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NORAD exercise planned for Washington D.C.

Two US Air Force (USAF) F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 121st Fighter Squadron, 113th Wing, District of Columbia (DC) Air National Guard (ANG), in flight over the nation's Capital, during a Combat Air Patrol mission in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE.  Air Force fighters and civilian aircraft will participate in FALCON VIRGO 07-09, a monthly National Capitol Region exercise, June 25 through June 29.  Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Young

Two US Air Force (USAF) F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 121st Fighter Squadron, 113th Wing, District of Columbia (DC) Air National Guard (ANG), in flight over the nation's Capital, during a Combat Air Patrol mission in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE. Air Force fighters and civilian aircraft will participate in FALCON VIRGO 07-09, a monthly National Capitol Region exercise, June 25 through June 29. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Young

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct Exercise Falcon Virgo 07-09 Monday through Friday in the National Capital Region (Washington, D.C.).

This exercise comprises a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region Command Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Air Force Flight Standards Agency, and NORAD's Northeast and Western Air Defense Sectors.

Exercise Falcon Virgo 07-09 is designed to test NORAD's intercept and identification operations. Civil Air Patrol aircraft, Air Force F-16s, Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organization's aircraft, and a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter, will participate in the exercise. Residents in the area can expect flights to occur throughout the day, including late night and early morning hours, on scheduled exercise dates.

In the event of inclement weather, the exercise will push to subsequent days until all exercise objectives are met.

These exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure NORAD'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.

As the Continental United States (CONUS) 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 assets throughout the country ensure air safety and security against potential air threats.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, NORAD fighters have responded to more than 2,100 possible air threats in the United States, Canada and Alaska, and have flown more than 42,000 sorties with the support of Airborne Warning and Control System and air-to-air-refueling aircraft.

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For more information on these Falcon Virgo flight-training exercises, please contact CONR Public Affairs at (850) 283-8659, the on-call CONR Public Affairs Duty Officer (after 5 p.m. CST) at (850) 541-4411, or the NORAD Public Affairs Office at 719-554-6889.