The History of the
Air Force MARS Program
The Army Amateur Radio System (AARS) began in
November, 1925, The activities of AARS were suspended during World War II
until 1946 along with all other amateur radio usage in the United States. 1948 saw the
creation of the Military Amateur Radio System, later renamed the Military
Affiliate Radio System (MARS) with Army MARS and the newly formed Air
Force MARS. In early 1963, the Navy-Marine Corps MARS was established.
The amateurs of Air
Force MARS operated differently from the other services in Vietnam.
Duty at the MARS stations was voluntary and took place in the amateur's
"spare time". So these men first performed their primary jobs
and then found time to dedicate to the MARS program. Their efforts
are applauded and appreciated.