22d Air Defense Missile Squadron

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22d Air Defense Missile Squadron
22d Air Defense Missile Squadron - BOMARC missile.jpg
A 1965 USAF Public Affairs photo of a 22d ADMS BOMARC missile elevated in its Langley shelter.
Active 1959-1972
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Squadron
Role CIM-10 BOMARC surface-to-air antiaircraft missile squadron
Part of Air Defense Command
Garrison/HQ Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
22d Air Defense Missile Squadron emblem 22d Air Defense Missile Squadron - ADC - Emblem.png
Langley BOMARC site, 1965

The 22d Air Defense Missile Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 20th Air Division, Aerospace Defense Command, stationed near Langley AFB, Virginia. It was inactivated on 31 October 1972.


The squadron was activated on 1 September 1959 as the 22d Air Defense Missile Squadron (BOMARC)[1] and stood alert during the Cold War, equipped with IM-99 (later CIM-10) BOMARC surface to air anitaircraft missiles. The squadron was tied into a Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) direction center which could use analog computers to process information from ground radars, picket ships and airborne aircraft[2] to accelerate the display of tracking data at the direction center to quickly direct the missile battery to engage hostile aircraft.[3] The 22d was inactivated on 31 October 1972.[1]

The BOMARC missile site was located 3 miles (4.8 km) west-northwest of Langley AFB at 37°05′57″N 076°28′47″W / 37.09917°N 76.47972°W / 37.09917; -76.47972 (22d ADMS). Although geographically separated from the base, it was an off base facility of Langley and the squadron received administrative and logistical support from Langley.


  • Constituted as the 22d Air Defense Missile Squadron on 10 July 1959
Activated on 1 September 1959
Inactivated on 31 October 1972



1 September 1963 - 28 February 1965[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Cornett, Lloyd H; Johnson, Mildred W (1980). A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization, 1946–1980 (PDF). Peterson AFB, CO: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center. p. 150. 
  2. ^ Winkler, David F.; Webster, Julie L (1997). Searching the skies: The legacy of the United States Cold War Defense Radar Program (PDF). Champaign, IL: US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories. p. 39. LCCN 97020912. 
  3. ^ Winkler & Webster, p. 3
  4. ^ AF Pamphlet 900-2, Unit Decorations, Awards and Campaign Participation Credits Department of the Air Force, Washington, DC, 15 Jun 71, p. 139[permanent dead link]

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