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3 months 3 weeks ago

NORAD prepping for Santa's flight

We still have a few weeks until Christmas but those tracking Santa and his flight around the world are already getting ready for the big night. Last year they had more than 20 million visitors at their website and 117,000 phone calls from around the world. This year...

2 years 2 months ago

NORAD takes record number of calls for Santa

COLORADO SPRINGS - Christmas Eve was a particularly busy time for volunteers with the NORAD Tracks Santa Program. During a 23 hour period, the operations center answered over 114,000 calls from children looking for Santa Claus, an increase of more than 12,000 from last year. The group also received...

2 years 3 months ago

Get ready for "Norad Tracks Santa"

"Norad Tracks Santa" is now officially trade marked. Last year almost 19 million people visited Norad's website to view their Santa tracker, and now their name is official. They've also licensed a private company to sell official T-shirts and other gear. The goal they say isn't to make money, but...

3 years 3 months ago

NORAD Santa trackers have record holiday

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) - Santa Claus set records Christmas Eve he raced across the globe on his traditional holiday mission. Volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs say they fielded about 102,000 telephone queries beginning early Saturday on his progress. That broke the previous mark of 80,000. And...

3 years 3 months ago

Santa Tracker: There's an APP for that

Want to keep track of Santa this Christmas? There's an app for that. NORAD is the military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of the U.S. and Canada. The North American Aerospace Defense Command tracks Santa on Christmas Eve. This year, it's counting down to Santa's takeoff with...

3 years 7 months ago

NORAD has a new deputy commander

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - NORAD has a new deputy commander, Canadian Lt. Gen. Tom Lawson. Lawson formally stepped into the job during a change-of-command ceremony on Monday at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., the headquarters of the command. He replaces Canadian Lt. Gen. Marcel Duval, who is...

3 years 8 months ago

Army general tapped to lead NORAD, Northcom

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - The Army general who was tasked to investigate whether Afghan detainees were mistreated has been nominated for promotion to a fourth star and chosen to lead the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command. The Pentagon announced Lt. Gen. Charles...

3 years 8 months ago

NORAD scrambles fighters to Camp David

The pilot of a small personal airplane came too close to the President and First Family this weekend and was intercepted by a pair of F-15E fighters. According to news release from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the jets were scrambled shortly after 8:30 a.m. Sunday when...

4 years 1 month ago

NORAD Rd.: all clear, no threat

Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station says there was no threat from a truck that triggered an explosives detection system earlier this afternoon. We are awaiting a statement with more information. We were told initially that there was no threat by the El Paso County Sheriff's office, but that explosives experts...

4 years 1 month ago

False alarm at NORAD gate

A truck pulled up to the NORAD gate in El Paso County Thursday afternoon and set off an explosives alarm. We're told it appears to be a bad battery in the alarm. No threat was found. Officers were prepared to ask neighbors to evacuate if the threat was real.

4 years 3 months ago

Michelle Obama helps track Santa

HONOLULU (AP) - Want to know where Santa is? Just ask Michelle Obama. The first lady is answering calls from children checking in with the "Tracks Santa" program of the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs. With the help of NORAD's Santa Route Schedule, Mrs. Obama is telling...

4 years 3 months ago

NORAD prepares to track Santa

For the 55th consecutive year, the men and women of the North American Aerospace Defense Command are ready to track Santa! The NORAD Tracks Santa website , features holiday games and activities that change daily. The website is available in seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese....

4 years 7 months ago

NORAD jets to train over California, Alaska, Alberta

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will send planes on training flights over Northern California, northern Alberta and southwestern Alaska on Thursday. NORAD said the planes will practice interception and identification procedures as well as responding to multiple threats. Officials say most residents won't see or hear...

4 years 7 months ago

NORAD, Russia to test hijack response

The U.S. and Russia are planning a joint exercise to see how well they can coordinate their efforts in the event of an international hijacking. Military aircraft from Russia and the North American Aerospace Defense Command - based at Colorado Springs' Peterson Air Force Base - will track a...

4 years 9 months ago

NORAD plans joint exercise with Russia

The Colorado Springs-based North America Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the Russian Air Force plan to conduct a joint air defense exercise in August. The focus will be combating terrorism. This exercise will take place in both Russian and U.S. airspace, over Alaska and Russia.

4 years 10 months ago

Change of Command at NORAD, NORTHCOM

The top military and civilian commanders of the United States and Canada are in Colorado Springs to oversee the transfer of power at NORAD and US Northern Command. Gen. Victor E. Renuart relinquished command to his successor Admiral James A. Winnefield, Jr. during a ceremony at Peterson Air Force...

4 years 11 months ago

NORAD commander concerned about radar

A top U.S. general is trying to reassure the public the military supports wind power and other alternative energy, despite his concerns that turbines may block radar that detects threats to North America. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, head of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense...

5 years 1 month ago

NORAD, NORTHCOM commander to retire

The general in charge of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command says he will retire. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart said Wednesday he plans leave the military on July 1 after a 39-year career. NORAD, a joint U.S.-Canada command, monitors air and space...

5 years 2 months ago

NORAD tracking Santa

Tracking Santa is a big deal to many of the volunteers at NORAD. "I've called ever since I was six or five," SAYS VOLUNTEER Kyle Boss. "It's just a big tradition to do." They take in a lot of the holiday cheer their spreading. "It's very contagious,...

5 years 3 months ago

Tracking Santa

Want to make sure you are in bed before Santa gets to your house? You can track his location by going to by clicking here. There you can see the exact location of Santa and his eight reindeer. You can also tune in to NewsFirst5 for updates about...

5 years 3 months ago

Santa gearing up for the big night

"As you (Santa Claus) enter the North American A.O. we're looking for a east to west standard emission flow with a north/south weave tactic," says Jim Collins, a fighter pilot based at NORAD and he briefed Santa on his yearly flight. It sounds like some complex stuff, but it...

5 years 5 months ago

Northcom: Small plane down in Indiana

U.S. military officials say a small, small single engine plane crashed near Muncie, Indiana, after operating erratically. They said they believe the pilot had been suffering from a lack of oxygen. A spokesman for U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs said that military officials do not believe it is terrorism...

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