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I was stationed at Mt Hebo AFS, OR at the 689th Radar Squadron from 1965 to 1967. My primary duties included Radar Maintenance Officer, and Communications Officer. I had a great time at Mt Hebo and was sorry to see that the mountain has, for the most part, been returned to nature. But I am still here to tell anyone who wants to know, that the Mt Hebo Air Force Station was a real place and it made a difference in the Cold War.

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My father worked for RCA in the mid 60's. We lived in California, but in about 1965 he had an assignment at Mt. Hebo. I was about 5 years old, but vividly remember our family "vacation" in Hebo. Seems like we were there for at least a week. Anybody remember my dad, John Wilent? He drove a black 1964 Buick Electra.

jwilent@charter.net

I now live about about 15 miles from there.....

John Wilent

omg I had friends that live there ..Karen Durham and Jamie Walker any ideas were they are now

The timeline shown on the right of the Siuslaw National Forest sign is as follows.

Mt Hebo AFS – A Timeline

1953 Construction on the Mt. Hebo AFS begins under the supervision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

1957 Station completed and operating under the command of the 689th Aircraft Control & Warning (AC&W) Squadron

1964 Mt Hebo AFS is integrated into the SAGE system and the 689th is re-designated as a Radar Squadron vice AC&W Squadron

1967 Detachment 2 of the 14th Missile Warning Squadron is activated to detect and track “Sea Launched Ballistic Missiles” using the FSS-7 SLBM radar

1979 The 689th Radar Squadron is deactivated on May 1st

1980 Detachment 2 of the 14th Missile Warning Squadron deactivated in September

1986 Mt. Hebo AFS demolished, completely removed. Property is reverted back to the Siuslaw National Forest and subsequently returned to its natural state. Focus turns to restoration and special habitat management.

1990 Designation of Mt. Hebo as a Special Interest Area

2000 Extensive habitat restoration for the Silverspot Butterfly.

In the fall of 2010 I visited the top of Mt Hebo. This is where the USAF radar site, operated and maintained by the 689th Radar Squadron, was previously located. All the radar site buildings, including the radar towers, were demolished in the mid-1980s. In 2010, the area to the right in the photo (where the radar towers once stood) was empty with a dirt cover. At this same time, the area to the left was a field covered with brush and grass. By 2010, the area at the bottom half of the photo (without trees) had been almost completely reclaimed by the forest.

If you look closely along the horizontal center line of the photo, and about one quarter of the width of the photo from the left, is the old 67 foot tall, wooden, Fire Lookout Tower. It was not part of the radar site, but the Siuslaw National Forest. In 2010, this lookout tower was long gone. The road that ran just below this tower is now where a small number of civilian communications towers and equipment buildings are located. These buildings and towers are not associated with the former Mt Hebo AFS.

My dad was stationed there from 1979 to 1881. I recall running laps around the radar in the summer; wild strawberries, fishing in the lake and being 8 years old when Mt. St. Helens erupted. At 8 years of age, I was not following the news so I though Seattle had been nuked by the Russians. What a Sunday morning that was. We got lots of ash. Thanks for the pictures.

My father retired from the A.F. at Mt. Hebo in 1967, he worked in electrical maitenance, his name is William A. Cook.

My fathers name is William A. Cook, he retired at mt. Hebo in 1967. he was in electrical matainence.

An Alternate View from the South has been added.

An alternate view from the south of Mt Hebo AFS OR in 1967. This is an image taken from a super 8 movie still of Mt Hebo, The radomes shown are from the top the FPS-24 search, and then the FPS-90 height finder. The main entrance to radar site is to the right of the large vehicle garage at the lower left of the image.

The setting sun cast these shadows of the radomes used to protect the radar antennas at Mt Hebo AFS. The shadows are from left to right for the FPS-26A height finder radar, the FPS-24 search radar, and the FPS-90 height finder radar. Now that the top of Mt hebo has been cleared of the facilities of the former Air Force Station, these shadows are like ghosts!

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