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23d Air Division
USAF 23rd Air Division Crest.jpg
23d Air Division emblem
Active 18 November 1969–1 July 1987
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Garrison/HQ see "Stations" section below
Equipment see "Aircraft / Missiles / Space vehicles" section below
Decorations see "Lineage and honors" section below

The 23d Air Division (23 AD) was the direct precursor to the Southeast Air Defense Sector (SEADS). When the 23 AD stood down 1 July 1987, all command, mission, components, and assets were immediately transferred to the newly organized SEADS, thus completing the official turn-over.





  • Established as 23 Air Division on 18 Nov 1969
Activated on 19 Nov 1969
Inactivated on 1 Jul 1987.





The 23d assumed responsibility for the air defense of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and Kentucky on 19 November 1969. By 1973, this area expanded to include parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi. The division and its subordinate units participated in numerous exercises such as Amalgam Fairplay, Feathered Indian, and Feathered Brave. In addition, its subordinate units exercised with surface to air missiles.


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

  • Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1).

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