Members of NORAD’s Continental U.S. (CONR) and Canadian (CANR) Regions participated in a bi-national air defense exercise amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, April 23rd, 2020, near the U.S. and Canadian border.
“The aerospace defense of Canada and the United States is assured even during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Canadian Maj. Gen. Derek Joyce, deputy commander, NORAD’s Continental U.S. Region. “Our militaries are prepared to take on multiple challenges including defending the skies while simultaneously being in support of a global effort to fight the pandemic.”
Representatives came together from the Air National Guard and Royal Canadian Air Force. The 104th Fighter Wing, Westfield, Massachusetts, provided F-15 Eagles, 3 Wing, Bagotville, Quebec, provided CF-18 Hornets. The 101st Air Refueling Wing, Bangor, Maine, and 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, provided KC- 135 Stratotankers, enforcing NORAD’s interoperability and 24-7 commitment to defending the homelands.