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Posted 10/11/2007 Printable Fact Sheet
817 Air Division Emblem
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Established as 817 Air Division on 24 Jan 1956. Activated on 1 Feb 1956. Inactivated on 30 Jun 1971.


Eighth Air Force, 1 Feb 1956; Second Air Force, 31 Mar 1970-30 Jun 1971.


Wings. 17 Bombardment: 2 Jul 1968-2 Jul 1969. 99 Bombardment: 2 Jul 1969-30 Jun 1971. 100 Bombardment: 1 Feb 1956-25 Jun 1966 (detached 29 Dec 1957-1 Apr 1958). 301 Air Refueling: 15 Mar-15 Nov 1965. 380 Strategic Aerospace: 25 Jun 1965-1 Jul 1968; 2 Jul 1969-30 Jun 1971. 416 Bombardment: 2 Sep 1966-2 Jul 1969.

Squadron. 509 Air Refueling: 5 Jan-1 May 1958.


Portsmouth (later, Pease) AFB, NH, 1 Feb 1956-30 Jun 1971.


Col James W. Chapman Jr., 1 Feb 1956; Brig Gen Walter E. Arnold, 23 Feb 1956; Brig Gen Jack J. Catton, 6 Jul 1959; Brig Gen Abe J. Beek, 24 Jul 1961; Brig Gen Robert B. Miller, by 31 Jul 1963; Maj Gen Robert W. Strong, by 30 Jun 1965; Col William T. Cumiskey, by 30 Jun 1966; Brig Gen Morgan S. Tyler Jr., by 31 Aug 1967; Brig Gen Eugene Q. Steffes Jr., 1 Feb 1970-30 Jun 1971.

Aircraft and Missiles

B-47, 1956-1966; KC-97, 1956-1966; Atlas, 1965; EC-135, 1965, 1969-1970; KC-135, 1965-1971; B-52, 1966-1971; CH-3, 1966; DC-130, 1966; U-2, 1966; WU-2, 1966; FB-111, 1970-1971.


From Feb 1956-Jun 1971, the 817th supervised the organization and training of subordinate units. It ensured a force capable of immediate and sustained long range offensive bombardment and air-to-air refueling operations anywhere in the world. Between 1966 and 1971, subordinate units, at various times, deployed B-52 and KC-135 aircraft and crews to Strategic Air Command units involved in combat operations in Southeast Asia. The 817th also participated in tactical exercises such as War Dance, Grand Slam, and Blast Off.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. None.


Azure, a sphere argent, land masses gray, grid lines and outlines sable, between and surmounted by in dexter chief and sinister base a cloud formation fesswise of the second, and in sinister chief an eagle or, head and tail feathers white, shading and details of the fourth, grasping an olive branch of the last and two lightning bolts gules, and in dexter base an atomic symbol of the fifth, nucleus of the sixth, all within a diminished border gold. (Approved 29 Jan 1958.)

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 30 Jun 1971.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 30 Jun 1971.

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