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9. AFS Fort Custer

Last modified: 24 Apr 2022

Country: United States    Region: Michigan

Locale: 4219′18″N 08516′00″W

Latitude: 42° 19' 18" N     Longitude: -86° 43' 59" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


Ft Custer hosted former AFS Custer; the Direction Center 6 (callsign Burnish) and Combat Center in the Detroit Air Defense Sector which was established in 1958 at Custer AFS. DADS assumed control of former ADC Central Air Defense Force units with a mission to provide air defense of lower Michigan northeast Indiana and most of Ohio. The organization provided command and control over several aircraft and radar squadrons.
In 1959 the new Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) Direction Center (DC-06) and Combat Center (CC-01) became operational. DC-06 was equipped with dual AN/FSQ-7 Computers. The day-to-day operations of the command was to train and maintain tactical flying units flying interceptor aircraft. Deactivation was in 1966.

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