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EASTERN AIR DEFENSE SECTOR (ACC)

Posted 2/6/2012 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Lineage. Established as 4621 Air Defense Wing, and organized, on 1 Apr 1956. Redesignated as New York Air Defense Sector on 8 Jan 1957. Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 Apr 1966. Redesignated as Northeast Air Defense Sector, and activated on 1 Jul 1987; Northeastern Air Defense Sector (ANG) on 1 Dec 1994; Eastern Air Defense Sector on 15 Jul 2009.

Assignments. 26 Air Division (Defense), 1 Apr 1956 (attached to 4709 Air Defense Wing, 1 Apr 1956-); Eastern Air Defense Force, 8 Jul 1956 (remained attached to 4709 Air Defense Wing through 1 Oct 1956); 26 Air Division (Defense) (later, 26 Air Division [SAGE], 1 Oct 1956-1 Apr 1966. 24 Air Division, 1 Jul 1987; First Air Force (later, First Air Force [ANG]), 30 Sep 1990 (attached to First Air Forces Northern [First Air Force] [Provisional], 28 Feb 2006-)-.

Operational Components. Groups: 52 Fighter (Air Defense): 1 Oct 1956-1 Jul 1963. 82 Fighter (Air Defense): 1 Oct 1956-8 Jan 1958. 4728 Air Defense: 8 Feb 1957-1 Jul 1958. 4730 Air Defense: 8 Feb 1957-1 Aug 1959. Squadrons: 6 Air Defense Missile (BOMARC): 1 Feb 1959-15 Dec 1964. 46 Air Defense Missile (BOMARC): 1 Jan 1959-1 Apr 1966. 46 Fighter-Interceptor: 1 Oct 1956-8 Feb 1957. 95 Fighter-Interceptor: 1 Jul 1963-1 Apr 1966. 98 Fighter-Interceptor: 1 Oct 1956-8 Feb 1957; 1 Jul 1958-1 Feb 1959; 1 Jul 1961-1 Jul 1963. 332 Fighter-Interceptor: 1 Oct 1956-8 Feb 1957. 539 Fighter-Interceptor: 1 Oct 1956-8 Feb 1957; 1 Aug 1959-1 Apr 1966.
 
Stations. McGuire AFB, NJ, 1 Apr 1956-1 Apr 1966. Griffiss AFB, NY, 1 Jul 1987-.

Commanders. Col Charles G. Chandler Jr., by Oct 1956; Brig Gen Arthur C. Agan Jr., 4 Sep 1958; Brig Gen Gilbert L. Pritchard, by Oct 1959; Col Frederick H. LeFebre, 20 Apr 1962 (temporary); Brig Gen Arthur G. Salisbury, 14 May 1962; Brig Gen Theron Coulter, 5 Sep 1963; Col Albert L. Evans Jr., 1 Nov 1965; Col Frederick L. Frostic, unkn- 1 Apr 1966. Unkn, 1 Jul 1987-May 1989; Col Bodie R. Bodenheim, Jun 1989; Col Harvey M. Smith, Apr 1991; Col Thomas W. Dobsen Jr., Jul 1993; Col John W. Zink, Jul 1994; Col William C. Diehl, Jul 1995; Capt Richard W. Sluys (USN), Jan 1996 (temporary); Col John K. Scott, Mar 1996; Col Michael W. Corbett, Jun 1998; Col Robert K. Marr, 7 Aug 1999; Col Clark F. Speicher, 30 Apr 2005; Col John P. Bartholf, 4 Apr 2008-.

Operations. Upon activation in 1956, received bulk of personnel from 4709 Air Defense Wing, and assumed responsibility for manual air defense in its area of responsibility, while preparing for the SAGE (semi-automatic ground environment) air defense system. This area of responsibility ranged along the Atlantic coast from New Bedford, MA to Cape May, NJ and inland from Wilmington, DE to ten miles northwest of Jervis, PA. The Sector controlled four tactical groups, with two fighter-interceptor squadrons each, and several aircraft control and warning squadrons. The first organization to become operational as a SAGE unit in Jul 1958, it gained two BOMARC air defense missile squadrons, one of which (46 Missile Squadron) became the first operational BOMARC squadron in the Air Force. Upon redesignation as the Northeastern Air Defense Sector (ANG) in 1994, became a regular AF unit manned primarily by Air National Guard personnel and functioned almost exclusively as an ANG unit. In Nov 2006, the Sector assumed responsibility over the entire East Coast, which included more than a million square miles of air space and resulted in redesignation to Eastern Air Defense Sector in 2009.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 1 Jun 1998-31 May 1999. Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards: 1 Jul 1987-1 Apr 1989; 1 Jan 1990-1 Jan 1992; 1 Jun 1994-31 May 1996; 1 Jan 2001-30 Apr 2002; 31 Jul 2005-31 May 2007.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 15 Feb 2011.

Components, Commanders, and Operations through Apr 2009.
 
Emblem. Approved on 29 Nov 1956, updated and revised on 12 Mar 2010.

Prepared by Carl E. Bailey.

Reviewed by Patsy Robertson.







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