The Falcon Virgo exercise is a series of
training flights in coordination with the
Federal Aviation Administration, FBI, Customs
and Border Protection, Civil Air Patrol, 601st
Air and Space Operations Center, and CONR
Western Air Defense Sector. These agencies are
part of America's team for defense of the air
space around the nation, including major events
such as the Super Bowl.
New Orleans residents experienced the sights and
sound of the exercise starting 7 a.m. CST with
back-up dates, if necessary, slated for Jan. 30.
"A key aspect of our daily air defense measures
lies in our interagency coordination," said Lt.
Gen. Sid Clarke, CONR commander. "This Falcon
Virgo exercise is the perfect opportunity for
the Continental U.S. NORAD Region and all our
interagency partners to work together honing our
air defense skills before Sunday's big game."
These exercises are carefully planned and
closely controlled to ensure CONR's rapid
response capability, officials said, noting that
their region has conducted exercise flights of
this nature throughout the United States since
the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the nation's
ongoing response to the terrorist attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001.