28th Air Division
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Active1949–1969; 1985–1992
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleCommand of air defense forces
Part ofTactical Air Command
DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Award
28th Air Division Emblem (Approved 14 May 1966)[2]
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The 28th Air Division is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Tactical Air Command at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. It was inactivated on 29 May 1992.


28th Air Division ADC AOR 1949–1960
28th Air Division ADC AOR 1949–1960

Established in December 1949, the Air Defense Command 28th Air Division "assumed responsibility for conducting the air defense of an area that embraced California, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona. It became part of the Western Air Defense Force in 1950. With no fighter interceptor squadrons directly assigned, the division used interceptors of the 78th Fighter Wing, based at Hamilton Air Force Base, California, as well as Air National Guard interceptors based within its geographical area."[2]

"By November 1954 its geographical boundaries included northern California, southern Oregon, and parts of Nevada and Utah. The division participated frequently in air defense exercises with U.S. Army artillery, U.S. Navy interceptors, and Strategic Air Command bombers."[2]

"On 15 February 1959, it added the San Francisco Air Defense Sector to its components, and the geographical area expanded to include California and Arizona, and parts of Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, and New Mexico."[2]

"The division gained the Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Reno Air Defense Sectors and also the 552d Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, whose Lockheed C-121 Constellation AWACS aircraft augmented naval picket ships in providing radar coverage seaward from the west coast of the United States. During 1961, it transitioned to a Semi Automatic Ground Environment system in all four of its sectors. Reorganization in 1963 altered the 28th's boundaries to include the states of Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and parts of California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico."[2]

28th Air Division ADC AOR 1960–1969
28th Air Division ADC AOR 1960–1969

"On 1 April 1966, the 28th was reassigned, in name only, to Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, and replaced the Great Falls Air Defense Sector. The division's area included Montana and part of North Dakota, and later, parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Assumed additional designation of 28th NORAD Region after activation of the NORAD Combat Operations Center at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colorado and reporting was transferred to NORAD from ADC at Ent Air Force Base in April 1966."[2]

The division in the 1960s and 1970s deployed aircraft and personnel from subordinate units in support of the Vietnam War.[2] Became part of ADTAC on 1 October 1979 with the inactivation of ADC and the incorporation of the CONUS air defense mission into Tactical Air Command. Beginning in April 1985, the 28th provided theater and Air Force commands with airborne forces for surveillance, warning, command and control, communications, and electronic combat operations. It was the Tactical Air Command single manager for the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), EC-130H Compass Call, EC-130E Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Center (ABCCC), and EC-135K Tactical Deployment Control Squadron (TDCS) in support of unified and specified commands.

Inactivated on 29 May 1992 as part of the inactivation of Air Defense Tactical Air Command, its mission being incorporated into the Air Combat Command Western Air Defense Sector.


Activated on 8 December 1949
Inactivated on 1 February 1952
Redesignated: 28 Air Division (SAGE) on 1 July 1960
Redesignated: 28 Air Division on 1 April 1966
Inactivated on 19 November 1969
Inactivated on 29 May 1992[2]






Hamilton Air Force Base, California, 18 October 1956 – 1 July 1960; 1 August 1963 – 1 April 1966
McClellan Air Force Base, California, 1 July 1960 – 1 April 1966; 1 April 1985 – 29 May 1992[2]


Interceptor squadrons

Radar squadrons

Other squadrons

Hill Air Force Base, Utah, 1 July 1961 – 1 April 1966[2]
Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, 1 March 1986 - 29 May 1992

See also



  1. ^ Aircraft is F-104A-15-LO Starfighter Serial 56-780. Aircraft based at Hamilton AFB, California, but shown at Toa Yuan AB, Taiwan after the 1958 Taiwan Straits Crisis
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Factsheet 28 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. 5 October 2007. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  3. ^ The inactivation and organization on 1 February 1952 represent a change from a Table of Organization to a Table of Distribution unit.


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