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FACTSHEET | Aug. 2, 2023

Alaskan NORAD Region

Commander: Lt. Gen. David S. Nahom (USAF) 

Deputy Commander: Brigadier-General David Moar (RCAF) 

Mission: The Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Region conducts aerospace control within its area of operations and contributes to the NORAD aerospace warning mission.  

Both the U.S. 11th Air Force and the Canadian Forces provide active-duty personnel to the Alaskan Air and Space Operations Center.  

U.S. National Guard forces provide manning for the Alaskan Air Defense Sector to maintain continuous surveillance of Alaskan airspace with Alaskan Radar System long and short-range radars. 

Headquarters: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (Anchorage, Alaska) 

Area of Operations: Alaska, Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone 

Participating Organizations: U.S. 11th Air Force, Alaskan Air National Guard, U.S. National Guard, Royal Canadian Air Force 

Number of U.S./Canadian staff at HQ: ~220 

Brief History of Command: In December 1945, the U.S. Army Air Forces activated Alaskan Air Command (AAC) to oversee all aviation units in the state. When Alaskan Command was activated on Jan. 1, 1947, AAC became its Air Force component. Alaskan Command was placed under the operational control of Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) for air defense on Sept. 1, 1956, with AAC executing the mission. On August 5, 1958, NORAD activated the Alaskan NORAD Region, with the AAC commander serving as ANR commander. This relationship stood throughout the Cold War. Afterwards, the Air Force redesignated AAC as the 11th Air Force on August 9, 1990. 



(Current a/o November 2022)