NORAD helping Santa again this year - The Oneida Daily Dispatch News: Serving Oneida, NY and Madison County (

ROME,(New York)— Once again this Christmas Eve, members of the New York Air National Guard will play a key roll as the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tracks the progress of Santa Claus around the world.

The air defense controllers at the Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS) in Rome will employ radar to track Santa Claus over the eastern U.S. during his Christmas Eve journey across the nation. EADS personnel will work diligently through the night on Christmas Eve to maintain ongoing contact with Santa as he continues his travels across the United States.

EADS is responsible for controlling the air defense system over the eastern U.S.

“This is quite possibly our favorite ‘VIP’ that we track,” said the unit’s deputy commander for operations, Col. Wade Dewey. “The men and women of the Eastern Air Defense Sector take great pride in being on duty Christmas Eve, monitoring the skies as Santa journeys across the east coast.”...