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News | Sept. 21, 2012

CONR to enforce TFR during U.N. General Assembly

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region fighters will be protecting the skies during the United Nations General Assembly being held in New York City.

Air Force fighter jets will enforce the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) zone Sept. 24 – 25 during the assembly.

Col. Randy Spear, 601st Air and Space Operations Center commander, explained how the Continental U.S. NORAD Region and the 601st AOC, often referred to as America’s AOC, provides air defense for the protection of the continental United States, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, to include special events like this year's United Nations General Assembly.

"CONR and America’s AOC routinely provide air defense for multiple special security events throughout the year, including this year’s United Nations General Assembly in New York,” Colonel Spear said. “We will be enforcing the FAA’s temporary flight restricted area in New York and encourage Airmen to assist us in protecting the skies by checking their Notices to Airmen before take-off.”

In preparation for the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the FAA will impose a TFR over New York City. All aviators are advised to check Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS) as required with a special focus on TFRs.

The 601st AOC is responsible for detecting, deterring, defending and if necessary, defeating any aviation threat to the citizens of the United States and to U.S. critical infrastructure. The AOC is primarily manned by the Florida Air National Guard’s 101st Air and Space Operations Group.

The Continental U.S. NORAD Region 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. For additional information visit or