Installation History


1967 Deployment of the M22 subsystem to Europe and further deployment to Southeast Asia occurred during this year.

1 January 67 The Air Defense Command and Control System (ADCCS) Office was realigned organizationally and operationally to conform to the MICOM project manager concept.

15 February 67 MICOM assumed responsibility for technical control of the Army Metrology and Calibration Center and Standards Laboratory. Effective 15 June, AMC formed the Army Metrology and Calibration Center at MICOM. The new center absorbed elements from Frankford Arsenal, the MICOM DASO, and Tooele Army Depot.

10 March 67 Effective this date, the MAW was renamed the DRAGON weapon system.

28 March 67 The first simultaneous launch of two PERSHING I missiles was accomplished by 7th Army troops at the Blanding Test Site in Utah. A third missile was fired 30 minutes later. simultaneous launch of two PERSHING I missiles

17 May 67 Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey visited Redstone Arsenal. Hubert Humphrey

21 May 67 After receiving DA approval, AMSC was officially redesignated the Arsenal Support Operations Directorate effective this date.

21 May 67 The MICOM Staff Aviation Office became permanent.

June 67 The first combat firings of U.S. Army missiles occurred during the Six Day War, when Israeli troops downed several Egyptian jets with HAWK missiles.

June 67 The 1st Battalion/63d Armor received the first tactically deployed SHERIDAN/ SHILLELAGH system.

June 67 A research team in the Plasma Physics Branch of the Physical Sciences Laboratory at MICOM built the longest laser known at that time. Measuring 178 feet, the nitrogen-carbon dioxide-helium laser was also the most powerful known laser of this type.

2 June 67 MG John G. Zierdt, the MICOM Commander, received an honorary doctorate from Auburn University.

30 June 67 MG John G. Zierdt retired from the Army after completing 30 years of service.

14 July 67 MG Charles W. Eifler assumed command of MICOM. MG Charles W. Eifler

30 September 67 Effective this date, AMC reassigned the Michigan Army Missile Plant (MAMP) and the MAMP Contracting Office (MAMOCO), both located in Warren, Michigan, from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command (TACOM) to MICOM.

October 67 Heavy wind gusts destroyed one of the three large inflated structures housing the U.S. Army Missile Display at Redstone Arsenal. Originally part of a five-dome structure used for a time in Italy to provide portable storage space during the deployment of the JUPITER Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM), the structure was returned to Redstone Arsenal when the missiles were withdrawn from Italy. wind damaged three large inflated structures

13 October 67 The governments of Japan and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for production of the HAWK missile system in Japan. On this same date, another MOU was signed pertaining to Japanese co-production of the NIKE HERCULES.

December 67 Australian troops fired their first SHILLELAGH missile at Compton Vale, Australia.

6 December 67 The U.S. Army relinquished jurisdiction over several roads bordering Redstone Arsenal. Before civilian authorities assumed responsibility, Army MPs patrolled the area for traffic violators.

7 December 67 DA withdrew the Charlotte Army Missile Plant (CAMP) from AMC's jurisdiction, after the plant had been declared excess to DOD needs and turned over to the Government Accounting Office (GAO) for disposal. Subsequently sold to private industry, the facility had previously been under MICOM's control since 1962. It was used chiefly by Douglas Aircraft Company for manufacturing the NIKE HERCULES missile.

8 December 67 The first DRAGON unmanned guided flight test was conducted at RSA. soldier looking thru binoculars - explosions in background

18 December 67 At 0337 hours, a tornado from the southwest hit the southern part of RSA in Igloo Area 2, traveled in a northeasterly direction through the 7400 warehouse area, and continued on to the 7500 area occupied by the Rohm and Haas Company on RSA's eastern boundary. Several buildings and numerous facilities were damaged or destroyed. Approximately 8 miles of electrical lines and supporting structures were razed. In all 57 buildings and several miscellaneous structures were damaged or destroyed. Six buildings (7273, 7543, 7402, 7411, 7412) and about half of three others (7403, 7404, 7571) were completely destroyed and not replaced. Clean-up operations were completed on 12 January 68. Estimated repair costs totaled $850,000.

20 December 67 AMC charged MICOM to operate the U.S. Army Metrology and Calibration Center as well as the Army Standards Laboratory, a mission which the command had been doing since 1 July 67. In conjunction with this responsibility, the 95th Composite Service Company Calibration (Army) was activated at Redstone Arsenal on 28 June 68. The new unit was assigned to the Army Metrology and Calibration Center for operational and technical control. Subsequently, on 2 December 68, the 95th Calibration Company was reassigned to the Troop Command, remaining attached to the center for technical and operational control only.

Excellence in Missilery: Introduction, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979

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