News | Dec. 14, 2012

NORAD offers live interviews from the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - North American Aerospace Defense Command is ready to track Santa, and media are invited to participate in a variety of ways, to include conducting live broadcast interviews with senior NORAD officers on Dec. 24.

Here are the many ways media can participate:

Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) - Through DVIDS, NORAD will offer opportunities for live interviews from the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center on Dec. 24 in addition to audio, video, B-roll, and select historical “Santa cam” files.

Senior NORAD officers will include U.S. Army General Charles H. Jacoby Jr., NORAD Commander; Canadian Forces Lieutenant-General Alain Parent, NORAD Deputy Commander; and U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Michael Dubie, Vice Commander, U.S. NORAD Element. The senior leaders will be actively tracking Santa and available for live satellite interviews from 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST. On-scene audio-visual specialists will help facilitate all interviews. Scheduling is necessary in order to accommodate all interested news organizations.

Broadcasters interested in arranging an interview or in downloading video, audio, B-Roll, and select historical “Santa cam” files should contact Jared Williams with DVIDS at Broadcasters can also visit and click on the media request link. Please adhere to the broadcasting instructions.

Tracking Maps - Broadcasters can embed the Santa Tracking Map on their web site or broadcasts by visiting

NORAD Tracks Santa Media Operations Center - Media outlets desiring live updates on Santa’s whereabouts on Dec. 24 may call the NORAD Tracks Santa Media Center at (719) 556-1910 or (719) 556-5128. Be advised that phone lines may be extremely busy.

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