30th Air Division

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30th Air Division
326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron Convair F-102A-80-CO Delta Dagger 56-1444.jpg
Active 1948-1968
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Command of air defense forces
Part of Air Defense Command
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
30th Air Division emblem (Approved 7 October 1954)[2] USAF 30th Air Division Crest.jpg
30th Air Division ADC AOR 1949-1960
30th Air Division ADC AOR 1966-1968

The 30th Air Division (30th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command, assigned to Tenth Air Force, being stationed at Sioux City Municipal Airport, Iowa. It was inactivated on 18 September 1968.


Assigned to Air Defense Command (ADC) for most of its existence, the division's initial mission was the air defense of the upper Great Lakes region of the United States. The 30th equipped, administered, trained, and provided operationally ready forces to the appropriate commanders for air defense. The division trained attached and assigned units and supervised and participated in numerous exercises such as Kiowa Knife and Mandan Indian.[2]

Moved to Sioux City Municipal Airport in 1966 as part of an ADC reorganization and became responsible for air defense a large area of the upper Midwest after the inactivation of the Sioux City Air Defense Sector. Assumed additional designation of 30th NORAD Region after activation of the NORAD Combat Operations Center at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colorado and reporting was transferred to NORAD from ADC at Ent Air Force Base in April 1966.

The 30th administered and trained subordinate units, and participated in numerous air defense training exercises.[2] In addition, during the 1960s it supervised training of Air National Guard units with a pertinent mobilization assignment.

Inactivated in September 1968[2] as ADC phased down its interceptor mission as the chances of a Soviet bomber attack on the United States seemed remote, its mission being consolidated into North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and its assets transferred to 24th NORAD Region/Air Division.


  • Established as the 30 Air Division (Defense) on 8 November 1949
Activated on 16 December 1949
Inactivated on 1 February 1952
  • Organized on 1 February 1952
Redesignated 30 Air Division (SAGE) on 1 April 1959
Discontinued and inactivated on 18 September 1968[2]


  • Tenth Air Force, 16 December 1949 (attached to Eastern Air Defense Force after 1 January 1951)
  • Eastern Air Defense Force, 1 September 1950 – 1 July 1959
  • Air Defense Command, 1 July 1959
  • Tenth Air Force, 1 April 1966 – 18 September 1968[2]







Interceptor Squadrons

Missile Squadron

Kincheloe Air Force Base, Michigan

Radar Squadrons

See also



  1. Aircraft is Convair F-102A-80-CO Serial 56-1444
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 "Factsheet 30 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. October 5, 2007. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Cornett, Lloyd H; Johnson, Mildred W (1980). A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization, 1946 - 1980 (PDF). Peterson AFB, CO: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center. Retrieved March 23, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  • "ADCOM's Fighter Interceptor Squadrons". The Interceptor (January 1979) Aerospace Defense Command, (Volume 21, Number 1)