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Goose Air Defense Sector

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Goose Air Defense Sector
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Emblem of the Goose Air Defense Sector
Active 1963-1966
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Air Defense
Part of Aerospace Defense Command
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The Goose Air Defense Sector (GADS) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the 26th Air Division, being stationed at Goose Air Force Base, Labrador, Canada. It was inactivated on 1 April 1966 and replaced by the 37th Air Division.

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LT. AMANDA DENNING, We're at Air Station Elizabeth City, close to Outer Banks of North Carolina, and our missions range from law enforcement, fishery patrols, but our bread and butter is definitely search and rescue. JEREMY PUCKETT, I buy consumable parts, I do repairable parts, nuts, bolts. I do the tail pylon panels...I manage a lot of parts.If I name them all off, it would take all day... DANNY HALE: We are the Coast Guard's depot operations for all Coast Guard aircraft. So basically we're the belly button of Coast Guard aviation, 26 units across the United States. They come here for supply support, engineering support and a depot operation. The Coast Guard uses a Production Depot Maintenance process which puts each aircraft on a timeline. RADM MICHAEL J. HAYCOCK, Our job is to carry out those 11 missions that we do under DHS. ...DLA is in the parts storage and transportation business. And so we have identified areas where we believe that it is much more cost effective to use DLA services rather than trying to do it alone. Well, all of our missions here are time essential. Whether it is a law enforcement patrol or it is somebody out in the water that really needs our help, their lives depend on us getting there in a very specific amount of time. So we can't have any delays. We need all of our fuel, all of our parts to make sure that we're able to take off at any given time at a moment's notice. When Hurricane Sandy came through, the entire eastern seaboard was impacted. And we had some significant fuel needs in order to keep our assets operational. We were able to take advantage of DLA's expertise, and this is one area where they really got outside of their comfort zone, and did some one-time fuel buys and things of that nature just to be flexible and to support us, it enabled us to get our job done. DLA comes through for us almost every day. ...we had a rescue hoist bearing that was starting to go bad, could not find any, went through DLA. DLA found us 15 bearings within 24 hours. At that time, we only had one rescue hoist available for a spare in the entire Coast Guard fleet. Upon giving the new bearings out, we got up to a position of 15 within one week. We take advantage of all of their business lines at the DLA, so that goes from medical to subsistence to fuel to cataloging, to disposal. In 2012, we had about 285 million dollars' worth of sales with DLA. Well, the Coast Guard couldn't do their mission without the support of DLA so they are a partner with us. They work with us every day. Very customer oriented. We like any other organization in the federal government are tasked with, you know, maximizing return on our investment, getting the most operational impact for the least amount of money. DLA has been helpful in that regard. Their ability to leverage large contracts and get stuff throughout the nation. And so we have found that it has helped us to be good stewards of our resources from the taxpayers.

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History

Command and control echelon of command, controlling both radar and fighter squadrons in Canada. Provided air defense of northeast North America. Assigned units of the 4732d Air Defense Group at Goose Bay AFB in April 1960 and the 4731st Air Defense Group at Ernest Harmon AFB in June. Both groups were discontinued.[1] These units included two Fighter-Interceptor Squadrons (FIS), although the 323rd FIS was discontinued almost immediately after transfer.[2] Both squadrons flew F-102 "Delta Daggers," although the 59th FIS had not completed its conversion from F-89 "Scorpions" when it was first assigned[3] Also operated Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) Direction Center (DC-31) (Manual) at CFB North Bay, Ontario 46°20′15″N 079°24′42″W / 46.33750°N 79.41167°W / 46.33750; -79.41167 (GADS-SAGE DC-31) Inactivated in 1966[4] and personnel and equipment transferred to 37th Air Division.

Lineage

  • Constituted as Goose Air Defense Sector on 7 March 1960
Activated on 1 April 1960
Inactivated on 1 April 1966.

Assignments

Components

Air Force

Keflavik Airport, 4 September 1963 - 1 April 1966

Wing

Thule AB, Greenland, 1 July 1963 - 1 July 1965

Groups

  • 4683d Air Base Group 1 July 1965 - 1 April 1966
Thule AB, Greenland, 1 October 1960
  • 4684th Air Base Group
Sondrestrom AB, Greenland, 4 September 1963 - 1 April 1966

Squadrons

Goose Bay AFB, Labrador, 1 April 1956 - 1 April 1966
Ernest Harmon AFB, Newfoundland, 6 June 1960 - 1 July 1960

Stations

  • Goose Bay AFB, Labrador, Canada, 1 April 1960 - 1 April 1966

Aircraft

  • F-89J 1960
  • F-102A 1960-1966

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ Cornett & Johnson, A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, pp. 57, 89
  2. ^ Maurer(ed.), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force: World War II, pp. 233, 398
  3. ^ Cornett and Johnson, pp.117, 125
  4. ^ Ibid. p. 57
  • Cornett, Lloyd H; Johnson, Mildred W (1980). A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization, 1946 - 1980 (PDF). Peterson AFB, CO: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center.
  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6.
  • Winkler, David F.; Webster, Julie L (1997). Searching the skies : the legacy of the United States Cold War Defense Radar Program. Champaign, IL: US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories. LCCN 97020912.
  • Radomes.org Goose Air Defense Sector
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SAGE facilities
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