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              Col. Brett Bosselmann 
             225th ADS Commander


Execute integrated Battle Management and Command and Control to counter all air threats in persistent defense of the homeland.



The 225th Air Defense Squadron will deliver operational excellence and critical combat capability through agile employment of cutting edge technology and development of world class Air Defenders.



Detect, Identify, and Defend


Using over 200 dedicated and shared radar devices, the WADS detects the presence of all air traffic within the continental United States.  This information is constantly analyzed by airmen and sophisticated equipment in the battle control center to monitor air traffic 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 


 Any aircraft originating from outside of the boundaries of the continental United States and entering into U.S. airspace must be positively identified.  All of these aircraft in the WADS area of responsibility are then screened and categorized as friendly or otherwise.  Flights originating in the U.S. are only monitored if the aircraft shows abnormal flight patterns or is in violation of FAA flight rules.


 WADs will initiate action on any aircraft identified as an actual or possible threat.  Action includes launching fighter jets from the nearest location to get "eyes on" the aircraft, deter further activity and use deadly force if necessary.  Jets can also be scrambled to assist aircraft in distress, to help determine if the aircraft is safe to land and to visually monitor the situation.


 In 2015, WADS actively tracked more than 29 million flights over the United States. Of these flights, 456 were identified as tracks of interest, causing additional action by WADS personnel to identify these aircraft. WADS personnel also initiated 10 fighter jet and three rotary wing scrambles to frequently intercept unknown aircraft. Throughout the year, operations also worked to closely monitor 19 presidential temporary flight restrictions (TFR’s) over major US cities in the western sector and tracking 185 TFR tracks of interest. During these 19 TFRs, 1584 aircraft were identified as tripping thresholds of the TFR.

WADS participated in countless federal and state exercises to include the continent-wide training exercise, Viligant Shield 17, with NORAD, NORTHCOM, and federal, state and local agencies from across the United States and Canada. The exercise is part of an integrated DoD exercise program that supports the national strategy of aerospace warning and control, Defense Support of Civil Authorities and homeland defense. At the state level, WADS participated in the large scale earthquake response exercise, Cascadia Rising exercise in June 2016.