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Otis Air National Guard Base

Last modified: 06 Mar 2020

Country: United States    Region: Massachusetts

Latitude: 41° 38' 59" N     Longitude: -71° 28' 59" E

Area use / Military Branches: SEE 7.Massachusetts state ANG


4139'31"N 7031'33"W Former Otis Air Force Base, reassigned 1977 Air National Guard Base Otis.
The base is part of current Joint Base Cape Cod (See: Joint Base Cape Cod)

Historical: N of base decommissioned BOMARC missile facility at grid 4140'56"N l7032'20"W. Former USAF Airdef Cmd, 26th Airdef Msl Sq operating 28 x CIM-10 (1959-1972). CIM-10 Bomarc was a supersonic interceptor for Cold War North American air defense and also the only USAF deployed SAM. Stored horizontally in a launcher shelter the aircraft was erected to fire vertically using rocket boosters and then was ramjet-powered during midcourse command guidance to a dive point. The onboard radar allowed BOMARC to guide itself to the target (e.g., enemy bomber or formation) and to detonate a 10 KT nuc warhead.

In the early 1970s, then Otis Air Force Base was marked for closure as part of a nationwide reduction of bases. In 1977, Otis became ANGB combined with some Army NG, Marine Corps and Coast Guard units.

Units based:
- 102nd Intelligence Wing (ANG ) with 101st Air Ops sq, 253d Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group; 212th Engineering Installation sq; 267th Combat Comms Sq,and 202nd Weather Flight

- 3rd Bn/126th Aviation Regt (part of 29th Infantry Div Army National Guard),

- Coast Guard Air station Cape Cod with Coastal Patrol Sq 18
- Coast Guard Base Cape Cod with Cape Cod Composite Sq 044-Massachusetts Wing (Civil Air Patrol).

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