Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence


May 05, 2008 12:17 ET

NORAD Turns 50, Join the Party

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2008) - NORAD is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, with opportunities for the public and media to join the festivities. May 12, 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), the longest standing military agreement between Canada and the United States.

"Activities surrounding NORAD's 50th anniversary are designed to remind all Canadians that NORAD plays a vital role to the security of North America," says Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. "Canadians and Americans work together 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to watch the skies over both countries. More recently, NORAD has also played a major role in aerospace sovereignty in the Arctic."

NORAD is supported in Canada by the Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters (CANR) in Winnipeg and the Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS) at 22 Wing North Bay. Additionally, CANR also maintains CF-18 Hornet aircraft on standby at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alta., and 3 Wing Bagotville, Que., along with CC-130T Hercules air-to-air refuellers at 17 Wing Winnipeg, Man.

Interested media are invited to attend several unique activities in May including:

May 12 and 13 in Colorado Springs, Colorado:

- Speeches by the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, and U.S. Secretary of Defence, Dr. Robert Michael Gates, at the NORAD Jubilee Ball (May 12)

- A rare tour inside historic Cheyenne Mountain (May 12).

- A sneak peak at the new state-of-the-art NORAD-USNORTHCOM Command Centre at Peterson Air Force Base (Colorado Springs) with the Minister of National Defence and U.S. Secretary of Defence (May 13).

May 30 in Winnipeg, Manitoba:

- A military parade with flypasts by the legendary Snowbirds and two CF-18 Hornets at the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg at 10:00 a.m. on May 30.

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Contact Information

  • If members of the media are interested in attending any
    of these events they can contact Captain Steve Neta
    1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD
    Region Headquarters Public Affairs
    204-833-2500 x 6795
    Headquarters Public Affairs