TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The North American
Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental
United States NORAD Region, will conduct exercise Falcon Virgo 14-12
Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, in the National Capital Region,
Washington, D.C. Flights are scheduled to take place between midnight and 2
The exercise is comprised of a series of
training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration,
the National Capital Region (NCR) Coordination Center, the Joint Air Defense
Operations Center, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and CONR’s
Eastern Air Defense Sector.
Exercise Falcon Virgo is designed to hone
NORAD’s intercept and identification operations as well as operationally test
the NCR Visual Warning System and training personnel at the JADOC. Civil Air
Patrol aircraft, Air Force F-16s, an Air Force C-38, and a U.S. Coast Guard
MH-65 Dolphin helicopter will participate in the exercise.
These exercises are carefully planned and
closely controlled to ensure CONR’s rapid response capability. NORAD has
conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. and Canada since
the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the terrorist
attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
In the event of inclement weather, the
exercise will take place the following evening. If bad weather continues,
officials will then make a decision to postpone or cancel the exercise.
As the Continental United States geographical
component of the bi-national command NORAD, CONR provides airspace surveillance
and control, and directs air sovereignty activities for the CONUS region.
CONR and its assigned Air Force and Army assets throughout the country ensure
air safety and security against potential air threats.