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The 31st Air Division (31st AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command, assigned to Tenth Air Force, being stationed at Sioux City Municipal Airportmarker, Iowamarker. It was inactivated on 31 December 1969.



  • Established as 31 Air Division (Defense) on 7 September 1950
Activated on 8 October 1950
Inactivated on 1 February 1952
  • Organized on 1 February 1952
Inactivated on 1 January 1960
  • Redesignated 31 Air Division, and activated, on 20 January 1966
Organized on 1 April 1966 by redesignation of Oklahoma City Air Defense Sector
Inactivated on 31 December 1969.


Eastern Air Defense Force, 8 October 1950
: Attached 30 Air Division [Defense] , 27 November 1950 – 1 February 1951
Central Air Defense Force, 20 May 1951 – 1 January 1960
Fourteenth Air Force, 1 April 1966 – 1 July 1968 (ConAC)
Tenth Air Force, 1 July 1968 – 31 December 1969.



Duluth Airportmarker, Minnesotamarker
Grand Forks AFBmarker, North Dakotamarker

Redesignated: 53d Fighter Group: 18 August 1955 – 1 March 1956
Sioux City Aptmarker, Iowamarker
Redesignated: 343d Fighter Group: 18 August 1955 – 1 January 1959
Duluth MAPmarker, Minnesotamarker
Redesignated: 475th Fighter Group: 18 August 1955 – 2 January 1958
Minneapolis-Saint Paul MAPmarker, Minnesotamarker
Grand Forks AFBmarker, North Dakotamarker

Duluth MAPmarker, Minnesotamarker
Minneapolis-Saint Paul MAPmarker, Minnesotamarker
Ellsworth AFBmarker, South Dakotamarker
Sioux City Aptmarker, Iowamarker
Webb AFBmarker, Texasmarker
Truax Fieldmarker, Wisconsinmarker
Truax Fieldmarker, Wisconsinmarker

Operational History

The division equipped, administered, trained, and provided combat ready forces within an area covering North Dakotamarker, South Dakotamarker, Nebraskamarker, Minnesotamarker, and other parts of the Midwest. Later, beginning in 1966, the 31st covered an area including Texasmarker, Oklahomamarker, Arkansasmarker, and Louisianamarker. The division participated in numerous live and simulated exercises such as Creek Chief, Pawnee Knife, and Mandan Hunt.


  • Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1).

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