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Western Air Defense Force

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Western Air Defense Force
Regions of ADC Air Defense Forces and known Air Force Bases with ADC units, 1949–1960 Note: States containing ADC bases of Western & Central ADF and Eastern & Central ADF identified as Central/Western and Central/Eastern
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Air Force
RoleAir Defense
Part ofAir Defense Command

The Western Air Defense Force (WADF) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command being stationed at Hamilton Air Force Base, California. It was inactivated on July 1, 1960.


WADF was an intermediate-level command and control organization of Air Defense Command. Its origins date to 1 March 1949 when Continental Air Command (ConAC) reorganized Air Defense Command when it became an operating agency. Air defense units within the Continental United States (CONUS) were given to the Eastern and Western Air Defense Liaison Groups, with Western and Eastern Air Defense Forces activated on 1 September 1949.

The command was originally assigned the region within the Continental United States (CONUS) to the west of the 102d degree of longitude, from the Canada–US border in the north to the Rio Grande border between the United States and Mexico in the south and west to the Pacific Ocean coastline. This was adjusted in 1951 with the activation of Central Air Defense Force (CADF) with the region being adjusted slightly to the west to the border of Montana and North Dakota at the Canada–US border, south along the eastern borders of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico to the Mexico–US border. Organizations stationed east of that boundary were transferred to CADF.

The delineation was again adjusted in March 1956 to the region generally to the west of the 114th degree of longitude, roughly along the eastern borders of Idaho, Nevada and California from the Canada–US border in the north to the Mexico–US border in the south. Organizations stationed east of that boundary were transferred to CADF, whose region was shifted westward.

Western Air Defense Force was inactivated on 1 July 1960, with its assigned units reassigned either to 25th or 28th Air Divisions, or to the new Air Defense Sectors created with the advent of the Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) system.


  • Established as Western Air Defense Force and organized September 1, 1949.
Discontinued July 1, 1960




Air Divisions

Air Defense Sectors

Stationed at Norton AFB, California
Re-assigned to Western Air Defense Force from 27th Air Division, 1 October 1959
Re-assigned to 28th Air Division, 1 July 1960
Stationed at Luke AFB, Arizona
Activated by Western Air Defense Force, 15 June 1959
Re-assigned to 28th Air Division, 1 July 1960



  • 162d Aircraft Control and Warning Group
Federalized Washington Air National Guard, 12 May 1951
Assigned to Larson AFB, Washington
Re-assigned to 25th Air Division, 25 June 1951


  • 115th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
Federalized Alabama Air National Guard, 20 January 1952
Assigned to Geiger Field, Washington
Assigned to WADF, 17 March 1952-16 February 1953
Assigned to Puntzi Mountain AS, British Columbia
Assigned to WADF, 16 April 1952-1 January 1953
Assigned to Baldy Hughes AS, British Columbia
Assigned to WADF, 16 April 1952-16 February 1953
Assigned to Saskatoon Mountain AS, Alberta
Assigned to WADF, 16 April 1952-16 February 1953

See also


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

  • 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 0-89201-092-4
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9
  • A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, by Lloyd H. Cornett and Mildred W. Johnson, Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  • Winkler, David F. (1997), Searching the skies: the legacy of the United States Cold War defense radar program. Prepared for United States Air Force Headquarters Air Combat Command.
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