Reno Air Defense Sector
Emblem of the Reno Air Defense Sector
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Air Force
RoleAir Defense
Part ofAir Defense Command
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The Reno Air Defense Sector (ReADS) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the 28th Air Division, being stationed at Stead Air Force Base, Nevada.


ReADS was established in February 1959 assuming control of former ADC Western Air Defense Force units in Nevada, most of Oregon east of the Cascade Range; southwestern Idaho and areas of California east of the Sierra Nevada and the northern Central Valley. The organization provided command and control over several aircraft and radar squadrons.

On 15 February the new Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) Direction Center (DC-16) became operational. 39°39′04″N 119°53′00″W / 39.65111°N 119.88333°W / 39.65111; -119.88333 (ReADS-SAGE DC-16) DC-16 was equipped with dual 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 an ADC consolidation and reorganization; and its units were reassigned to the 26th Air Division.


Inactivated on 1 April 1966




Radar squadrons

Burns AFS, Oregon, 15 September 1960 – 1 April 1966
Winnemucca AFS, Nevada, 15 September 1960 – 1 April 1966
Baker AFS, Oregon, 15 September 1960 – 1 April 1966
Fallon AFS, Nevada, 15 September 1960 – 1 April 1966
Tonopah AFS, Nevada, 15 September 1960 – 1 April 1966

See also

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image icon SAGE facilities


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