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33rd Air Division (United States)

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33d Air Division
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Active1951–1961; 1966–1969
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleCommand of air defense forces
Part ofAir Defense Command
33d Air Division emblem (Approved 24 September 1953)[1]
USAF 33d Air Division Crest.jpg

The 33rd Air Division (33d AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command, assigned to First Air Force, being stationed at Fort Lee Air Force Station, Virginia. It was inactivated on 19 November 1969.


33d Air Division AOR 1951–1961
33d Air Division AOR 1951–1961

The 33d Air Division had air defense responsibility for an area encompassing Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and parts of Kansas, Missouri, and Mississippi in March 1951. It was inactivated in June 1961.[1]

33d Air Division AOR 1966–1969
33d Air Division AOR 1966–1969

Activated again in 1966, replacing the Washington Air Defense Sector with its area changed to cover parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Assumed additional designation of 33d 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. The division supervised, administered, and trained its assigned units and, in doing so, participated in numerous live and simulated exercises.[1]


  • Established as the 33 Air Division (Defense) on 5 March 1951
Activated on 19 March 1951
Inactivated on 1 February 1952
  • Organized on 1 February 1952
Redesignated 33 Air Division (SAGE) on 1 January 1960
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 July 1961
  • Redesignated 33 Air Division and activated on 20 January 1966 (not organized)
Organized on 1 April 1966
Inactivated on 19 November 1969[1]


  • Air Defense Command
Eastern Air Defense Force 19 March – 20 May 1951
Central Air Defense Force, 20 May 1951 – 1 January 1960
  • Air Defense Command, 1 January 1960 – 1 July 1961
  • Air Defense Command, 20 January 1966 (not organized)
First Air Force, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969[1]





Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Missouri
Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, 19 March-4 June 1951
Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Missouri

Interceptor squadrons

Missile squadrons

Langley Air Force Base, Virginia

Radar squadrons

See also



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Factsheet 33 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. 5 October 2007. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  2. ^ Federalized Indiana Air National Guard


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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