Activated on 8 Apr 1957, the 65th Air Division
transferred to Spain, where it cooperated with Spanish Air Force units in the
Air Defense Direction Centers (ADDCs). The 65th Air Division directed
base construction, and the establishment of off-base housing and radar sites.
The division's fighter squadrons flew air defense interceptions over Spanish
airspace. The division also controlled the operations of numerous attached
tactical fighter squadrons that were deployed to Spain for temporary duty.
Assigned or attached units of the division participated in numerous exercises
with the Spanish Air Defense Command, and in some instances, with the U.S. Sixth