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McChord and safe skies at the Super Bowl

Post by News Tribune Staff on Jan. 29, 2008 at 10:07 am with No Comments »
January 29, 2008 10:07 am

If anybody tries to fly a bomb-laden dirigible – or anything else, for that matter – into the University of Phoenix Stadium next Sunday, the folks at McChord’s Western Air Defense Sector want you to know that they’ll be all over them.

The Air National Guard operation at the local base is responsible 24-7 for watching U.S. skies from the Mississippi to the Pacific. On Super Bowl Sunday, they’ll have command and control of F-16s out of Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson that will be flying game day security missions, according to a joint press release Tuesday by WADS and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, aka NORAD.

Maj. Gen. Hank Morrow, the NORAD commander for the continental United States, said in the release:

"As America’s Air Defenders, our priority is to ensure the air sovereignty and safety of all Americans – including the thousands of fans attending the game. We remain committed to protecting freedom, peace and great American traditions like the Super Bowl."

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