CONR to fly Amalgam Virgo exercise in preparation for Super Bowl XLIV
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. –Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region fighters will be busy well before Super Bowl Sunday preparing to protect the skies around Sun Life Stadium in Miami for game day.
Exercise Amalgam Virgo 10-Miami will be held Thursday in the Greater Miami area to allow interagency partners the chance to practice temporary flight restriction violation procedures.
Residents in the area can expect flights to begin around midnight Thursday and continue for about two hours early Friday morning.
“This exercise in Miami is an effective way to ensure all interagency partners are prepared for game day,” said Maj. Gen. Garry Dean, CONR commander. “The exercise will test command and control and execution procedures for air defense for the Super Bowl and other like venues throughout the United States.”
These exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure CONR’s rapid response capability. CONR has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the commands response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
“Defending America’s skies is our number one priority,” General Dean said. “Whether it’s Super Bowl Sunday or any other Sunday, the men and women of CONR are always on alert.”
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 54,000 sorties with the support of Airborne Warning and Control System and air-to-air-refueling aircraft.
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