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  • 225th Air Defense Group activated at WADS

    The first Air Defense Group in Washington Air National Guard history was activated Saturday afternoon during a three-part ceremony at the French Theater on Fort Lewis.The 225th Air Defense Group was activated by Brig. Gen. John S. Tuohy, Washington state assistant adjutant general - Air. With the new designation, existing WADS leaders were formally
  • Guardsmen closing the gap in the 21st WADS CANAM Hockey Classic

    Airmen from the Washington Air National Guard's Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) and the Canadian detachment of WADS came together Friday for the 21st Annual CanAm Hockey Classic at the Sprinker Rink.Spanaway, WA - The Western Air Defense Sector, located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is responsible for continuously monitoring the skies of the
  • Canadian Detachment helps support U.S. Air Defense

    As part of NORAD's commitment to providing aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America, many Canadian military members find themselves assigned to or training with the Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington.According to Canadian Capt. Kevin Long, 51st Aerospace Control and Warning Operational
  • CONR responds to disturbance aboard Hawaiian Airlines flight

    Two Air Force fighter jets based in Portland, Ore., scrambled Wednesday afternoon when a commercial airliner reported having a disruptive passenger aboard.The F-15 Eagles, piloted by Air National Guardsmen assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, immediately jumped into action after receiving notification from the Western Air Defense Sector,
  • 505th Command and Control Wing radar expert rings in New Year with lifesaving action

    For one lucky pilot, just making it to 2009 was the highlight of his New Year's Day, thanks to the quick-thinking expertise of a radar expert from the 505th Command and Control Wing's 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron.Paul Christensen, a 23-year old pilot of a Taylor Craft-21 single-engine aircraft, left Moscow-Pullman, Wash. bound for Slate Creek,
  • Air defense exercise to test NORTHCOM response

    Months of planning and preparations are being tested as Airmen, Soldiers and Sailors participate in Exercise Amalgam Dart '09, a major U.S. Northern Command air defense exercise here June 18 through 20.The exercise is one of several North American Aerospace Defense Command and USNORTHCOM exercises under the Ardent Sentry '09 exercise series.More
  • Air Guard chief selected as NORTHCOM advisor

    An Air National Guard command chief master sergeant has been selected as a command senior enlisted advisor for a combatant command. It is the first time an Air Guardsman has been selected for that position.Chief Master Sgt. W. Allen Usry, the current Continental U.S. NORAD Region-1st Air Force (AFNORTH) command chief, will take over as North
  • WADS, FAA, Navy pilots aid airmen "in the blind"

    Roland Manarin pulled his Epic LT turboprop from the runway at Fairbanks International, climbing smoothly into what he hoped would be a memorable southerly sortie around Mount McKinley, and then on to Ketchikan, Alaska.His co-pilot Harlon Hain, an Epic Aircraft instructor pilot, planned to take full advantage of the balmy August skies by helping
  • WADS dedicates historic aircraft

    The Western Air Defense Sector hosted a formal dedication ceremony here May 21 for a historic F-16 static display.The aircraft, F-16A S/N 82-0929, was one of the three F-16s scrambled against hijacked airliners on Sept. 11, 2001. The aircraft and its pilot on that day - Lt. Col. Brad Derrig, commander of the 119th Operations Group, North Dakota Air
  • WADS contributes to lifesaving event

    The Western Air Defense Sector, a unit of the Washington Air National Guard, played a vital role in saving lives on Oct. 26 as wild fires blazed in Southern California. While on a night mission under WADS' tactical control, a P-3 Orion anti-submarine aircraft from the Navy's Patrol Squadron VP 46, Whidbey Island, Wash., spotted a home in an
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WADS welcomes Canadian Lt. Col. Michael Fawcett as the new Canadian Detachment Commander.
A new full-time AGR job opening at the Western Air Defense Sector is C2 Battle Management Operations Craftsman (E-7). Closes July 5th. Please visit for more information.
WADS hosted 60 civilian employers during last week’s ESGR Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift. Employers flew an air refueling mission with the 141st Air Refueling Wing KC-135s, toured WADS and the 262nd Cyberspace Operations Squadron.
Thank you ESGR Washington for giving the Western Air Defense Sector an opportunity to show employers how the WADS guards America's skies 24/7/365.
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