299th RCS deactivates
By Airman 1st Class Emily Hoferitza, 151st ARW/PA
/ Published October 04, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY -- The 299th Range Control Squadron, more commonly known as "Clover Control," was deactivated September 30 after 40 years of service.
In the late 1960s, the 299th was attached to the 130th Electronic Installation Squadron with the primary objective to maintain and man the Francis Peak Radar Site above Farmington, Utah.
Beginning in November 1969, Clover became a separate flight, established with 10 Air National Guard technicians, primarily supporting the Utah Test and Training Range, and also working as the air traffic control unit for the Wendover, Dugway and Hill Air Force Base ranges.
During the 1970's, the 299th became the first and only RCS in the ANG as a result of the growth occurring after the relocation of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing from Thailand to Hill AFB.
"The unit's primary mission was to support the UTTR with air traffic controlling," said Lt. Col. John Teter, former 299th commander. "Any pilot who has been a fighter pilot or a bomber pilot has probably used the UTTR...and by far the mass majority would always give positive comment when they hear the word 'clover'."
The 299th was also consistently one of the top 10 busiest air traffic control and weapons control facilities in the Air Force.
Colonel Teter explained the unit has received seven Air Force outstanding unit awards and three communications/electronics trophies. Additionally, the said the most outstanding thing about the unit was that at least 65 to 70 percent of the unit's members had voluntarily deployed and supported worldwide operations such as Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.
With this chapter of the unit's story being closed, all of the full-time guardsmen, and many of the traditional guardsmen within the 299th, were able to find new units and were welcomed into their respective groups, he described.
"The main thing I'm proud of is the reputation that the call sign "Clover" has, and will continue to have," said Colonel Teter.