Strategic Air Command divisions


Strategic Air Command divisions

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1st Divisions

1st Air Division

*Activated on: 1 July 1954.
*At: Westover AFB, MA
*Assigned to: Strategic Air Command, Eighth Air Force.
*Inactivated on: 1 April 1955.

1st Air Division (Meteorological Survey)

*Redesignated and Activated on:12 April 1955
*At: Offutt AFB, NE, on 15 April 1955
*Reassigned to: Strategic Air Command on 15 April 1955.
*Deactivated on: 20 May 1956.

1st Missile Division

*Redesignated on: 18 March 1957.
*Activated on: 15 April 1957
*Moved to: Cooke AFB, CA 16 July 1957
*Redesignated as: 1st Strategic Aerospace Division on 21 July 1961.

1st Strategic Aerospace Division

*Reassigned to: Fifteenth Air Force on 1 September 1988.
*Redesignated on: 31 July 1990 as Strategic Missile Center.
*Deactivated on: 1 September 1991.

Assigned Units

*392nd Strategic Missile Wing, 18 October 1961-20 December 1961
*703rd Strategic Missile Wing, 25 September 1958-15 January 1959
*704th Strategic Missile Wing, 1 August 1957-1 July 1959
*706th Strategic Missile Wing, 23 February 1958-16 January 1959
*4320th Strategic Wing (Missile), 1 February 1958-23 February 1958
*4392nd Aerospace Support Wing, 21 July 1961-20 December 1961
*4392nd Aerospace Support Wing, 1 July 1987-1 September 1988
*4392nd Aerospace Support Wing, 1 September 1988-1 September 1991

Attached Units

*456th Troop Carrier Wing, 25 April 1955-26 March 1956

After activation in 1954, until Apr 1955, the division served as a holding unit at Westover AFB, Massachusetts, for personnel of the Eighth Air Force who moved to the base as part of a transfer of Eighth’s headquarters from Carswell AFB, Tex. The division was activated under the Air Research and Development Command in Apr 1957 as the first division-level organization controlling intermediate range and intercontinental ballistic missiles. It became an operational component of Strategic Air Command (SAC) in Jan 1958, and began operational testing of missile systems, supporting missile launchings by SAC and other agencies, and training SAC missilemen.

3rd Air Division

*Activated on: 18 June 1954.
*At: Andersen AFB, Guam.
*Assigned to: Strategic Air Command 18 June 1954
*Deactivated on: 1 April 1970.


*Reactivated on: 1 January 1975.
*At: Andersen AFB, Guam.
*Assigned to: Strategic Air Command 1 January 1975.
*Reassigned to: Fifteenth Air Force on 31 January 1982.
*Moved to: Hickham AFB, HI, on 12 September 1988.
*Deactivated on: 1 April 1992.

Assigned Units

*6th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 9 August 1990 1 April 1992
*43rd Strategic Wing 1 January 1975 30 September 1990
*307th Strategic Wing 1 January 1975 30 September 1975
*376th Strategic Wing 1 January 1975 30 October 1991
*3960th Air Base Wing 1 April 1955 1 July1956
*3960th Strategic Wing 1 November 1965 1 April 1970
*4252nd Strategic Wing 12 January 1965 1 April 1970
*4258th Strategic Wing 2 June 1966 1 April 1970

Attached Units

*5th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 14 January 1955 12 April 1955
*6th Bomb Wing 14 January 1955 12 April 1955
*9th Bomb Wing 3 October 1955 22 October 1955
*22nd Bomb Wing 14 April 1955 5 July 1957
*28th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 1 April 1955 24 July 1955
*43rd Bomb Wing 1 July 1957 1 October 1957
*91st Bomb Wing 5 February 1968 15 April 1968
*92nd Bomb Wing 16 October 1954 12 January 1955
*92nd Bomb Wing 26 Apt 1956 6 July 1956
*95th Bomb Wing 26 July 1955 14 November 1955
*96th Bomb Wing 10 January 1957 7 April 1957
*99th Bomb Wing 29 January 1956 25 April 1956
*303rd Bomb Wing 4 July 1956 4 October 1956
*303rd Bomb Wing 4 April 1958 4 July 1958
*320th Bomb Wing 5 October 1956 11 January 1957
*341st Bomb Wing 9 January 1958 4 April 1958
*509th Bomb Wing 1 February 1951 4 May 1951
*509th Bomb Wing 11 July 1954 15 October 1954
*4133rd Bomb Wing (Provisional) 1 February 1966 1 April 1970

The 3rd Air Division moved to Guam and gained most of the resources of the former Far East Air Forces Bomber Command (Provisional) in Jun 1954. The division exercised operational control over numerous deployed tactical components, since all SAC operations in the region came under its jurisdiction. It also supported air refueling needs of all United States military agencies operating in or transiting the region. In mid 1958, the deployment of entire SAC wings to Guam was replaced by an "Air Mail" alert program, whereby several B 47 wings in the U.S. maintained a specific number of B 47s and KC 97s at Andersen AFB to meet both routine and alert requirements. In April 1964, the division switched from "Air Mail" B 47/KC 97 to "Reflex" B 52/KC 135 alert forces, again with aircraft and crews furnished in deployed status from U.S. based SAC wings. In 1965, it became heavily involved in Arc Light and Young Tiger operations in the Far East and SEA. Strategic Air Command wings in the U.S. furnished the aircrews and aircraft for these operations. The first elements of the 3d Air Division to enter combat in SEA were the tanker forces under Young Tiger. In June 1965, Arc Light B 52s struck suspected Viet Cong targets in South Vietnam, commencing the first SAC combat missions. B 52s began striking targets in North Vietnam on 11 April 1966; the initial attack against the Mu Gia Pass marked the largest single bomber raid since World War II. By late 1969, most Arc Light operations staged from U Tapao, Thailand, while others were mounted from Kadena and Andersen. Andersen AFB remained the primary base for deployed forces from the U.S., however, and aircraft and crews were sent from Guam to Kadena and U Tapao for combat missions. On 1 April 1970 the 3d Air Division's resources passed to Eighth Air Force Effective 1 January 1975, 3 Air Division again controlled all SAC operations in the Western Pacific, Far East, and Southeast Asia. Additionally, it assumed responsibility for air refueling support of all U.S. military forces in these areas. During Persian Gulf operations in late 1990 through early 1991, it tasked and supported numerous sorties supporting the deployment in the Pacific Area of Responsibility (AOR).

4th Divisions

4th Air Division

*Redesignated on: 1 February 1951.
*Organized on: 10 February 1951.
*Activated on: 16 June 1952.
*At: Barksdale AFB, LA
*Assigned to: Strategic Air Command.
*Reassigned to: Second Air Force on 16 June 1952
*Moved to: Grand Forks AFB, ND, on 1 September 1964.
*Redesignated as:4th Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 September 1964


*Redesignated on: 1 March 1973
*Inactivated on: 23 August 1988.

4th Strategic Aerospace Division

*Reassigned to: Fifteenth Air Force on 31 March 1970.
*Moved to: Francis E. Warren AFB, WY, on 30 June 1971.
*Redesignated on: 30 June 1971 as 4th Strategic Missile Division.

4th Strategic Missile Division

*Redesignated on: 1 March 1973 as 4th Air Division.

Assigned Units

*2nd Bomb Wing 1 April 1963 1 September 1964
*28th Bomb Wing 15 January 1973 1 May 1982
*28th Bomb Wing 23 January 1987 15 July 1988
*44th Strategic Missile Wing 30 June 1971 1 May 1982
*44th Strategic Missile Wing 23 January 1987 15 July 1988
*55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 1 October 1976 1 April 1980
*90th Strategic Missile Wing 30 June 1971 23 August 1988
*91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 10 February 1951 11 September 1951
*91st Strategic Missile Wing 30 June 1971 30 November 1972
*92nd Strategic Aerospace Wing 31 March 1970 30 June 1971
*97th Bomb Wing 1 July 1959 1 July 1963
*301st Bomb Wing 10 February 1951 15 April 1958
*301st Air Refueling Wing 5 January 1988 23 August 1988
*319th Bomb Wing 1 September 1964 30 June 1971
*319th Bomb Wing 15 January 1973 22 January 1975
*319th Bomb Wing 1 May 1982 23 January 1987
*321st Strategic Missile Wing 1 November 1964 22 January 1975
*321st Strategic Missile Wing 1 May 1982 23 January 1987
*340th Bomb Wing 1 September 1963 1 September 1964
*341st Strategic Missile Wing 30 June 1971 15 January 1973
*341st Strategic Missile Wing 23 January 1987 23 August 1988
*351st Strategic Missile Wing 30 June 1971 1 July 1973
*376th Bomb Wing 1 June 1951 3 December 1957
*410th Bomb Wing 1 September 1964 31 March 1970
*454th Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 1 July 1963
*494th Bomb Wing 1 July 1963 1 July 1964
*4130th Strategic Wing 1 July 1963 1 September 1963
*4228th Strategic Wing 1 July 1958 1 February 1963
*4238th Strategic Wing 1 March 1958 1 April 1963

In 1962, units controlled by the 4th Air Division supported 2nd Air Force's post attack command and control system, and became responsible for the Advanced Airborne Command Post. It participated in the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 and trained in electronic countermeasures and conducted combat operations in Southeast Asia in the late 1960s. In 1982 the 4th assured that assigned units were capable of conducting strategic aerospace warfare using intercontinental ballistic missiles, long-range bombardment, and air refueling resources, according to the Emergency War Order. In addition, the division assumed airborne command and control responsibilities that consisted of supporting auxiliary airborne command post aircraft.

5th Air Division

*Redesignated on: 10 June 1951
*Activated on: 14 January 1951.
*At: Offutt AFB, NE
*Assigned to: Strategic Air Command on 14 January 1951.
*Moved to: Rabat/Sale, French Morocco on 25 May 1951.
*Moved to: Sidi Slimane, French Morocco on 29 May 1954.
*Reassigned to: Sixteenth Air Force on 1 July 1957.
*Deactivated on: 15 January 1958.

Attached Units

*2nd Bomb Wing 4 August 1954 20 September 1954
*2nd Bomb Wing 6 July 1956 26 August 1956
*7th Bomb Wing 10 July 1955 13 September 1955
*11th Bomb Wing 4 May 1955 2 July 1955
*19th Bomb Wing 7 January 1956 11 April 1956
*19th Bomb Wing 8 May 1957 7 July 1957
*44th Bomb Wing 19 January 1953 22 February 1953
*44th Bomb Wing 19 April 1954 17 June 1954
*55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 18 May 1955 16 August 1955
*70th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 26 October 1956 17 December 1956
*301st Bomb Wing 10 February 1954 17 April 1954
*303rd Bomb Wing 5 October 1952 6 November 1952
*305th Bomb Wing 3 November 1955 8 January 1956
*305th Bomb Wing 7 January 1957 8 March 1957
*306th Bomb Wing 5 January 1955 21 February 1955
*306th Bomb Wing 23 October 1956 9 January 1957
*308th Bomb Wing 21 August 1956 26 October 1956
*321st Bomb Wing 9 April 1956 3 July 1956
*379th Bomb Wing 6 March 1957 12 May 1957

The 5th moved without personnel and equipment, to French Morocco in May 1951, absorbing the resources and responsibilities of the USAF Mission to Morocco. The division then manned, trained, and equipped assigned units and prepared installations in French Morocco for the support of other SAC units, in accordance with emergency war plans and operations orders, until the end of 1957.

6th Air Division

*Activated on: 10 February 1951.
*At: Mac Dill AFB, FL
*Assigned to: Second Air Force on 10 February 1951.
*Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force on 1 January 1959.
*Moved to: Dow AFB, ME, on 1 April 1961.
*Deactivated on: 2 July 1966.

Assigned Units

*2nd Bomb Wing 1 November 1959 1 April 1961
*17th Bomb Wing 1 July 1963 1 July 1965
*305th Bomb Wing 10 February 1951 1 June 1959
*306th Bomb Wing 10 February 1951 6 February 1961
*307th Bomb Wing 10 February 1951 11 October 1954
*321st Bomb Wing 1 January 1959 1 February 1959
*321st Bomb Wing 1 July 1959 6 February 1961
*397th Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 2 July 1966
*416th Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 2 July 1966
*4038th Strategic Wing 1 April 1961 1 February 1963
*4039th Strategic Wing 1 April 1961 1 February 1963

Redesignated 6th Air Division in Feb 1951, the organization experienced several inactivation and activations, but its mission remained one of organizing and training assigned units for sustained long-range offensive bombardment and air-to-air refueling operations around the world. The division also supervised numerous deployments, exercises, and operations. In the 1960's, units under the control of 6th Air Division participated in Arc Light missions and controlled aircraft flying weather reconnaissance missions in Southeast Asia.

7th Air Division

*Activated on: 20 March 1951.
*At: South Ruislip, England.
*Assigned to: Strategic Air Command.
*Moved to: High Wycombe Air Station, England on 1 July 1958.
*Deactivated on: 30 June 1965.


*Reactivated on: 1 July 1978.
*At: Ramstein AB, Germany.
*Assigned to: Strategic Air Command.
*Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force on 31 January 1982.
*Deactivated on: 1 February 1992.

Assigned Units

*17th Reconnaissance Wing 1 October 1982 30 June 1991
*306th Strategic Wing 1 July 1978 1 February 1992
*485th Communications 1 July 1958 30 June 1965
*705th Strategic Missile Wing 20 February 1958 1 April 1960
*3918th Strategic Wing 1 February 1964 31 March 1965
*3920th Strategic Wing 1 February 1964 31 March 1965

Attached Units

*2nd Bomb Wing 4 May 1951 31 August 1951
*2nd Bomb Wing 10 September 1952 4 December 1952
*9th Bomb Wing 23 May 1955 11 July 1955
*12th Fighter Escort Wing 20 July 1951 30 November 1951
*22nd Bomb Wing 5 September 1951 4 December 1951
*22nd Bomb Wing 7 December 1953 5 March 1954
*26th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 13 September 1954 29 October 1954
*27th Strategic Fighter Wing 1 May 1955 1 August 1955
*40th Bomb Wing 9 June 1955 9 September 1955
*40th Bomb Wing 4 May 1951 31 August 1951
*42nd Bomb Wing 18 October 1955 18 November 1955
*43rd Bomb Wing 10 March 1953 5 June 1953
*68th Bomb Wing 14 June 1954 7 August 1954
*68th Bomb Wing 27 September 1957 8 January 1958
*93rd Bomb Wing 6 December 1951 6 March 1952
*97th Bomb Wing 15 March 1952 11 June 1952
*97th Bomb Wing 15 May 1956 4 July 1956
*98th Bomb Wing 11 November 1955 29 January 1956
*100th Bomb Wing 29 December 1957 1 April 1958
*301st Bomb Wing 3 December 1952 4 March 1953
*303rd Bomb Wing 4 March 1954 5 June 1954
*305th Bomb Wing 4 September 1953 5 December 1953
*306th Bomb Wing 11 June 1953 4 September 1953
*307th Bomb Wing 7 July 1956 5 October 1956
*310th Bomb Wing 10 March 1955 8 June 1955
*310th Bomb Wing 3 October 1956 9 January 1957
*320th Bomb Wing 3 June 1954 4 September 1954
*321st Bomb Wing 9 December 1954 5 March 1955
*340th Bomb Wing 13 September 1955 3 November 1955
*384th Bomb Wing 3 January 1957 5 April 1957
*509th Bomb Wing 4 June 1952 2 September 1952
*509th Bomb Wing 26 January 1956 30 April 1956
*802nd Air Refueling Wing (P) 21 December 1990
*804th Air Refueling Wing (P) 21 December 1990
*806th Bomb Wing (P) 5 February 1991

Activated in England in 1951 as part of the Strategic Air Command, the 7th Air Division controlled deployed bombardment and reconnaissance forces between 1951 and 1965. The division participated in alerts, exercises, and operational readiness inspections, evaluations, and intensive training programs to provide an advanced combat-ready force. While based in the United Kingdom, the 7th assumed responsibility for air base construction and improvement, which included building complexes to accommodate bombers, fighters, and special functions such as communications, weapons storage, aircraft parts, and navigational aids. The division was discontinued on 30 June 1965.After reactivation on 1 July 1978, the 7th Air Division assured that assigned units trained and were prepared to conduct strategic warfare according to the Emergency War Order. It also assured that assigned units could conduct strategic reconnaissance and air refueling, and function as the nucleus of a SAC advanced echelon in event of contingency operations.

12th Divisions

12th Air Division

*Activated on: 10 February 1951.
*At: March AFB, CA
*Assigned to: Fifteenth Air Force.
*Moved to: Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, on 1 January 1962.
*Redesignated: 12th Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 January 1962.

*Redesignated on: 1 March 1973
*Moved to: Dyess AFB, TX, on 30 September 1976.
*Moved to: Ellsworth AFB, SD on 15 July 1988.
*Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force on 1 July 1989
*Deactivated on: 31 July 1990.

12th Strategic Aerospace Division

*Redesignated on: 30 June 1971 as 12th Strategic Missile Division.

12th Strategic Missile Division

*Redesignated on: 1 March 1973 as 12th Air Division.

Assigned Units

*6th Strategic Aerospace Wing 1 July 1965 25 March 1967
*6th Strategic Aerospace Wing 2 July 1968 30 June 1971
*22nd Bomb Wing 10 February 1951 1 January 1962
*22nd Bomb Wing 1 August 1972 10 October 1982
*22nd Air Refueling Wing 10 October 1982 1 October 1985
*28th Bomb Wing 15 July 1988 31 July 1990
*44th Bomb Wing 10 February 1951 4 August 1951
*44th Strategic Missile Wing 15 July 1988 31 July 1990
*55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 2 July 1966 30 June 1971
*55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 1 October 1982 1 October 1985
*93rd Bomb Wing 1 October 1985 15 July 1988
*95th Bomb Wing 1 July 1964 25 June 1966
*96th Bomb Wing 1 July 1973 15 July 1988
*99th Strategic Weapons Wing 10 August 1989 31 July 1990
*100th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 25 June 1966 30 June 1971
*100th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 1 August 1972 30 September 1976
*303rd Bomb Wing 15 March 1960 15 June 1964
*308th Strategic Missile Wing 30 June 1971 1 April 1973
*320th Bomb Wing 1 December 1952 15 September 1960
*320th Bomb Wing 23 January 1987 15 July 1988
*381st Strategic Missile Wing 30 June 1971 1 July 1973
*384tgh Air Refueling Wing 1 December 1972 1 July 1973
*390th Strategic Missile Wing 1 January 1962 31 July 1984
*4080th Strategic Wing 12 July 1963 25 June 1966

Attached Units

*330th Bomb Wing 1 May 1951 16 June 1951

Redesignated 12th Air Division and organized on 10 February 1951, the organization conducted training for worldwide bombardment operations. From 1963-1984 and 1988-1990, it maintained an ICBM capability, conducted staff assistance visits, and monitored programs such as retention, domestic actions, and medical capabilities of its subordinate units.

13th Divisions

13th Air Division

*Redesignated on: 20 May 1959
*Activated on: 1 July 1959.
*At: Francis E. Warren AFB, WY
*Assigned to: Fifteenth Air Force.
*Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force on 1 July 1963
*Redesignated as: 13th Strategic Missile Division on 1 January 1963

13th Strategic Missile Division

*Reassigned to: Fifteenth Air Force on 1 July 1965.
*Inactivated on: 2 July 1966.

Assigned Units

*90th Strategic Missile Wing 1 July 1963 2 July 1966
*389th Strategic Missile Wing 1 July 1961 25 March 1965
*451st Strategic Missile Wing 1 July 1961 25 June 1965
*703rd Strategic Missile Wing 1 July 1959 1 July 1961
*706th Strategic Missile Wing. 1 July 1959 1 July 1961

During the 1960s the division organized, manned, trained, and equipped several strategic missile wings in Wyoming.

14th Divisions

14th Air Division

*Activated on: 1 February 1951.
*At: Travis AFB, CA.
*Assigned to: Fifteenth Air Force.
*Moved to: Beale AFB, CA, on 25 January 1960.
*Redesignated as: 14th Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 March 1962.


*Redesignated on: 31 March 1972
*Deactivated on: 1 September 1991.

14th Strategic Aerospace Division

*Redesignated on: 31 March 1972 as 14th Air Division.

Assigned Units

*5th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 10 February 1951 25 July 1968
*6th Strategic Wing 30 June 1971 1 October 1976
*6th Strategic Wing 1 October 1985 9 August 1990
*9th Bomb Wing 10 February 1951 1 May 1953
*9th Bomb Wing 25 June 1966 1 September 1991
*17th Bomb Wing 30 September 1975 30 September 1976
*22nd Bomb Wing 31 March 1970 30 June 1971
*22nd Bomb Wing 23 January 1987 1 July 1988
*55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 30 June 1971 1 October 1976
*55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 1 October 1985 1 September 1991
*92nd Strategic Aerospace Wing 2 July 1968 31 March 1970
*93rd Bomb Wing 1 October 1976 1 October 1985
*100th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 30 June 1971 1 August 1972
*100th Air Refueling Wing 30 September 1976 15 March 1983
*320th Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 1 July 1965
*320th Bomb Wing 31 March 1970 30 June 1971
*320th Bomb Wing 1 October 1972 1 October 1982
*456th Strategic Aerospace Wing 1 February 1963 30 June 1971
*456th Bomb Wing 1 October 1972 30 September 1975
*4126th Strategic Wing 8 February 1959 1 February 1963
*4134th Strategic Wing 1 May 1958 1 February 1963
*4200th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 1 January 1965 25 June 1966

Attached Units

*92nd Strategic Aerospace Wing 15 June 1968 1 July 1968

The division's subordinate units provided operational reconnaissance maintained round-the-clock radar surveillance to detect sea launched ballistic missiles from the Pacific Ocean area, and provided for crisis management during periods of increased operational readiness. For a brief period, 1962-1965, the division maintained a Titan ICBM complex, in addition to its assigned aircraft. The division also supervised all of SAC's initial combat crew training for the KC-135, B-52G/H, U-2, and SR-71 aircraft.

17th Divisions

17th Air Division

*Activated on: 15 Jul 1959.
*At: Whiteman AFB, MO.
*Assigned to: Second Air Force.
*Redesignated as: 17th Strategic Aerospace Division on 15 Feb 1962.

17th Strategic Aerospace Division

*Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force on 1 Jul 1963.
*Redesignated as: 17th Strategic Missile Division on 1 Sep 1963.


*Redesignated on: 1 Jul 1965
*Reassigned to: Fifteenth Air Force on 31 Mar 1970.
*Deactivated on: 30 Jun 1971.

17th Strategic Missile Division

*Redesignated as: 17th Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 Jul 1965.

Assigned Units

*70th Bomb Wing 1 Jul 1965 31 Dec 1969
*305th Bomb Wing 15 Jul 1959 1 Jan 1961
*308th Strategic Missile Wing 31 Mar 1970 30 Jun 1971
*340th Bomb Wing 15 Jul 1959 1 Sep 1963
*351st Strategic Missile Wing 1 Feb 1963 30 Jun 1971
*381st Strategic Missile Wing 1 Jul 1963 30 Jun 1971
*500th Air Refueling Wing 1 Jan 1963 1 Jul 1963
*4045th Air Refueling Wing 9 Sep 1960 1 Jan 1963
*4321st Strategic Wing 1 Oct 1959 15 Aug 1962

The 17th gained control of the 340th and the 305th Bombardment Wings at Bunker Hill AFB, Indiana, and the 4040th Air Base Squadron at Richard I. Bong AFB, Wisconsin. The two bombardment wings flew normal SAC alert patrols and participated in special exercises as required. In 1963, the division lost its bombardment wings and gained missile wings it assumed responsibility for Titan and Minuteman missiles in Missouri, Kansas, and later Arkansas. When the 70th Bomb Wing joined the he 17th on 1 Jul 1965 with B-52 and KC-135 aircraft, the division reverted to an earlier designation: 17th Strategic Aerospace Division. From 1965 until inactivated on 30 Jun 1971, subordinate units frequently deployed bomber and tanker resources. Arc Light operations in Southeast Asia, consisting of military operations against enemy forces in Vietnam, drew most of the deployments. The division inactivated on 30 Jun 1971. Emblem approved 28 Apr 1964.

17th Air Division (P) Provisional

*Activated on: 1 Jun 1972
*At: U-Tapao RTNAB, Thailand.
*Moved to: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 20 Aug 1990
*Assigned to: USAF Central Command

Assigned Units

*801st Bomb Wing (P) 16 Jan 1991
*1701st Strategic Wing (P) 14 Aug 1990
*1702nd Air Refueling Wing (P) 29 Aug 1990
*1703rd Air Refueling Wing (P) 13 Aug 1990
*1706th Air Refueling Wing (P) 28 Sep 1990
*1708th Bomb Wing (P) 21 Dec 1990
*1712th Air Refueling Wing (P) 19 Dec 1990
*1713th Air Refueling Wing (P) 19 Dec 1990
*4300th Bomb Wing (P) 17 Jan 1991

The 17th Air Division (P) Provisional commanded the assigned units, which were created, from wings of the Strategic Air Command’s 15th Air Force.

18th Divisions

18th Air Division

*Activated on: 1 July 1959.
*At: Fairchild AFB, WA
*Assigned to: Fifteenth Air Force.
*Redesignated as: 18th Strategic Aerospace Division on 15 February 1962 .

18th Strategic Aerospace Division

*Inactivated on: 2 July 1968.

Assigned Units

*6th Strategic Wing 25 March 1967 2 July 1968
*91st Bomb Wing 1 July 1963 1 September 1964
*92nd Bomb Wing 1 July 1959 2 July 1968
*320th Bomb Wing 1 July 1965 2 July 1966
*341st Strategic Missile Wing 2 July 1966 2 July 1968
*462nd Strategic Aerospace Wing 1 February 1963 25 June 1966
*4157th Strategic Wing 1 July 1965 25 March 1967
*4158th Strategic Wing 1 July 1965 25 June 1966
*4170th Strategic Wing 1 July 1959 1 February 1963

The 18th Air Division assured that assigned wings were organized, manned, trained, and equipped to conduct long-range bombardment operations using either nuclear or conventional weapons. The division also developed and maintained a strategic missile operational capability. Between 1965 and 1968 the subordinate units’ of the 18th loaned aircraft and aircrews to SAC organizations in Southeast Asia for combat operations.

19th Air Division

*Activated on: 16 February 1951
*At: Carswell AFB, TX
*Assigned to: Eighth Air Force.
*Reassigned to: Second Air Force on 1 July 1955.
*Assigned to: Eighth Air Force on 1 January 1975.
*Inactivated on: 30 September 1988.

Assigned Units

*2nd Bomb Wing 1 September 1964 1 July 1965
*2nd Bomb Wing 2 July 1969 1 December 1982
*7th Bomb Wing 16 February 1951 13 June 1988
*11th Bomb Wing 16 February 1951 13 December 1957
*11th Bomb Wing 2 July 1966 25 March 1969
*43rd Bomb Wing 15 March 1960 1 September 1964
*96th Strategic Aerospace Wing 2 July 1966 1 July 1973
*97th Bomb Wing 2 July 1969 1 January 1970
*97th Bomb Wing 30 June 1971 1 July 1973
*305th Bomb Wing 1 January 1961 1 September 1964
*308th Strategic Missile Wing 1 December 1982 18 August 1987
*340th Bomb Wing 1 September 1964 2 October 1966
*351st Strategic Missile Wing 1 December 1982 13 June 1988
*381st Strategic Missile Wing 1 July 1973 8 August 1986
*384th Air Refueling Wing 1 July 1973 13 June 1988
*461st Bomb Wing 2 July 1966 25 March 1968
*494th Bomb Wing 1 October 1965 2 April 1966
*4123rd Strategic Wing 10 December 1957 1 March 1959
*4130th Strategic Wing 1 October 1958 1 July 1963

Attached Units

*340th Bomb Wing 1 August 1964 31 August 1964

The 19th Air Division, was activated on 16 February 1951, some subordinate units trained in, and flew, B-36 aircraft. Later, these units received B-52 and KC-135 aircraft and trained in global strategic bombardment and air refueling operations. In early 1960, some assigned units evaluated various models of the B-58 aircraft, while at the same time operating a combat crew training school to train SAC aircrews in the B-58 weapons system. Following evaluation, these assigned units utilized the B-58 aircraft in the strategic bombardment role. In Jan 1967, the division began deploying B-52 aircraft and aircrews to Southeast Asia for combat operations. The 19th continued deploying aircraft and aircrews to Southeast Asia until the American participation ceased in 1973. In 1975, the 19th provided air-refueling support for the evacuation of Vietnamese and Americans from South Vietnam. After 1975, the division insured its subordinate units were manned, trained, equipped, and operationally ready to conduct bombing and air refueling missions, and if necessary, to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles. Emblem approved 11 March 1959.

21st Divisions

21st Air Division

*Redesignated on: 5 February 1951
*Activated on: 16 February 1951.
*At: Forbes AFB, Kansas
*Assigned to: Strategic Air Command.
*Reassigned to: Fifteenth Air Force on 16 October 1952.
*Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force on 1 July 1955.
*Reassigned to: Second Air Force on 1 January 1959.
*Redesignated as: 21st Strategic Aerospace Division on 15 February 1962

21st Strategic Aerospace Division

*Inactivated on: 1 September 1964.

Assigned Units

*40th Bomb Wing. 20 June 1960 1 February 1964
*40th Strategic Aerospace Wing 1 February 1964 1 September 1964
*44th Bomb Wing 4 August 1951 16 June 1952
*55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 1 October 1952 1 September 1964
*90th Bomb Wing. 14 March 1951 20 June 1960

Attached Units

*68th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 10 October 1951 15 May 1952
*308th Bomb Wing 10 October 1951 17 April 1952
*310th Bomb Wing 28 March 1952 4 September 1952
*376th Bomb Wing 1 June 1951 10 October 1951

The division trained aircrews for medium bombardment wings, bomber replacement crews, and replacements for strategic reconnaissance slots, until Sep 1964. Emblem approved 17 July 1952.

22nd Divisions

22nd Air Division

*Redesignated on: 1 July 1959
*Activated on: 15 July 1959
*At: Clinton County AFB, OH
*Assigned to: Second Air Force 15 July 1959.
*Reassigned to: Fifteenth Air Force on 9 September 1960.
*Moved to: Malstrom AFB, MT, on 9 September 1960.
*Moved to: Schilling AFB, KS, on 1 July 1962.
*Redesignated as: 22nd Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 July 1962.

22nd Strategic Aerospace Division

*Moved to: Walker AFB, NM, on 1 July 1963.
*Inactivated on: 1 July 1965.

Assigned Units

*6th Strategic Aerospace Wing 1 July 1963 1 July 1965
*310th Strategic Aerospace Wing 1 July 1962 25 June 1965
*341st Strategic Missile Wing 15 July 1961 1 July 1962
*461st Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 30 June 1964
*4045th Air Refueling Wing 15 July 1959 9 September 1960
*4062nd Strategic Wing 1 December 1960 20 February 1962
*4090th Air Refueling Wing 15 July 1959 1 July 1960
*4128th Strategic Wing 1 July 1962 1 February 1963

Redesignated in 1959 and later redesignated the 22nd Strategic Aerospace Division, it assured that assigned units were organized, manned, trained, and equipped to conduct air refueling operations and long range strategic bombardment using either nuclear or conventional weapons. In addition, from 1962 to 1965 the division controlled Atlas ICBM's. Emblem approved 6 June 1963.

36th Air Division

*Activated on: 4 September 1951.
*At: Davis Monthan AFB, AZ
*Assigned to: Fifteenth Air Force.
*Discontinued on: 15 March 1960.

Attached Units

*43rd Bomb Wing 4 September 1951 15 March 1960
*303rd Bomb Wing 4 September 1951 15 March 1960

The 36th Air Division was activated on 4 September 1951, to solve the organizational and jurisdictional problems caused by placing two combat wings on one installation. The division first flew B-29's and B-50's for bombardment operations, but by late 1954 the division was completely equipped with B-47 jets. Conversion from KB-29's to KC-97's for refueling began in the summer of 1952 and ended in 1954. The division constantly flew training missions, engaged in simulated combat operations, and participated in joint exercises with the Air Defense Command. Until 1960, the division continued its task of manning, training, and equipping the assigned bombardment wings with B-47's so that they would be ready for aerial warfare on a global scale. Emblem approved 12 February 1952.

37th Air Division

*Activated on: 10 October 1951.
*At: Lockbourne AFB, OH
*Assigned to: Second Air Force.
*Discontinued on: 28 May 1952.

Assigned Units

*68th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 10 October 1951 28 May 1952
*91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 10 October 1951 28 May 1952

The 37th Air Division administered, trained, and supported all assigned and attached units, ensuring that these forces were in a maximum state of readiness. In meeting its commitments the division participated in numerous live and simulated exercises. Emblem approved 6 September 1953.

38th Air Division

*Activated on: 10 October 1951.
*At: Hunter AFB, GA
*Assigned to: Second Air Force.
*Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force on 1 January 1959.
*Inactivated on: 1 November 1959.

Assigned Units

*2nd Bomb Wing 10 October 1951 1 November 1959
*308th Bomb Wing 10 October 1951 15 July 1959

The 38th Air began in Oct 1951 to developed and prepared policies and procedures pertaining to bombardment, air and ground training, operations, flying safety, and security. It also monitored and coordinated the manning, training, equipping and operational readiness of assigned units for the primary purpose of conducting strategic air warfare on a global scale. Its subordinate units participated in numerous training missions, which included simulated radar bombing and polar grid navigation, plus the Strategic Air Command bombing, and navigation competition. During the 1950s the division participated in and supported exercises such as Operation War Dance, Grey Warrior and Dark Night. The division also flew numerous air refueling sorties. Emblem approved 16 August 1956.

40th Divisions

40th Air Division

*Redesignated on: 2 March 1951
*Organized on: 14 March 1951.
*At: Turner AFB, GA
*Assigned to: Second Air Force.
*Inactivated on: 1 April 1957.


*Reactivated on: 1 July 1959.
*At: Wurtsmith AFB, MI
*Assigned to: Second Air Force.
*Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force on 1 January 1975
*Inactivated on: 8 June 1988.

*Reactivated on: 7 July 1989.
*At: Malstrom AFB, MT.
*Assigned to: Fifteenth Air Force.
*Inactivated on: 14 June 1991.

Assigned Units

*17th Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 1 July 1963
*17th Bomb Wing 1 July 1971 1 July 1973
*31st Fighter-Escort Wing 14 March 1951 1 April 1957
*108th Fighter Bomber Wing 14 March 1951 16 November 1951
*146th Fighter Bomber Wing 17 April 1951 1 September 1951
*301st Air Refueling Wing 2 July 1966 31 March 1970
*301st Air Refueling Wing 1 July 1973 1 July 1975
*301st Air Refueling Wing 7 July 1989 14 June 1991
*305th Air Refueling Wing 1 July 1973 1 December 1982
*341st Strategic Missile Wing 7 July 1989 14 June 1991
*351st Strategic Missile Wing 1 July 1973 1 December 1982
*379th Bomb Wing 9 January 1961 8 June 1988
*410th Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 1 September 1964
*410th Bomb Wing 31 March 1970 8 June 1988
*416th Bomb Wing 30 June 1971 1 July 1973
*416th Bomb Wing 1 December 1982 8 June 1988
*449th Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 30 September 1977
*500th Air Refueling Wing 1 July 1963 15 December 1964
*508th Fighter-Escort Wing 1 July 1952 11 May 1956
*4026th Strategic Wing 1 July 1959 9 January 1961
*4042nd Strategic Wing 1 July 1959 1 February 1963
*4043rd Strategic Wing 1 July 1959 1 February 1963
*4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 1 May 1956 1 April 1957
*4239th Strategic Wing 1 July 1959 1 February 1963

The division assumed a supervisory role over assigned units of the Strategic Air Command, ensuring that they were manned, trained, and equipped to conduct long range bombardment missions using either nuclear or conventional weapons. It also developed and maintained the capability for effective air refueling and Minuteman II (intercontinental ballistic missile) operations. In these roles the division conducted staff assistance visits and participated in numerous exercises such as Buy None, Buckskin Rider and Busy Player. After Jul 1989, the 40th Air Division established policies to ensure support for wartime execution of a strategic ICBM wing and a strategic air refueling wing in accordance with the Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP) and Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) directed conventional war-fighting commitments. Emblem approved 14 April 1952.

42nd Divisions

42nd Air Division

*Redesignated on: 2 March 1951
*Organized on: 10 March 1951.
*At: Bergstrom AFB, TX.
*Assigned to: Eighth Air Force.
*Reassigned to: Second Air Force on 1 April 1955.
*Inactivated on: 8 January 1958.

*Reactivated on: 15 July 1959.
*At: McConnell AFB, KS
*Assigned to: Second Air Force.
*Redesignated on: 1 June 1962 as 42nd Strategic Aerospace Division.

*Redesignated on: 1 July 1963.
*Inactivated on: 2 July 1969.

*Reactivated on: 1 January 1970.
*At: Blytheville AFB, AR
*Assigned to: Second Air Force.
*Moved to McCoy AFB, FL, on 30 June 1971.
*Moved to Blythesville AFB, AR, on 1 September 1973.
*Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force on 1 January 1975.
*Moved to: Grand Forks AFB, ND, on 16 June 1988.
*Inactivated on: 9 July 1991.

42nd Strategic Aerospace Division

*Moved to: Blytheville AFB, AR, on 1 July 1963.
*Redesignated on: 1 July 1963 as 42nd Air Division.

Assigned Units

*2nd Bomb Wing 1 July 1965 2 July 1969
*2nd Bomb Wing 1 December 1982 16 June 1988
*12th Fighter Escort Wing 9 April 1951 8 January 1958
*17th Bomb Wing 1 July 1973 30 September 1975
*19th Bomb Wing 30 June 1971 16 June 1988
*27th Fighter Escort Wing 6 August 1951 8 January 1958
*43rd Bomb Wing 1 January 1970 31 January 1970
*68th Bomb Wing 30 June 1971 30 September 1982
*97th Bomb Wing 1 July 1963 2 July 1969
*97th Bomb Wing 1 January 1970 30 June 1971
*97th Bomb Wing 1 July 1973 16 June 1988
*301st Air Refueling Wing 31 March 1970 1 July 1973
*301st Air Refueling Wing 1 July 1975 30 September 1979
*305th Air Refueling Wing 1 January 1970 1 July 1973
*305th Air Refueling Wing 1 December 1982 16 July 1988
*306th Bomb Wing 30 June 1971 1 July 1974
*308th Strategic Missile Wing 1 January 1970 31 March 1970
*308th Strategic Missile Wing 1 April 1973 1 December 1982
*319th Bomb Wing 16 June 1988 9 July 1991
*321st Strategic Missile Wing 16 June 1988 9 July 1991
*381st Strategic Missile Wing 1 March 1962 1 July 1963
*454th Bomb Wing 1 July 1963 2 July 1969
*4347th Combat Crew Training Wing 15 July 1959 15 June 1963
*4397th Air Refueling Wing (Training) 15 July 1959 15 June 1962

The division equipped and trained its assigned units to conduct strategic air warfare using nuclear or conventional weapons anywhere in the world also trained and maintained air-refueling assets. Tankers from units assigned to the 42nd supported the Eielson Tanker Task Force and, over the years, occasionally deployed to Spain for Spanish Area Support. The division conducted numerous staff assistance visits and conducted simulated no-notice inspections, and participated in exercises such as Buy None and Global Shield. Aircraft and personnel from units assigned to the division, at various times in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, deployed to Southeast Asia and took part in Arc Light and Young Tiger operations. Subordinate units of the 42nd deployed aircraft and personnel in support of the war in Southwest Asia. Emblem approved 29 December 1965.

45th Air Division

*Redesignated on: 24 September 1954
*Activated on: 8 October 1954.
*At: Loring AFB, ME
*Assigned to: Eighth Air Force.
*Inactivated on: 18 January 1958.

*Reactivated on: 20 November 1958.
*At: Loring AFB, ME
*Assigned to: Eighth Air Force.
*Reassigned to: Second Air Force on 31 March 1970.
*Moved to: Pease AFB, NH, on 30 June 1971.
*Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force on 1 January 1975.
*Inactivated on: 15 June 1989.

Assigned Units

*17th Bomb Wing 2 July 1969 30 June 1971
*42nd Bomb Wing 8 October 1954 18 January 1958
*42nd Bomb Wing 1 December 1958 29 March 1989
*95th Strategic Wing 2 October 1966 30 September 1976
*99th Bomb Wing 30 June 1971 31 March 1974
*380th Strategic Aerospace Wing 1 July 1968 2 July 1969
*380th Strategic Aerospace Wing 30 June 1971 29 March 1989
*380th Strategic Aerospace Wing 30 June 1971 29 March 1989
*397th Bomb Wing 2 July 1966 25 April 1968
*416th Bomb Wing 1 July 1973 1 December 1982
*454th Bomb Wing 1 July 1963 2 July 1969
*509th Bomb Wing 30 June 1971 29 March 1989
*702nd Strategic Missile Wing 1 January 1959 25 June 1961
*4081st Strategic Wing 1 January 1959 25 June 1966
*4082nd Strategic Wing 1 January 1959 2 October 1966

In Oct 1954 the division assumed responsibility for the training and combat readiness of its assigned units. The 45th achieved this goal through staff assistance visits and supervising or participating in exercises such as Golden Hour Tango, Rubber Ball, and Sky Shield. Emblem approved 12 May 1960.

47th Divisions

47th Air Division

*Activated on: 1 February 1951.
*At: Walker AFB, NM
*Assigned to: Eighth Air Force.
*Reassigned to: Fifteenth Air Force on 1 April 1955.
*Moved to: Castle AFB, CA, on 11 July 1959.
*Redesignated as: 47th Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 May 1962.


*Redesignated on: 1 July 1963
*Reassigned to: Second Air Force on 31 March 1970.
*Moved to: Fairchild AFB, WA, on 30 June 1971.
*Reassigned to: Fifteenth Air Force on 1 July 1971.
*Deactivated on: 27 February 1987.

47th Strategic Aerospace Division

*Redesignated on: 1 July 1963 as 47th Air Division.

Assigned Units

*5th Bomb Wing 30 June 1971 30 November 1972
*5th Bomb Wing 15 January 1973 22 January 1975
*6th Bomb Wing. 10 February 1951 1 July 1963
*6th Strategic Wing 1 October 1976 1 October 1985
*22nd Bomb Wing 1 January 1962 31 March 1970
*22nd Bomb Wing 30 June 1971 1 August 1972
*22nd Air Refueling Wing 1 October 1985 23 January 1987
*28th Bomb Wing 30 June 1971 15 January 1973
*91st Strategic Missile Wing 15 January 1973 22 January 1975
*92nd Strategic Aerospace Wing 30 June 1971 23 January 1987
*93rd Bomb Wing 1 July 1959 30 June 1971
*319th Bomb Wing 30 June 1971 15 January 1973
*320th Bomb Wing 2 July 1966 31 March 1970
*320th Bomb Wing 30 June 1971 1 October 1972
*320th Bomb Wing 1 October 1982 23 January 1987
*341st Strategic Missile Wing 15 January 1973 23 January 1987
*456th Strategic Aerospace Wing 30 June 1971 1 October 1972
*509th Bomb Wing 10 February 1951 1 July 1958
*4128th Strategic Wing 5 January 1959 1 July 1959

To serve as an intermediate echelon between Strategic Air Command's Eighth Air Force and operational units in the field. From Apr 1955 to Mar 1970 it filled the same role for the Fifteenth Air Force and from Mar 1970 to Jul 1971, for the Second Air Force. In Jul 1971 the 47th returned to Fifteenth Air Force control where it continued to supervise subordinate unit training and other activities. The eruption of Mount St. Helens in the state of Washington in May 1980 seriously affected division operations. Aircraft dispersed to various bases while around-the-clock shifts removed the volcanic ash. Emblem approved 6 May 1956.

57th Divisions

57th Air Division

*Activated on: 16 April 1951.
*At: Fairchild AFB, WA
*Assigned to: Fifteenth Air Force.
*Moved to: Westover AFB, MA on 4 September 1956.
*Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force on 4 September 1956.
*Inactivated on: 2 July 1969.


*Reactivated on: 22 January 1975.
*At: Minot AFB, ND
*Assigned to: Fifteenth Air Force.
*Inactivated on: 14 June 1991.

Assigned Units

*5th Bomb Wing 22 January 1975 14 June 1991
*17th Bomb Wing 1 July 1965 2 July 1968
*19th Bomb Wing 25 July 1968 2 July 1969
*28th Bomb Wing 1 May 1982 23 January 1987
*44th Strategic Missile Wing 1 May 1982 23 January 1987
*55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 1 April 1980 1 October 982
*68th Bomb Wing 1 July 1964 1 September 1965
*68th Bomb Wing 2 September 1966 2 July 1969
*91st Strategic Missile Wing 22 January 1975 14 June 1991
*92nd Bomb Wing 16 April 1951 4 September 1956
*92nd Bomb Wing 23 January 1987 15 June 1988
*98th Bomb Wing 16 April 1951 25 November 1953
*99th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 1 January 1953 2 July 1969
*301st Air Refueling Wing 15 November 1965 2 July 1966
*319th Bomb Wing 22 January 1975 1 May 1982
*319th Bomb Wing 23 January 1987 16 June 1988
*321st Strategic Missile Wing 22 January 1975 1 May 1982
*321st Strategic Missile Wing 23 January 1987 16 June 1988
*416th Bomb Wing 2 July 1966 2 September 1966
*465th Bomb Wing 2 September 1966 25 July 1968
*499th Air Refueling Wing 1 January 1963 25 June 1966
*4050th Air Refueling Wing 4 September 1956 1 January 1963

The division assumed a supervisory role of subordinate bombardment units. The division assured that its units trained to conduct long-range bombardment, air refueling, and strategic reconnaissance operations around the world. Between 1965 and 1969, division subordinate units supported Arc Light bombing and Young Tiger air refueling operations in Southeast Asia. In 1980 the 57th reorganized. In this new assignment, the division became responsible for employing SAC conventional strategic forces (bomber, tanker, and reconnaissance) in crisis situations. Emblem approved 7 April 1957.

57th Air Division (P) Provisional

*Activated on: 1 Jun 1972.
*At: Anderson AFB, Guam
*Assigned to: Eighth Air Force..
*Inactivated on: 15 Nov 1972

In Nov 1990 the decision was made to form provisional Air Divisions to prevent too many units having to report directly to U. S. A. F. Central Command. The 57th Air Division (P) commanded wings created from units of the Strategic Air Command’s 15th Air Force.The division assumed contreol of 150 B-52s

65th Air Division

*Activated on: 8 April 1957.
*At: Madrid, Spain.
*Assigned to: Sixteenth Air Force.
*Moved to: Torrejon, Spain in 1957.
*Reassigned to: USAF in Europe on 1 July 1960.

Activated on 8 April 1957, the 65th Air Division transferred to Spain, where it cooperated with Spanish Air Force units in the Air Defense Direction Centers (ADDCs). The 65th Air Division directed base construction, and the establishment of off-base housing and radar sites. The division's fighter squadrons flew air defense interceptions over Spanish airspace. The division also controlled the operations of attached tactical fighter squadrons that were deployed to Spain for temporary duty. Assigned or attached units of the division participated in numerous exercises with the Spanish Air Defense Command, and in some instances, with the U.S. Sixth Fleet. Emblem approved 1 April 1961.

100th Air Division

*Activated on: 15 July 1990.
*At: Whiteman AFB, MO
*Assigned to: Eighth Air Force.
*Inactivated on: 26 July 1991.

Assigned Units

*351st Strategic Missile Wing. 1 July 1990 26 July 1991
*509th Bomb Wing 30 September 1990 26 July 1991

Activated as the 100th Air Division at Whiteman AFB, MO, on 15 June 1990, assuming host unit responsibilities and supporting the 351st SMW, which was responsible for Minuteman II missile operations, and the 509th BMW (not operational).

311th Air Division, Reconnaissance

*Activated on: 16 April 1948
*Moved to: Topeka AFB, KS, on 20 July 1948.
*Redesignated on: 5 January 1949 as 311th Air Division.

311th Air Division

*Moved to: Barksdale AFB, LA on 28 October 1949
*Deactivated on: 1 November 1949

Assigned Units

*5th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 16 July 1949 1 November 1949
*9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 1 May 1949 1 November 1949
*55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 19 July 1948 14 October 1949
*91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 10 November 1948 1 November 1949

801st Air Division

*Activated on: 28 May 1952.
*At: Lockbourne AFB, OH
*Assigned to: Second Air Force.
*Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force on 1 July 1955.
*Deactivated on: 15 March 1965.

Assigned Units

*26th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 28 May 1952 1 July 1958
*91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 28 May 1952 8 November 1957
*301st Bomb Wing 15 April 1958 15 March 1965
*376th Bomb Wing 3 December 1957 15 March 1965

Attached Units

*70th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 24 January 1955 19 October 1955

The 801st Air Division was activated on 28 May 1952; the division trained and maintained a force capable of conducting bombing and electronic countermeasures operations. The 801st also trained subordinate units in air-to-air refueling techniques, and in strategic reconnaissance. The division also participated in numerous tactical exercises such as Big Blast, Deep River, Sky Shield, and Purple Mood. Emblem approved 28 August 1952.

802nd Air Division

*Established on: 9 May 1951
*Activated on: 28 May 1952.
*At: Smoky Hill AFB, KS
*Assigned to: Fifteenth Air Force.
*Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force on 1 July 1955.
*Reassigned to: Fifteenth Air Force on 1 January 1959.
*Discontinued on: 20 June 1960.

Assigned Units

*40th Bomb Wing 28 May 1952 20 June 1960
*310th Bomb Wing 28 May 1952 20 June 1960

The 802nd Air Division was activated on 28 May 1952; the 802nd manned, trained, and equipped the 40th and 310th Bombardment Wings. This mission involved training in long-range bombardment and air refueling operations. The 802nd participated in exercises such as Phillip Morris, Parade Ground, and Pacesetter. Emblem approved 27 August 1954.

806th Air Division

*Established on: 9 May 1951.
*Activated on: 16 June 1952.
*At: Lake Charles AFB, LA
*Assigned to: Second Air Force.
*Discontinued on: 15 June 1960.

Assigned Units

*44th Bomb Wing 16 June 1952 15 June 1960
*68th Bomb Wing 16 June 1952 15 June 1960

The 806th Air Division assumed command of the 44th and 68th Bombardment Wings plus various support components. The division monitored and coordinated the manning, equipping, and training of assigned units, for strategic air warfare on a global scale. This training included air-refueling sorties. In fulfilling its mission, the division participated in numerous tactical exercises such as Briar Rabbit and Big Sickle. Emblem approved 13 April 1954.

810th Divisions

810th Air Division

*Established on: 4 June 1952
*Activated on: 16 June 1952.
*At: Biggs AFB, TX
*Assigned to: Eighth Air Force.
*Reassigned to: Fifteenth Air Force on 1 April 1955.
*Moved to: Minot AFB, ND, on 1 July 1962.
*Redesignated as: 810th Strategic Aerospace Division 1 November 1962.

810th Strategic Aerospace Division

*Resigned to: Second Air Force on 1 July 1963.
*Reassigned to: Fifteenth Air Force on 2 July 1966.
*Inactivated on: 30 June 1971.

Assigned Units

*5th Bomb Wing 25 July 1968 30 June 1971
*55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing 1 September 1964 2 July 1966
*91st Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 1 July 1963
*91st Bomb Wing 1 July 1966 30 June 1971
*95th Bomb Wing 16 June 1952 1 July 1962
*97th Bomb Wing 16 June 1952 1 July 1959
*98th Strategic Aerospace Wing 25 March 1965 25 June 1966
*319th Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 1 September 1964
*341st Strategic Missile Wing 2 July 1968 30 June 1971
*450th Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 25 July 1968
*455th Strategic Missile Wing 1 November 1962 25 June 1968
*4128th Strategic Wing 1 July 1962 1 February 1963
*4133rd Strategic Wing 1 July 1962 1 February 1963
*4136th Strategic Wing 1 July 1962 1 February 1963
*4141st Strategic Wing 1 July 1962 1 February 1963

The 810th Air Division assured the manning, training, and equipping of assigned units to conduct long-range bombardment missions using either nuclear or conventional weapons. It also developed and maintained the capability for air refueling operations using various aircraft types and training for strategic aerospace warfare using intercontinental ballistic missiles. Between 1966 and 1973, subordinate organizations loaned KC-135 and B-52 aircraft and crews, at various times, to Strategic Air Command organizations flying Arc Light combat missions in Southeast Asia. In the spring of 1968, some aircraft and crews of subordinate units deployed to Okinawa in response to the Pueblo incident. (The North Koreans seized the Pueblo, a U.S. Navy vessel, on the high seas.) The 810th also participated in tactical exercises such as Club Car, Snow Bank, and Bar None. Emblem approved 20 April 1956.

813th Divisions

813th Air Division

*Established on: 28 May 1954
*Activated on: 15 July 1954.
*At: Pinecastle AFB, FL
*Assigned to: Second Air Force.
*Inactivated on: 1 June 1956.


*Reactivated on: 15 July 1959
*Assigned to: Fifteenth Air Force.
*At: Malstrom AFB, ID 15 July 1959.
*Redesignated as: 813th Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 April 1962

813th Strategic Aerospace Division

*Inactivated on: 2 July 1966.

Assigned Units

*9th Bomb Wing 15 July 1959 25 June 1966
*19th Bomb Wing 15 July 1954 1 June 1956
*321st Bomb Wing 15 July 1954 1 June 1956
*341st Strategic Missile Wing 1 July 1964 2 July 1966
*4061st Air Refueling Wing 15 July 1959 15 July 1961

Attached Units

*379th Bomb Wing 1 November 1955 31 May 1956

Activated in 1954, the 813th organized, manned, trained, and equipped its assigned units in Florida, Idaho and Montana. The division maintained the capability to conduct long-range bombardment operations and strategic missile warfare. In addition, the 813th supported Air Reserve and National Guard programs, established applicable safety programs, and administered the security protection program. Emblem approved 19 April 1956.

816th Divisions

816th Air Division

*Established on: 20 May 1958
*Activated on: 1 July 1958.
*At: Altus AFB, OK
*Assigned to: Second Air Force.
*Redesignated as: 810th Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 April 1962.

816th Strategic Aerospace Division

*Discontinued on: 1 July 1965.

Assigned Units

*11th Bomb Wing 1 July 1958 1 July 1965
*70th Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 1 July 1965
*494th Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 1 July 1963
*494th Bomb Wing 1 July 1964 1 July 1965
*4123rd Strategic Wing 1 March 1959 1 February 1963
*4245th Strategic Wing 5 January 1959 1 February 1963

Activated in 1958, the 816th Air Division monitored and coordinated the manning, equipping, and operational readiness of assigned units, for the purpose of conducting strategic air warfare on a global scale. The division participated in tactical exercises such as Card Game, Steel Trap, and Blonde Cutey. Emblem approved 25 April 1960.

817th Air Division

*Established on: 24 January 1956.
*Activated on: 1 February 1956.
*At: Pease AFB, NH
*Assigned to: Eighth Air Force.
*Reassigned to: Second Air Force on 31 March 1970.
*Inactivated on: 30 June 1971.

Assigned Units

*17th Bomb Wing 2 July 1968 2 July 1969
*99th Bomb Wing 2 July 1969 30 June 1971
*100th Bomb Wing 1 February 1956 25 June 1966
*301st Air Refueling Wing 15 March 1965 15 November 1965
*380th Strategic Aerospace Wing 25 June 1965 1 July 1968
*380th Strategic Aerospace Wing 2 July 1969 30 June 1971
*416th Bomb Wing 2 September 1966 2 July 1969

Activated as the 817th Air Division on 1 February 1956, the division supervised the organization and training of subordinate units. The 817th ensured a force capable of immediate and sustained long-range offensive bombardment and air-to-air refueling operations anywhere in the world. Between 1966 and 1971, subordinate units, at various times, deployed B-52 and KC-135 aircraft and crews to Strategic Air Command units involved in combat operations in Southeast Asia. The 817th also participated in tactical exercises such as War Dance, Grand Slam, and Blast Off. Emblem approved 29 January 1958.

818th Divisions

818th Air Division

*Established on: 27 August 1954.
*Activated on: 11 October 1954.
*At: Lincoln AFB, NE
*Assigned to: Fifteenth Air Force.
*Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force on 1 July 1955.
*Reassigned to Second Air Force on 1 January 1959.
*Redesignated as: 818th Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 March 1962.

818th Strategic Aerospace Division

*Discontinued on: 25 March 1965.

Assigned Units

*98th Bomb Wing 11 October 1954 25 March 1965
*307th Bomb Wing 11 October 1954 25 March 1965
*385th Strategic Aerospace Wing 1 January 1963 15 December 1964
*4321st Strategic Wing 15 August 1962 1 January 1963

Activated on 11 October 1954, the 818th immediately assumed responsibility for training a force capable of long-range offensive bombardment and worldwide air-to-air refueling operations. The division participated in numerous tactical training exercises such as Chuck Wagon, Pace Setter, Cobra Killer, and Sky Shield. Emblem approved 12 January 1956.

819th Divisions

819th Air Division

*Activated on: 1 February 1956.
*At: Dyess AFB, TX
*Assigned to: Fifteenth Air Force.
*Redesignated as: 819th Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 April 1962.

819th Strategic Aerospace Division

*Reassigned to: Second Air Force on 1 July 1965.
*Discontinued on: 2 July 1966.

Assigned Units

*11th Strategic Aerospace Wing 1 July 1965 2 July 1966
*95th Bomb Wing 1 July 1962 1 July 1964
*96th Bomb Wing 3 September 1957 2 July 1966
*310th Bomb Wing 20 June 1960 1 July 1962
*341st Bomb Wing 1 February 1956 25 June 1961
*461st Bomb Wing 1 July 1964 1 July 1965
*494th Bomb Wing 1 July 1965 1 October 1965

Activated on 1 February 1956, the 819th Strategic Aerospace Division supervised and directed the combat training of its subordinate units. The division emphasized flying operations, flying training, and aircraft maintenance. In fulfilling its duties, the 819th participated in numerous tactical training exercises. Emblem approved 21 January 1959.

820th Divisions

820th Air Division

*Established on: 24 January 1956.
*Activated on: 1 February 1956.
*At: Plattsburgh AFB, NY
*Assigned to: Eighth Air Force.
*Redesignated as: 820th Strategic Air Division on 1 May 1962.

820th Strategic Air Division

*Discontinued on: 25 June 1965.

Assigned Units

*308th Bomb Wing 15 July 1959 25 June 1961
*380th Bomb Wing 1 February 1956 25 June 1965
*497th Air Refueling Wing 1 January 1963 15 September 1964
*4038th Strategic Wing 1 January 1959 1 April 1961
*4039th Strategic Wing 5 January 1959 1 April 1961
*4060th Air Refueling Wing 1 January 1959 1 February 1960
*4108th Air Refueling Wing 1 January 1961 1 January 1963

Activated in 1956, the 820th Air Division supervised the organization and training of its subordinate units in long-range bombardment and air-to-air refueling operations. In addition, the division supervised the training of assigned reserve personnel and units. In fulfilling its mission, the 820th participated in numerous training exercises. Emblem approved 14 December 1962.

821st Divisions

821st Air Division

*Established on: 22 August 1958.
*Activated on: 1 January 1959.
*At: Ellsworth AFB, SD
*Assigned to: Fifteenth Air Force.
*Redesignated as: 821st Strategic Aerospace Division on 15 February 1962

821st Strategic Aerospace Division

*Inactivated on: 30 June 1971.

Assigned Units

*28th Bomb Wing 1 January 1959 30 June 1971
*44th Strategic Missile Wing 1 January 1962 30 June 1971
*90th Strategic Missile Wing 2 July 1966 30 June 1971
*91st Bomb Wing 1 September 1964 1 July 1966
*341st Strategic Missile Wing 1 July 1962 1 July 1964
*4133rd Strategic Wing 1 January 1959 1 July 1962
*4136th Strategic Wing 1 January 1959 1 July 1962
*4141st Strategic Wing 1 July 1959 1 July 1962

Activated as the 821st Air Division in Jan 1959, the organization assured the manning, training, and equipping of assigned units for long-range bombardment missions using either nuclear or conventional weapons. The division also developed and maintained the capability for effective air refueling operations and strategic aerospace warfare using intercontinental ballistic missiles. Between 1966 and 1970, the division's subordinate units loaned aircraft and crews to Strategic Air Command organizations in Southeast Asia in support of Arc Light combat missions. The 821st conducted numerous staff assistance visits, and participated in tact1cal exercises such as Chrome Dome and Buckskin Rider. Emblem approved 8 July 1959.

822nd Air Division

*Activated on: 1 January 1959.
*At: Turner AFB, GA
*Assigned to: Eighth Air Force.
*Inactivated on: 2 September 1966.

Assigned Units

*39th Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 25 June 1965
*68th Bomb Wing 15 April 1963 1 July 1964
*68th Bomb Wing 1 July 1965 2 August 1966
*465th Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 2 September 1966
*484th Bomb Wing 1 February 1963 2 September 1966
*4135th Strategic Wing 1 January 1959 1 February 1963
*4137th Strategic Wing 1 July 1959 1 February 1963
*4138th Strategic Wing 1 January 1959 1 February 1963
*4241st Strategic Wing 1 January 1959 15 April 1963

Activated in Jan 1959, the 822nd Air Division assured the manning, training, and equipping of assigned units to conduct long-range bombardment missions. The division conducted numerous staff assistance visits and monitored tactical exercises such as Operation Spruce Up and Chrome Dome. During the Cuban Missile crisis in Nov 1962, the division and its subordinate units assumed an increased alert posture. Emblem approved 5 August 1959.

823rd Air Division

*Activated on: 1 June 1956.
*At: Homestead AFB, FL
*Assigned to: Second Air Force.
*Reassigned to: Eighth Air Force on 1 January 1959.
*Moved to: McCoy AFB, FL on 2 July 1968.
*Reassigned to: Second Air Force on 31 March 1970.
*Inactivated on: 30 June 1971.

Assigned Units

*2nd Bomb Wing 1 April 1961 1 April 1963
*19th Bomb Wing 1 June 1956 25 July 1968
*19th Bomb Wing 2 July 1969 30 June 1971
*68th Bomb Wing 2 July 1969 30 June 1971
*72nd Bomb Wing 1 October 1962 30 June 1971
*306th Bomb Wing 6 February 1961 30 June 1971
*321st Bomb Wing 6 February 1961 25 October 1961
*379th Bomb Wing 1 June 1956 9 January 1961
*484th Bomb Wing 2 September 1966 25 March 1967
*4047th Strategic Wing 1 July 1961 1 April 1963

Activated as the 823rd Air Division in Jun 1956, the division monitored the training of subordinate units in long-range offensive bombardment and air-to-air refueling operations. Between 1965-1975, at various times, the division's subordinate units furnished aircraft and crews to Strategic Air Command organizations in Southeast Asia in support of Arc Light combat operations. The 823rd also conducted staff assistance visits and participated in exercises such as Buckskin Rider. Emblem approved 21 January 1959.

825th Divisions

825th Air Division

*Established on: 3 June 1955.
*Activated on: 1 August 1955.
*At: Little Rock AFB, AR
*Assigned to: Second Air Force.
*Redesignated as: 825th Strategic Aerospace Division 1 June 1962.

825th Strategic Aerospace Division

*Inactivated on: 1 January 1970.

Assigned Units

*43rd Bomb Wing 1 September 1964 1 January 1970
*68th Bomb Wing 15 June 1960 15 April 1963
*70th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. 1 August 1955 25 June 1962
*305th Bomb Wing 1 September 1964 1 January 1970
*308th Strategic Missile Wing 1 April 1962 1 January 1970
*384th Bomb Wing 1 August 1955 1 September 1964

Attached Units

*43rd Bomb Wing 19 August 1964 31 August 1964

Activated as the 825th Air Division in Aug 1955, the division monitored and coordinated the manning equipping, and operational readiness of assigned units. Subordinate units including a Titan II strategic missile wing, which became operational in Dec 1963, and a wing that flew B-58 aircraft and operated a B-58 combat crew training school. The 825th also participated in tactical exercises such as Briar Rabbit, Big Blast, and Operation Dress Rehearsal. Emblem approved 17 May 1956.

4310th Air Division

*Activated on: 15 January 1958.
*At: Sidi Slimane AB, French Morocco.
*Assigned to: Sixteenth Air Force.
*Moved to: Nouasseur AB, French Morocco on 15 June 1958.
*Discontinued on: 15 August 1963.

Established in 1958 the 4310th supervised the Strategic Air Command's Reflex forces in Morocco. The Reflex force concept involved deploying bombardment aircraft non-stop from the United States to forward sites, with one air refueling. These aircraft remained on alert status for a specified number of days, then redeployed back to the United States. The division commander also acted as a representative to the Moroccan Liaison Office for the Commander, Sixteenth Air Force


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