The question about the origin of the phonetic Metro Tango name
generated the following interesting exchange of site history.
Found your 38 TMW pages thru a NorthernLight search on term "Metro Tango".
I worked at MT 79-82 and 87-92 when it was used by the 6911 Electronic
Security Squadron. While we were able to recover some information about
the site's history, but one fact that eluded us was the origin or derivation
of the MT name. Many theories were brought up, the most plausible was that
Metro and Tango were the phonetic alphabet terms from the Able Baker Charlie
... era, and that the M T was for Motor Transport. That still seems a bit
weak, but is supported by the vehicle maintenance building(s) that were on
Can you, or any of your comrades be of assistance?
Val Manes, MSgt USAF (Ret)
Best of my recollection, the name Metro Tango was derived
from the letters for Missile Training which was the mission of that area.
Old Tm-61s were converted to simulate TM76s and used to train us launch crew
members to react to simulated malfunctions and other emergencies.
Dave Johnston (email@example.com)
Going back to 1954. When we (69th) arrived at Hahn in September of 1954,
none of the off-base sites had been constructed, We used two Butler
Buildings on base. The first operational off base area was Metro Tango.
After you turned off the main highway the Mess Hall and Motor Pool were
on the left. A bit farther down on the right was Flight "A" Assembly
Area and if you traveled farther down and I think you had to make a
right, you'd come to the Storage Area where the Missile Components were
kept in their shipping containers until they were needed. The area was
called Metro Tango from the start, don't remember the reasoning for the
name. "B" Flight came later and was located off the road to Zell. This
is my recollection.
Andy Hernandez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Andy's descriptions is also how I remember the area in 1960-61. We also
called the Storage Area a part of Metro Tango along with Mess Hall and Motor
Pool and the Flight "A" Assembly Area. When I arrived in Nov. 1960 a launch
site had been constructed on the left just off this road after taking a
right off the Koblenz Hwy, but was not active, just pad, block house, guard house and fence.
George B. "Butch" Miller (ButchMil@CityNet.Net)
The photo on the web page referred to by George is the Metro Tango site. When
I was stationed at Hahn 1964 - 1966 I had worked at site 4 which was just
down the road from Metro Tango. We refueled our vehicles at MT and
occasionally ate at the chow hall that was still in operation there.
While deploying the Ground Launched Cruise Missile System (GLCM) at Hahn
during the 1980s, I drove past the old Metro Tango area daily, and it looked
as the photo shows. Also for those of you interested, during the 1980s, old
Site 4 was still being used by the German Army for storage of vehicles and
supplies. They left the Shelter covers and the double security fences in
place and had "Guard Geese" patrolling between the fences for the entire
perimeter. If you just drove by the site, the Geese would not pay attention,
but if you stopped, they would congregate at the fence and watch you. If you
opened the door of your vehicle, they would start such a racket that it could
be heard a half mile away - very effective.
Also for those not aware, we built the GLCM site (Wuescheim) on the old
MACE Site which was next to the Army NIKE site. (Can someone help me on the
MACE site number for this site, was it 5 or 6 ?) We used the NIKE site as
temporary facilities during the early GLCM construction period.
Dave Maas (DrMaas@aol.com)
Metro Tango Photos courtesy of Dave Maas (DrMaas@aol.com)
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