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24th Air Division
USAF 24th Air Division Crest.jpg
Emblem of the 24th Air Division
Active 1969-1990
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Tactical Air Command (ADTAC)

The 24th Air Division (24th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Tactical Air Command, being assigned to First Air Force, stationed at Griffiss Air Force Base, New York. It was inactivated on 30 September 1990





  • Established as 24 Air Division on 18 Nov 1969
Activated on 19 Nov 1969
Inactivated on 30 Sep 1990


Tenth Air Force, 19 Nov 1969
First Air Force, 6 Dec 1985 – 30 Sep 1990.





  • 778 Air Defense: 1 Mar 1970 – 17 Jan 1974
Redesignated: 778th Radar Squadron, 17 Jan 1974-31 Mar 1974
  • 779 Air Defense: 1 Mar 1970 – 17 Jan 1974.


  • 17 Defense Systems Evaluation: 1 Jul 1974 – 13 Jul 1979 (detached 1 Jul 1974 – 13 Jul 1979)
  • 4677 Defense Systems Evaluation: 2 Oct 1972 – 1 Jul 1974 (detached 2 Oct 1972 – 1 Jul 1974)
  • 5 Fighter Interceptor: 19 Nov 1969 – 1 Jun 1983
Minot AFB, North Dakota (F-106A)
Grand Forks AFB North Dakota (F – 101B)
Griffiss AFB, New York (F-106A)
Malmstrom AFB, Montana (F-106A)
K.I. Sawyer AFB, Michigan (F-106A)
Malmstrom AFB, Montana (F-106A)
Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota (F-106A)

Operational History

In 1969, the division assumed responsibility for the air defense of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and parts of Nebraska, Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. By 1973, this area included parts of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. Tactical units assigned to the 24th participated in numerous training exercises such as Feudal Indian, Vigilant Overview, and Feudal Keynote. Between 1969 and 1979, the division also controlled several radar squadrons. On 1 October 1979, the 24th Air Division became a component of Tactical Air Command, but remained stationed in Montana, and its mission continued to be one of equipping, administering, training, and providing combat ready air defense forces for the operational control of NORAD.


"Per quarter fimbriated or, first quarter chequy alternating sable and argent, second and third quarter azure, on the second quarter a head in armor couped at the neck with visor open gray and of the second, on the third quarter thirteen mullets of five points argent, fourth quarter gray bearing two flight symbols bend sinisterwise sable, overall in pale a sword, point to chief blade gray and sable, base gray, hilt and guard or, all within a diminished bordure of the last."


"The emblem is symbolic of the unit and the Air Force colors, untramarine blue and golden yellow are used. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations and yellow to the sun and the excellence required of personnel in their assigned tasks. The black and white checked design is representative of the unit's day and night commitment to the air defense mission. The knight's head in armor is symbolic of the personnel of the unit who stand alert, ever ready and maintain constant watch. The blue field not only symbolizes the sky, but space and the challenge of detecting and defending against threats from space. The stars on the field of blue represent the 13 original colonies. The sword symbolizes the armed might of the unit and ability to detect, intercept and deter any armed opposition. Interceptor forces are symbolized by the interceptor MACH symbols being directed skyward. Radar control and direction of defense forces are symbolized by lightning impulses radiating from the sword."


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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