Portland Air Defense Sector
|Portland Air Defense Sector|
Emblem of the Portland Air Defense Sector
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Part of||Air Defense Command|
|Carroll W. McColpin|
The Portland Air Defense Sector (PADS) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the 25th Air Division, being stationed at Adair Air Force Station, Oregon. It was inactivated on 1 April 1966.
PADS was established in June 1958 assuming control of former ADC Western Air Defense Force units in eastern Oregon and northwest California. The organization provided command and control over several aircraft and radar squadrons.
On 1 June 1960 the new Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) Direction Center (DC-13) became operational. DC-13 was equipped with dual AN/FSQ-7 Computers. The day-to-day operations of the command was to train and maintain tactical flying units flying jet interceptor aircraft (F-94 Starfire; F-102 Delta Dagger; F-106 Delta Dart) in a state of readiness with training missions and series of exercises with SAC and other units simulating interceptions of incoming enemy aircraft.
The Sector was inactivated on 1 April 1966 as part of an ADC consolidation and reorganization; and its units were reassigned to 28th Air Division.
- Established as Portland Air Defense Sector on 8 June 1958
- Inactivated on 1 April 1966
- 25th Air Division, 8 June 1958-1 April 1966
- 337th Fighter Group (Air Defense)
- Portland IAP, Oregon, 15 April 1960-25 March 1966
- 408th Fighter Group (Air Defense)
- Kingsley Field, Oregon, 15 April 1960-1 April 1966
- Travis AFB, California, 1 August 1963-1 April 1966
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