The 40th Air Division was activated on 4 Mar 1951, the
division assumed a supervisory role over assigned units of the Strategic Air
Command, ensuring that they were manned, trained, and equipped to conduct long
range bombardment missions using either nuclear or conventional weapons. The 40th
also developed and maintained the capability for effective air refueling and
Minuteman II (intercontinental ballistic missile) operations. In these roles the
division conducted staff assistance visits and participated in numerous
exercises such as Buy None, Buckskin Rider and Busy Player.