CONR to fly air patrols for Super Bowl XLIV
Feb. 5, 2010
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Continental U.S. NORAD Region fighters will be busy during Super Bowl XLIV protecting the skies around Sun Life Stadium in Miami on game day.
Air Force fighter jets will be airborne Sunday while enforcing the Federal Aviation Administration's temporary flight restriction zone during Sunday's big game.
Maj. Gen. Garry Dean, CONR commander, explains how CONR provides air defense for the protection of the entire continental United States, to include special events such as this year's Super Bowl.
"As America's Air Defenders, we have a total team mindset," General Dean said. "Special events like this world-renowned sporting event take precise coordination with all mission partners, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FAA and local law enforcement."
In preparation for the Super Bowl, the FAA will be imposing a Temporary Flight Restriction over the greater Miami area. Air Force fighters will be on patrol, and CBP assets will also be flying during the event. This interagency partnership helps ensure the safety of the skies over the stadium
"America's AOC will be closely monitoring all air activity while the FAA Temporary Flight Restriction is in place," said Col. Randy Spears, 601st AOC commander. "The men and women of this AOC monitor the skies 24/7, 365 for the contiguous United States, and Sunday's special event is another part of our mission set."
Air patrols are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure public safety while demonstrating CONR's rapid response capability. CONR has conducted air patrols throughout the United States since the beginning of Operation Noble Eagle, the command's response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. CONR flights will have minimal impact on aircraft in the area and are not in response to any specific threat.
"We want citizens to know that we are always on the job, and defending our homeland from air threats is our number one priority," General Dean said.
For more information on CONR’s air defense efforts during Super Bowl XLIV contact CONR Public Affairs, at 850-283-8080.