1/29/2013 - TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region fighters, along with its interagency partners, will be busy well before Super Bowl Sunday preparing to protect the skies around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Just like the teams in the Super Bowl, the Continental U.S. NORAD Region
and its interagency partners will practice before the big game.
Exercise Falcon Virgo 13-Super Bowl, a NORAD air defense exercise, will
be held Tuesday, in the greater New Orleans area to allow interagency
partners the chance to practice procedures for responding to airspace
The Falcon Virgo exercise is a series of training flights in
coordination with the FAA, FBI, Customs and Border Protection, Civil Air
Patrol, the 601st Air and Space Operations Center, and the Continental
U.S. NORAD Region's Western Air Defense Sector. These agencies are part
of America's team for defense of the air space around the nation,
including events like the Super Bowl.
New Orleans residents can expect flights to begin Jan. 29 around 7 a.m. CST and continue for approximately one hour.
If inclement weather occurs, the exercise will take place the following
morning. If bad weather continues, officials will then make a decision
to postpone or cancel the exercise.
"A key aspect of our daily air defense measures lies in our interagency
coordination," said Lt. Gen. Sid Clarke, Continental U.S. NORAD Region
commander. "This Falcon Virgo exercise is the perfect opportunity for
the Continental U.S. NORAD Region and all our interagency partners to
work together honing our air defense skills before Sunday's big game."
These exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure
the Continental U.S. NORAD Region's rapid response capability. The
Continental U.S. NORAD Region has conducted exercise flights of this
nature throughout the U.S. since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the
nation's ongoing response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
"When it comes to defending America's skies, whether it's Super Bowl
Sunday or any other day, the men and women of the Continental U.S. NORAD
Region and America's AOC are always on duty," Clarke said. "We are
America's Airmen...on the watch."
Since Sept. 11, 2001, Continental U.S. NORAD Region fighters have
responded to more than 5,000 possible air threats in the United States
and have flown more than 62,500 sorties with the support of Airborne
Warning and Control System and air-to-air-refueling aircraft for
Operation Noble Eagle.