AIR DEFENSE GALAXY OF STARS
DEDICATED TO THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO EARNED A PLACE IN OUR COUNTRIES’ HISTORY, AS THEY ASSURED THE AIR DEFENSE OF A CONTINENT DURING THE LONG DAYS AND NIGHTS OF THE COLD WAR. THEY WATCHED, THEY WAITED, AND THEY MADE CERTAIN THAT OUR SKIES REMAINED SAFE FOR THE CITIZENS OF OUR NATION AND CANADA.
The Peterson Air and Space Museum at Peterson AFB, Colorado, has established an Air Defense Galaxy of Stars to honor and commemorate the thousands of United States and Canadian Military personnel who manned the air defense facilities and weapons systems of our Nations.
During the existence of the Air/Aerospace Defense Command from 1946 until its disestablishment in 1980, and into the present day, ground environment units, fighter interceptor squadrons, airborne early warning and airborne warning and control units, and missile units manned the outposts of air defense from coast to coast and from the shores of the Caribbean to the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Supplementing their efforts were personnel of Army Air Defense Command and Navy picket ship and fighter units. Also involved were those who served in air defense assets in Alaska, Greenland and Iceland.
All those dedicated men and women earned a place in our countries’ history as they assured the air defense of a continent during the long days and nights of the Cold War. Many such units were in places very few would willingly want to call home; nevertheless they served, they watched, they waited, and they made our skies safe for the citizens of our Nation and Canada.
Now, they will be recognized and remembered forever as the Air Defense Galaxy of Stars becomes a living memorial to each and every one of them in the Peterson Air and Space Museum.
Visitors Are Saying
I would like to personally thank you and your staff for arranging a tour of the Peterson Air and Space Museum for the senior leadership of the Marine Corps Judge Advocate community. We were impressed with both your facilities and the tours that we received. Thank you again for your efforts. They truly enhanced our conference.Brig Gen James Walker
One of our members was shot down over Italy in 1944 on his 33 mission when his P-47 was riddled by Nazi ground fire. Although severely burned in the crash he practiced his escape and evasion training for 21 days and eventually was returned to US lines. He was very moved by the restored P-47 Thunderbolt in your hanger area. Once again, we thank you for the time and effort put into our visit to your very attention-grabbing museum.Colonel William T. "Tom" Bennett