Map of Great Falls ADS
Great Falls Air Defense Sector (GFADS) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the Air Defense Command 29th Air Division, being stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. It was inactivated on 1 April 1966.
GFADS was established in March 1959 assuming control of former ADC
Central Air Defense Force units with a mission to provide air defense of central Montana. The organization provided command and control over several aircraft and radar squadrons.
On 15 February 1960 the new
Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) Direction Center (DC-20) became operational. DC-20 was equipped with dual 47°30′59″N 111°10′55″W / 47.51639°N 111.18194°W AN/FSQ-7 Computers. The day-to-day operations of the command was to train and maintain tactical flying units flying jet interceptor aircraft ( F-94 Starfire; F-102 Delta Dagger; F-106 Delta Dart) in a state of readiness with training missions and series of exercises with SAC and other units simulating interceptions of incoming enemy aircraft.
The Sector was inactivated on 1 April 1966 as part of ADC reorganization and consolidation, the command being redesignated as the
28th Air Division.
Established as Great Falls Air Defense Sector on 1 March 1959 Inactivated on 1 April 1966; redesignated as 28th Air Division
Minot AFB, North Dakota, 25 June 1963-1 April 1966 Minot AFB, North Dakota, 25 June 1963-1 April 1966 Malmstron AFB, Montana, 1953-1968
Cut Bank AFS, Montana, 1 July 1960-25 June 1965
Lewistown AFS, Montana, 1 July 1960-1 April 1966
Dickinson AFS, North Dakota, 25 June 1963-25 June 1965
Kalispell AFS, Montana, 1 July 1960-1 April 1966
Harve AFS, Montana, 1 July 1960-1 April 1966
Opheim AFS, Montana, 25 June 1963-1 April 1966
Fortuna AFS, North Dakota, 25 June 1963-1 April 1966
Minot AFS, North Dakota, 25 June 1963-1 April 1966
Malmstrom AFB, Montana, 1 July 1960-1 April 1966
Miles City AFS, Montana, 25 June 1963-1 April 1966
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