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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - January 22, 1983, Tokyo, JapanSaturday january 22, 1983 Japan Pacific stars and stripes unit celebrates 30 years at Misawa by sgt. Karl Hoffman . Air forc Misawa a the 6920th electronic Security group celebrates its 30th year on Misawa a this month. The unit first came to Misawa in january 1953, As the 1st radio Squadron from its previous assignment at Johnson fab Iru Magawa about 30 Miles Northwest of unit was first activated in february 1942, at fort George Wright in Spokane wash., As the138th signal radio company. There the 138th completed a year of intensive training prior to shipment to the Pacific theater of operations. First it. Felix Marshall was the first commanding officer and under his command the 138th was made ready for combat operations. In Early May of 1943, with an organizational strength of 274, the entire unit was transported to fort Dix . May 15, 1943, the 138th set sail from the new York port of embarkation for a Long voyage via the Panama canal to Brisbane Australia. 1st radio Squadron for the next year changes in the unit s title came with frequency until april 25, 1944, when the unit became the 1st radio Squadron. The Squadron made several moves throughout the Pacific theater during world War Australia the 1st radio Squadron made advances through new Guinea various Pacific islands the Philippines and finally the Squadron Headquarters moved to Kis Chinchin Motobu Peninsula Okinawa. It was at this location when the War with Japan ended. Following the end of world War ii the 1stradio Squadron relocated to Johnson fab. Felix Marshall then a major continued to command the unit until october 1945. In february 1949, the Squadron was assigned to the air Force and subsequently the of Security service ancestor of the electronic Security command. The first assignment of airmen was in march1949. Many of the army members already assigned to the 1st radio Squadron applied for Transfer to the air Force with an assignment to the 1st. Most transfers were approved. The unit came to Misawa a in january 1953.by 1954 the facilities of the 1st included two Small dormitories 12 tents a combination sup ply motor Pool administration building a mess Hall a Day room and a lounge. Travel extremely bad during those Days travel Between main base and the Hill was extremely bad and every Effort was made to make the 1st As Independent a possible. In the Spring of 1955, plans to Hardtop the Road to main base were preempted because of poor runway conditions. Several Jet engines were damaged and therefore resurfacing the runway took precedence. The Road was resurfaced one year later in the Spring of 1956. The next 20 years brought several reorganizations and changes in the name of the unit. The 1st was changed to the 6921st radio group in 1956, the elephant Cage and building 1500 under construction. Usan and in 1958 the group was designated As ahead quarters with the 6989th radio Squadron As the operational unit. The air Force Security service implement edits operational Wing concept in 1964, and the 6989th became the support Squadron under the6921st Security Wing until 1969, when the 6989th support Squadron was renamed the 6921st support Squadron. In april 1970, the 6921st Security Wing became group. July 1, 1972, the .air Force Security service became the Host command on Misawa when Pacific air forces relinquished its control and the 6920th air base Squadron was activated and assigned to the 6921st Security Wing. The 6920th Security group was activated july1, 1974, As the operational unit of the Wing. Then feb. 1, 1976, the 6921st Security Wing was renamed the 6920th Security Wing in order to make All of the Security service units on Misawa have the same numerical designations. The initial construction for the an-flr-9antenna the elephant Cage and the present operations building began in july 1963. In may1965, the operational Mission of the 6921st Security Wing moved to building 1500. Only three years after the construction of the new operations building Misawa was jolted by severe Earth tremors May 16, 1968, that lasted for seven minutes. The earthquake a 7.8 on the Richter scale was the third most severe i japanese history. The operations building suffered electrical Power loss and the communications enter was inoperable. Nine and one half hours after the quake struck,98 percent of the unit s Mission capabilities was restored. Thirty minutes later a second major earthquake struck damaging most of the restoration work that had already been accomplished. By noon May 17, the 6921st returned to its Normal operating six years of Security service control Over Misawa Pacific air forces returned in october1978. The 6920th air base group 6920th civil engineering Squadron and the 6920th Security group were All inactivated. The 6112th air base Wing was formed and the 6920th Security Squadron was activated As a tenant unit on Misawa.. Air Force Security service became elec tronic Security command aug. 1, 1979, which gave it the current name of the 6920th electronic Security group. Briefs prayer breakfast Katsugi Naf us Katsugi Naf will hold a National prayer breakfast feb. 3 at the air facility s 19th Hole will be served at 7 . For a minimal charge. Reverend Jim Anderson missionary of Southeast Asia will be the guest speaker. For reservations Call the chaplain office at 228-3202. Tickets must be purchased no later than the end of the work Day Jan. 28. Retiree killed at Yokota Yokota Abusafa a retired air Force staff sergeant was struck and killed by a truck yesterday at 4 30 . While trying to Cross the Highway adjacent to Yokota a on his Way tothe japanese customs office. James Olimpiada 63, from san Francisco,calif., was crossing route 16 on foot near the Yokota air terminal when he was struck by the vehicle. He is survived by his wife Rafaela and daughter Susan. The Accident is being investigated by japanese police and members of the 475th Security police Squadron. Flight line assault Yokota a ass a member of the475th Security police Squadron received seven stitches above his left Eye after he was allegedly assaulted with a hand held radio according to an air Force spokesman. Airman 1st class Jeffre j. Fales was inflight line duty when he stopped a government vehicle for Security and traffic spokesman said that when Fales asked the Driver to get out of the car he at first refused then allegedly became belligerent. When Fales made an attempt to guide him the drive reportedly hit the Security policeman with the Driver s name according to officials is being withheld pending possible disciplinary action. Second film series Katsugi Naf us Katsugi s Chapel of the Good Shepherd will show the second of its film series on How should we then live Jan.30 at 6 . In the Chapel s Fellowship Hall. Pacific stars and stripes depends largely on Public affairs offices for contributions to this Page. If you have a Story that would be of particular interest to this newspaper please let your Pao know about it

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