Chain of Command DET OICs: LCDR Jim Russell and LCDR Bill Clark
VQ-1 Guam N2: CDR Rose Levitre
Other Memories Reported to VQ-Det Atsugi just before the holidays and immediately went to work because the person who I was relieving was on leave. The Soviet Navy was conducting an operation that we have been directed to fly on so without any indoctrination on the various intelligence computer systems I read the message boards and covered the maps on the briefing walls with post-its. I made my introduction to the aircrew when they arrived around 4am for their briefing, the first of near daily events for the next three years. I typically would arrive at the office by midnight, do all-source fusion, put together the brief and present to SIGINT aircrew by 5am, then flight follow the mission until relieved by the debriefer between noon and 1pm. Between Soviet exercises, special collection missions, US Exercises and US carrier battle group transits there were very few down periods until Desert Shield a couple years later. Then all the planes/crew shipped out to Kuwait and I took my turn in the barrel out there. See Operation Desert Shield below.
In 1991 the squadron closed its permanent detachment in Atsugi, Japan after 30 years and moved it to Misawa, Japan