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NORAD to conduct exercises near Augusta and Savanna

Release No: 15-001 Nov. 18, 2015 PRINT | E-MAIL
Nov. 10, 2015 — PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – North American Aerospace Defense Command will
conduct exercise flights today as they practice intercept and identification procedures. The
exercise will occur near Augusta, Georgia and Savanna between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST.
Although they are scheduled for the morning, the flights could be delayed for 24 hours or
cancelled due to weather concerns.

People in the greater Augusta and Savanna areas may hear and/or see low-flying NORAD-controlled fighter jets in close proximity to a civilian aircraft, which will be taking on the role of aircraft of interest.

In order to test responses, systems and equipment, NORAD continuously conducts exercises
with a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to
unknown aircraft. All NORAD exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled.

NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout Canada and the U.S. since the
start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the terrorist attacks that occurred
on Sept. 11, 2001.

NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that provides maritime warning,
aerospace warning and aerospace control for Canada and the United States. The command
has three subordinate regional headquarters: the Alaskan NORAD Region at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; the Canadian NORAD Region at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.