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9 SPACE DIVISION

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Lineage

Established as 9 Air Division (Tactical) on 7 Apr 1949. Activated on 1 May 1949. Inactivated on 1 Aug 1950. Redesignated 9 Air Division (Defense) on 21 Jun 1954. Activated on 8 Oct 1954. Inactivated on 15 Aug 1958. Redesignated 9 Aerospace Defense Division, and activated on 14 Jul 1961. Organized on 15 Jul 1961. Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 Jul 1968. Redesignated 9 Space Division on 11 Sep 1990. Activated on 1 Oct 1990. Inactivated on 1 Oct 1991.

Assignments

Fourteenth Air Force, 1 May 1949-1 Aug 1950. Western Air Defense Force, 8 Oct 1954-15 Aug 1958. Air (later, Aerospace) Defense Command, 14 Jul 1961-1 Jul 1968. Air Force Space Command, 1 Oct 1990-1 Oct 1991.

Components

Centers. Eastern Space and Missile: 1 Oct 1990-1 Oct 1991. Western Space and Missile: 1 Oct 1990-1 Oct 1991.

Wings. 71 Surveillance (later, 71 Missile Warning) Jan 1962-1 Jul 1968. 73 Surveillance: 1 Jan 1967-1 Jul 1968.

Groups. 10 Aerospace Defense: 1 Jan 1967-1 Jul 1968. 84 Fighter (Air Defense): 18 Aug 1955-15 Aug 1958. 530 Air Defense: 8 Oct 1954-18 Aug 1955. 4721 Air Defense: 1 Dec 1956-15 Aug 1958.

Squadrons. 1 Aerospace Surveillance and Control (later, l Aerospace Control): 1 Oct 1961-1 Jul 1968. 2 Surveillance (Sensor): 1 Feb 1962-1 Jan 1967. 10 Aerospace Defense: 1 Aug 1964-1 Jan 1967. 31 Fighter Interceptor: 8 Oct 1954-18 Aug 1955. 322 Fighter Interceptor: 18 Aug 1955-1 Dec 1956. 323 Fighter Interceptor: 8 Oct 1954-18 Aug 1955. 538 Fighter Interceptor: 18 Aug 1955-1 Dec 1956. 634 Aircraft Control and Warning: 20 Oct 1954-15 Aug 1958. 636 Aircraft Control and Warning: 8 Oct 1954-15 Aug 1958. 637 Aircraft Control and Warning: 8 Oct 1954-15 Aug 1958. 638 Aircraft Control and Warning: 8 Oct 1954-15 Aug 1958. 680 Aircraft Control and Warning: 8 Oct 1954-15 Aug 1958. 760 Aircraft Control and Warning: 8 Oct 1954-15 Aug 1958. 821 Aircraft Control and Warning: 8 Sep 1957-15 Aug 1958. 822 Aircraft Control and Warning: 8 Sep 1956-15 Aug 1958. 823 Aircraft Control and Warning: 8 Apr 1955-15 Aug 1958.

Stations

Pope AFB, NC, 1 May 1949-1 Aug 1950. Geiger Field, WA, 8 Oct 1954-15 Aug 1958. Ent AFB, CO, 15 Jul 1961-1 Jul 1968. Patrick AFB, FL, 1 Oct 1990-1 Oct 1991.

Commanders

Maj William I. Williams, 1 May 1949; Lt Col Delbert H. Hahn, Jul 1949-unkn. Col Harrison R. Thyng, 8 Oct 1954; Brig Gen Sam W. Agee, 10 Jan 1955; Col Leon W. Gray, 8 Aug 1957; Brig Gen Ernest H. Beverly, 1 Sep 1957-15 Aug 1958. Col Robert W. Waltz, 19 Jul 1961; Col David B. Tudor, (acting) by 31 Aug 1964; Maj Gen Horace A. Hanes, by 30 Nov 1964; Maj Gen Oris B. Johnson, 2 Jul 1966-unkn. Brig Gen Jimmey R. Morrell, 1 Oct 1990-1 Oct 1991.

Aircraft

F-86, 1954-1958; F-102, 1957-1958.

Operations

From Oct 1954-Aug 1958, this division conducted air defense of the area in the Western Air Defense Force Region (the northwestern tip of Montana, all of Idaho, most of the eastern half of Washington) and supported the operations of the Strategic Air Command and the Military Air Transport Service. It participated in the United States Air Force collateral mission of antisubmarine warfare and administered, equipped, and trained for combat. Assigned to the Aerospace Defense Command, the 9th Aerospace Division assumed responsibility for the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System, the Missile Defense Alarm System, the Space Detection and Tracking System, the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) Combat operations Center, the Bomb Alarm System, and the Nuclear Detonation System from 1961-1968. The 9th Space Division provided the Air Force Space Command (AFSPACECOM) with an action mechanism to "operationalize" the space launch capabilities of Eastern Space and Missile Center and Western Space and Missile Center units transferred to AFSPACECOM during 1990-1991.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 1 Jan 1966-31 Dec 1967.

Emblem

Azure, a globe celeste gridlined of the first, surmounted at top by the aft end of two flight symbols ascending bendwise and bendwise sinister each emitting a contrail in saltire and arcing in orbit around the globe argent charged at the saltire juncture by a polestar or, all surrounded by nine mullets five arcing from base to dexter chief and four arcing from base to sinister chief white; all within a diminished bordure yellow. (Approved c. 4 September 1990).

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 1 Oct 1991

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 1 Oct 1991







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