ASU's ROTC uses NORAD Tracker to follow Santa Claus's Sleigh Christmas Eve
- To track Santa by NORAD U.S. Air Force radar: https://www.noradsanta.org/en/
By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU
In addition to monitoring and defending our airspace on Christmas Eve, the U.S. Air Force's North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) radar systems will be tracking Santa Claus's sleigh pulled through the air by his reindeer as he makes his rounds of spreading gifts and joy across the world.
The Hornet Nation family and the local public can monitor and follow jolly Old Saint Nick’s journey in the River Region and the world explains Lt. Colonel Lisa C. Boyer, the commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 019 and professor of Aerospace Studies at Alabama State University.
"We want everyone to be aware of the ‘NORAD Tracks Santa’ website (https://www.noradsanta.org/en/) and see what Santa and his elves are doing leading up to the big day of Christmas Eve and then actually watch NORAD track him by radar on Dec. 24 as he dashes across the sky," Boyer stated. "We at ASU's Air Force Detachment 019 just want to remind the community that they may access this fun and whimsical Christmas site...it’s an amazing system that shows a lighter side of the military by sharing a mission of NORAD."
FAMILY TIME WITH NORAD'S SANTA TRACKER
Boyer explained that she feels there is something magical about the month of December and how the Air Force contributes to the wonder of the holidays by using its technology to dazzle the hearts of children.
"This holiday season represents a natural winding down of the year and the ability to spend time with others: friends, family, and co-workers. For my family, we get really excited about Santa. Perhaps it is the idea of putting lights on the house and making cookies which scent the air when one walks into the house (or when Santa shimmies down the chimney) We love everything about the season from the spiritual meanings to the Santa effect," Boyer said.
ASU's ROTC commander said she initially heard about the Santa Tracker about 10-years ago.
"We started to follow the Santa Tracker about two years ago for my young son---I remember the scene vividly. We were living overseas, and my husband and I told our then toddler-aged child to see that Santa Tracker was showing that he was flying over Japan (we were in Norway at the time), and that our son needed to go to son needed to go to sleep in time before Santa flys over our house," Boyer stated. "My son believed it, and we quickly left a plate of carrots, cookies and milk out near the tree before retiring to bed. The Santa Tracker can be magical and we encourage those with young children or who are young at heart to use the device on Christmas Eve."
TRACKING SANTA RATHER THAN MISSILES
The NORAD homepage explains that it is a bi-national United States and Canadian military organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America, which includes the monitoring of man-made objects in space, and the detection, validation, and warning of attack against North America whether by aircraft, missiles, or space vehicles, through mutual support arrangements with other military commands. Aerospace control includes ensuring air sovereignty and air defense of the airspace of Canada and the United States.
NORAD has long had its "eye" on following Santa.
"NORAD started tracking Santa in 1955...and the American and Canadian militaries work together to protect and track Santa and communicate where he is on December 24," Boyer said. “Please note that the views expressed by me do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense or the U.S. Government,” the Colonel said, with a wink and a nod.
NOTE: For those wanting to be an officer in an organization similar to NORAD and defend our nation, then consider the opportunities that exist as an Officer in either the Air Force and Space Force through Alabama State University Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 019 program.
For more information on ASU's ROTC detachment: 334-229-7756.
NORAD Tracks Santa Website: https://www.noradsanta.org/en/
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.