - TDY to Group Headquarters for the Otis Lake Project
Non-Commissioned Officer manning, although not as high as authorized by the Unit Manning Document, remained sufficient to provide necessary supervision of enlisted personnel. However, the promotion freeze in the upper three grades continued to be a problem. Fully qualified five level personnel were upgraded to the seven or supervisory level whenever possible. However, the number of 77170 personnel was controlled by UMD authorizations; consequently these personnel were encouraged to apply for service schools that would qualify them to enter "hard core" career fields.
On 1 January 1957 there was a total of one hundred and forty-six Air Police assigned, but a manning document authorization of only one hundred and twenty-three. To bring the number of assigned personnel into accord with the authorized strength, higher headquarters did not assign personnel to the Squadron until the organization was reduced by overseas assignments and discharges. By 15 May 1957 there were only one hundred and fourteen Air Police assigned. Although the Squadron was officially nine men short, the shortage was actually more acute due to the fact that personnel were attending school or absent for other administrative reasons.
Contractor escort and kitchen detail requirements also drained men from the flights and a problem arose concerning meeting the minimum post requirements. To counteract the problem a thorough review of Squadron manpower utilization was conducted, administrative personnel were trained for convoy escort, and procedures were initiated among the flights to control leaves, passes, and extra details.
In May, Orderly Room personnel were moved from their offices in the Air Police barracks to the Directorate of Security offices. This move brought about closer coordination with the First Sergeant, Adjutant, and the Commander. It also permitted the pooling of clerical work with administrative personnel assigned to the Security Directorate and made it possible to free personnel for regular Air Police duty.
Two inspections were conducted during this reporting period by higher headquarters. In January, Captain Lloyd R. Derrick of the 3079th Aviation Depot Wing's Management Improvement Review Board inspected the organization, and in May, Mr. Andrew Buchanan, AEC, along with Captain Derrick, conducted another inspection of the Station. Results of both inspections were favorable.
In April the Squadron had diminished in strength to such a degree that it was possible for all personnel to be billeted in one barracks. This made a barracks available for the 24th Aviation Depot Squadron (SAC). Consolidation into one building made supervision easier and afforded better upkeep of the rooms and the building in general. A program of landscaping the grounds was initiated which added greatly to the outside appearance of the barracks.
PERSONNEL SECURITY DIVISION
During the period of this report, the Personnel Security Division had three supervisors. Upon the departure of CWO Alexander M. Horner to a new assignment, Lt. Depelheuer assumed supervision of the section. With Lt. Depelheuer's subsequent TDY to the Otis Lake project, Captain Leonard Barr was assigned as Chief, Personnel Security Division. This change of supervisors brought few alterations of procedures and the division continued its normal performance.
The personnel clearance program continued to process a steady flow of final and interim clearances, but experienced a decline in the number of requests in comparison with the previous reporting period. The division received approximately two hundred completed reports of background investigations, a small decrease over the past six month period; and thirty National Agency checks, approximately the same as the previous reporting period, from Offices of Special Investigations (OSI).
The Pass and Badge section underwent a complete change in enlisted personnel, but because of the past practice of having NCO's on flight duty receive a few weeks training in the Pass and Badge Office, experienced personnel were available to assume the responsibilities without a disruption of the workload. The billeting of the 24th ADS on this Station required a special effort on the part of the section, but by close coordination with the Westover AFB Personnel Security Office and the 24th ADS administrative section, it was possible to establish the clearance status of personnel and expedite processing of personnel for their Administrative Area badges.
The Photo Lab continued normal operations until the end of the reporting period when the Squadron photographer was discharged. At that time Pass and Badge personnel assumed responsibility for developing film for security badges, Special Services assured the responsibility for public information photographs until such time as the Squadron would be assigned another photographer.
One other change occurred in the Photo Lab. The identification camera was moved to the Pass and Badge office so that new personnel could be photographed for their permanent badge at the same time their temporary badge was prepared for them. This proved to be a convenience for personnel and a time saver in the processing of permanent badges.
The most significant event in the Physical Security Division was the change of working shifts. The division had previously utilized a six flight system on a three day cycle with two flights rotating six hour shifts of post and alert for twenty-four hours, and then being relieved of duty for forty-eight hours. The division reverted to the conventional eighteen day cycle with each flight working a six hour shift for three consecutive days before changing to a different shift or to alert or pass status. The change was made on a ninety day experimental basis beginning on 1 June 1957.
At this same time, Captain Spryn became Chief of the Physical Security Division relieving Captain Barr who became Chief of the Personnel Security Division. Master Sergeant Norman R. Joyce remained as Provost Sergeant.
The "Non-Commissioned Officer of the Guard" system was discontinued in June as it was not considered to be successful under the new shift cycle. The system had been set up with the four ranking NCO's working on a shift basis from flight to flight. This system provided close coordination and exchange of information with the Provost Sergeant and the flights. It also provided a means of bringing uniformity of procedures to the flights. However, under the new system it was no longer possible to maintain the close coordination that had been possible.
Staff Sergeant James T. Jeffries, NCOIC of the Arms Room, consolidated the Group Personal Arms Storage with the Arms Room, which provided greater security to personal arms, made personnel arms more readily available to Station personnel, and simplified the armorers' task in securing these arms.
In order to meet a personnel shortage created. by the need to escort convoys during normal duty hours and during special operations, the policy of using armorers and administrative enlisted personnel for convoy augmentation was begun. This move was coordinated with the Training Section which began weapon familiarization including the firing of the .45 caliber pistol and submachine gun for personnel concerned.
AIR POLICE TRAINING
During May and June, the Training Section was reorganized. Under the old system, the training section had been an additional responsibility to the Chief, Physical Security Division, but was re-designated as a primary responsibility to Lt. Nieto. The section strength was reduced from two NCO's to one, with Tech Sergeant Thomas E. Jacobs filling that position. The policy of close coordination between the Physical Security division and the training section was also maintained.
Training classes continued to be conducted primarily by Training Section personnel although special classes were scheduled by Flight Sergeants and personnel outside the Squadron who were particularly qualified in special fields. This included a tour of the Sentry Dog classes given by the Westover Sentry Dog section and training by Station Fire Department personnel.
With the advent of warmer weather, weapon firing and outdoor problems were begun. By the end of the reporting period, personnel had fired the .30 caliber Carbine for record, and the shotgun and .45 caliber submachine gun for familiarization. Field problems involved practice assault on a "Q" Area objective with the use of blank ammunition in M-1 rifles and the .30 caliber machine gun by both attacking and defending forces.
On-the-job training continued to be given to personnel by the Flight Sergeants under the supervision of the Training Section. During this period, ten persons completed their five level training. Personnel who had previously completed their OJT trainingtook their skill level tests and as a result, two personnel were upgraded to the 3 level and twenty-five personnel to the 5 level.
During the months of May and June, the Squadron began to receive new personnel. Accordingly, they were trained in physical security procedures through the 44-hour indoctrination course. This training included the firing of the .45 caliber pistol and submachine gun. By the end of the reporting period, a total of fourteen personnel had completed this training.
(1 July - 31 December 1957)
As of 31 December 1957, the 3084th Air Police Squadron, commanded by Captain John Bayer, had the following personnel assigned:
a. Officers: 5
b. Enlisted Administrative: 3
c. Civilian Administrative: 2
d. Enlisted Photographer: 1
e. Enlisted Air Police: 103
f. Weapons Mechanic: 5
During the past six months historical reporting period, the 3084th Air Police Squadron lost two officers and gained one. In August, First Lieutenant Joseph B. Depleheuer was separated from the service. In September, Captain Michael Spryn, Jr. departed for a new assignment. The Squadron gained Second Lieutenant Don J. Thompson in October. Lieutenant Thompson had no previous experience in the Air Police field, therefore, arrangements were made for him to attend the Air Police Officers Course located at Lackland AFB, Texas.
Officer job assignments were:
Captain John P. Bayer - Commander; Director of Security
Captain Ronald E. Sigler - Deputy Director of Security
Captain Leonard Barr - Chief, Physical Security Division
First Lieutenant Albert R. Nieto - Training Officer; Deputy Chief, Physical Security Division
Second Lieutenant Don J. Thompson - Chief, Personnel Security Division
Non-Commissioned Officer manning continued to be below the authorized strength in the Unit Manning Document, but remained sufficient to provide the necessary supervision of personnel on flight duty. The promotion freeze in the upper three grades of the Air Police career field continued to be a problem. The problem was intensified by the fact that up-grading to the 77170 skill level, Air Police Supervisor, was prohibited by higher headquarters even though vacancies did occur. Personnel continued to apply for retraining in "Hard Core" career fields. Several of the applicants were accepted and lost from this organization. One promotion to Staff Sergeant was made in the weapon mechanics field.
Airmen manning reflected a continued shortage of approximately twenty-four (24) men. However, by careful control of leaves, passes, attendance at schools, and by assigning details on off-duty time, the organization was able to meet the Station requirements. Authority to promote Air Police personnel was limited to a total of four Airmen First Class end four Airmen Second Class promotions.
During the six months reporting period, there was a considerable turnover of enlisted personnel. Personnel were lost to overseas assignments, re-training in other career fields, and to early discharges. In turn, personnel returning from overseas installations and inexperienced Airmen Third Class, who had completed the Basic Air Police Course at Lackland AFB, Texas, were assigned. The turnover in personnel resulted in higher morale and greater efficiency at this Station for the following reasons:
a. The organization received a higher caliber of personnel from the
Basic Air Police Course than those lost.
b. In many cases departing personnel that had been assigned here for a long period of time had become stale
due to the routine and mechanical regularity of security work.
Two inspections were conducted during the reporting period. In July, Major John F. Fisher, Headquarters, Air Material Command, inspected the organization as a part of the Technical Standardization Inspection. In October, the semiannual AEC-AMC Security Survey was conducted by Lieutenant Colonel James F. Hayes, Headquarters, USAF; Mr. George P. Steffens, AEC; and Captain Eugene W. Prince, Headquarters, 3079th Aviation Depot Wing. Results of both inspections were favorable.
The most serious problem that confronted this organization was the rash of accidental weapon discharges that began in late spring, continued through the summer and finally ended by discharging three rounds from a .45 caliber M-3A1 Sub-Machine Gun in September. Fortunately, there were no casualties inflicted by any of the discharges.
future weapon discharges, a comprehensive Squadron wide program was initiated.
Accidental weapon discharges were made a subject of discussion at Commanders
Call. This discussion was followed by two letters from the Commander to
all personnel. The first letter explained the seriousness of an accidental
discharge (Supporting Document #2). The second letter listed general safety
precautions that would be followed, requiring an endorsement by each individual
stating that he understood the safety precautions and that he was competent to
safely handle a weapon (Supporting Document #3). The Training section
explained in detail the safety precautions contained in the second letter and
supervised endorsements at a regularly scheduled training class.
(View both letters.)
Physical Security followed-up this action with more strict supervision in weapon handling. A weapon clearing box was installed outside the operations building adjacent to the arms room. Flight non-commissioned officers were required to witness the clearing and loading of weapons when they posted and relieved personnel. The bolt faces of weapons carried while on post were painted white in order that a weapon which had been discharged would be immediately identified and the person who had the weapon could be held responsible.
Duty schedules for personnel were changed in September. Supervisors have noted a continuing rise in morale and there has been no accidental discharges during the remainder of this reporting period.
PERSONNEL SECURITY DIVISION
During the period of this report, the Personnel Security Division had three supervisors. Captain Leonard Barr was replaced by Lieutenant Albert R. Nieto in September and Lieutenant Nieto was replaced by Lieutenant Don J. Thompson in October. Lieutenant Thompson was Chief, Personnel Security during the remainder of this reporting period. In July, Master Sergeant David E. Roberts was assigned as NCOIC, Personnel Security Division.
The personnel clearance program continued to function smoothly. Seventeen Background Investigations were requested from the 1st District Office of Special Investigation, Westover AFB, Massachusetts, and thirty-five National Agency Checks from the 4th District Office of Special Investigations, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C. Thirty-two Background Investigations were completed during the period of this report. These totals represented a large decrease from the previous reporting period (approximately 200). Thirty-five National Agency Checks were completed during this reporting period as compared with thirty for the previous reporting period. At the end of the working day, 30 December 1957, there were eleven security investigations pending completion.
The Pass and Badge section continued its normal operation. In September the section processed new security badges for the entire Station including "A" Area and "Q" Area badges. Following this badge change, the section provided photographs of station personnel requiring flight line access to Westover Air Force Base to be used as part of their new flight line badge. A new vehicle decal was designed and ordered for a projected decal change.
During December a new system was established for issuing "A" and "Q" Area badges. The new system decreased the possibility of unauthorized access to the "Q" Area.
In November, a trained photographer was assigned to the Pass and Badge section. In order that public information and public service photography did not interfere with the primary workload of the photographer, a policy was established whereby the NCOIC, Personnel Security screened all requests.
PHYSICAL SECURITY DIVISION
In September, Captain Michael Spryn, Jr. was relieved as Chief, Physical Security Division to depart for a new assignment. He was replaced by Captain Barr.
As mentioned in a previous section report, the duty schedule was changed from a three day cycle to an eighteen (18) day cycle. Under the previous duty schedule, two flights alternated between six hour tours of duty end alert for a twenty-four (24) hour period and were then off-duty for forty-eight (48) hours. Under the new schedule, flights worked for six hours and then were off eighteen (18) hours each day for a period of twelve (12) days. The flight then spent seventy-two (72) hours on continuous alert and at termination received a three day break. There were many advantages and disadvantages in each duty schedule but in order to select the best schedule, it was decided to try the eighteen (18) day duty schedule for a period of ninety days.
The trial period ended in September. At that time it was determined that the three day duty schedule was the better of the two schedules and was placed into effect. The reasons for preference of the three day duty schedule were: the eighteen day schedule did not achieve any noticeable increase in efficiency on post; the three day cycle allowed for better supervision, greater retention of training materiel was achieved; married personnel were better able to obtain part time employment to enable them to support their family in this area; a decided preference for the schedule by personnel.
After effecting the change in the duty schedule, this Division remained fairly stable. The early release of twenty airmen presented a momentary problem. This situation was alleviated by reduced mandatory post requirements in December. As a result, for the first time since April 1957, this Division's duty strength equaled that of the forthcoming Manning Document. Christmas and New Year's furloughs were possible for a portion of the personnel.
The new, smaller alert force requirement made it possible to adequately billet the alert force in the Guard House, located in the "Q" Area. Personnel were more readily available for an emergency than when previously billeted in "A" Area barracks.
During the six month period, new route security and critical area defense tactics were planned, and toward the end of this reporting period, placed into effect. These procedures required fewer personnel but provided greeter speed and fire power.
Physical Security and Training continued to work in close cooperation. Training classes were scheduled to support operational requirements. Security problems were set up in advance and all flights graded on the same problems. These problems covered areas of tactical weaknesses and current operating procedures.
June, July, and August was an experimental period for the training section. During this time several ideas were tried and modified.
In July it became evident that the policy of manning the Training Section with one officer and one non-commissioned officer was not adequate. This fact was particularly noticeable when Lieutenant Nieto was confined to the hospital and Technical Sergeant Thomas E. Jacobs, NCOIC, had to conduct the training program alone. To alleviate this shortage another man was assigned to training.
A policy of having the flight non-commissioned officers conduct an increased number of the training classes was initiated. It was hoped that this practice would relieve the work load on the Training Section and provide instructors' training for non-commissioned officers. Through trial and error method, it was resolved that it involved less effort for Training Section personnel to instruct on most subjects. This provided standard presentation of material and the advantage of one instructor becoming proficient in his subject matter because of repetition.
As a result of this experience, the Section adopted the policy of selecting basic subjects such as: weapons, combat formations, guard order review, and challenging practice for flight non-commissioned officers to teach. Difficult or complicated subjects, when possible, were taught by guest instructors who were particularly qualified in the subject. An example of this type instruction was the class taught by medical technicians on "New Technique of Artificial Respiration."
During the first two and a half months of this reporting period, the flights were scheduled for duty on an eighteen (18) day cycle, including three days of alert at which time training was given. This system provided more time for training and it became possible to schedule dry fire sessions and organized physical training. At the same time it required that this section prepare fifteen hours of instruction to be given in a period of three days. This system not only made presentation difficult for the Training Section but it became difficult to schedule guest instructors. The greatest problem Training had with the eighteen (18) day cycle was that of retention of information by personnel. Personnel could not retain for eighteen days the great amount of material given to them in three days. The result was that personnel became disinterested and non-responsive.
The Section personnel welcomed the return to the three day cycle because of the ease of scheduling, the increased interest of personnel attending classes, and the time available for the instructors to concentrate their effort on material.
Because of location or length of classes, several had be be scheduled during off-duty hours. Off-duty time classes were scheduled not more often than once a month. Personnel did not prefer training at this time but were willing to accept it as a condition necessary to retain the three day schedule.
Off-duty time classes included a tour of the Westover Air Force Base confinement center and a four hour training period in unarmed defense. Additional off-duty classes consisted of: firing the pistol for record, firing the M-1 rifle for record, firing the .30 caliber machine gun, the .50 caliber machine gun, and the automatic rifle on the two hundred yard range. In tactics, the flights conducted counter attack problems in rough terrain near the Station. Problems involved approaching the area in vehicle or by foot and locating the attackers by spotting blank ammunition fire. A follow-up night problem was conducted in the "Q" Area with a flight attempting to move through the area without detection by patrolling guards.
(1 Jan - 30 June 1958)
As of 30 June 1958 the 3084th Air Police Squadron, Commanded by Captain John P. Bayer, had the following assigned personnel:
(1) Officers: 3
(2) Enlisted Administrative: 3
(3) Civilian Administrative: 2
(4) Enlisted Air Police: 120
(5) Weapons Mechanics: 5
During the period of this historical report the Air Police Squadron underwent several changes in commissioned officer personnel. On 1 February Lieutenant Don J. Thompson departed for the Officers Basic Air Police School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. On 27 March First Lieutenant Albert R. Nieto was released from active duty. Lieutenant Thompson returned from school on 8 April and assumed duties as Deputy Chief, Physical Security Division. Captain Leonard Barr was reassigned. Lieutenant Thompson was assigned as Chief, Physical Security Division.
Officer job assignment effective 30 June 1958 was as follows:
Captain John P. Bayer - Commander; Director of Security
Captain Ronald E. Sigler - Deputy Director of Security
Lieutenant Don J. Thompson - Chief, Physical Security Division
Non-Commissioned Officer manning continued below the authorized strength.
The Unit Manning Document authorized a Master Sergeant as Flight Commander of each of the six flights; to date there were no Master Sergeants on flight duty.
The promotion and upgrading freeze (from 77150 to 77170) in the upper Non-Commissioned officer grades of the Air Police Career Field continued. The loss in incentive associated with promotion caused a slight decrease in morale. The duty schedule was one of the favorable morale factors in this squadron. The twelve hours of alert duty, twelve hours on post and a forty-eight hour break proved quite satisfactory. A previous problem of airmen having outstanding un- paid of bills on the local communities diminished due to the amount of time provided by this schedule for part time employment.
Airmen manning was above authorized strength during the period of this report. The average flight strength during the period of this report was sixteen men; the post commitment was twelve men. It was a policy of the Squadron Commander to have the Flight Commanders provide one or two extra men as post relief. Compensatory time off was granted whenever possible and leaves were granted so long as the minimum post commitments were fulfilled.
The squadron experienced the normal turnover in personnel during the period of this report. There were three men accepted for retraining into other career fields and one lost to another organization on this station. There were seven discharges and seventeen reassignments. (See Morning Reports filed in the Administrative Office of the Director of Security)
Four men were promoted from airman third class to airman second class. Two men were promoted from airman second class to airman first class. There were no promotions to the non-commissioned officer grades. (See appropriate Special Orders, filed in the Administrative Office of the Director of Security)
Two Security Inspections were conducted during the Period of this report. Between 27 and 31 January the Wing Supervisory Inspection was conducted. The resulting rating was "Satisfactory". Captain Eugene W. Prince conducted the security portion for the AEC-AMC Security Survey between 26 and 28 May. The squadron received a rating of "Satisfactory". In each case minor discrepancies were noted and corrected. On approximately 2 February Captain Ray inspected the Passive Defense Training (See Inspection Reports, filed in the Administrative Office of the Director of Security)
No accidental discharges of weapons occurred during this reporting period. Close supervision by an Non-commissioned officer at Guard Mount, the clearing box outside the arms room and the precautions taken when turning-in and issuing weapons were contributing factors to eliminating the problem of accidental firing.
On 14 May it was directed by Colonel Schrock that the officers of the Air Police Squadron be dropped from the Officer of the Day roster and that an Officer of the Guard roster be established. (See Minutes of Group Staff Meeting for 14 May 1958 filed in the Administrative Office of the Director of Security). On 15 May 1958 the three Master Sergeants and three officers were assigned to the Officer of the Guard roster. On approximately 14 June the system was altered so that only commissioned officers would be designated as Officers of the Guard. (See supporting documents numbers two and three).
The following officers and airmen represented the Air Police Squadron as the Unit Fund Council at the end of the period of this report:
Captain Ronald E. Sigler
Master Sergeant David E. Roberts
Master Sergeant Norman R. Joyce
Technical Sergeant Louis Kurucz
Technical Sergeant Nathaniel Zanders
Airman First Class Morris Solomon
The council approved the purchase of irons and ironing boards, shuffle board weights, trophies for challenging, magazine subscriptions and payment of the entry fees for the bowling tournament at Westover Air Force Base. The purchase of trophies for the basketball players and an air conditioner and television set for the Alert Flight was pending.
The requesting of Background Investigations from the First District, Office of Special Investigations, Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts and National Agency Checks from the Fourth District, Office of Special Investigations, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. was a routine administrative function, accomplished in accordance with Air Force regulation 205-6 and appropriate supplements.
On 1 April 1958 a new vehicle decalcomania was issued to authorized personnel. The decal was designed to be inconspicuous and easy to mount. It measured one and one-fourth inches and used standard color coding; blue for officers, red for airmen and green for civilians. Colonel Schrock approved the design of the new decals and they were issued in accordance with AFR 125-14 and appropriate supplements. (See supporting document number four).
The photographer assigned to the Personnel Security Division was transferred to another organization. The absence of a qualified photographer imposed a problem on the entire group. It was necessary for the Public Information Office to provide their own photographer. It was often necessary to use the photographer from Westover Air Force Base or rely on the services of inexperienced personnel. No replacement for the photographer arrived during the period of this report.
PHYSICAL SECURITY DIVISION
The function of the Physical Security Division was previously described.
The duty schedule of twenty-four hours of duty (six on post, six on alert, six on post and six on alert) and forty-eight hours of off duty time was continued. This schedule proved very satisfactory.
The Air Police Squadron provided security for a total of 426 special weapons convoys. No difficulties were encountered in meeting the commitments due to the duty strength of the flights. (See Desk Blotters, AF Form 53, filed in the Administrative Section, Physical Security Division)
EE-8 phone positions were installed at key -points along the convoy route. This provided easy communications between the guards and the route security commander.
An intercommunications system was installed between the ADT room in building 320, the Main Gate, and Gate to the "Q" Area. This provided a rapid system of communication between the guard headquarters and three of the key points in the security system. The flight commander could monitor the activity in ADT room at all times and could establish contact with the gates in a matter of seconds.
Due to the difficulties encountered with security violations by the ADT operators, it was proposed that the ADT system be moved to the Air Police Guard Headquarters, Building 302. The ADT system would be operated by Air Police personnel. This would provide maximum security for one of the primary safeguards on this station.
M-1911A1 Caliber .45 pistols in excess to the needs of the squadron were turned in to Station Supply. All .38 Caliber revolvers, except three, were turned in to Station Supply. These three weapons were signed directly to the Personnel receiving them, and were not a responsibility of the Air Police Armory.
Considerable difficulty was encountered in the operation of the Main and "Q" gates. Many cases of gate failures were noted in the Flight Commander's report. The failure of the electrical relays to function properly and the poor suspension of the gates seemed to be the key factors to this problem.
Physical Security Division and Training Section continued to work together. On January 14 thru 17, the Training Section, assisted by the Physical Security Division, conducted an intensive augmentation training program. Personnel from other organizations were trained in the general aspects of physical security, the sabotage threat to this station, and the role they would play in the event of a local ground attack operation. Approximately 120 persons from the other squadrons were trained as augmentation troops.