North American Aerospace Defense Command facts for kids
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Crest of North American Aerospace Defense Command
|Founded||12 May 1958
(65 years, 4 months)
|Country|| United States of America
|Role||The North American Aerospace Defense Command conducts aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning in the defense of North America.|
|Headquarters||Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.|
|Commander||General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, USAF|
|Deputy Commander||Lieutenant-General Christopher J. Coats, RCAF|
|Chief of Staff||Major General Richard J. Gallant, USA|
|Command Senior Enlisted Leader||SgtMaj Paul McKenna, USMC|
North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a joint organization of Canada and the United States that provides aerospace warning and defense for North America. It was founded on May 12, 1958, as the North American Air Defense Command. Its main technical facility has been the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center in Colorado, and for this reason NORAD is sometimes unofficially referred to as Cheyenne Mountain.
NORAD Tracks Santa
Every year on Christmas Eve, "NORAD Tracks Santa" tracks Santa Claus as he leaves the North Pole and delivers presents to children around the world. Today, NORAD relies on volunteers to make the program possible.
Images for kids
The 25-ton North blast door in the Cheyenne Mountain nuclear bunker is the main entrance to another blast door (background) beyond which the side tunnel branches into access tunnels to the main chambers.
In Spanish: NORAD para niños
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