US Army Anti-Aircraft Missile Battery Command in Cold War West Germany

Dan served as a lieutenant and captain in a US Army air defence artillery battalion in West Germany from 1980 until 1985.

He describes details of Soviet overflights deep into West Germany and we discuss how the Warsaw Pact attempted to track their units.

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Now who knew that the US Army experimented with geese for perimeter security?! Dan reveals details of this little-known specialist unit.

Dan worked with the improved Hawk anti-aircraft missile system. We talk about its capabilities, the challenges of working with 1980s electronics, its deployment and exercises. He describes a live firing exercise where an errant missile almost wiped out a group of VIPS.

Don’t miss part 2 in a couple of weeks where Dan describes his experiences in the war plans office of the general staff.

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Cold War Conversations, Soviet Aircraft Overflights, Us Army Air Defense, West Germany Military Presence, Improved Hawk Missile System, Warsaw Pact Intelligence, Military Vigilance, Airspace Management, Geese For Perimeter Security, Signal Corps Officer, Tactical Communications, Uhf Secure Links, Airborne Qualification, Air Defense Artillery Battalion, Rotc Experience, Nato’S Defense Strategy, Tactical Evaluation Exercises, Electronic Warfare, Reforger Exercises, Air Defense System Integration