Friday, August 21, 2009

GUARD TOWERS ON IRAKLION AIR STATION

Dear Friends,


Last year there was some discussion about guard towers on Iraklion Air Station. While I was stationed there from December of 1968 through August of 1971, I personally don't recall there being any guard towers on I.A.S. That doesn't mean there weren't any - that just means that I didn't notice them at the time, or don't recall them now. However, in one of my photographs taken last year on I.A.S. and published here on my blog, there was what appeared to be a guard tower in one of the photographs. I returned to Iraklion Air Station on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, with part of my quest to discover if there were any guard towers, and, if so, how many. I walked almost the entire perimeter of the base (with the exception of that portion which is under control of the Greek military). I found two guard towers: One is located at the southwestern perimeter of the base, slightly north and west of the guard shack at the main entrance. The other was located at the southeastern edge of the antenna field. I took several photos of the towers, and I have also included the coordinates if you would like to access them on Google Earth.

















UPPER LEFT PHOTO: This is the guard tower that is located at the southeastern edge of the antenna field. The coordinates are as follows: 35 19' 50.92"N, 25 17' 12.89"E. If you enter these coordinates on Google Earth, it will take you to the guard tower on the southeastern edge of the antenna field on I.A.S.
UPPER RIGHT PHOTO: This is the sign at the base of the guard tower located at the southeastern edge of the antenna field. The sign reads, "ENTRY CONTROL POINT".
















UPPER LEFT PHOTO: This is the guard tower located near the southwestern perimeter of the base - just slightly north and west of the main entrance to the base. The coordinates are as follows: 35 19' 39.01"N, 25 16' 50.86"E. If you enter these coordinates on Google Earth it will take you to the guard tower on the southwestern perimeter of I.A.S.
UPPER RIGHT PHOTO: This is the guard tower located near the southwestern perimeter of I.A.S., just north and west of the main entrance to Iraklion Air Station. Immediately to the right of the guard tower are either water holding tanks, or perhaps sewage holding tanks. Does anyone know?
Your Friend and Fellow "Silent Warrior",
Bob Armistead

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bob,

I was stationed at IAS from 1981-1984. I was an SP. The guard tower at the Antenna Field was in place when I was there but it only had an access ladder, it did not have stairs as this photo shows. When I was there "Security 5" was the call sign for tis post and an SP manned this post 24/7 for monitoring the antenna field. The tower near the main gate was not there when I was stationed there.
On a more personal note, I am extremely envious of your adventures and wish you the best of fortunes. I follow your blog daily for updates. I hope to return to Crete one day as well. Thanks for keeping the dream alive.

Steve Dietz
Dover, Pennsylvania

Bob (Bobby) said...

Dear Steve,

Thank you for your comments that helped to clarify when the guard towers were present on I.A.S.

Please do not put off your plans to return to Crete. Take the first step - get your passport. Then look at web sites like www.travelocity.com, www.expedia.com, orbitz.com, priceline.com, or www.cheapoair.com for less expensive airfare to and from Crete. Your dream is alive...keep it that way!

Your Friend and Fellow "Silent Warrior",

Bob Armistead

mac said...

Hey Steve,For your info there may be a mini reunion next summer on Crete.Bob and I will both be there around the same time and others have see us talking about it.So now there are others that may be there also.More info later as Bob is getting info while there now.Contact me at ..papou1939@comcast.net.I have a request for you..Mac

Gary said...

In reference to a mini re-union on Crete, my wife and I will be there from Aug 31st to Sep 14th in the town of Hersonissus as a base... if that fits anyone's plans!
Gary Menzies, Charlie Flight, early 70s.

Thom said...

God, I can't believe I stumbled on Gary Menzies here. Thom Lustik, PADI MI-1244, IAS 69-72. thomcmdchief@aol.com

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Anonymous said...

I was there with Steve. The old tower in 1983 was made of telephone poles and was taller. I don't remember a platform to walk around the structure either. So I think its safe to say the tower pictured is new. Were there still 26 antenna? I had the pleasure of being in the tower during an earthquake in the late summer or fall of 1983.

John Gilbert
gil5320@yahoo.com
USAF 1981-1985

yiannisvespa said...

I Am A Local Citizen Of Hersonissos Near By the Air Station!I Was For A Ride At The Station Today And As You Ask The Antennas Are Still There And Also The Towers! The Bowling Centre Is Locked And The First Building!
I Wish You All The Best! Greetings From The Island Of Crete