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New York Air Guard members help NORAD track Santa

New York Air National Guards Master Sgt. Shane Reid, front, and Tech. Sgt. Brady King, both of the 224th Air Defense Squadron, train for upcoming Santa tracking operations at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome. A headquarters unit of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), EADS supports the NORAD Tracks Santa operation every year.

New York Air National Guards Master Sgt. Shane Reid, front, and Tech. Sgt. Brady King, both of the 224th Air Defense Squadron, train for upcoming Santa tracking operations at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome. A headquarters unit of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), EADS supports the NORAD Tracks Santa operation every year.

ROME, N.Y. – As North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Tracks Santa ramps up this year, the New York Air National Guard members and Royal Canadian Air Force personnel of the Eastern Air Defense Sector play a key role Dec. 24.

"NORAD has supported Santa Claus' Christmas Eve operations for 60 years and we are always delighted to help," said Col. Emil J. Filkorn, commander of the Eastern Air Defense Sector. "I can assure everyone that EADS will do everything in its power to assist Santa with his critical mission."

EADS is a sector for the Continental NORAD Region. Like NORAD, it is a joint, bi-national military organization composed of U.S. and Canadian military forces, federal civilians and contractors. It is located within Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, New York.

Its mission is to counter all air threats to the eastern half of the continental U.S. through vigilant detection, rapid warning and precise tactical control of NORAD forces. The same radars, satellites and interceptors employed on Dec. 24 are used year round to defend Canada and the United States.

Follow information on NORAD Tracks Santa, visit our website www.noradsanta.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NORADSanta

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