NY Guard Airmen will track Santa

ROME--New York Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Megan Mills left and Tech. Sgt. Kriston Brown participate in a Santa tracking exercise at the Eastern Air Defense Sector on Dec. 16. Mills and Brown were prepping for Christmas Eve when EADS will support the North American Aerospace Defense Commands (NORAD) Santa tracking operation. Tracking operations start at 4 a.m. EST on Dec. 24 on the www.noradsanta.org website. At 6 a.m. EST children and parents can call toll-free to inquire about Santa at 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723).

Dec 22, 2020

NY Air Guardsman Tracking Santa on Christmas Eve

Airmen at the Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS) train in preparation for Santas Christmas Eve flight at EADS headquarters in Rome, N.Y., Dec. 17, 2019. Pictured are, from right, Senior Airman Timothy Destito of the New York Air National Guard; Capt. John Byeon, Royal Canadian Air Force, and Capt. Sarah Atherton, New York Air National Guard. Atherton and Destito are members of the 224th Air Defense Squadron and Byeon is a member of the Canadian Detachment at EADS. NORAD Tracks Santa is an annual event organized by the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Track Santa at www.noradsanta.org.

Dec 23, 2019

New 224th Squadron Commander

TOME-- Lt. Col. Jeffrey W. Kerneklian, right, received the 224th Support Squadron guidon from Col. Paul M. Bishop, 224th ADG Commander, during his July 10 assumption of command ceremony. Chief Master Sgt. David Layton, the Chief Enlisted Manager of the 224th SS, also participated in the ceremony and is pictured in the center. More than 100 ADG Airmen attended the afternoon ceremony, held at the Eastern Air Defense Sector on July 10, 2019.

Sep 03, 2019

NY Air Guard to Track Santa Christmas Eve

ROME-- New York Air National Guardsmen Master Sgt. Shane Reid front and Tech. Sgt. Brady King both of the 224th Air Defense Squadron train for upcoming Santa tracking operations at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome. A headquarters unit of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) EADS supports the NORAD Tracks Santa operation every year.

Dec 21, 2018

Eastern Air Defense Sector honors Airman

ROME-- Airman 1st Class Nicholas Spine (right) receives the Outstanding Airman of the Year award from Eastern Air Defense Sector Commander Col. Emil Filkorn. Col. John Balbierer 224th Air Defense Group Commander is behind Spine. EADS and the 224th ADG held their annual awards banquet on Saturday Jan. 20 at Hotel Utica in Utica New York.The Eastern Air Defense Sector is responsible for the air defense of the eastern United States and is composed of New York Air National Guardsmen from the 224th Air Defense Group civilians and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Feb 01, 2018

NY Air Guardsmen gearing up to track Santa

ROME-- Airmen at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome N.Y. hold a training session on Dec. 12 2017 to prepare for Santa tracking operations on Christmas Eve. Pictured front to back are Master Cpl. Adam Kittson of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Maj. Kip Trausch and Master Sgt. Derek Gagnon of the 224th Air Defense Squadron. Manned primarily by New York Air National Guardsmen and a Canadian Forces detachment EADS is a unit of the Continental U.S. North American AerospaceDefense Command (CONR).

Dec 20, 2017

NY Air Guard NCO is NORAD Senior NCO of the Year

COLORODA SPRINGS, COLORADO--NORAD (North American Aerosapce Defense Command) Commander Lori Robinson and Chief Master Sgt. Harold Hutchinson right NORADs Senior Enlisted Leader present the NORAD Senior Noncomisioned Officer of the Year award to Master Sgt James Burke a member of the 224th Air Defense Group of the New York Air National Guard on March 14 2017 during a ceremony at NORAD headquarters on Colorado Springs CO. The 224th Air Defense Group is manned by New York Air National Guard Airmen and is a component of the Easter Air Defense Sector which coordinates air defense for the United States east of the Mississippi and in the National Capitol District.

Mar 20, 2017

Guard Airmen Gear up to Track Santa

ROME-- Eastern Air Defense Sector personnel conduct training in preparation for Santa tracking operations. Pictured from front to back, are: Sgt. Thomas Vance of the Royal Canadian Air Force, a member of EADS Canadian Detachment; and Master Sgt. Michelle Gagnon, Master Sgt. Lena Kryczkowski (standing) and Master Sgt. Shane Reid, all members of the New York Air National Guard's 224th Air Defense Squadron. NORAD begins tracking Santa on Christmas Eve.

Dec 20, 2016

EADS Members Salute Canada Day

ROME--New York Air National Guardsmen and Canadian Forces members at the Eastern Air Defense Sector salute on Friday, July 1, as the Canadianflag is raised. The flag-raising ceremony was in honor of Canada Day, which is celebrated on July 1. EADS is a NORAD headquarters unit, where New YorkAir National Guardsmen and Canadian Forces work side by side every day.

Jul 01, 2016

New York Air Guard tracks Santa

ROME- New York Air National Guard Staff Sergeants Tom Silva and Rachael Alcorta practice Santa tracking at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome. Each year the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, conducts its annual "Santa Tracking" by hosting a website that allows kids to follow Santa Claus journey around the world on Christmas Eve. See the Santa Tracking site here:http://www.noradsanta.org/

Dec 23, 2015

New Unit at Eastern Air Defense Sector

ROME-- New York Air National Guard Commander Maj. Gen. Verle Johnston hands the guidon of the 224th Air Defense Group to Col. Wade Dewey, the Title 32 Commander at the Eastern Air Defense Sector during ceremonies here on Jan. 10. Dewey assumed command of the newly-activated 224th Air Defense Group as the Easter Air Defense Sector reorganized its structure.

Jan 12, 2015

New York Air National Guard Tracks Santa Again

ROME--New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Nicholas Tharrett, pointing, and Staff Sgt. Andrew Washburn train for Christmas Eve tracking operations at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome, N.Y. Each year the North American Aerospace Defense command (NORAD) has a little fun with their mission and "tracks" Santa Clause as he makes his way around the world.

Dec 19, 2014

EADS Commander Promoted

ROME-- Newly promoted Brig. Gen. Dawne Deskins, commander of the Eastern Air Defense Sector, speaks to members of EADS and guests during her promotion ceremony on Saturday, March 8. Deskins next assignment is at National Guard Bureau, serving as special assistant to Air National Guard Director Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke dealing with sexual assault and harassment prevention.

Mar 09, 2014

Air Guard Members Tracking Santa Tonight

ROME--Sr. Airman Kyle Hesse and Sr. Airman Phillip Gentile will be among the Airman at the Eastern Air Defense Sector tracking Santa Claus as he flys around the world Christmas Eve as part of the annual "NORAD tracks Santa" event. The New York Air Nationnal Guard unit is responsible for monitoring the airspace over the United States east of the Mississippi.

Dec 23, 2013

Air Guard Members Tracking Santa

ROME--New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jesse Bucenec, standing, and Sr. Airman Marie Coar, rehearse their Santa-tracking tasks on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Eastern Air Defense Sector here. Part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, EADS supports NORAD’s Christmas Eve NORAD Tracks Santa operations. For more information on NORAD’s Christmas Eve activities, including live updates, children and parents are encouraged to go to www.noradsanta.org.

Dec 20, 2012

New York Guardsman Honored by Guard Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON-- New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Jeffrey Lamarche ( Second from Left in the front row) was honored at a dinner held for the most outstanding members of the Army and Air National Guard by Gen. Craig McKinley, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau ( center)on August 24. Lamarche, assigned to the Eastern Air Defense Sector was recognized as Best Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year for 2012.

Aug 30, 2012

New Commander at Eastern Air Defense Sector

ROME-- Col. Dawne L. Deskins receives the Eastern Air Defense Sector guidon Friday morning from Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke, Commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region (CONR)/1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern). The passing of the guidon of the New York Air National Guard unit symbolizes Col. Deskins assumption of command. Also pictured is Command Chief Master Sergeant Richard King, the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the New York Air National Guard.

Feb 17, 2012

EADS Tracks Santa Once Again

ROME--New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Chad Gerrard points out Santa’s radar track to Staff Sgt. Kristen Smith, who prepares to relay the information during Santa tracking operations at the Eastern Air Defense Sector here. EADS is a part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and supports NORAD’s Santa tracking mission every Christmas Eve.

Dec 21, 2011

NORAD Head Visits Eastern Air Defense Sector

ROME--Gen. Charles Jacoby Jr., commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northern Command presents an excellent coin to New York Air National Guard Capt. Chris Combs, assistant chief of operations for the Eastern Air Defense Sector, during a visit to the EADS facility on Thursday, Oct. 27. Crum was recognized for planning and coordinating the activities that keep EADS functioning during planned power outages. Looking on is Col. Wade Dewey, EADS Director of Operations. EADS is responsible for air defense command and control over the Eastern United States

Oct 28, 2011

Senator Vists Eastern Air Defense Sector

EASTERN AIR DEFENSE SECTOR, Rome--Col. Dawne Deskins, the deputy commander of the Eastern Air Defense Sector, briefs Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand during her tour of the unit on Friday, Oct. 21. Brig. Gen. Anthony P. German, Chief of Staff New York Air National Guard, and Col. John Bartholf, EADS Commander, are pictured to Gillibrand&rsquot;s right. In addition to the short presentation, the Senator receive a classified tour of EADS operations floor.

Oct 21, 2011

Congressman Visits Air Defenders

ROME--Rep. Richard Hanna talks with Brig. Gen. Anthony P. German, Chief of Staff of the New York Air National Guard, and Col. John Bartholf, the Commander of the Eastern Air Defense Sector, during a tour on Friday, June 17. Hanna spent nearly an hour in the Sector Operations Control Center, which serves as a focal point for the air defense of the eastern U.S. The Congressman was also briefed on Sector activities and toured EADS headquarters facility.

Jun 20, 2011

Clean and Green Team at EADS

ROME, NY--Ten Air National Guardsmen from the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome, N.Y. ignored the rain last Saturday, April 23, and cleaned a local highway in support of the sector’s Clean and Green initiative. Pictured from left to right, are Technical Sgt. Rob Kryczkowski, Airman 1st Class Billy Young, Staff Sgt. Shane Hastings, Staff Sgt. Derek Miceli, Staff Sgt. Eric Lewis, Airman 1st Class Marie Coar, Technical Sgt. John Coar and Staff Sgt. Tom Caracane. Not pictured were Staff Sgt. Jean Warner and Airman 1st Class Kaytlin Jones.

Apr 26, 2011

Washington-Area Air Guardsmen Join NY Air Guard

JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA--BOLLING, Maryland--Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York administers the oath of enlistment to the newest members of the New York Air National Guard during a ceremony held at the all ranks club here on Tuesday, March 8. Twenty Airmen who serve as part of the Joint Air Defense Operations Center here, took the oath as the members of the former 24th Expeditionary Air Defense Squadron became part of Detachments 1 and 2 of the Rome, NY-based Eastern Air Defense Sector. The Eastern Air Defense Sector is a New York Air National Guard organization responsible for air defense of the United States east of the Mississippi.

Mar 08, 2011

Old Warbird Finds New Home at EADS

ROME--Workers put a a restored F-4 Phantom II jet onto its pedestal Dec. 10 at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome. Perched on a pedestal 15 feet above a small pond at the facility’s southwest edge, the imposing 47-year-old F-4 Phantom jet demands attention.“The elevated pedestal is a fitting place of honor for an aircraft that served its country for more than four decades,” said Col. John Bartholf, EADS Commander. “The display adds to our facility’s visual appeal, while reminding the public and our staff of the Air Force’s proud history.”

Dec 10, 2010

Eastern Air Defense Opens Local Hockey Team Season

ROME--New York Air National Guardsmen and Canadian Forces members from the Eastern Air Defense Sector provide a bi-national honor guard, Nov 3, for the home ice opener of Rome’s new minor league hockey team.

Nov 04, 2010

Scoping Out the Competition

ROME-- Tech Sgt. Andrew Preston and Tech Sgt. Christopher Kent, Eastern Air Defense Sector Alpha Flight Weapons Directors, discuss aircraft weapons information just after finishing a simulated mission at the Sector Operations Control Center in Rome, N.Y. Both were named best Scope operators in the Sector following the Top Scope competition that wrapped up April 7.

Apr 15, 2010

Air Defenders Honored During Awards Banquet

ROME, NY--Command Chief Master Sgt. W. Allen Usry, command senior enlisted leader for NORAD (the North American Aerospace Command) and U.S. Northern Command, and Senior Airman Heather Price, anEastern Air Defense Sector Tracking Technician and the EADS Airman of the Year for 2009, cut the cake during the unit's Annual Awards Banquet Jan. 15. The award winners will now compete at the unit's higher headquarters, First Air Force as well as at the state level

Jan 26, 2010

New York Air Guard Tracking Santa Again

ROME, NY--New York Air National Guard Staff Sgts. Karen Hurley and Corey Reynolds, both members of the Eastern Air Defense Sector's Alpha flight, take a peek at Santa's progress around the world from the North Pole. The air defense controllers at EADS track Santa Claus over the eastern U.S. during his Christmas Eve journey across the nation as a component of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. EADS personnel will work diligently through the night on Christmas Eve to maintain ongoing contact with Santa as he continues his travels across the states. To track Santa Claus around the world go to this web address to follow along: http://www.noradsanta.org/.

Dec 22, 2009

Ceremony Commemorates 60 Years of Excellence

Air Force 60th Anniversary attendees check out the A-10 static display from the 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass, Sept. 18, 2007. Members from the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate, Northeast Air Defense Sector and returning 465th Fighter Interceptor Squadron veterans commemorated their heritage during the event. The commemorative events were held at the AFRL Hangar located at Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, N.Y.

Sep 18, 2007

NEADS Keeps an Eye on the Sky

Members from the Northeast Air Defense Sector perform their command and control mission in order to prevent air attacks against the U.S. by responding to unknown, unwanted and unauthorized air activity approaching and operating within U.S. sovereign airspace Aug 12, 2007.

Aug 12, 2007

Air Guard, Civ. Responders Test Emergency Skills

A Rome Fire Department firefighter works to stabilize Northeast Air Defense Sector simulated victim during the Griffiss Park Mass Casualty Exercise Thursday June 7, 2007. The exercise challenged first responders to perform their triage and hazmat procedures on victims of a simulated terrorist attack.

Jun 07, 2007

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