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North American Aerospace Defense Command
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Crest of North American Aerospace Defense Command
Founded 12 May 1958
(63 years, 4 months)
Country  United States of America
 Canada
Type Binational Command
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.
Commanders
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.

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