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USAF Southern Air Division
830th Air Division
Air Forces Panama
Emblem of the USAF Southern Air Division
830th Air Division
Air Forces Panama
Active 1976-1992
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Tactical Air Command
Colors See Emblem section below
Decorations See Honors section below
See Commanders section below

The Air Forces Panama, formerly 830th Air Division, is an inactive United States Air Force Division. Its last assignment was with Tactical Air Command, assigned to Twelfth Air Force, being stationed at Howard Air Force Base, Panama. It was inactivated on 11 February 1992.

The USAF Southern Airlift Division replaced the USAF Southern Air Command as the Air Force component of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Panama Canal Zone in January 1976.

It assumed responsibility for the air defense of the Panama Canal and for USAF relations, including foreign military sales (FMS) and disaster relief assistance, with the Latin American nations. The division supported disaster relief to countries such as Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Colombia. It also assisted Mexico in its purchase of F-5s and trained Mexican technicians in logistics and maintenance for the new aircraft.


In 1984 the division, through the FMS program, delivered T-33s to Ecuador and A-37Bs to the Dominican Republic. The division participated annually in various training exercises, including paratroop drops and close air support for Army troops. It also conducted numerous combined exercises with various Latin American countries. Through the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, it provided technical training and education for airmen and officers from approximately 14 Latin American countries.

Inactivated in 1992 when responsibility for AOR was taken over by Twelfth Air Force as Air Forces Southern (AFSOUTH)


  • Established as USAF Southern Air Division on 24 November 1975
Activated on 1 January 1976 by redesignation of United States Air Forces Southern Command.
Redesignated: 830 Airlift Division on 1 January 1989
Redesignated: 830 Air Division, May 1990 - February 1991 under BG David Oakes[1]
Redesignated: Air Forces Panama on 15 February 1991
Inactivated on 11 February 1992.





  • Maj Gen James M. Breedlove, 1 January 1976
  • Maj Gen Robert B. Tanguy, 6 April 1977
  • Brig Gen Thomas E. Wolters, 27 June 1980
  • Maj Gen William E. Masterson, 1 February 1981
  • Maj Gen Henry D. Canterbury, 13 December 1984
  • Col Harold E. Watson, 17 January 1987
  • Brig Gen Robin G. Tornow, 22 June 1988
  • Brig Gen David Oakes, 24 May 1990-c. 11 February 1992


Rotational aircraft:

  • A-7, 1974–1990
  • A-10, 1985-c.1988
  • C-130, 1976–1984
  • F-15, 1990–1992
  • F-16, 1990–1992

Assigned aircraft

  • A-37, 1985–1992
  • O-2, 1976–1986
  • UH-1, 1976–1986.


  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers; Panama, 1989-1990.
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 20 December 1989 – 14 February 1991.
  • Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards: 1 February 1981 – 31 January 1983; 1 January 1986 – 31 December 1987.


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