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Nike SF-88 Volunteers

and some visitors the volunteer docents help inform :-))

Table of Contents
- 2013 Volunteers
- Visitors - this section started May 2015
- Nike News
- - June, 2014
- - September, 2014
- - June, 2015
- - Fall, 2015
- - June, 2016


Most of the people below were present for lunch March 2, 2013. Thanks for the GREAT cookies !!!
E-mail addresses (when available) are in the bottom border of the full sized pictures.
with a great deal of help from Greg Brown
- Ranger Al Blank
- Rod Brimhall
- Greg Brown
- Clinton Crane
- Donald Echeverria
- Jerry Freight
- Alec Gyorfi
- Dave Kreutzinger
- Bill Lawler
- Gordon Lunn
- Ed Thelen
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Ranger Al Blank
OK - not really a volunteer ;-))

SF-88 site (415)331-1453
Ranger Al Blank took over after Ranger John Porter retired in late 2012. He is telling us of the "interesting time" with the reduction in NPS funding.

Rod Brimhall
Rod was a 23N (Nike Radar and Intercept Computer Repairman) and served at the 2/56 ADA for 5 years in Germany, achieving the rank of Staff Sargent. Rod was also on the Nuclear Surety Team during this time, where he was tasked with transporting, protecting and, if needed, destroying the weapon.

After returning from Germany, Rod taught Nike Hercules for 18 months, before leaving the Army and returning to California.

Greg Brown
A Herc on its way to The Dream Machine Event, May 1 2011, Half Moon Bay, CA
SP-4, MOS 16C and 52B, stationed at LA-88 (C-4-65) Chatsworth, and B-4-62 (mobile) Ft. Bliss Tx. 68-71
H 510-648-2853, Fremont, CA

Clinton Crane
SSG, Nuclear Weapons Specialist (55G) CONUS and Europe, was on Nike Hercules de-mil team in 1984 for SALT II, Military Historian and NPS Volunteer since 2009.

Donald Echeverria
Specialist E-5 with 9 years in the California National Guard.
Acquisition Radar Operator. A-Battery, 2nd Missile Battalion, Nike Ajax, 250th A.D.A. Group 112th A.D.A. Brigade.

April 1953-March 1959 - C Battery 271st A.A.A. Battalion Gun 90 MM
Fort Funston, S.F., Calif. , Fort Scott, S.F., Calif.
March 1959-March 1962 - Nike Ajax, Fort Scott, S.F., Calif.

Jerry Freight
Greg Brown says "USAF Minuteman career officer, one of the Launcher presenters, tells a good story, top volunteer."
Many pictures on this web site of him working on launchers and elevators.

Alec Gyorfi
from Ed Thelen "Part of the original restoration crew under Bud Halsey. I think he contributed a truck, gas, and himself on the great raid to China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station in November 1996 ;-))"
Very active in keeping the launcher area functional.
Many pictures on this web site of him working on launchers and elevators.

Dave Kreutzinger
"Was stationed at SF-88 when it closed. was involved from the start of the restoration work years ago. knows a lot about the site and has contributed much over the years."

Bill Lawler
415-755-7363

Gordon Lunn
Served in Active Army, National Guard and Army Reserve for 23 years, retiring with the rank of LTC. Served on Nike sites in Buffalo, Boston and LA. Battalion Staff Officer in LA; and in Chicago (briefly). Became Senior Evaluator at Hqs ARADCOM. Other Service: Army Aviation Systems Command; Hqs. 6th Army; Office of Management and Budget, Pentagon.

Ed Thelen
510-742-1146
One year Ajax IFC training, two years defending Chicago 1955-1956 (successfully ;-))
Active for a few years starting 1996, (including part of a group of 8 getting Nike spares from China Lake), getting active again.

Visitors - this section started May 2015
On open house days - generally the first Saturday of the month -
we get floods of visitors arriving at random intervals and awkward to photograph as a group.
(And awkward to get permission to post pictures)
The following are small pre-scheduled tours :-))
Picture from the 576th Flight Test Sq.Tour, SF-88, 5/7/2105
(I'm told the missile is scheduled for a paint job :-))
Photo by Greg Brown

Larry Bentley