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  • Washington National Guardsman Reconnects with Palauan Roots

    Air Force Maj. Marvin Yamada Jr. was born on Guam, a 30-mile-long island in the Western Pacific Ocean — a place, it is said, where America’s day begins — to two native Palauans. Today, he serves in the Washington National Guard as a mission crew commander in the Western Air Defense Sector, Joint

  • WADS Air Battle Manager Newest U.S. Navy TOPGUN Graduate

    An air battle manager from the Western Air Defense Sector graduated from the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), held at the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC) on Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, April 19, 2024.

  • WADS New Agile Operations Center Operational

    The Western Air Defense Sector celebrated the opening of its new Agile Operations Center on Jan. 26 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, the adjutant general for Washington; Liz Larter, deputy chief of staff and district director for Rep. Marilyn Strickland, and WADS leadership

  • Seattle ARTCC visits WADS

    The Federal Aviation Administration and the Western Air Defense Sector have a long-standing interagency working relationship to support Operation Noble Eagle (ONE). The control of the North American airspace is a primary mission for NORAD under ONE which focuses on threats that may originate within

  • Artificial Intelligence-Based Battle Management Training Rolled Out

    The Western Air Defense Sector rolled out a cutting edge video game like training system, Aug. 26-27, 2021, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The system, called Battle Management Training NEXT (BMTN), provides command and control battle management operators sustained, high quality, low cost