NORTH AMERICAN AIR DEFENSE COMMAND - 1st AIR FORCE
Headquarters NORAD is located at Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs, Colo. NORAD command and control is exercised
through the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, located a short distance away. Cheyenne Mountain serves as a
central collection and coordination facility for a worldwide system of sensors designed to provide NORAD with an
accurate picture of any aerospace threat.
Continental U.S. (CONR) NORAD Region http://www.1staf.tyndall.af.mil/
With its headquarters at Tyndall AFB, near Panama City, Fla., First Air Force is one of four numbered air forces assigned
to Air Combat Command. It has responsibility for ensuring the air sovereignty and air defense of the continental United
States. As the CONUS geographical component of the binational North American Aerospace Defense Command, it
provides airspace surveillance and control and directs all air sovereignty activities for the continental United States.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, CONR has been the lead agency for Operation Noble Eagle, an ongoing mission to protect the
continental United States from further terrorist aggression from inside and outside of U.S. borders.
With the transfer of responsibility for continental air defense from the active duty component of the Air Force to the Air
National Guard, First Air Force became the first numbered air force to be made up primarily of citizen airmen. A
combined First Air Force command post and CONUS Region Air Operations Center perform the NORAD air sovereignty
mission for the continental United States.
First Air Force plans, conducts, controls, coordinates and ensures air sovereignty and provides for the unilateral defense
of the United States. It is comprised of 10 Air National Guard fighter wings and three air defense sectors for the
Northeast, Western and Southeast regions of the country. The best of America's fighter inventory, the F-15 Eagle and the
F-16 Fighting Falcon, are its primary weapons systems. In its role as the CONUS NORAD Region, Fi