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FACTSHEET | Feb. 8, 2022

NORAD Exercises

Falcon Virgo is a series of exercises conducted by the Continental U.S. NORAD Region to hone NORAD’s intercept and identification operations during airspace security events. These exercises occur around the National Capital Region or other locations in the United States. Notifications for Falcon Virgo exercises are published from NORAD social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Falcon Virgo is supported by several organizations including the Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard and Civil Air Patrol. NORAD conducts exercises with a variety of scenarios including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responses to unknown aircraft. NORAD carefully plans and closely controls the exercises.

Falcon Virgo is a recurring exercise in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE, which focuses on the monitoring and control of airspace over the United States. The defense of North America is NORAD's top priority and the command remains on alert and prepared to respond to security threats 24/7.