Joelton Air Force Station

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Joelton Air Force Station
Part of Air Defense Command (ADC)
Joelton AFS is located in Tennessee
Joelton AFS
Joelton AFS
Location of Joelton AFS, Tennessee
Coordinates 36°20′12″N 086°51′40″W / 36.33667°N 86.86111°W / 36.33667; -86.86111 (Joelton AFS SM-145)Coordinates: 36°20′12″N 086°51′40″W / 36.33667°N 86.86111°W / 36.33667; -86.86111 (Joelton AFS SM-145)
Type Air Force Station
Site information
Controlled by  United States Air Force
Site history
Built 1956
In use 1956-1960
Garrison information
Garrison 799th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
Emblem of the 799th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron

Joelton Air Force Station (ADC ID: SM-145) is a closed United States Air Force General Surveillance Radar station. It is located 8.3 miles (13.4 km) west of Goodlettsville, Tennessee. It was closed in 1960.


Joelton Air Force Station (AFS) was initially part of Phase II of the Air Defense Command Mobile Radar program. The Air Force approved this expansion of the Mobile Radar program on October 23, 1952 to provide radar coverage of the Nashville, TN area. Radars in this network were designated “SM.”

The station became operational on 1 October 1956 when the 799th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron began operating an AN/MPS-11 search radar and an AN/TPS-10D height-finder radar. Eventually these sets were replaced by more-modern AN/FPS-6 height-finder radar and AN/FPS-8 search radar sets. Initially the station functioned as a Ground-Control Intercept (GCI) and warning station. As a GCI station, the squadron's role was to guide interceptor aircraft toward unidentified intruders picked up on the unit's radar scopes.

In addition to the main facility, Guthrie operated an unmanned AN/FPS-18 Gap Filler site:

Joelton AFS was closed on 1 June 1961 due to budgetary constraints. However, the FAA retained the radar, replacing the search radar with an ARSR-1E model. The FAA continues to operate the site as part of the Joint Surveillance System (JSS). Most of the Air Force buildings remain and are in use; the housing area is now private residences.

Air Force units and assignments[edit]


  • Constituted as the 799th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
Activated at Wright-Patterson AFB (SM-170), OH on 8 February 1956[1]
Moved to Joelton AFS on 1 October 1956
Discontinued and inactivated on 1 June 1961


See also[edit]



  1. ^ Mueller, Air Force Bases, Vol. I, p. 610


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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