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17th Defense System Evaluation System
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Active 1 Jul 1974 - 13 Jul 1979
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Air Defense Command
Part of 24th Air Division
Garrison/HQ Malmstrom Air Force Base
Commanders
Current
commander
Col Thomas W. Liner, 28 Jun 1974
Maj Gen Louis G. Leiser, 30 Jul 1974
Col David B. Ballou, 29 Mar 1977 (interim)
Maj Gen Don D. Pittman, 29 Apr 1977
Maj Gen Walter H. Baxter III, 29 Sep 1978

The 17th Defense Systems Evaluation Squadron (DSES), equipped with EB-57 Canberras, was activate from 1974 to 1979, to train NORAD air defense personnel in electronic countermeasures at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls, Montana. The 17th DSES used the EB-57 and its electronics to simulate enemy aircraft so flight and ground technicians can evaluate the effectiveness of air defense aircraft and their equipment to find and attack the EB-57s. Since there was no USAF wings with this type of mission, an air division was chosen to administrate is function. Another unit for this function was formed, the 4677th Defense Systems Evaluation Squadron was formed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

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The 17th DSES was assigned a group of 24 EB-57 Canberra jet bombers. These specially equipped B-57s were assigned to the 24th Air Division and it participated in numerous training exercises such as Feudal Indian, Vigilant Overview, and Feudal Keynote. The 24th was first assigned to Air Defense Command then assigned to Tactical Air Command.

EB-57E at Wings Over the Rockies Museum, CO, 2007 Ser. No. 55-4293 once assigned to the 17th DSES

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

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