My name is Deral Carson. I very much enjoyed looking through
your site information. I was stationed there with Gene Bashaw
from July 79 to July 80. At the time, I was a Weapons Tech
for the Weapons controllers. I cross trained as I left there
and became an Air Traffic Controller, which I still do today.
I retired in 1997, and I now manage the Ohio State University Airport
www.osuairport.org . While Indian Mountain
definitely had it's bad times, it also had many good times for
me. It is certainly one of the most memorable parts of my
career. The one thing I remember most is when NORAD messed
up, thinking a training tape at command was real. They
flushed everything and put us at DEFCON 2. It didn't last
Here are some additional picts if you can make use of them:
Bear.jpg Made for some exiting times. These bears
actually got into the chow hall once. I cannot remember the
civilian's name in this picture, but he had no idea the bear had gotten
that close to him. You should have seen him go back in when
he figured it out!
Buck Promo: This is me. Cooks made a cake for my promotion,
as seemed to be the tradition with everyone (along with the bear
soaking at your send off).
Dec 21: This was the shortest day of the year. I
took this picture at high noon. You can see that the sun only
made it half way up. Very depressing time for all.
Deral Carson.jpg Gene and I loved to shoot--especially muzzle
loaders like I'm holding. In my spare time (which seemed to
not be a problem finding spare time) I built this gun. Nobody
seemed to mind until I finished it--then the 1st shirt wanted the
barrel in the armory!
Tarmigan: I'm not sure if this bird was truly called a
Tarmigan (it's just what everyone called them). Anyway, the
bird does a great job of blending in. I think I took this up
on Twin Peak.