Saturday, July 21, 2007

Sunshine Patriots Would Understand

We received an email the other day with this announcement:
NORAD exercise planned for Washington D.C.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct Exercise Falcon Virgo 07-10 Monday and Tuesday in the National Capital Region (Washington, D.C.).

This exercise comprises a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region Command Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, Civil Air Patrol, and NORAD's Northeast Air Defense Sector.

Exercise Falcon Virgo 07-10 is designed to test NORAD's intercept and identification operations, as well as procedural tests of the NCR Visual Warning System. Civil Air Patrol aircraft, Air Force F-16s and C-38s, and Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters, will participate in the exercise.

Residents in the area can expect flights to occur throughout the day, including late night and early morning hours, on scheduled exercise dates.

In the event of inclement weather, the exercise will push to the next day. Further weather delays will result in cancellation of the exercise.
After my initial reaction ("Cool!") I looked up the C-38 and was disappointed to learn it was basically a Learjet. Only with missiles and attack robots! Not really. Nor does the HH-65 actually carry dolphins. What kind of military are we paying for, anyway?!

My favorite part about the announcement concerns its scheduling with regard to the weather. If it rains Monday and Tuesday, then they'll do it on Wednesday, but if it rains Wednesday they won't bother. Who knew that Hump Day was also Gain Experience and Magically Improve Readiness If It Isn't Nice Out Day?

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