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  • NORAD supports first U.S. manned space launch in nine years

    Florida Air National Guard F-15 fighters and U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 helicopters operating under NORAD’s Continental U.S. Region, along with its interagency partners, ensured safe skies for the first U.S. manned space launch since 2011 on Saturday, May 30. “As the nation geared up to watch the first manned space launch since 2011, you can rest assured that the men and women of NORAD were on watch guarding the skies overhead,” said Lt. Gen. Marc Sasseville, commander, Continental U.S. NORAD Region. “Our continuous exercise and training programs allow us to sharpen our skills in preparation for significant events, such as this space launch.”
  • 1st AF expedites COVID-19 Tests for Processing through AF auxiliary, CAP

    The official auxiliary of the U.S Air Force, 1st Air Force, Civil Air Patrol’s New Mexico Wing flew more than 2,700 COVID-19 test samples to laboratories in Albuquerque for processing, transported other medical supplies and provided more than a year’s worth of volunteer labor in just over a month.The wing has been providing flights and ground
  • Bishop Takes Command at the Eastern Air Defense Sector

    Col. Paul M. Bishop is officially the commander of the Eastern Air Defense Sector.Bishop took command in a virtual ceremony, which was filmed earlier and distributed to EADS Airmen on Thursday through the facility’s internal network. The telecast allowed members to witness the change of command, which is traditionally conducted in front of the
  • 1stAF’s auxiliary capabilities surpass 10,000 pandemic man-days

    First Air Force’s pandemic-response auxiliary capabilities surpassed 10,000 man-days this week as Civil Air Patrol responded to interagency requests for assistance nationwide. Civil Air Patrol is the U.S. Air Force’s official auxiliary and is aligned with First Air Force for Defense Support of Civil Authorities for COVID-19 missions.“CAP is a
  • 1stAF, Mich. Guard, CAP continue to provide COVID-19 support through total force approach

    The Civil Air Patrol was established in 1941 and has evolved into a premier public service organization that continues to support emergency missions throughout the country when needed. As a total force partner and auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, the CAP found a way to assist with Michigan’s response to COVID-19 while preserving its 79-year legacy
  • We Have the Watch! America’s AOC monitors the skies over the continental U.S.

    Undeterred by the current COVID-19 global pandemic, members of the 601st Air Operations Center and 101st Air and Space Operations Group are hard-at-work to ensure the skies are safe over the continental United States. “The air defense of our nation is a no-fail mission and our number one priority,” said Col. Greg Krane, 601 AOC commander. “Our Airmen are committed to defending our country around the clock and the safety and health of our members, both military and civilian, is paramount.”
  • First Air Force continues pandemic supply transport; bolsters response through CAP

    Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, New Hampshire Wing, enters the seventh week of COVID-19 pandemic-related missions. The most visible task the wing has carried out is the transport and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE).In its capacity as the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, and at the request of the State
  • First Air Force’s Auxiliary supports FEMA for COVID-19 test transport

    The New Mexico Wing of Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, transported COVID-19 test kits from a meat packing plant in southern New Mexico to the Scientific Laboratory Division of the state Department of Health in Albuquerque for processing.The New Mexico Wing, in support of U.S. Northern Command’s support of the Federal
  • CAP Supports Air Force Rescue Coordination Center mission, attains Innovative Technology milestone

    Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, achieved a major milestone, recording its 1,000th find of a lost or missing person on the way to its 656th life saved since new, innovative technology was developed.“Technology applications are woven into the DNA of the Air Force, and our Civil Air Patrol is no exception,” said Lt.
  • Canadian and U.S. forces conduct bi-national air defense exercise

    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.
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