I&C TEAMS

Chrysler Corporation Missile Division’s Michigan Ordnance Plant (MOP), located at Sterling Heights, Warren, Michigan, began supplying Jupiter missiles to  the USAF by 28 August 1958. Chrysler, the prime contractor for fabricating the Jupiter missiles, was also contracted to install and verify each missile’s  operational status at their intended locations in Europe. These capabilities were created with the formation of two Installation and Checkout (I&C) Teams  that would engage in the installation and verification of these missile’s capabilities under the USAFTA banner in Europe, pending siting agreements with  Italy (NATO I) and Turkey (NATO II).  These two teams, I&C Team I and I&C Team II, would be sent first to Italy (NATO I) to complete the installation and checkout of the two missile squadrons  there, each consisting of five launch positions of three missiles each. Upon completion of all 10 launch positions in Italy the two teams would then be  dispatched to Turkey to complete the installation and checkout of the last missile squadron consisting of five launch positions of three missiles each. By August of 1959 siting agreements with Italy (NATO I) had been completed with an operational readiness date of 1 May 1960 being established. The first  launch position in Italy was actually completed by the I&C Teams on 11 July 1960, the last (10th) position was completed on 20 June 1961.  After Chrysler  Corporation Missile Division’s I&C Teams completed their NATO I Jupiter installations and checkout in Italy they headed for Turkey to complete the 2nd  phase of Jupiter installations under the established NATO II deployment plans. Initial Government-to-Government (GTG) Jupiter siting agreements had been reached with Turkey (NATO II) on 28 October 1959. Several remaining issues  were settled by 1 June 1960. Chrysler Corporation Missile Division (USAFTA) I&C Teams were operating out of the RIM located at Çigli AFB near Izmir,  Turkey by August of 1961. The first launch position, LP-1, in Turkey was scheduled for completion by 1 June 1961, with the last position, LP-5, having been  completed in February of 1962. By February of 1962 the last of the five Turkish sites, LP-5, was completed by I&C Team II and the contract came to an end. The I&C Teams dissolved. The  Team’s English contractors headed back to England, their Turkish laborers melted back into the countryside, and the Chrysler Corporation I&C employees  headed back to Michigan anticipating work with Chrysler’s new Saturn Project.
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I&C TEAMS

Chrysler Corporation Missile Division’s Michigan Ordnance Plant (MOP), located at Sterling Heights, Warren, Michigan, began supplying Jupiter missiles to  the USAF by 28 August 1958. Chrysler, the prime contractor for fabricating the Jupiter missiles, was also contracted to install and verify each missile’s  operational status at their intended locations in Europe. These capabilities were created with the formation of two Installation and Checkout (I&C) Teams  that would engage in the installation and verification of these missile’s capabilities under the USAFTA banner in Europe, pending siting agreements with  Italy (NATO I) and Turkey (NATO II).  These two teams, I&C Team I and I&C Team II, would be sent first to Italy (NATO I) to complete the installation and checkout of the two missile squadrons  there, each consisting of five launch positions of three missiles each. Upon completion of all 10 launch positions in Italy the two teams would then be  dispatched to Turkey to complete the installation and checkout of the last missile squadron consisting of five launch positions of three missiles each. By August of 1959 siting agreements with Italy (NATO I) had been completed with an operational readiness date of 1 May 1960 being established. The first  launch position in Italy was actually completed by the I&C Teams on 11 July 1960, the last (10th) position was completed on 20 June 1961.  After Chrysler  Corporation Missile Division’s I&C Teams completed their NATO I Jupiter installations and checkout in Italy they headed for Turkey to complete the 2nd  phase of Jupiter installations under the established NATO II deployment plans. Initial Government-to-Government (GTG) Jupiter siting agreements had been reached with Turkey (NATO II) on 28 October 1959. Several remaining issues  were settled by 1 June 1960. Chrysler Corporation Missile Division (USAFTA) I&C Teams were operating out of the RIM located at Çigli AFB near Izmir,  Turkey by August of 1961. The first launch position, LP-1, in Turkey was scheduled for completion by 1 June 1961, with the last position, LP-5, having been  completed in February of 1962. By February of 1962 the last of the five Turkish sites, LP-5, was completed by I&C Team II and the contract came to an end. The I&C Teams dissolved. The  Team’s English contractors headed back to England, their Turkish laborers melted back into the countryside, and the Chrysler Corporation I&C employees  headed back to Michigan anticipating work with Chrysler’s new Saturn Project.