By Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher
NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - It’s not the kind of mission the Coast Guard is generally known for, but given their core mission of saving lives, perhaps the rotary wing air intercept mission in Washington, D.C., should be.
Since 2006, Coast Guard aviators and enlisted personnel from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., have been rotating into Washington, D.C., with the task of preventing small, general aviation aircraft from violating the 30 nautical mile ring around the capital known as the “Special Flight Rules Area.”