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USAF Southern Air Division
830th Air Division
Air Forces Panama
Emblem of the USAF Southern Air Division
830th Air Division
Air Forces Panama
Active 1976-1992
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Tactical Air Command
Colors See Emblem section below
Decorations See Honors section below
See Commanders section below

The Air Forces Panama, formerly 830th Air Division, is an inactive United States Air Force Division. Its last assignment was with Tactical Air Command, assigned to Twelfth Air Force, being stationed at Howard Air Force Base, Panama. It was inactivated on 11 Feb 1992.

The USAF Southern Airlift Division replaced the USAF Southern Air Command as the Air Force component of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Panama Canal Zone in Jan 1976.

It assumed responsibility for the air defense of the Panama Canal and for USAF relations, including foreign military sales (FMS) and disaster relief assistance, with the Latin American nations. The division supported disaster relief to countries such as Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Colombia. It also assisted Mexico in its purchase of F-5s and trained Mexican technicians in logistics and maintenance for the new aircraft.

In 1984 the division, through the FMS program, delivered T-33s to Ecuador and A-37Bs to the Dominican Republic. The division participated annually in various training exercises, including paratroop drops and close air support for Army troops. It also conducted numerous combined exercises with various Latin American countries. Through the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, it provided technical training and education for airmen and officers from approximately 14 Latin American countries.

Inactivated in 1992 when responsibility for AOR was taken over by Twelfth Air Force as Air Forces Southern (AFSOUTH)





  • Established as USAF Southern Air Division on 24 Nov 1975
Activated on 1 Jan 1976 by redesignation of United States Air Forces Southern Command.
Redesignated: 830 Airlift Division on 1 Jan 1989
Redesignated: 830 Air Division, May 1990 - Feb 1991 under BG David Oakes[1]
Redesignated: Air Forces Panama on 15 Feb 1991
Inactivated on 11 Feb 1992.




  • 24th Composite Wing (See 24 Composite Group)
  • 24th Composite Group (later, 24 Composite Wing): 1 Jan 1976-31 Jan 1987; 1 Jan 1989-15 Feb 1991.
  • 24th Tactical Air Support Squadron: 31 Jan 1987-1 Jan 1989; 15 Feb-1 Mar 1991.


  • Maj Gen James M. Breedlove, 1 Jan 1976
  • Maj Gen Robert B. Tanguy, 6 Apr 1977
  • Brig Gen Thomas E. Wolters, 27 Jun 1980
  • Maj Gen William E. Masterson, 1 Feb 1981
  • Maj Gen Henry D. Canterbury, 13 Dec 1984
  • Col Harold E. Watson, 17 Jan 1987
  • Brig Gen Robin G. Tornow, 22 Jun 1988
  • Brig Gen David Oakes, 24 May 1990-c. 11 Feb 1992


Rotational aircraft:

  • A-7, 1974-1990
  • A-10, 1985-c.1988
  • C-130, 1976-1984
  • F-15, 1990-1992
  • F-16, 1990-1992

Assigned aircraft

  • A-37, 1985-1992
  • O-2, 1976-1986
  • UH-1, 1976-1986.


  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers; Panama, 1989-1990.
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 20 Dec 1989-14 Feb 1991.
  • Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards: 1 Feb 1981-31 Jan 1983; 1 Jan 1986-31 Dec 1987.


Azure, issuing from base a demi-globe light blue gridlined argent below four rolled parchments arraswise of the second and of the third surmounted by a lightning bolt bendsinisterwise gules below four mullets of four points palewise one, two, and one or, all within a diminished bordure argent.


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

  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.
  • 830th Air Division Factsheet

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