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  • WADS welcomes Hanson as New Canadian Detachment Commander

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The Canadian Detachment at the Western Air Defense Sector officially changed command July 8. Royal Canadian Air Force Lt. Col. Jody Hanson assumed command from RCAF Lt. Col. Michael Fawcett, who finished a three-year tour of duty as the Canadian Detachment commanding officer. Hanson’s responsibilities will include leading the 15-member Canadian Detachment and serving as the director of exercise, plans and requirements.
  • WADS welcomes Hanson as New Canadian Detachment Commander

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The Canadian Detachment at the Western Air Defense Sector officially changed command July 8. Royal Canadian Air Force Lt. Col. Jody Hanson assumed command from RCAF Lt. Col. Michael Fawcett, who finished a three-year tour of duty as the Canadian Detachment commanding officer. Hanson’s responsibilities will include leading the 15-member Canadian Detachment and serving as the director of exercise, plans and requirements.
  • CONR-1AF conducts first-ever in theater C-17 special refueling operations during AD 21-1

    In support of the North American Aerospace Defense and Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) homeland defense missions, Continental U.S. NORAD Region – 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) achieved a first-ever milestone June 16 when U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 140th Wing, Buckley Space Force Base, Aurora, Colo., and the 4th Airlift Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, Wash., performed a C-17 wet-wing refueling during exercise Amalgam Dart 21-01 at Thule Air Base, Greenland.
  • CONR-1AF supports Arctic Exercise Amalgam Dart 21-1

    American and Canadian partner aircraft and crews are rev up the pace with air defense exercise AmalgamDart 21-1, in multiple locations across Canada and Greenland. Our 1AF Continental U.S. NORAD Region supports North American Aerospace Defense Command for this exercise featuring flying, maintenance, planning, and operational skill sets.
  • North American Air Defense Command Exercise AMALGAM HAWK

    A CF-18 Hornet receives fuel from a KC-135 during North American Air Defense Command Exercise AMALGAM HAWK conducted on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, Developed in coordination with NAV Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), working with the Canadian Air Defence Sector at 22 Wing North Bay, Ontario, and civilian air traffic control in the
  • Operation Noble Defender: CONUS NORAD Region conducts dynamic air defense exercise

    Continental U.S. NORAD region (CONR) F-15 aircraft along with KC-135 refueling aircraft flew simultaneously off the east and west coasts of the U.S. on April 6, 2021 as part of North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Noble Defender exercise.
  • 148th Fighter Wing supports NORAD’s Arctic air defense exercise

    The 148th Fighter Wing “Bulldogs'' are no strangers to extreme cold. Last week they were able to test their capabilities in Canada and Greenland, proving the ability to operate in a multinational environment with an advanced mission set, to include sub-zero weather conditions.
  • 148th Fighter Wing returns from NORAD-tasked Operation NOBLE EAGLE Deployment

    Airmen from the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard, returned home last week after completing a 60-day NORAD-tasked Operation NOBLE EAGLE mission servicing the continental United States.
  • NORAD commander thanks WADS for actions after plane stolen near Seattle

    The NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Aug. 23 to personally thank the men and women of the Western Air Defense Sector for their quick actions when a Horizon Bombardier Q400 commercial plane was stolen from SeaTac International Airport Aug. 10.
  • 1st AF hosts fourth annual Air Domain Security Integration Meeting

    Air defense experts from across the 1st Air Force enterprise and various federal agencies and commercial airlines took part in the fourth annual Air Domain Security Integration Meeting (ADSIM) here Aug. 21. The event was held to refine and improve processes which enhance integrated approaches to the safety and security of the U.S. national airspace.
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