The US Air Force Global Communications System (GlobeCom, for short) was brought about as a replacement for the antiquated Army Command and Administrative Network (ACAN). ACAN utilized single channel voice, teletype and torn tape relays which were carried over low and high frequency as well as wire. ACAN worked, but it could not handle the ever-increasing volume of information generated by US military forces, particularly as US involvement in Korea increased.
When GlobeCom came online in 1951, it was the first true integrated communications system to span the world. GlobeCom was installed, maintained and managed by Airways and Air Communication Services (AACS).
The site pictured below, also known as Loring Communications Annex #2, is located in Perham, ME. The site is approximately 25 miles from Loring by car. From Loring, the easiest route is to go into Caribou, pick up 228 and head west and then south. When you get into Perham (a true one horse town), turn right at the post office (Mouse Island Rd) and head up the hill. The GlobeCom site is a mile or two in on the right. Look for Case Road. The access road is the next paved road past that and it appears to go down into a field.
The access road is in rough shape but is passable. Some of the pavement is gone, some is in good shape. The road appears to be built through a swamp so, depending upon time of year, that may make it difficult to gain access.
The building itself is gutted. Many of the walls have been knocked down and there appears to have been a fire that gutted the building, although it's clear that many people have camped here and burned pallets inside the building, so the fire damage may be a result of several years of bonfires. I would encourage visitors to use caution at the site as there were many spent shotgun shells on the ground. Also, all of those burned pallets left behind a lot of nails. AAA probably will not like to drive down through a swamp to come get you.
These images were taken on a very rainy trip I made with Scott M in June of 2012.