Clifford Bragg - GE Field Service
Ah yes, I remember those monsterus
disk drives well. Here is a history of my life as a Technician and
Engineer/Scientist (non graduate). See attachments.
I started with GE as a technician in 1960 right out of the USN (was a
gunnery fire control Tech) and worked mainly on experimental Radar's and
other military projects until 1964 (see 1964 below).
I worked in field service on the GE
115, 200, 400 and 600 series computers and also the origin of the 600
series the M236 made in Syracuse, NY for the USAF's Space Track program
sites at Shemya AFB Alaska and Diyarbakir Turkey.
I started with the M236 in Shemya, AK in 1964 then in 1965 to the 600
system in Los Angeles, CA for a year trained on 600 hardware and the GECOS
operating system internals. Then to Tacoma WA. servicing the Weyerhaeuser
Corporate computer center consisting of a GE 115 system, a GE 235 real-time
system and four GE 635 systems two of which operated under GECOS and the
other two tied together operating under WEYCOS (not GECOS) which was a
joint effort of GE and Weyerhaeuser to create a system with 4 wings or 4
systems tied together (we used to kid, what has 4 wings but will never
From there I went as site EIC
(engineer in charge) of the GE 435 system at the U.S. General services
Administration district headquarters in Auburn, WA until GE sold the
computer division to Honeywell 79.
I spent 5 years with Honeywell working
on the GE 115, GE 435 and various Honeywell systems.
In 1974 I went back to GE and to
Shemya for 1 1/2 years as lead engineer on the dual Xerox Sigma 5 which
had replaced the GE M236
In 1976 I went to Vandenberg AFB as systems Engineer with GE on the Atlas
space launch program and Harris slash-4's used as a guidance computers for
the Atlas rocket.
In 1981 I left GE for Systems
Development Corp. (SDC) at VAFB as senior Engineer and site manager of a
complex of 14 SEL model 3277 systems for 2 years then as repair depot lab
manager of SDC.
In 1984 I went to Rockwell
International as instrumentation hardware/software Engineer using SEL
(later sold to Encore) systems mated to our own instrumentation system
designs and used to test and instrument the MM-III and Peacekeeper ICBM's
and also the Rail Garrison Train in test as a mobile launch platform for
the Peacekeeper ICBM. (Rockwell's Defense Electronics Div. sold to Boeing
I later was the Avionics Lab Manager
for an experimental satellite at Boeing in Anaheim, CA and then on to
National Missile Defense until my retirement in June 2002.