05 September 2012

NORAD Exercise Planned for National Capital Region

The DOD has announce that NORAD has an exercise planned for the "National Capital Region".

The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region, will conduct exercise Falcon Virgo 12-12 beginning tonight, in the National Capital Region (NCR), Washington, D.C. The exercise will conclude early Friday morning, Sept. 7.

Flights in the NCR are scheduled to take place during two different time periods each day: 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. EDT and 3:30 to 5:30 a.m. EDT.

The exercise is comprised of a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the NCR Coordination Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and CONR’s Eastern and Western Air Defense Sectors.

Exercise Falcon Virgo is designed to hone NORAD’s intercept and identification operations as well as operationally test the NCR Visual Warning System and certify newly assigned Command and Control personnel at the JADOC. Civil Air Patrol aircraft and a U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter will participate in the exercise.

By: Brant

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