Tyndall Air Force Base Helps Track Santa Claus

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TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE - The NORAD Santa tracking system has been around for decades, but you may not know that Tyndall Air Force Base helps keep an eye on the jolly fellow too. NORAD allows you to see where Santa is around the world throughout the night.

Norad tracking Santa was actually an accident more than 50 years ago, but ever since then, they've been keeping an eye on him to ensure he makes it around the world in a night.

Christmas Eve is the night every boy and girl wants to know where in the world is Santa Claus. Along with NORAD, Tyndall Air Force Base's 601st Air Operations Center helps keep track of him.

"It's nice knowing that we're a part of something that so many kids enjoy each year and to be a part of that and make sure Santa is getting along and he's safe," said Major Lee York.

Using radio communication with radar sites, they're able to to find Santa all over the world. They ensure he arrives safely at each home by escorting him with fighters and talking with other air force bases.

Some airmen say they've been tracking Santa since they were kids.

"As a kid, I always wanted to grow up and be an air force officer. I was very in tune to what the air force was doing and we followed it closely every Christmas," said Colonel Mark Carrier.

When they're not busy tracking Santa, the Air Operations Center or AOC is looking out for any safety threats in the air.

"We don't just show up for when Santa comes flying along. We're here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year ensuring that the United States air space is safe," said York.

But before you know it, Santa will be off to his next destination. You can find out where Santa is by logging onto http://www.noradsanta.org.

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