33rd Air Division (United States)
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|33d Air Division|
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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.
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. Later, in 1966, 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 Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado and reporting was transferred to NORAD from ADC at Ent AFB in April 1966. The division supervised, administered, and trained its assigned units and, in doing so, participated in numerous live and simulated exercises.
- Established as 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
- Organized on 1 April 1966 by redesignation of Washington Air Defense Sector
- Inactivated on 19 November 1969
- Eastern Air Defense Force 19 March – 20 May 1951
- Central Air Defense Force, 20 May 1951 – 1 January 1960
- First Air Force, 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969
- Tinker AFB, Oklahoma 19 March 1951 – 8 May 1956
- Oklahoma City AFS, Oklahoma, 8 May 1956
- Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri, 1 January 1960 – 1 July 1961
- Fort Lee AFS, Virginia 19 April 1966 – 19 November 1969.
- Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, 19 March-4 June 1951
- 4676th Air Defense Group: 2 March 1954 – 18 August 1955.
- 22d Air Defense Missile Squadron (BOMARC): 1 April 1966 – 19 November 1969
- 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.
- 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
- Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1).