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  • Business changes dramatically for air operations center

    The way business is done has dramatically changed at the 1st Air Force Air Operations Center here. Five years after 9/11, the AOC, which is responsible for U.S. air defense, has made serious networking and communications upgrades to improve their processes. "Our mission is to watch all the aircraft coming into the U.S. and make sure they are all
  • NORAD - aircraft comlete mission; return to home base after NYC crash

    Approximately four hours after NORAD completed its combat air patrol mission in response to an aircraft crash into a building in New York City yesterday, fighter aircraft returned to their home bases. Only minutes after the crash, NORAD scrambled several fighter and support aircraft to cities on the East and West Coasts including New York,
  • First Air Force/CONR gains new commander

    Maj. Gen. Henry "Hank" Morrow will formally assume command of 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) and the Continental United States NORAD Region during a change of command ceremony here November 1st, 10 a.m., in Hangar Two. Formerly the National Guard Assistant to the Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Morrow will
  • Maj. Gen. Morrow takes helm at 1AF

    Maj. Gen. Henry "Hank" Morrow took command of First Air Force, Air Forces Northern, and the Continental United States NORAD Region at a change of command ceremony here today. General Morrow is the former mobilization assistant to the commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, and comes to Tyndall Air Force Base with more than 28 years
  • SEADS ends operations, becomes AOC

    After more than 37 years of monitoring America's airways, the flip of a ceremonial switch today marked the close of operations here for the Southeast Air Defense Sector. More than 100 members of the tight-knit SEADS fraternity looked on as Continental U.S. NORAD Region leaders marked the passing of the SEADS mission while celebrating its impending
  • WADS Operations Center ready for tomorrow's aerial threats

    With the snip of a fiber-optic ribbon the Western Air Defense Sector opened its multi-million dollar operations floor here Nov. 20. The opening culminated an 18-month effort that now stands WADS as a significant, technically-advanced deterrent against asymmetrical threats over a significant portion of America's airspace. "This is an important
  • CONR fighters remain on alert

    Despite a worldwide suspension of U.S. Air Force F-15 operations, Continental U.S. NORAD regional air defense fighters remain mission-capable and on alert protecting North America. The U.S. Air Force suspended non-mission critical F-15 flight operations Nov. 3 following the crash of a Missouri Air National Guard F-15C aircraft Nov. 2. In the
  • NORAD to patrol Space Shuttle operations

    The Air Force is stepping up its air patrols in the Cape Canaveral area to increase security for upcoming Space Shuttle operations. According to 1st Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Hank Morrow, the patrols are a smart, efficient way to protect American lives and resources in the region. "NORAD protects a variety of national assets across the nation
  • Warfighters sharpen homeland defense skills in two-week event

    Since Monday the Continental U.S. NORAD Region here has dealt with a major aircraft accident involving nuclear weapons, worked to intercept foreign aircraft penetrating U.S. airspace, dealt with a murder-suicide, and monitored deteriorating world events that are teetering North America on the brink of nuclear war. And you think you're having a bad
  • NORAD fighters to patrol Super Bowl XLI

    The Continental U.S. NORAD Region is stepping up its air patrols in the Miami-Dade area to increase security during Super Bowl XLI activities. Spectators will see Air Force fighter jets over flying Dolphin Stadium during pre-game events, and in the local area during the game. According to 1st Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Hank Morrow, the patrols