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The Central Air Defense Force
Central Air Defense Force
(CADF) is an inactive United States
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 July 1, 1960.

Contents

1 History 2 Lineage

2.1 Assignments 2.2 Stations 2.3 Components

2.3.1 Air Divisions 2.3.2 Wings 2.3.3 Groups

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] CADF 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. Central Air Defense Force
Central Air Defense Force
(CADF) was activated as a third subordinate region under the re-established Air Defense Command in February 1951 to better organize ADC units in the Central and Southeast United States, its initial region being defined in the west as the area east of the 102nd degree of longitude, from the Canada–US border in the north to the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
border between the United States
United States
and Mexico in the south. The eastern boundary of the CADF was the area west of the 90th degree of longitude from the Michigan shoreline of Lake Superior south to the point of the Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee state boundaries, and eastward to the Atlantic Ocean coastline along the Tennessee–Kentucky and Virginia–North Carolina border, with all areas south and west of those boundaries. The delineation was again adjusted in March 1956 to the region generally to the east 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 Mexican border in the south. The southeast region east of the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
to the Gulf of Mexico was reassigned to EADF. Central Air Defense Force
Central Air Defense Force
was inactivated on 1 July 1960, with its assigned units reassigned either to 29th, 30th or 33rd Air Divisions, or to the new Air Defense Sectors created with the advent of the Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) system. Lineage[edit]

Constituted as Central Air Defense Force
Central Air Defense Force
(CADF) on 5 February 1951

Activated on 1 March 1951 Inactivated on 1 July 1960

Assignments[edit]

Air Defense Command, 1 February 1951 – 1 July 1960

Stations[edit]

Kansas City, Missouri, 5 February 1951 Grandview AFB, Missouri, 24 February 1954

Site re-designated: Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri, 27 April 1957 – July 1, 1960

Components[edit] Air Divisions[edit]

20th Air Division

Activated at: Grandview AFB, Missouri
Missouri
on 8 October 1955 Assigned to Central Air Defense Force Site re-designated: Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri, 27 April 1957 Inactivate on 1 July 1960

29th Air Division

Stationed at: Great Falls AFB, Montana Re-assigned to Central Air Defense Force
Central Air Defense Force
16 February 1953 from Western Air Defense Force (WADF) Site re-designated: Malmstrom AFB, 15 June 1956 Re-designated 29th Air Division
29th Air Division
(SAGE) and reassigned to Air Defense Command, 1 January 1960

31st Air Division

Stationed at: Fort Snelling, Minnesota on 20 May 1951 Re-assigned to Central Air Defense Force
Central Air Defense Force
16 February 1953 from Eastern Air Defense Force (EADF) Inactivated 1 January 1960

33d Air Division

Stationed at: Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, 20 May 1951 Re-assigned to Central Air Defense Force
Central Air Defense Force
16 February 1953 from Eastern Air Defense Force (EADF) Moved to Oklahoma City AFS, 1 July 1956 Re-designated 33d Air Division
33d Air Division
(SAGE) and reassigned to Air Defense Command, 1 January 1960

34th Air Division
34th Air Division
(Defense)

Stationed at: Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, 16 February 1953 Re-assigned to Central Air Defense Force
Central Air Defense Force
16 February 1953 from Western Air Defense Force (WADF) Inactivated 1 January 1960

35th Air Division

Activated at: Kansas City, Missouri
Missouri
on 1 July 1951 Assigned to Central Air Defense Force Moved to Dobbins AFB, Georgia on 1 September 1951 Re-assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force
Eastern Air Defense Force
(EADF), 10 April 1955

Wings[edit]

122d Fighter-Interceptor Wing

Federalized Indiana Air National Guard, 10 February 1951 Stationed at Baer Field, Indiana Re-assigned to Central Air Defense Force
Central Air Defense Force
1 December 1951 from Eastern Air Defense Force (EADF) Inactivated and returned to state control, 7 February 1952

128th Fighter-Interceptor Wing

Federalized Wisconsin Air National Guard, 10 February 1951 Stationed at Truax Field, Wisconsin Re-assigned to Central Air Defense Force
Central Air Defense Force
20 May 1951 from Eastern Air Defense Force (EADF) Inactivated and returned to state control, 6 February 1952

133d Fighter-Interceptor Wing

Federalized Minnesota Air National Guard, 10 February 1951 Stationed at Holman Field, Minnesota Re-assigned to Central Air Defense Force
Central Air Defense Force
20 May 1951 from Eastern Air Defense Force (EADF) Moved to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, 28 June 1951 Inactivated and returned to state control, 6 February 1952

Groups[edit]

153d Aircraft Control and Warning Group

Federalized Pennsylvania Air National Guard, 16 January 1952 Stationed at New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, assigned to Central Air Defense Force Personnel used to fill vacancies in the 35th Air Division; inactivated 6 February 1952

159th Aircraft Control and Warning Group

Federalized Oklahoma Air National Guard, 1 June 1951 Stationed at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma Attached to 33d Air Division, 19 June 1951 Inactivated and returned to state control, 6 February 1952

161st Aircraft Control and Warning Group

Federalized California Air National Guard, 28 January 1952 Stationed at Berkeley, California, assigned to Central Air Defense Force Personnel used to fill vacancies in numerous CADF units; inactivated 6 February 1952

543d Aircraft Control and Warning Group

Assigned to Central Air Defense Force Stationed at Fort Snelling, Minnesota on 1 January 1951 Re-assigned to 31st Air Division
31st Air Division
(Defense), 10 July 1951

4676th Air Defense Group

Assigned to Central Air Defense Force Stationed at Grandview AFB, Missouri Re-assigned to 33d Air Division, 2 March 1954

See also[edit]

Military of the United States
United States
portal United States
United States
Air Force portal

Eastern Air Defense Force Western Air Defense Force

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

USAF Aerospace Defense Command
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
United States
Cold War defense radar program. Prepared for United States Air Force Headquarters Air Combat Command.

External links[edit]

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Aerospace Defense Command
Aerospace Defense Command
(ADC)

Bases

CONUS

Amarillo Beale Charleston Davis-Monthan Dobbins Dover Dow Duluth Eglin Edwards Ellington Ellsworth England Ent Ethan Allen Fairfax Fallon Fort Heath Fort Lee Geiger George Glasgow Grand Forks Grenier Griffiss Gunter Hamilton Hancock Homestead Hurlburt Hunter Imeson Key West Kincheloe Kingsley Kirtland Lackland Laredo Larson Luke MacDill March Malmstrom McCoy McChord McClellan McGhee Tyson McGuire Minneapolis-St. Paul Minot Mitchel New Castle Niagara Falls Norton O'Hare Otis Oxnard Paine Perrin Peterson Pittsburgh Portland Presque Isle R.I. Bong Richards-Gebaur Robins K.I. Sawyer Selfridge Seymour Johnson Sioux City Stead Stewart Suffolk County Tinker Travis Truax Tyndall Vandenburg Vincent Walker Webb Westover Wright-Patterson Wurtsmith Youngstown

Overseas

Ernest Harmon Frobisher Bay Goose Bay Keflavik McAndrew Pepperrell Thule

Stations

CONUS

Adair Aiken Almaden Alpena Antigo Arlington Heights Baker Bedford Bellefontaine Belleville Benton Blaine Brookfield Brunswick Bucks Harbor Burns Calumet Cambria Cape Charles Cape Cod Carmi Caswell Chandler Charleston Cheyenne Mountain Claysburg Clear Colville Condon Continental Divide Cottonwood Cross City Crystal Springs Curlew Custer Cut Bank Dallas Center Dauphin Island Dickinson Duncanville Eldorado Empire Finland Finley Flintstone Fordland Fort Fisher Fort Lee Fortuna Gettysburg Grand Marais Grand Rapids Guthrie Hanna City Havre Highlands Houma Hutchinson Joelton Keno Killeen Kingman Kirksville Klamath Lake Charles Lake City Las Cruces Las Vegas Lewistown Lockport Lufkin Lyndonville Madera Makah Mica Peak Miles City Mill Valley Minot Montauk Moriarty Mount Hebo Mount Laguna Mount Lemmon Naselle North Bend North Charleston North Truro Oklahoma City Olathe Omaha Opheim Osceola Othello Owingsville Ozona Palermo Point Arena Port Austin Port Isabel Pyote Red Bluff Rochester Rockport Rockville (Indiana) Roslyn Rye Saint Albans San Clemente Island Santa Rosa Island Saratoga Springs Sault Ste Marie Shemya Snelling Snow Mountain Sweetwater Texarkana Tierra Amarilla Thomasville Tonopah Topsham Two Creeks Wadena Walnut Ridge Watertown Waverly West Mesa Willow Run Winnemucca Winslow Winston-Salem Woomera Yaak Zapata

Overseas

Armstrong Baldy Hughes Beausejour Cape Makkovik Cartwright Cut Throat Island Elliston Ridge Fox Harbour Hofn Hopedale Kamloops La Scie Langanes Latrar Melville Puntzi Mountain Ramore Red Cliff Rockville Saglek St. Anthony Saskatoon Mountain Sioux Lookout Spotted Island Stephenville

Air Defense units

Forces

Central Air Defense Eastern Air Defense Iceland Western Air Defense First Fourth Tenth Fourteenth

Air Divisions

8th 9th 20th 21st 23d 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th 31st 32d 33d 34th 35th 36th 37th 58th 64th 73d 85th

Sectors

Albuquerque Bangor Boston Chicago Detroit Duluth Goose Grand Forks Great Falls Kansas City Los Angeles Minot Montgomery New York Oklahoma City Phoenix Portland Reno Sault Sainte Marie San Francisco Seattle Sioux City Spokane Stewart Syracuse Washington

Wings

Fighter 1st 4th 23d 32d 33d 50th 52d 56th 78th 81st 325th 328th 507th

Detection and Control 71st 73d 551st 552d

Air Defense 46th 4620th 4621st 4622d 4624th 4625th 4627th 4628th 4683d 4700th 4702d 4703d 4704th 4705th 4706th 4707th 4708th 4709th 4710th 4711th 4750th 4751st 4752d 4756th 4780th

Groups

Fighter 1st 4th 14th 15th 23d 32d 33d 50th 52d 53d 54th 56th 57th 78th 79th 81st 82d 84th 325th 326th 327th 328th 329th 337th 343d 355th 408th 412th 414th 473d 475th 476th 478th 507th

Air Defense 10th 500th 501st 502d 503d 514th 515th 516th 517th 518th 519th 520th 521st 525th 527th 528th 529th 530th 533d 534th 564th 566th 567th 568th 575th 637th 665th 678th 692d 701st 751st 762d 765th 778th 780th 827th 858th 4606th 4620th 4676th 4700th 4721st 4722d 4727th 4728th 4729th 4730th 4731st 4732d 4733d 4734th 4735th 4750th 4756th

Aircraft Control & Warning 503d 505th 540th 541st 542d 543d 544th 545th 546th 563d 564th 565th 566th

Squadrons

Aerospace Defense Command
Aerospace Defense Command
Fighter Squadrons Aircraft Control and Warning Squadrons

Major weapon systems

Electronic

TB-29 EB-57 EC-121

Fighters

Propellor: F-47 F-51 P-61 F-82

Subsonic Jet: P-80 F-84 F-86 F-89 F-94

Supersonic Jet: F-101 F-102 F-104 F-106

Missiles

AIM-4 AIM-26 AIR-2 CIM-10

Ships

Guardian Interceptor Interdictor Interpreter Investigator Locator Lookout Outpost Pickett Protector Scanner Searcher Skywatcher Tracer Watchman Vigil

Texas Towers

Texas Tower 2 Texas Tower 3 Texas Tower 4

Miscellaneous

Air Defense Command Emblem Gallery (on Wikimedia Commons) General Surveillance Ra

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