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838th Air Division

822d Air Division
Emblem of the 838th Air Division
Active 1958–1966
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Tactical Air Command
Garrison/HQ Forbes AFB, Kansas

The 838th Air Division (838 AD) is an inactive Tactical Air Command, assigned to Twelfth Air Force, being stationed at Forbes Air Force Base, Kansas. It was inactivated on December 24, 1969.

The unit was an intermediate command echelon of Tactical Air Command. Activated but not manned or equipped in 1957, but reactivated in 1963. The 838 AD provided command and staff supervision for subordinate units, which performed worldwide tactical airlift and participated in tactical exercises and operations such as Desert Strike. Between 1964 and 1969, the units frequently deployed aircraft and personnel to Europe, the Far East, and the Canal Zone with its subordinate units performing tactical airlift missions.

The command was inactivated in 1969 as a result of budget reductions, its units being consolidated directly into Twelfth Air Force.


  • History 1
    • Lineage 1.1
    • Assignments 1.2
    • Stations 1.3
    • Components 1.4
    • Aircraft 1.5
  • See also 2
  • References 3



  • Established as 838 Air Division on August 30, 1957.
Activated on September 25, 1957
Inactivated on December 11, 1957
  • Activated on June 13, 1963
Organized on July 1, 1963
Inactivated on December 24, 1969.





November 9, 1964 – December 24, 1969
September 25 – December 11, 1957; October 1, 1963 – November 9, 1964.
July 1, 1963 – November 9, 1964
November 9, 1964 – December 24, 1969.



See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • 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.
  • 838th Air Division Factsheet
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