32d Air Division

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32d Air Division
USAF 32d Air Division Crest.jpg
Emblem of the 32d Air Division
Active 1949–1969
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Air Defense Command
32d Air Division AOR 1949-1963
32d Air Division AOR 1966-1969
27th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron Lockheed F-94C-1-LO Starfire 51-13555 Griffiss AFB, New York, 1954
F-104As of the 319th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron over Biscane Bay, Florida

The 32d Air Division (32d AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command, assigned to First Air Force, being stationed at Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama. It was inactivated on 31 December 1969.


Assigned to Air Defense Command (ADC) for most of its existence, the 32d organized, administered, equipped, trained, and prepared for operation, all of its assigned units. The division participated in exercises such as Creek Brave, Top Rung and Natchez Echo. Initially, it assumed responsibility for an area including Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and part of New York. During the Cuban Missile Crisis (October 1962), the division controlled numerous deployments and aerial sorties.

Later, beginning in 1966, the area expanded to include Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and parts of South Carolina, Louisiana and Florida when it assumed responsibility for the mission of the inactivated Montgomery Air Defense Sector. Assumed additional designation of 32d NORAD Region after activation of the NORAD Combat Operations Center at Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado and reporting was transferred to NORAD from ADC at Ent AFB in April 1966.

Inactivated in November 1969 as ADC phased down its interceptor mission as the chances of a Soviet bomber attack on the United States seemed remote, its mission being consolidated into the 23d Air Division.


  • Established as 32d Air Division (Defense) on 8 November 1949
Activated on 8 December 1949
Inactivated on 1 February 1952
  • Organized on 1 February 1952
Inactivated on 15 August 1958
  • Redesignated 32d Air Division (SAGE) on 21 October 1958
Activated on 15 November 1958
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 4 September 1963
  • Redesignated 32d NORAD Region/Air Division, and activated, on 20 January 1966
Organized on 1 April 1966, replacing Montgomery Air Defense Sector
Inactivated on 31 December 1969, assets transferred to 20th NORAD Region/Air Division.





Topsham AFS, Maine
Gunter AFS, Alabama
Inactivated and redesignated: 4752d Air Defense Wing
Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri



Interceptor squadrons[edit]

Radar squadrons[edit]

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

  • Winkler, David F. (1997), Searching the skies: the legacy of the United States Cold War defense radar program. Prepared for United States Air Force Headquarters Air Combat Command.
  • A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, by Lloyd H. Cornett and Mildred W. Johnson, Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  • Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1)
  • Air Force Historical Research Agency:32d Air Division