AFNORTH/CONR to participate in ARDENT SENTRY 2006

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Air Forces Northern and the Continental United States NORAD Region will hone its civil support and homeland defense skills in Northern Command exercise ARDENT SENTRY 2006, May 8 -18.

Ardent Sentry 06 is a bi-national, multi-level exercise involving military and civilian agencies in both Canada and the U.S. It will exercise both countries ability to provide defense support to civil authorities and defend against airborne aggression.

Air Forces Northern, or AFNORTH, is the Air Force headquarters for Northern Command and provides Air Force forces to Northern Command for all contingencies. As the Continental US NORAD region, or CONR, AFNORTH is responsible for air sovereignty and defense of the continental U.S. under the U.S./Canadian NORAD Agreement. It has three air defense sector headquarters and multiple fighter alert sites throughout the continental U.S. A Combined Air Operations Center here at Tyndall is the command and control node for the U.S. and will be heavily involved in ARDENT SENTRY.

The primary objective of the exercise is to give federal, provincial, state and local authorities the opportunity to work together across a full spectrum of training opportunities to better respond to national crises. The exercise will stress consequence management for a variety of man-made and natural disasters.

The primary exercise events will take place in Colorado, Michigan, Florida, New Mexico, Arizona, the provinces of Ontario and New Brunswick, Canada, and their adjacent waters. Although there will be no major movement of military forces during the exercise, units at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan; Tyndall AFB, Florida; and Playas, New Mexico will conduct local field training. Military authorities are working closely with state officials to ensure local residents are aware of training activities.

For more information about Ardent Sentry 2006 contact AFNORTH Public Affairs at 850-283-8657. Media interested in covering the exercise can contact Mr. Mike Strickler at 850-541-4411, and Master Sgt Laura Bosco at 850-774-7348.