4310th Air Division

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4310th Air Division
Shield Strategic Air Command.png
3 aircraft formation B-47Es - 306th Bombardment Wing.jpg
Active 1958–1963
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Command of strategic strike and reconnaissance forces
Part of Strategic Air Command

The 4310th Air Division is a discontinued United States Air Force organization. It was last assigned to the Sixteenth Air Force at Nouasseur Air Base, Morocco. It was discontinued on 15 August 1963.

History[edit]

The 4310th Air Division was organized on 15 January 1958 by absorbing the mission, personnel and equipment of the 5th Air Division, which had been managing deployed Strategic Air Command (SAC) forces in Morocco since 1954. The 5th was inactivated the same day that the 4310th was organized.[2][3]

"The 4310th supervised the Strategic Air Command's Reflex forces in Morocco. The Reflex force concept involved deploying Boeing B-47 Stratojet medium bombardment aircraft non-stop from the United States to forward sites, with one air refueling. These aircraft remained on alert status for a specified number of days, then redeployed back to the United States. The division commander also acted as a representative to the Moroccan Liaison office for the Commander, Sixteenth Air Force."[2]

The division never had any assigned units, such as wings, only individual aircraft that were assigned to wings back in the United States.

The division was discontinued in August 1963[2] as part of SAC's closure of its Morocco bases.

Lineage[edit]

  • Established as 4310 Air Division and organized on 15 January 1958
Discontinued on 15 August 1963[2]

Assignments[edit]

Stations[edit]

Commanders[edit]

  • Brig Gen Keith K. Compton, 15 Jan 1958
  • Maj Gen William E. Eubank, by 15 Oct 1958
  • Maj Gen Horace M. Wade, 23 Jul 1959
  • Brig Gen Robert B. Miller, 5 Aug 1961-15 Aug 1963[2]

See also[edit]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Aircraft are from the 306th Bombardment Wing
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Factsheet 4310 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. October 11, 2007. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Factsheet 5 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 

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