Exercises Postponed From Last Week
The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its
geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region
(CONR), will conduct a one-day exercise, Falcon Virgo 10-03.1,
beginning late Monday evening and continuing into the early morning
hours Tuesday in the National Capital Region, Washington, D.C.
The exercise comprises a series of training flights held in
coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National
Capital Region Command Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations
Center, the Continental U.S. NORAD Region, Civil Air Patrol, U.S.
Coast Guard and CONR’s Eastern and Western Air Defense
Exercise Falcon Virgo is designed to hone NORAD’s
intercept and identification operations, as well as procedural
tests of the NCR Visual Warning System. Civil Air Patrol
aircraft and Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters will participate
in the exercise. Residents in the area can expect flights to
begin around midnight and continue through the scheduled exercise
In the event of inclement weather, the exercise will take place
the next day until all training requirements are met.
These exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled to
ensure NORAD’s rapid response capability. NORAD has
conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. and
Canada since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the
command’s response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11,
As the Continental United States geographical component of the
bi-national command NORAD, CONR provides airspace surveillance and
control, and directs air sovereignty activities for the CONUS
region. CONR and its assigned Air Force and Army assets
throughout the country ensure air safety and security against
potential air threats.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, CONR fighters have responded to more than
2,300 possible air threats in the United States and have flown more
than 54,000 sorties with the support of Airborne Warning and
Control System and air-to-air-refueling aircraft.