Brookfield Air Force Station is a closed United States Air Force General Surveillance Radar station near Brookfield, Ohio.
Brookfield Air Force Station, constructed as part of the Air Defense Command permanent network, 1 opened in April 1952. 2 The site (P-62) was staffed by the 662nd Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron with AN/FPS-3 and AN/FPS-5 radars. Brookfield functioned as a Ground Control Intercept (GCI) and warning station. As a GCI station, Brookfield was to guide interceptor aircraft toward unidentified intruders sited on the unit’s radar scopes. It allowed the outdated Lashup site L-18 in Ravenna to close.
In 1957, the AN/FPS-5 radar was replaced with AN/FPS-4 only to be transposed with AN/FPS-6 in 1958. 2 Brookfield was augmented with two unmanned AN/FPS-14 and AN/FPS-18 gap filler sites in Thompson and Lewisville.
The 662nd Radar Squadron and associated operations transferred to Oakdale Air Force Station in Pennsylvania on November 1, 1959, due to budget cuts. 2 Brookfield was reused as a gap filler site (RP-62E) for Oakdale from February 1964 to June 1968.
- 662d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
- Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan (L-17): April 18, 1950. Not operational;
- Lashup site (L-18), Ravenna, Ohio: January 1 – September 30, 1951;
- Brookfield Air Force Station, Brookfield, Ohio: October 1, 1951 – October 31, 1959;
- Oakdale Air Force Station, Pennsylvania: November 1, 1959.
- 541st Aircraft Control and Warning Group (30th Air Division): April 18, 1950;
- 30th Air Division: February 6, 1952;
- 4708th Defense Wing: February 16, 1953;
- 30th Air Division: July 8, 1956;
- Detroit Air Defense Sector: April 1 – November 1, 1959.
In 1963, General Services Administration transferred the Brookfield site, containing 24.23 acres of land and 15 buildings, to Trumbull County for use as a nursing home.3 The county desired a replacement for the circa 1836 Trumbull County Home, overcrowded and deteriorating. 4
The county renovated the complex in 1965 at a cost of $140,000. 4 The buildings were repurposed into a mess hall, administrative offices, dormitories, recreation, chapel, and intensive care units.
The Trumbull County Nursing Home closed circa 1984.
- Cornett, Lloyd H., Jr., and Mildred W. Johnson. A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946-1980. Office of History Aerospace Defense Center, 1980.
- “Information for Brookfield AFS, OH.” Radomes. N.p., n.d. Web.
- “New Nursing Home.” Lancaster Eagle-Gazette 18 May. 1963: 3. Print.
- Belding, Bill. “Trumbull Tries to Keep Pace With Changes in Nursing Homes.” News-Reporter [Hubbard] 23 Jun. 1965: 3. Print.