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Reno Air Defense Sector


Emblem of the Reno Air Defense Sector
Active 1959-1966
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Air Defense
Part of Air Defense Command
Map of Phoenix ADS

The Reno Air Defense Sector (ReADS) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the 28th Air Division, being stationed at Stead Air Force Base , Nevada. It was inactivated on 1 Apr 1966

ReADS was established in Feburary 1959 assuming control of former ADC Western Air Defense Force units in Nevada, most of Oregon east of the Cascade Range; southwestern Idaho and areas of California east of the Sierra Nevada and the northern Central Valley. Also operated a Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) direction center.

The Sector was inactivated on 1 April 1966 as part of an ADC consolodation and reorganization; and its units were reassigned to the 26th Air Division.

Until recently, the SAGE blockhouse housed the Desert Research Institute (DRI), weather station. As of March 2000, it now houses the Nevada Terawatt Facility (Zebra), relocated from Los Alamos National Laboratory.





  • Established as Reno Air Defense Sector on 15 Feb 1959
Inactivated on 1 Apr 1966




Other radar sites in the ReADS Sector:

  • Winnemucca, NV AFS M-127
  • Fallon, NV AFS SM-156
  • Tonopah AFS, NV SM-164 Site 1 Manual
  • Tonopah AFS, NV Z-164 Site 2 Sage
  • Baker, OR AFS SM-149
  • Burns, OR AFS M-118
  • Boise, ID FAA Z-223
  • Battle Mountain, NV FAA Z-214


 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.

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