833d Air Division

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833d Air Division
McDonnell Douglas F-15A-19-MC Eagle 77-0109.jpg
Active 1964–1969; 1980-1991
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Command of tactical fighter forces
Part of Tactical Air Command
Gen Chuck Horner
Gen Lloyd W. Newton
833d Air Division emblem (Approved 20 May 1966)[2] 833dad-emblem.jpg

The 833d Air Division is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Tactical Air Command, assigned to Twelfth Air Force at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. It was inactivated on 15 November 1991.


The 833d Air Division was organized by Tactical Air Command on 1 October 1964, although it received its first manning a week later. "[T]5he organization supervised and managed selected fighter and reconnaissance forces of Ninth Air Force. During the Dominican Republic crisis of 1965–1966, subordinate units flew reconnaissance missions and deployed personnel and aircraft to Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico, and San Isidro Air Base, Dominican Republic."[2]

Between 1964 and 1969, the division supported USAF operations in Southeast Asia. The seizure of the USS Pueblo on the high seas by the North Koreans in January 1968 saw elements of assigned wings deployed to the Far East, and a number of Air National Guard organizations called to extended service were incorporated into the 833d's training program."[2] Inactivated in 1969 due to budget reductions, assigned units coming over control of Ninth Air Force.

Reactivated as part of Rapid Deployment Force in 1980, assigned to Twelfth Air Force. The division "provided command supervision to assigned units in Western US December 1980 – November 1991. Subordinate units maintained proficiency in the F-15 Eagle air superiority aircraft and trained aircrews of allied countries. Its units screened new tactical air force crews for fighter aptitude while providing basic combat aircrew academic and flight training in the tactics, techniques and operations of fighter aircraft. They also conducted training courses for jet currency, instructor pilot upgrade, and forward air controller (FAC) orientations. The division participated in numerous tactical exercises in Middle East such as Border Star, Coronet Compass, and Bright Star."[2]

Inactivated in 1991 after Operation Desert Storm when United States Air Forces Central Command took over mission responsibility, activities assigned to 4404th Wing (Provisional).[citation needed]


  • Established as the 833d Air Division and activated on 14 September 1964 (not organized)
Organized on 1 October 1964
Inactivated on 24 December 1969
  • Activated on 1 December 1980
Inactivated on 15 November 1991[2]


Ninth Air Force, 1 October 1964 - 24 December 1969
Twelfth Air Force, 1 December 1980 - 15 November 1991[2]






Douglas EB-66 Destroyer, 1966–1969
McDonnell TF-101 Voodoo, 1964–1969
Mcdonnell RF-4 Phantom II, 1965–1969


  • Col John R. Murphy, 8 October 1964
  • Col Franklin A. Nichols, 1 June 1965
  • Brig Gen Charles W. Carson Jr., 1 June 1966
  • Col Franklin H. Scott, 4 March 1968
  • Brig Gen Willard W. Millikan, 22 April 1968
  • Brig Gen Robert V. Spencer, 19 June - 24 December 1969
  • Brig Gen Thomas S. Swalm, 1 December 1980
  • Brig Gen Charles A. Horner, 10 August 1981
  • Brig Gen Peter T. Kempf, 20 May 1983
  • Brig Gen James F. Record, 23 September 1985
  • Brig Gen James S. Allen, 29 January 1988
  • Brig Gen Travis E. Harrell, 28 August 1989
  • Brig Gen Lloyd W. Newton, August - 15 November 1991[2]

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  1. ^ Aircraft is McDonnell Douglas F-15A-19-MC Eagle Serial 77-109. This aiplane was retired to Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center as FH1080 on 4 March 2008
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Factsheet 833 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. October 11, 2007. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 


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