EADS Airman Wins Prestigious Award from Continental NORAD Command

ROME, N.Y. -- A New York Air National Guardsman assigned to the Eastern Air Defense Sector here has been recognized as an outstanding performer by the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region (CONR).

Staff Sgt. Marie Coar, a Taberg resident, was named the CONR's 2014 Command and Control Warrior of the Year in the enlisted category. An identification technician at EADS, Coar was recognized for her technical expertise and operational excellence. An outstanding instructor hand-picked to serve as the training NCO for her flight, she managed training requirements for 43 personnel.

Coar provided noteworthy contributions on national-level exercises and to the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System testing program, for which she earned the Army Commendation Medal. Coar also won EADS Iron-woman Award, awarded to the female member with the highest score on the annual physical fitness test, for the fifth consecutive year.

"On behalf of the entire unit, I want to publicly congratulate Staff Sgt. Coar for winning this prestigious award," said Col. Michael J. Norton, EADS Commander. "Winning an award in an organization as large as CONR is an impressive accomplishment and highlights the quality of Airmen we have serving at EADS."

The Eastern Air Defense Sector is headquartered at Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome. Staffed by active-duty New York Air National Guardsmen and a Canadian Forces detachment, the unit executes NORAD's integrated warning and attack assessment mission and the U.S. Northern Command's homeland defense mission. EADS is responsible for air sovereignty and counter-air operations over the eastern United States and directs a variety of assets to defend one million square miles of land and sea.