Central Air Defense Force


Central Air Defense Force

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Air Defense Command


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dates= 1951-1960
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The Central Air Defense Force (CADF) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command being stationed at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Missouri. It was inactivated on 1 Jul 1960

History

Lineage

* Established as Central Air Defense Force and organized 5 Feb 1951.: Organized 1 Mar 1951: Inactivated 1 July 1960

Assignments

* Air Defense Command, 1 Feb 1951 - 1 Jul 1960

Stations

* Kansas City, Missouri, 5 Feb 1951
* Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri, 24 Feb 1954 - 1 Jul 1960

Components

Divisions
* 20th Air Division, Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri: 8 Oct 1955 - 1 Jan 1960
* 29th Air Division, Malmstrom AFB, Montana: 16 Feb 1953 - 1 Jan 1960
* 31st Air Division: 20 May 1951 - 1 Feb 1952, Selfridge AFB, Michigan: 1 Feb 1952 - 1 Jan 1960, Snelling AFS, Minnesota
* 33d Air Division: 20 May 1951-8 May 1956, Tinker AFB, Oklaholma: 8 May 1956-1 Jan 1960, Oklaholma City, AFS, Oklaholma
* 34th Air Division, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico: 16 Feb 1953 - 1 Jan 1960
* 35th Air Division, Dobbins AFB, Georgia: Attached: 1 Jul 1951 - 1 Feb 1952: Assigned: 1 Feb 1952 - 10 Apr 1955:: Transferred to Eastern Air Defense ForceGroups
* 32d Fighter Group (Air Defense), Minot AFB, North Dakota: 8 Feb 1957 - 1 Jul 1960:: 5th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 53d Fighter Group (Air Defense), Sioux City Mun Aprt, Iowa: 18 Aug 1955 - 1 Jul 1960:: 13th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron:: 14th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 56th Fighter Group (Air Defense), O'Hare International Airport, Illinois: 18 Aug 1955 - 1 Jul 1960: (Detached from 56th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, Selfridge AFB, Michigan):: 62d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron:: 63d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 79th Fighter Group (Air Defense), Youngstown MAP, Ohio: 18 Aug 1955- 1 Jul 1960:: 86th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 122d Fighter-Interceptor Group, Baer Field, Indiana: Indiana Air National Guard: Active duty: 1 Feb 1951 - 7 Feb 1952:: 113th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron:: 166th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 128th Fighter-Interceptor Group, Truax Field, Wisconsin: Wisconson Air National Guard: Active duty: 1 Mar 1951 - 6 Feb 1952:: 126th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron:: 172d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron:: 176th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 133d Fighter-Interceptor Group, Ft Snelling, Minnesota : Minnesota Air National Guard: Active duty: 1 Mar 1951 - 6 Feb 1952:: 166th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 142d Fighter-Interceptor Group, O'Hare International Airport, Illinois: Oregon Air National Guard: Active duty: 1 Mar 1951 - 6 Feb 1952:: OTU - No permanent units assigned
* 327th Fighter Group (Air Defense), Truax Field, Wisconsin: 18 Aug 1955- 1 Jul 1960:: 321st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 328th Fighter Group (Air Defense), Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri: 18 Aug 1955- 1 Jul 1960:: 326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 343d Fighter Group (Air Defense), Duluth MAP, Minnesota: 18 Aug 1955- 1 Jul 1960:: 11th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 355th Fighter Group (Air Defense), McGhee Tyson Airport, Tennessee: 18 Aug 1955- 1 Jul 1960:: 354th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron:: 469th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 412th Fighter Group (Air Defense), Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan: 18 Aug 1955- 1 Jul 1960:: 445th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 467th Fighter Group, Glasgow AFB, Montana: 1959 - 1 Jul 1960:: 13th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
* 475th Fighter Group (Air Defense), Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Minnesota: 18 Aug 1955- 1 Jul 1960:: 432d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 507th Fighter Group (Air Defense), Kinross AFB, Michigan: 18 Aug 1955- 1 Jul 1960:: 438th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

Active-Duty bases hosting CADF units

* Colorado: Ent AFB
* Iowa: Sioux City AP
* Illinois: O'Hare AP : Scott AFB
* Indiana: Bunker Hill AFB
* Kansas: Fairfax AFLD
* Louisiana: England AFB
* Michigan: K.I. Sawyer AFB : Kinross/Kincheloe AFB : Selfridge AFB : Oscoda/Wurtsmith AFB
* Minnesota: Duluth IAP : Minneapolis-St. Paul AP
* Missouri: Richards-Gebaur AFB
* Montana: Glasgow AFB : Malmstrom AFB (1953-1960)
* North Dakota: Grand Forks AFB : Minot AFB
* New Mexico: Kirtland AFB (1953-1960): Walker AFB
* Ohio: Lockbourne AFB : Wright-Patterson AFB : Youngstown AP
* South Dakota: Rapid City/Ellsworth AFB
* Tennessee: McGhee Tyson AP
* Texas: Bergstrom AFB : Webb AFB
* Wisconsin: Truax AFLDRegions of ADC Air Defense Forces and known Air Force Bases with ADC units, 1949 - 1960Note: States containing ADC bases of Western & Central ADF and Eastern & Central ADF identified as Central/Western and Central/Easternreference [USAF Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1).] [Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.] [Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129. ]

Operational History

Was responsible for the air defense of the Central and Southcentral United States (1951-1960). CADF's area was essentially the area east of the Rocky Mountains to the west of the Appalachian Mountains, from the Canadian border south to the Gulf of Mexico.

In August 1957, Canadian and United States officials announced the establishment of an integrated command in Colorado Springs, Colorado which would centralize operational control of continental air defense. On 12 September 1957, NORAD Headquarters operations commenced at Ent Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado. On 12 May 1958, the Canadian and US governments formally exchanged diplomatic notes which constituted the NORAD Agreement. The Central Air Defense Force was inactivated on 1 July 1960 when the NORAD Air Defense Sectors were established.

ee also

* Eastern Air Defense Force
* Western Air Defense Force

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