The Nike Historical Society HOME   MENU

Glossary, Abbreviations, Acronyms

AAAAnti-Aircraft Artillery
BOQBachelor Officer Quarters
CBSCommon Battles Signals (such as hand and arm signals)
CBRChemical Biological Radiological (from RL "Butch" Ball)
CQAfter hours and on weekends, an E-5 or higher is designated as the Charge of Quarters (CQ) and as his assistant an E-4 is assigned as his runner- called a CQ Runner. The CQ makes sure everything that happens after hours is taken care of and recorded on the Morning Report. His runner is just that, he is the gofer and mans the Orderly Room when the CQ is out. (definition by Rocky Stovall)
HEhigh energy explosive (not nuclear)
IGInspecting General
IFCIntegrated Fire Control
KPKitchen Police: cleaning, serving, food preparation (e.g. cracking eggs, peeling potatoes, but not cooking) duty in the mess hall
kTkiloTon. Measures the explosive power of Nuclear bombs as the equivalent thousands of tons of conventional explosive
LCTLaunch Control Trailer
Mermite containersThermally insulated containers usually used to keep food hot or cold.
mess halldining room
MOSMilitary Occupational Specialty: A code used to identify a specific job
MTRMissile Tracking Radar
NBCNuclear, Biological, Chemical
NCONon-Commissioned Officer
nukeNuclear explosive (usually in reference to missile warheads)
ORIOperational Readiness Inspection
P1 and P2Propay or Proficiency Pay (from RL "Butch" Ball)
POVPersonally Owned Vehicle
PXPost Exchange (a department store for military personel)
SFCSergent First Class
SOPStandard Operating Procedure
TTRTarget Tracking Radar
AADCPArmy Air Defense Command Post
ABARAlternate Battery Acquisition Radar
ADAir Defense
ADAAir Defense Artillery
ADLAutomatic Data Link
ADOCAir Defense Operations Center
ADPAutomatic Data Processor
ARADCOMUS Army Air Defense Command
ATBMAntitactical Ballistic Missile
BMEWSBallistic Missile Early Warning System
Bn OCBattalion Operations Central
BUICBackup Interceptor Control
COCCombat Operations Center
CINCONADCommander in Chief, Continental Air Defense Command
CINCNORADCommander in Chief, North American Air Defense Command
CMMICommand Maintenance Management Inspections
CONADContinental Air Defense Command
CPXCommand Post Exercise
CWContinuous Wave
DARDefense Acquisition Radar
DEWDistant Early Warning
ECMElectronic Countermeasure
ECCMElectronic Counter-Countermeasures
FDSFire Distribution System
FUIFFire Unit Integration Facility
HIPARHigh Power Acquisition Radar
ICBMIntercontinental Ballistic Missile
IFFIdentification, Friend or Foe
INHImproved Nike Hercules
LOPARLow-Power Acquisition Radar
MTRMissile Tracking Radar
NASANational Aeronautics and Space Administration
NORADNorth American Air Defense Command
PPIPlan Position Indicator
RBSRadar Bombing Scoring
SACStrategic Air Command
SAGESemiautomatic Ground Environment
SAMSurface-to-air missile
SNAPShort Notice Annual Practice
TPITechnical Proficiency Inspections
TRRTarget Ranging Radar
TTRTarget Tracking Radar
UHFUltrahigh Frequency
USAADSUnited States Army Air Defense School
VHFVery High Frequency