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2. AIR / ACC / Western Air Defense Sector - Tacoma

Last modified: 08 Apr 2021, submitted by: Joker

Country: United States    Region: Washington

Latitude: 47° 7' 15" N     Longitude: -123° 29' 45" E

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE


477'16"N 12230'15"W Wester Air Defense Sector (WADS) is responsible to the Continental US North American Aerospace Defense Command Region (CONR) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) for peacetime air sovereignty, strategic air defense, and airborne counterdrug operations in the continental United States. WADS is a Washington ANG unit manned by ANG, Army, Navy, Civilians and Canadian Air Force personnel and operationally reports directly to First Air Force at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. WADS is operating:

- Sector Operations Control Center / Western Air Defense Sector (SOCC/WADS) employing 27 NORAD contingency suite, and 31 Battle Control System-Fixed (BCS-F) displays; a next-generation air sovereignty system, BCS-F fuses data from airborne, ground and naval elements and civil air traffic sensors into an integrated air picture as part of the Joint Surveillance System (JSS)

SOCC/WADS is located within the McChord airbase perimeter and under Air Combat Cmd jurisdiction.

More info about the JSS? See: JSS Ajo.

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