The 17th Air Division, was reactivated on 15 Jul
1959. The 17th gained control of the 340th and the 305th
Bombardment Wings at Bunker Hill AFB, Indiana, and the 4040th Air
Base Squadron at Richard I. Bong AFB, Wisconsin. The two bombardment wings flew
normal SAC alert patrols and participated in special exercises as required. In
1963, the division lost its bombardment wings and gained missile wings.
Redesignated the 17th Strategic Missile Wing, it assumed
responsibility for Titan and Minuteman missiles in Missouri, Kansas, and later
Arkansas. When the 70th Bombardment Wing, Heavy, joined the 17th
on 1 Jul 1965 with B-52 and KC-135 aircraft, the division reverted to an earlier
designation: 17th Strategic Aerospace Division. From 1965 until
inactivated on 30 Jun 1971, subordinate units of the 17th frequently
deployed bomber and tanker resources. Arc Light operations in Southeast Asia,
consisting of military operations against enemy forces in Vietnam, drew most of
the deployments. The division inactivated on 30 Jun 1971.