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Eastern Air Defense Force Airdefensecommand-logo
Air Defense Command
Eadf-patch.jpg
Emblem of the Eastern Air Defense Force
Active 1949–1960
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Air Defense
Part of Air Defense Command
71st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron North American F-86A Sabres

71st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron North American F-86A Sabres attached to EADF, 1950. Aircraft identified: North American F-86A-5-NA Sabre 48-210 North American F-86A-5-NA Sabre 48-201 North American F-86A-5-NA Sabre 48-151

The Eastern Air Defense Force (EADF) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command being stationed at Stewart Air Force Base, New York. It was inactivated on July 1, 1960.

HistoryEdit

EADF was an intermediate-level command and control organization of Air Defense Command. Its origins date to 1 March 1949 when Continental Air Command (ConAC) reorganized Air Defense Command when it became an operating agency. Air defense units within the Continental United States (CONUS) were given to the Eastern and Western Air Defense Liaison Groups, with Western and Eastern Air Defense Forces activated on 1 September 1949. The command was originally assigned the region within the Continental United States (CONUS) to the east of the 102d degree of longitude, along the Canadian border to the most easternmost point of Maine; the southern boundary being the 102d degree of longitude along the Rio Grande boundary with Mexico, east to the southernmost point of Texas and along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean coastlines. This was adjusted in 1951 with the activation of Central Air Defense Force (CADF) with the region being adjusted to the area east of the 90th degree of longitude south to the point of the Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee state boundaries, and eastward to the Atlantic Ocean coastline along the Tennessee/Kentucky and Virginia/North Carolina border, with all areas north and east of those boundaries. Organizations stationed west and south of that delineation were transferred to CADF.

The delineation was again adjusted in March 1956 to the region generally to the east of the 90th degree of longitude south to the point of the Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee state boundaries, then south along the Mississippi river to the Gulf of Mexico in the south. CADF organizations in the southeast were reassigned to the EADF. Eastern Air Defense Force was inactivated on 1 July 1960, with its assigned units reassigned either to 26th, 30th or 32d Air Divisions, or to the new Air Defense Sectors created with the advent of the Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) system.

LineageEdit

  • Established as Eastern Air Defense Force and organized September 1, 1949.
Discontinued July 1, 1960

AssignmentsEdit

StationsEdit

  • Mitchel AFB, New York, September 1, 1949 – August 1, 1950
  • Stewart AFB, New York, August 1, 1950 – July 1, 1960

ComponentsEdit

Air DivisionsEdit

Stationed at Roslyn AFS, New York
Re-assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force, 1 September 1950 from First Air Force
Re-designated 26th Air Division (SAGE), 8 August 1958
Moved to Syracuse AFS, New York, 8 August 1958
Re-assigned to Air Defense Command, 1 August 1959
Stationed at Willow Run AFS, Michigan
Re-assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force 1 April 1959 from Air Defense Command
Re-designated 30th Air Division (SAGE), 1 April 1959
Moved to Truax Field, Wisconsin, 1 April 1959
Re-assigned to Air Defense Command, 1 July 1959
Activated at Selfridge AFB, Michigan, 8 October 1950
Assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force
Re-assigned to Air Defense Command, 1 January 1951
Activated at Stewart AFB, New York, 1 January 1951
Assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force
Moved to Syracuse AFS, New York, 1 December 1953
Re-designated 32d Air Division (Defense), 15 August 1958
Re-designated 32d Air Division (SAGE), 15 November 1958
Moved to Dobbins AFB, Georgia, 15 November 1958
Re-assigned to Air Defense Command, 1 August 1959

Activated at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, 19 March 1951
Assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force
Re-assigned to Central Air Defense Force (CADF), 20 May 1951
Stationed at Dobbins AFB, Georgia
Re-assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force, 10 April 1955 from Central Air Defense Force (CADF), 10 April 1955
Inactivated 15 November 1958
Stationed at Truax Field, Wisconsin
Re-assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force 8 September 1955 from Air Defense Command
Inactivated 1 April 1959
Activated at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, 8 September 1955
Assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force
Inactivated 1 February 1959
Activated at Andrews AFB, Maryland, 8 September 1955
Assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force
Inactivated 1 September 1958

WingsEdit

Activated at Presque Isle AFB, Maine, 1 January 1951
Assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force
Inactivated 6 February 1952
Stationed at Otis AFB, Massachusetts
Re-assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force 1 January 1951 from Air Defense Command
Inactivated 6 February 1952
Stationed at McGuire AFB, New Jersey as 52d Fighter All-Weather Wing
Re-assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force 1 January 1951 from Air Defense Command
Re-designated 52d Fighter-Interceptor Wing, 1 May 1951
Inactivated 6 February 1952
Stationed at Selfridge AFB, Michigan
Re-assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force 1 January 1951 from Air Defense Command
Inactivated 6 February 1952
Federalized Maine Air National Guard, 10 February 1951
Stationed at Dow AFB, Maine
Moved to Grenier AFB, New Hampshire, 1 May 1951
Moved to Larson AFB, Washington and re-assigned to Western Air Defense Force (WADF), 2 August 1951
Federalized Connecticut Air National Guard, 2 March 1951
Stationed at Brainard Field, Connecticut
Moved to Suffolk County AFB, New York, 1 June 1951
Inactivated and returned to state control, 6 February 1952
Federalized Indiana Air National Guard, 10 February 1951
Stationed at Stout Field, Indiana
Moved to Baer Field, Indiana, 1 May 1951
Re-assigned to Central Air Defense Force (CADF), 1 December 1951
Federalized Wisconsin Air National Guard, 10 February 1951
Stationed at General Mitchell Field, Wisconsin
Moved to Truax Field, Wisconsin, 16 February 1951
Re-assigned to Central Air Defense Force (CADF), 20 May 1951
Federalized Minnesota Air National Guard, 10 February 1951
Stationed at Holman Field, Minnesota
Re-assigned to Central Air Defense Force (CADF) 20 May 1951

Federalized Oregon Air National Guard
Stationed at Geiger Field, Washington
Re-assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force from Western Air Defense Force (WADF), 11 April 1951
Moved to O'Hare International Airport, Illinois, 1 May 1951
Inactivated and returned to state control, 6 February 1952
Stationed at Otis AFB, Massachusetts
Re-assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force from 8th Air Division (AEW&Con), 1 July 1957
Re-assigned to 26th Air Division, 1 July 1959
Stationed at McGuire AFB, New Jersey
Activated by Eastern Air Defense Force on 1 April 1956
Re-assigned to 26th Air Division, 18 October 1956
Stationed at Stewart AFB, New York
Activated by Eastern Air Defense Force on 1 June 1956
Re-assigned to 26th Air Division, 18 October 1956
Stationed at O'Hare International Airport, Illinois
Activated by Eastern Air Defense Force on 1 February 1952
Re-assigned to 30th Air Division, 16 February 1953
Stationed at Selfridge AFB, Michigan
Activated by Eastern Air Defense Force on 1 February 1953
Re-assigned to 30th Air Division, 16 February 1953
Stationed at McGuire AFB, New Jersey
Activated by Eastern Air Defense Force on 1 February 1952
Re-assigned to 26th Air Division, 16 February 1953
Stationed at New Castle AFB, Delaware
Activated by Eastern Air Defense Force on 1 February 1952
Re-assigned to 26th Air Division, 16 February 1953
Stationed at Presque Isle AFB, Maine
Activated by Eastern Air Defense Force on 1 February 1952
Re-assigned to 32d Air Division, 16 February 1953

GroupsEdit

  • 152d Aircraft Control and Warning Group
Federalized New Hampshire Air National Guard, 1 September 1951
Stationed at Grenier AFB, New Hampshire
Assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force
Re-assigned to 32d Air Division, 6 February 1952
  • 156th Aircraft Control and Warning Group
Federalized Michigan Air National Guard, 16 September 1951
Stationed at Selfridge AFB, Michigan
Headquarters remained at Selfridge AFB, personnel deployed to locations in the Chicago, Illinois area
Inactivated and returned to state control, 6 February 1952
Stationed at Stewart AFB, New York
Re-assigned to Eastern Air Defense Force from Air Defense Command, 1 January 1951
Re-assigned to 4709th Air Defense Wing, 20 September 1954

SquadronEdit

Stationed at: Grenier AFB, New Hampshire. 1 July 1952-1 December 1952

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • USAF Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1)
  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9
  • A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, by Lloyd H. Cornett and Mildred W. Johnson, Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  • Winkler, David F. (1997), Searching the skies: the legacy of the United States Cold War defense radar program. Prepared for United States Air Force Headquarters Air Combat Command.

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