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1st Strategic Aerospace Division
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Active August 30, 1943 – October 31, 1945
June 7, 1946 – December 1, 1948
July 1, 1954 – April 1, 1955
April 15, 1955 – May 20, 1956
April 15, 1957 – September 1, 1991
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Strategic Air Command
Garrison/HQ Vandenberg AFB, California
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  • World War II
European Campaign (1943–1945)
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  • Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC): Germany, January 11, 1944
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: January 1, 1970 – June 30, 1971; July 1, 1974 – June 30, 1976; July 1, 1977 – June 30, 1979; July 1, 1982 – June 30, 1983; July 1, 1984 – June 30, 1986; July 1, 1986 – June 30, 1988.

The 1st Strategic Aerospace Division (1st SAD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Strategic Air Command, assigned to Fifteenth Air Force, being stationed at Vandenburg Air Force Base, California. It was inactivated on September 1, 1991.

The division directed and supervised heavy bombardment (1943–1945) and fighter (1944–1945) operations during World War II in the European Theater.

Replacing the Eighth Air Force in Okinawa in June 1946, the division directed fighter reconnaissance and bomber organizations, and provided air defense for the Ryukyu Islands, Japan until December 1948.

From 1954 to 1955, the division served as a holding unit at Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts, for personnel of Eighth Air Force, who moved to the base as part of a transfer of Eighth's headquarters from Carswell Air Force Base, Texas.

Activated again under the Air Research and Development Command in April 1957, it was the first division level organization controlling intermediate range and intercontinental ballistic missiles. It became an operational component of Strategic Air Command (SAC) in January 1958 and began operational testing of missile systems, supporting missile launchings by SAC and other agencies, and training SAC missilemen. These missions continued until the final disbandment on September 1, 1991.





  • Established as 1st Bombardment Division on August 30, 1943
Activated on September 13, 1943
Redesignated 1st Air Division on December 19, 1944
Inactivated on October 31, 1945
  • Activated on June 7, 1946
Inactivated on December 1, 1948
Activated on July 1, 1954
Inactivated on April 1, 1955
  • Redesignated 1st Air Division (Meteorological Survey) on April 12, 1955
Activated on April 15, 1955
Inactivated on May 20, 1956
  • Redesignated 1st Missile Division on March 18, 1957
Activated on April 15, 1957
  • Redesignated 1st Strategic Aerospace Division on July 21, 1961
Redesignated 1st Strategic Missile Center on July 31, 1990
Inactivated on September 1, 1991.






(World War II)
(United States Air Force)



Aircraft and Missiles


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

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.
  • Berger, Carl. History of the 1st Missile Division. Santa Barbara County, California: Vandenberg Air Force Base, 1960.
  • Bishop, Cliff T. Fortresses of the Big Triangle First: A History of the Aircraft Assigned to the First Bombardment Wing and the First Bombardment Division of the Eighth Air Force for August 1942-31st March 1944. Bishop's Stortford, UK: East Anglia Books, 1986. ISBN 1-869987-00-4.
  • Bowman, Martin W. Airfields Of 1st Air Division (USAAF): Cambridgeshire * Northamptonshire * Bedfordshire. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK: Pen and Sword Books, 2007. ISBN 1-84415-453-X.
  • Mackay, Ron. First in the Field: The 1st Air Division over Europe in WWII. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 2007. ISBN 0-7643-2588-4.
  • Merritt, Robert F. 1st Air Division, Okinawa. Okinawan, Japan: McFadden, 1947.
  • USAF. History and Lineage: 1st Strategic Aerospace Division, 1st Bombardment Division, 1st Air Division, 1st Missile Division. Santa Barbara County, California: Vandenberg Air Force Base, 1981.

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