38th Air Division

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38th Air Division
38th Air Division crest.jpg
38th Air Division emblem
Active 10 October 1951–1 November 1959
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 38th Air Division began in 10 October 1951 at Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia, to develop and prepare policies and procedures pertaining to bombardment, air and ground training, operations, flying safety, and security. It also monitored and coordinated the manning, training, equipping and operational readiness of assigned units for the primary purpose of conducting strategic air warfare on a global scale. Its subordinate units participated in numerous training missions, which included simulated radar bombing and polar grid navigation, plus the Strategic Air Command bombing and navigation competition. During the 1950s, the division participated in and supported exercises such as Operation War Dance, Grey Warrior and Dark Night, and flew numerous air refueling sorties.


Lineage and honors[edit]

Established as 38 Air Division, and organized, on 10 October 1951. Discontinued on 16 June 1952.

Activated on 16 June 1952. Inactivated on 1 November 1959.


This unit earned the following unit decorations:

  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 1 November 1956–1 April 1957.


On a shield azure (Brittany blue), a semee of stars argent (white, outlined stone blue), over all an American bald eagle, volant recursant descendant, in pale, wings overture, all proper (head and tail white, body feathers shades of brown, beak and eyeball yellow, outlined stone blue). (Approved 16 August 1956)



  • 2 Bombardment: 10 October 1951–16 June 1952; 16 June 1952–1 November 1959.
  • 308 Bombardment: 10 October 1951–16 June 1952 (detached 10 October 1951–7 April 1952); 16 June 1952–15 July 1959 (detached 21 August 1956–c.26 October 1956).
  • 303 Air Refueling: 1 January 1959–1 October 1959.
  • Hunter Air Force Base (currently, Hunter Army Airfield), Georgia, 10 October 1951–16 June 1952.
  • Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia, 16 June 1952–1 November 1959.

Aircraft / Missiles / Space vehicles[edit]


  • Brigadier General F. E. Glantzberg, 18 October 1951;
  • Brigadier General Sydney D. Grubbs Jr., 27 February 1952–16 June 1952.
  • Brigadier General Sydney D. Grubbs Jr., 16 June 1952;
  • Brigadier General Joseph J. Nazzaro, 26 January 1953;
  • Colonel John F. Batjer, 20 May 1955;
  • Brigadier General Charles B. Dougher, 15 August 1955;
  • Brigadier General John E. Dougherty, 23 June 1958;
  • Colonel William B. Kieffer, 4 September 1959–1 November 1959.

See also[edit]


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

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