NORAD exercise planned for Washington, D.C.
Jan. 13, 2010
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. Ė The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct a one-day exercise, Falcon Virgo 10-04, beginning at midnight Thursday and continuing into the early morning hours Friday in the National Capital Region, Washington, D.C.
The exercise is comprised of a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region Command Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, CONR, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and CONRís Eastern Air Defense Sector.
Exercise Falcon Virgo is designed to hone NORADís intercept and identification operations as well as procedural tests of the NCR Visual Warning System.† Civil Air Patrol aircraft, Air Force F-16s and Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters will participate in the exercise.†
These exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure CONRís rapid response capability.† NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. and Canada since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the commandís response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
In the event of inclement weather, the exercise will take place the next day until all training requirements are met.
As the Continental United States geographical component of the bi-national command NORAD, CONR provides airspace surveillance and control, and directs air sovereignty activities for the CONUS region.† CONR and its assigned Air Force and Army assets throughout the country ensure air safety and security against potential air threats.†
Since Sept. 11, 2001, CONR fighters have responded to more than 2,300 possible air threats in the United States and have flown more than 55,000 sorties with the support of Airborne Warning and Control System and air-to-air-refueling aircraft.
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For more information on Falcon Virgo exercises, please contact CONR Public Affairs at (850) 283-8080, the on-call CONR Public Affairs Duty Officer (after 5 p.m. CST) at (850) 276-8855 or the NORAD Public Affairs Office at (719) 554-6889.